The idea of actually doing a morning routine came to me when I read the book The Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod.
Before reading this book, I’d hop out of bed, rush to walk the dog, scarf down breakfast, and then jump in front of my laptop to begin working.
Not much of an inspiring morning to start my day off!
I tried his routine for a few weeks and really didn’t connect with it. But, I still loved the idea of doing something to set me up for the rest of my day. That’s when my venture of trying to do a morning routine that worked for me began. In the video, I share what I do now!
A morning routine is any number of activities that you commit to doing each morning before diving into your work day. The morning routine is designed to inspire and motivate you towards your goals! It should serve as a reminder of your gifts, how you’ll be of service, and ways that you can step into the power of your brilliance (and not let stinkin’ thinkin’ take over your mind!).
I can literally tell the difference between my energy and my attitude on the days that I do the routine and the days I don’t. I enjoy my morning routine because it gets me pumped for the rest of the day.
How to Create a Morning Routine That Works
The first rule to creating a morning routine that works is to find activities that resonate with you. If you don’t find something that you enjoy or inspires you, your morning routine will quickly feel like another item on your to do list. And, we definitely don’t want that!
Instead, start incorporating one activity at a time and then mix and match until you’ve come up with something you enjoy and that lights you up for the day. That’s what it’s all about!
To give you a head start, here’s what my morning routine consists of:
(BTW: I jump into this routine after I’ve walked my greyhound, Majic, exercised and eaten. Usually it’s around 9AM and lasts anywhere from 10min – 60min depending on how much time I have.)
- Quiet Time/Meditation: I use this time to quiet my mind and prepare to shift into the day’s activities. I’m not a good meditator, so don’t think you have to sit and be still for a very long time. I started off with a few seconds, and now I’m up to a about 2-3 minutes. 🙂 I’m still working on improving this!
- Prayer: After meditating, I connect with God. Now, my prayer time continues to change as I find what works for me. The most important part is to align myself with the idea that I have the spirit of God within me and getting in touch with the negative thoughts and fear that is currently holding me back. Part of my prayer time is also coming up with an affirmation that guides my day! Usually, this leads me to read a scripture in the Bible that connects with what I need to learn for the day.
- Gratitude List: Ooh..I love this one. I take a few moments to write out a list of 10 things that I am grateful for now OR that will be coming to me in the future! It can feel tedious to just write out a list of things. So, after I’ve written out the last item, I go back and read through each one and say to myself WHY I’m grateful for each. For example, today I was grateful for my laptop. Then I’d say, I am grateful for my laptop because I can learn new things that help me improve my health.
- Visualization and Writing My Goals: I realized this second quarter that I didn’t hit all of the goals that I set out to hit. So, I’ve decided to write my goals daily so that they stay top of mind. Occasionally, I will also visualize them.
Some things that I’m planning to try out later in my morning routine include:
- listening to my life and business narrative
- music and a little dance
- EFT Tapping
- reading my business and life narrative
Each day I begin my morning with positive intention and energy are the days that I feel most excited and ready to take on the world!
Okey dokey..over to you.
In the comments below, let us know…do you have a morning routine? If so, what activities do you include in your morning routine?