The alarm goes off at 5:30, I open my eyes and express what I am thankful for. I look around at the things that I am surrounded by and I smile knowing the work involved to get those things. I take a couple of minutes to think about what needs to be done for the day and how everything is going to go exactly as planned. I get up make the bed and do a few stretches before getting dressed. Going down stairs, I get a drink of water and make my protein shake and workout drink. I leave for the gym just before 6:00. Once at the gym, I do 15 mins of warm up, usually skipping or running. I stretch for 10-15 mins then I hit the weights. Once I get home from the gym, I make breakfast which usually includes eggs and some fruit. Up until this point, I won’t have touched my phone. The day can now begin.
It doesn’t quite happen like this every day, but I know that on the days that I stick with my regular routine, I have more energy, more optimism, more focus, and I am less stressed. Even when the rest of the day doesn’t go as planned, it is still easier to accept failures and changes to the plan, when I actually have a plan ahead of time. Now for the days that don’t start out like this, I’m usually lazy and stay in bed long than I should. I groggily make my way down stairs, complaining about how tired I am or how poorly I slept. I don’t go to the gym and I might eat breakfast I might not and I doubt that much gets done for the day. Having a morning routine can drastically change the outcome of the day that you have ahead of you. It gives you something to look forward to. It gives you energy to get through the problems that arise throughout the day. And it gives you an idea of exactly what to expect each and every day.
Even by starting out the day by doing something, anything that you can do every day will encourage you to continue on that path. By making your bed every morning once you have woken up, you have accomplished something for the day. Yes it may be something small, and it may not have any effect on the rest of the outcomes for the day, but at least you will know that when you come home to bed that night, you will have a nice comfortable bed to get into so that you can be refreshed for the next day.
When I was still driving to work every morning, I would seize the opportunity of being stuck in my vehicle for a couple of hours to listen to podcasts. Usually encouraging, motivational, inspirational, interviews of people who have accomplished some great things in their lives. By doing this, every day, it was basically like free education of how to make the absolute best changes to my life to make it the way that I wanted to. I found that after I had got into that routine each day, it helped my day immensely. On the days that I didn’t have time to listen to something, I didn’t have the same bounce to my step that I usually would. It’s funny how little things have such an effect on how we go about our daily lives, but those little things are nesessary and important if we want to make the best of each day that we are given.
During one of the podcasts called Entrepeneur On Fire or EOFire ( EOFire.com ) the host had said that he makes sure that he drinks a glass of water every morning when he first wakes up and before going to bed. The way he explained it was, just as we bathe when we are getting dressed and ready for the day, drinking a glass of water is like a bath for our internal body. We lay in bed for 1/3 of our lives, so we should be hydrating ourselves to get ready for bed and flush water through again when we wake up. Now I don’t know for sure if there is any science behind it or not, but what I do know is that I usually sleep better when I have a glass of water before bed and have an easier time getting going at the gym when I drink water after waking up. So for me, if something works, the only time that I’ll change it is to make my life better.
There are so many different articles and studies that have been done on the benefits of morning routines that it’s truely difficult not to ensure that we have one. I can understand that some people might have a difficult time getting into a proper morning routine. Most people stay up quite a bit later than they should be, watching hours of television before bed. I have found that after reducing the amount of television that I watch, and instead choosing to read non-fiction books, I am not only strengthening my brain, but I have an easier time going to be earlier, which in turn allows me to wake up earlier. If you are awake getting things done before everyone else, then the only possible outcome will be that you will achieve more than those putting in less time. Successful people aren’t always nesessarliy smarter or harder working, they just have their lives so well planned that things can’t help but go well for them.
Something that I plan to incorporate into my morning routine is writing. I find that it helps me focus a little bit more and gives me a little bit more of a kick in the ass that I need to get more things done.
I won’t be around to challenge you every day to stick with your routine, that’s something that you need to do yourself. I can however promise you that it does get easier the longer that you stick to it, and that if you give it long enough, you will absolutely begin to see changes in how you feel. So put in the effort, take some time to decide how your perfect morning will look, and start putting that into action. That is, if you want great things for yourself. If you are okay being just like everyone else without that little bit extra to give, then by all means, keep doing what you are doing. Me however, I’ll stick with the morning routine. And if you are interested here is another article on morning routines, there are quite a few but I like entrepeneur.com so that’s why I choose this one.
Have a great day!