Morning Flow: 4 Ways That Will Make You Change Your Morning Routine
Morning routines are so powerful in living an intentional, productive life. They create discipline, balance and boundaries that set you up for success. In looking at some of the most successful people, what they all have in common is a morning routine. Their routines are all unique in their own way. For example, Howard Schultz; CEO of Starbucks gets up at 4:30am,walks his three dogs, does a work out and then makes coffee for himself. Oprah gets up between 5:30 and 6am, spends an hour at the gym and is in the make-up chair by 7:30am. By 11:30am, she has already filmed two shows and called her relatives over in Africa before they go to bed.
What Does Your Morning Routine Look Like?
Ask yourself what your morning routine is like and check in on whether it’s intentional. By intentional, I mean is it a routine that helps you become productive? Or helps you achieve your most desired goals?
For example, my morning routine is this;
- Wake Up 5am-6am
- Have a hot shower
- Read for 10 minutes
- Go to the gym & visualise my day
- Eat Breakfast (Protein and carbs)
- Start The Day around 8am
As you can see, It’s not complex. It doesn’t have to be. You may find it strange that I have a hot shower when I wake up before I go to the gym. I’ve done this for as long as I can remember and it’s habit that works for me. It gets my brain working and my body moving each day. The visualisation of the day is quite simple. I think about what I want to be doing for every part of that day and make it happen.
Signs Your Morning Routine Needs a Revamp
If you have a morning of uncertainty, your day becomes much more of the same. Your days are on autopilot, which reduces your productivity and awareness of what you’re actually doing. They are unintentional. Some of the biggest signs of an ineffective morning routine are;
- You’re constantly hitting the snooze button
- You feel tired every morning
- You are constantly rushing
- You are disorganised
- You’re waking up at different times
Change Your Morning Routine With These 4 Ways
1) Determine Your Evening Ritual
To change your morning routine, it’s going to require discipline. The discipline starts from the night before (Your evening ritual). Everything you do before bed has an effect on how you’ll feel in the morning. For example, if you eat a lot of food before dinner, you’re going to wake up feeling sluggish and tired because you over-ate and filled up on carbs. Go to bed at a reasonable time with clarity on what you’re going to do the next day. The clarity is what you’re going to do to that will help you get things done. It’s also important to have a clear mind before bed, as having a mind full of different thoughts and feelings can disrupt your sleep and won’t help you be as effective in the morning.
2) Keep Things Simple
You don’t need to try everything all at once when you are changing your morning routine. And to be perfectly honest, you may not even be able to implement all your ideas for change all at once. So be simple about things. It could be as simple as focusing on not hitting the snooze button each morning, or making sure you are organised. It’s okay to experiment with new things as only you will know what helps you become more effective in the mornings.
This is something we should all make time for. In researching all the successful people in the world, the one thing that they all have in common in their morning routine, is the time for exercising. It doesn’t have to be an hour. It can be 30 minutes, or even 15 minutes. Morning exercise fuels your day. It is a big stress reducer and improves your mood so you are zoned in on a more productive and effective day. Experiment and see how good you feel from the days you exercise vs. The days you don’t.
4) Eat A Decent Breakfast
Eating a decent breakfast goes a long way into making better daily decisions. If you skip breakfast, you’ll find yourself getting hungry over the course of the day. When you’re hungry, your decision making becomes impaired and your impulse levels are heightened. Focus on eating breakfast after you exercise- This will set your day up and gives you fuel to keep going.
How do you create your morning flow? Let me know what’s working for you!