How To Create A Morning Routine To Set Yourself Up For Success
(Noun) A sequence of actions followed regularly.
I’m a MASSIVE advocate for creating personalised and intentional routines in your life because they are so powerful.
As humans we are creatures of habit. The predictability of routines throughout the day becomes very calming for the mind. It also means that you have opportunities throughout the day to “check in” with yourself rather than simply reacting and responding to whatever comes your way. It keeps you out of this hamster wheel, racing from one thing to the next barely stopping to take a breath.
Not only that, but when you have time to fill yourself up even for just a few minutes at a time, you will be a much nicer person to be around.
I know the times when I rush out the door without doing my routine, I get easily frustrated, irritable and I’m not facing my day from a balanced place. But when I take the time to honour myself — to fill myself up — life (and my day) flows so much more smoothly.
There’s a reason why people like Tony Robbins, Oprah, Obama talk about morning routines being a big part of their day…it’s because they work.
But it’s a routine – it will work, if you work it! Often we feel that to create BIG change in our lives, it means completely turning our world upside down. This is very rarely the case. Don’t over intellectualise change. The basics work – when you’re consistent with the basics.
My morning routine is SO important to me – it keeps me focussed, tuned into my body & mind, and keeps me clear on my path – without being distracted by drama and the “noise” around me.
Never had a morning routine? Or keen to give your morning routine a makeover? Try out these steps below to create a magical morning routine of your own!
Write down 10 things you would like to do in the mornings. What would be your IDEAL way of starting the day?
- Standing outside and watching the sun rise
- Breathing exercises
- Writing in your journal
- Taking the time to do your hair and makeup in a way that makes you feel good
- Reading an inspiring book
- Getting outside and exercising
- Preparing a healthy breakfast
- Sitting down with a cup of tea and being mindful & present
- Writing out an intention for the day, or affirmations
- Listening to an inspiring podcast
Create a list of at least 5 things that would feel really good to be a part of your morning routine
Create a list of 3 “must haves” – these must happen and are non-negotiable and then a 2 “nice to haves” list – good to do but no stress if they don’t happen.
There will be times when things come up, when you kid is sick or a project needs more of your time. And you know what? That’s ok. It really is. But if you can at least get your top 3 done — even if it’s more of a quick run through you are still setting yourself up for a great day. If you have more time, as a bonus you can fit in your other 2 as well, but if not, at least you got 3 things done that inspire you and set you up for a successful day.
MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes.
What needs to happen to make sure you actually implement a morning routine?
- What time do you need to be getting up?
- What action can you put in place to make sure it sticks?
- Do you need to put your gym gear out next to your bed?
- Do you need to set up a corner in your house for meditation or journalling?
- Do you need to ask your Partner or Husband to wake the kids so you can have 5 minutes to do something just for you?
So you might be thinking – you have NO idea how crazy the mornings are in my house with kids, work and getting out the door.
The truth is, it doesn’t even matter how long your routine is. Even if you spent 5 minutes “checking in” with yourself while you’re in the shower, before other people have come at you wanting and needing things, it will make a big difference.
When you stop and fill yourself up, you start showing up as the person you want to be, not the shitty, frustrated version of you. But the person who is grounded and centred and can better handle whatever comes her way.
A morning routine sets you up for a successful day, and sends you springing into the morning with a full and grateful heart. And let it be said: when you go out into the world bursting with love and gratitude, your day will unfold very differently to when you start your day screaming at your kids or rushing like a mad women. Things will flow a lot more effortlessly, ‘miracles’ will happen, and ‘coincidences’ will seemingly pop up out of nowhere.
So whether you take 5 minutes or 2 hours, what matters most is that you’ve been intentional about it.
Fill yourself up first thing with a grounding morning routine so you show up to the world as the best version of you. You, your partner, your kids, and your team members deserve the best version of you — not the shitty half-assed you — and in order for you to show up as the best you, you need to start your day with a magical morning routine.
I’m looking forward to hearing all about your morning routine! Make a public declaration to me in the comments below and you’ll be way more likely to stick to your intentions.