There’s a definite correlation between achieving our Goals and our morning routine, and it should support our pursuit of our targets. A morning routing is what you do in the morning from when you get up to when you leave for or start work. The end point is your choice. A typical morning routine for an under-achiever might be something like this:
Alarm goes off. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Or just turn it off entirely and doze off.
Eyes fly open. Reach for the alarm/phone in panic mode to determine what time it is. “I overslept!”
Rush to the shower, get dressed in a hurry and rush to the kitchen for coffee and possibly a quick bite.
Rush around looking for work bag, making sure it’s got everything. Can’t find shoes or car keys.
Pour the coffee into travel mug, grab keys and bag, say good-bye to household and rush to work. Get stuck in traffic.
Any of that sound familiar? I know some of it does for me.
A fantastic morning routine begins the night before. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to package your work bag, put your shoes and keys where you are able to find them and put out the clothes you will wear in the morning. When you are rushing, these items take at least twice as long because you are focused on the fact that you’re running late. Next move your alarm to your dresser or someplace you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Leave your mobile phone with your work bag if you’re not in a job that requires you to be on-call at night. Proceed to bed early. Give yourself 7 to 8 hours of time to sleep until the alarm goes off. Choose the amount that works for you and stay with it.
When the alarm goes off, you need to get out of bed to turn it off. Make sure it’s a loud, annoying alarm, not some soft chime you’ll sleep through. Do NOT go back to bed. Ideally, you exercise today. You can do 5 hard minutes to start. Get your heart rate up and work up a little sweat. Even if it’s stretching and jumping jacks, you can do something. Increase the exercise time until you are doing 30 minutes or longer. Yes, you do have the time. Start getting up a little earlier every day. Shower and dress for the day. When done, grab your work bag, keys and anything else you want and head to work 15 minutes earlier. If you work from home, you can get started 15 minutes earlier.
This sets you up for a fantastic day. Exercise in the morning can make all the difference in the world for daily. You’re energized and you have already accomplished something. Your morning goes from a rushed mess to an orderly time of successful actions and habit construction. There is a lot more you can do with your morning routine. Walk the neighborhood for instance. Spend 5 or 10 minutes in prayer or contemplation. Write in your journal. Spend 15 minutes or more on your side hustle. Any and all of these things sets the tone for your day. You have achieved something or several somethings before you begin your work day. You are not grumpy and fixated on how badly the day began.
You have set yourself up to hit the ground running and work in your Goals.