It’s 2020, you know your why and you’ve written down some big goals that you intend to accomplish. Now what? How do you take those big goals and make them a reality? I like to believe It all starts with a morning routine.
There are 168 hours in the week, but not all hours are equally suited for all things. Willpower is like a muscle and tasks that require self-discipline are best done after a night’s rest when willpower is in surplus. Rituals best suited for the morning are activities that, when regularly practiced, result in long-term benefits. Author Laura Vanfrekam states, in her book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, that the most successful people use their mornings for nurturing their careers, relationships and or themselves. Personally, my focus is to nurture myself and my relationships with others, knowing that my career would naturally fall in line if I improved those two areas first.
In 2019, I played around with a “2.0 version” of my morning routine and soon began to see the effects in every aspect of my life. The changes helped me enhance my faith, self-worth, gratitude, physical fitness, working knowledge and this blog! Through trial and error, I identified 7 habits that became the cornerstones of my new morning routine. Try out some or all of these habits for 21 days (because it takes 21 days to create a habit) and see what works for you!
1. Drink Sole Water (Equivalent of 5 extra morning minutes)
Sole water contains the necessary electrolytes that give you the required minerals t0 function and keep energy levels up. It has also been said to improve the body’s ability to absorb vitamins/minerals, promote clearer skin, improve sleep and aid digestion.
2. Make Your Bed (Equivalent of 5 extra morning minutes)
Making your bed in the morning will give you a sense of accomplishment. The pride in completing a simple task like this tends to kickstart a chain of other good decisions throughout the day.
3. Meditation (Equivalent of 5 to 15 extra morning minutes)
Integrating meditation into your morning routine will result in increased energy and focus with a better overall sense of wellness. Apps like Headspace or Simple Habit have 5 to 10-minute meditation options can help you build out this practice at your own pace.
4. Devotion (Equivalent of 5 to 10 extra morning minutes)
Creating space to pour into your spirituality or a daily devotion allows you to grow in your faith, creating a strong foundation for your daily decision-making process.
5. Gratitude (Equivalent of 5 to 10 morning minutes)
Writing down 3 things you’re thankful for every morning increases positivity, reduces stress and improves self-esteem. So, grab a journal that’s totally “you” and get to work!
6. Daily Priorities (Equivalent of 5 extra morning minutes)
Identifying the top priorities for the day allows you to execute on these priorities before your willpower has been exhausted.
7. Workout (Equivalent of 30 to 60 extra morning minutes)
I do the majority of my training early in the morning for logistical reasons and because it’s when I have the willpower not to make excuses. Other benefits include sounder sleeping patterns, a serious mood and metabolism boost throughout the day and most importantly consistent training transforms your health.
I cannot say exactly what personal development will come from adding these habits into your morning routine, but I know it will be a beautiful journey.