For a while I've been pretty obsessive about mornings. This started because I started feeling more and more like I was wasting my morning. I wasn't using my time wisely, wasn't making the most out of my day, and wasn't putting myself in the best position possible to have a successful day.
So for the last 6 months or so, I've been reading and listening to everything I can about successful people's morning routines. If I come across an article titled "SOMEONE SUCCESSFUL's Morning Routine" - I stop what I'm doing and either read or bookmark that article.
I read the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, listened to podcasts with Tony Robbins, read articles regarding successful people from a variety of walks of life, fitness people, business people, educators, all to figure out what people do with their mornings.
My big discovery - which should have been expected - is that there's no one way to do it.
While I'm still early in my research and expect to be fine tuning this routine until the day I die, I've come up with a routine that has worked well for me and I've been more productive and happier because of my morning routine.
This is what I do -
|P90X3 Yoga is a common morning workout to fit this routine|
- Wake Up at 6:30am (an hour prior to when I used to wake up to work out - took this from the Miracle Morning)
- Brush teeth and drink some water (also taken from Miracle Morning - this helps morning me from talking myself out of just getting back in bed)
- Do an approximately half hour workout (this is taken from a lot of people) - I do a yoga workout almost every morning. I choose yoga for a couple of reasons -
- It seems safer to do while I'm still waking up than a plyo workout or something with weights (I usually begin approximately 5 - 10 minutes after my alarm)
- My flexibility is a weakness, so I'm working on this area of weakness first thing
- Lots of the materials I've come across talk about the value of meditation - which sounds awesome and I'd like to get there, so while I'm not meditating yet - yoga has a certain meditative quality for me. I can drift away, empty my head and prepare for the day to come.
- While I'm my least flexible when I first wake up, my thoughts (based on no research whatsoever) is that pushing myself when I'm my least flexible will help my overall flexibility. Instead of spending the early part of the day walking around like the tin man, 10 minutes after my alarm sounds my flexibility is improving. Then later in the day during my evening workout, I'm even more flexible.
- We live in an apartment in an old, fairly rickety house. Yoga is the workout least likely to disrupt our neighbors
- Make a cup of coffee and a light breakfast
- Write or fine tune my day's To Do List
- Ideally, I write my first draft of the list the night before, but sometimes I forget/it doesn't happen
- Have my morning shake
- Most often this will be Shakeology, maybe with some fruit
- Shower and get ready for work
- Head to work
My morning routine might not be perfect for you, but my life is better off because I've made these small changes and made my morning deliberately planned. That's probably the biggest thing - taking a step back and deciding to be deliberate and intentional with my morning routine. Instead of rolling around in bed until the last possible second to get ready for work, I'm starting my day off with a plan. A plan that benefits me.