6 Tips for a Successful Morning Routine

Do you snooze your alarm as long as possible, then wake up, rush to get ready, then rush to get out the door, scarf breakfast down while you drive and then run into work frazzled? Do you snooze your alarm, reach for your phone and then get overwhelmed and stressed by the emails and messages you have before you even get out of bed?

I used to do this. It seemed like no matter what time I woke up, I was rushed, late and frazzled. If you feel the same way, you may enjoy these tips for a successful morning routine.

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Tips For A Successful Morning Routine

Here are a few steps to help you develop a successful morning routine.

1. Make A Plan

In order to have a successful morning routine, you need to know what you are going to do. What does your morning routine consist of? What time do you need to wake up in order to check everything off on your morning routine? In turn, what time do you need to go to bed in order to wake up for your morning routine?

Take time to plan all of this out so you know what you will do for your morning routine and how to best prepare for it.

2. Stay Off Your Phone

If you wake up and immediately reach for your phone, you are setting yourself up for failure. When you start responding to texts, emails and checking social media, you immediately put yourself into reactive mode. Staying off your phone allows you to control your schedule – rather than your schedule controlling you.

3. Fill Yourself Up

Listening to a positive podcast or an educational podcast starts my mornings off on the right foot. While I’m at the gym and when I’m getting ready, I constantly have a podcast playing in the background.

According to Richard Tubb, “we are influenced by what we see and hear. Watch the news every day and you may think the world is a horrible place. Alternatively, spend time with positive people and you will be inspired. Podcasts are a way of exposing yourself to the influences of people who are smart and successful.”

4. Journal

Every morning I write out my current goals, dreams and what I’m thankful for. There’s a lot of power in physically writing out your goals and dreams. “Your self-talk has dramatic influence on your level of success in every aspect of your life- confidence, health, happiness, wealth, relationships, etc. Your affirmations are either working for or against you depending how you use them,” according to Hal Elrod.

5. Meditate

I’m brand-new to meditation, but I stretch when I get home from the gym, and then I spend just a few minutes sitting in silence. Hal Elrod describes meditation in great detail in his book The Miracle Morning. “The essence of meditation is simply silencing or focusing the mind for a period of time. Study after study shows that meditation can be more effective than medication. Studies link regular meditation to improvements in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activity and other bodily functions.”

If you’re looking for a resource, Headspace is a great app that guides you through learning to meditate.

6. Make Your Bed

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” -US Admiral William H. McCraven

Talk about great motivation to make your bed! It also feels great to come home at the end of the day to a bed that is already made!

Bottom Line

Starting my morning with these tips has been a serious game-changer. Do you have a morning routine that you follow? Share your routine below!

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