There’s a definite correlation between achieving our Goals and our morning routine, and it should support our pursuit of our targets. A morning routing is exactly what you do in the morning from when you get up to when you leave for or start work. The end point is your choice. A typical morning routine for an under-achiever could be something like this:
Repeat three or four times. Or just turn it off entirely and doze off. Reach for the alarm/phone in panic mode to determine what time it is. “I overslept!”
Hurry to the shower, get dressed in a hurry and rush to the kitchen for coffee and maybe a quick bite.
Rush around searching for work bag, making sure it’s got everything. Can’t find shoes or car keys.
Pour the coffee into travel mug, grab keys and bag, say good-bye to family and rush to work.
Get to office late and be grumpy all day.
Any of that sound familiar? I understand some of it does for me.
A fantastic morning routine begins the night before. It doesn’t take over 10 minutes to package your workout bag, put your shoes and keys where you can find them and lay out the clothes you’ll wear in the morning. When you’re rushing, these items take at least twice as long as you’re focused on the fact that you are running late. Next move your alarm to your dresser or somewhere you must get out of bed to turn it off. Leave your mobile phone with your work bag if you are not in a job which requires you to be on-call at night. Go to bed early. Give yourself 7 to 8 hours of time to sleep until the alarm goes off. Choose the amount that works for you and stay with it.
When the alarm goes off, you need to get out of bed to turn it off. Make sure it’s a loud, annoying alert, not some soft chime you will sleep through. Do NOT return to bed. Ideally, you exercise today. You can do 5 difficult minutes to begin. Get your heart rate up and work a little sweat. Boost the exercise time until you’re doing 30 minutes or more. Yes, you do have the time. Start getting up a bit earlier every day. Have breakfast at a leisurely pace, even if it’s just toast. When done, catch your workout bag, keys and anything else you need and head to work 15 minutes before. If you work from home, you can get started 15 minutes earlier.
This sets you up for a fantastic day. Exercise in the morning can make a big difference in the world for your day. You’re energized and you’ve already accomplished something. Your morning goes out of a rushed mess to an orderly period of effective actions and habit construction. There’s a lot more you can do with your morning routine. Walk the neighborhood for example. Spend 5 or 10 minutes in prayer or contemplation. Write in your diary. Spend 15 minutes or more on your side hustle. Any and all of these things sets the tone for the day. You’ve achieved something or several somethings before you begin your work day. You are not grumpy and fixated on how badly the day started.
You’ve set yourself up to hit the ground running and work in your targets.