Why You Need A Morning Routine

And how to establish the habit of having one

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Mornings can be challenging for many people, present party included. I was a “don’t-poke-the-bear-before-my-first-cup-of-coffee” kind of gal. In my defense, I tend to be more of a night owl. I do most of my writing at night when it’s quiet, and the cacophony of various communication alerts die down. I was always jealous of those who zestfully sprang out of bed at 5am ready to take on the day while I hit the snooze button 17 times.

This did nothing but leave me feeling tired, unfocused, unproductive, and just blah for the rest of the day. It would end with a bottle of wine and feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything. I knew something needed to change. I needed a better morning routine.

There are several benefits to having a solid and consistent morning routine including:

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” — Buddha

Once I established a morning routine, I began to feel more energized and ready to take on the day. Now my days begin at 6:30am. I use Mel Robbins ‘5 Second Rule’ when the alarm goes off (I count down from 5 in my head and must get out of bed within those 5 seconds). I feed the dogs, meditate, listen to motivational videos, and get out in nature for some exercise. I don’t look at my phone for the first hour, so no emails, texts, social media, or anything that’s going to cause me to go into reactive/solution mode first thing in the morning.

So, how can you set a morning routine, and what elements should it include?

For the latter part, a morning routine should incorporate elements of mind, body and spirit. Those include, but of course, aren’t limited to:

As to how to start a morning routine, I suggest experimenting with what works for you. Here are some suggestions to help get you started:

I can’t stress enough the importance of having a morning routine. It will set you up for a productive day and successful life. Figure out a routine that works for you and stick with it for at least 21 days to develop the habit. You’ll eventually figure out what works for you and become that person of whom I used to be jealous. ;)

Namaste.

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Writer & NLP Certified Coach. I teach people how to realize their greatest potential and use their gifts to make a difference in the world. I also save animals.

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