Do you have a morning routine to kick off your day?
Research has shown that the most productive people have a morning routine and stick to it (even during weekends and holidays).
So if you play ‘snooze bingo’ multiple times before dragging yourself out of bed – this article is for you ☺
Making your first hour of a morning count is a great way to ensure that you are starting the day positively – in a meaningful way that will set you up for success. You can expect to have more clarity leading to easier decision making throughout the day along with improved health.
Of course, that can be easier said than done. If you aren’t naturally a morning person, setting a productive routine and sticking to it could be a challenge. Creating a new habit is often reported to take up to 21 days. However, if you’re anything like me, it may take up to 12 months.
To help you transition to a more productive you, here are my top tips for tackling early morning challenges.
What items should I include in my routine?
- This is entirely an individual thing – many of my clients incorporate activities like exercise, food planning, yoga, meditation, listening to podcasts, reading or watching the news
- Start small with only one or two items until you are confident about adding more
- Do something for a month and then assess if it’s working and if you want to continue with the habit
- Use an app or a journal to keep track of your progress
- Importantly – choose activities that appeal to you and will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction
- Look at your big goals for 2015 and select some daily habits that will move you towards those
I have children and they are my priority
- Get up before the children and make a little time for yourself – even 15 minutes will help
- Include the children by having routines for them as well (and make it fun)
I am not a morning person/I can’t wake up when the alarm goes off
- Start slowly and sneak up on yourself – gradually set the alarm for 5 minutes earlier each day until you hit your goal rising time
- Set an alarm and do not press snooze – get out of bed when the alarm goes off
- Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off
- Get an accountability buddy and do some part of your routine together (in person or on the phone or even via text) – this is a good tactic for getting you out of bed
- Remind yourself the night before why this is important to you to help your resolve
- Wash your face with icy cold water as soon as you get up
- Keep your workout clothes beside the bed and put them on first thing – by the time you wake up you’ll be around the block and ready to start your day
I start routines/new habits and then do not continue
- Start small – really small – choose things that are easy for you to do so you can feel a sense of achievement before moving onto something more challenging
- Do 1 or 2 things for a month (or longer) – in a later post I will share my meditation practice which has taken years to get started after spending the first 3 months doing just 1 minute a day
- Use your accountability partner (even a daily email or text to say you’ve done your morning routine can help)
- Use an app with reminders to support you in creating a new habit (I use the ‘home routines’ app and it syncs across the mac, iPhone and iPad)
I don’t want to get up at 5am
- Choose a time that suits you – don’t let me or anyone else tell you when you should wake up. Just decide what will work for you and do that. Every day. Even on weekends. Routine is a key factor in successful productivity
I’d love to hear how you’re going with your morning routine and what’s included in it. If you have other challenges or suggestions that you would like me to include, please let me know via Facebook or in the ‘contact us’ section of the website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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