I’ve actually tried different versions of a morning routine in the past few months, and have enjoyed them immensely. I just haven’t stuck with one for a whole month or more, and that is the goal this month.
The reason I like having a morning routine is that not only does it instill a sense of purpose, peace and ritual to my day, but it ensures that I’m getting certain things done every morning … namely, my goals. I’m setting aside morning time as a time of peace and quiet, and time to take small steps each day towards my goals.
Here’s my morning routine, at the moment (subject to tweaking later):
- Wake at 6:00 a.m.
- Weigh myself- including body fat and hydration levels.
- Drink coffee.
- Review personal goals.
- Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today.
- Stretch or yoga or meditate.
- Fix healthy afternoon snacks for myself.
- Eat breakfast.
- Get ready for work!
A few explanations: The MITs that I set for the day concern at least one item towards one of my goals, and probably the 1-2 things I MUST complete at work. There will be more that I do during the day, but my focus will be to finish at least these three MITs.
As for the stretch/ yoga/ meditate item, I have a schedule where I rotate stretching, yoga, or meditation each morning (with the exception of Sundays).
As for waking up at 6:00 a.m., I only started doing that within the last few months — before that it was 7:00 or 7:30, and before last year I woke at 8:00, so I’ve really become an early riser just in the last year.
What works for you in the morning?