This is a website dedicated to morning routines and filled with information on how to create and keep a successful morning routine.
Famous and successful people with morning routines
Successful people have one thing in common, they cherish their mornings. Famous athletes, successful business people and even presidents often dedicate a lot of their success and focus to their morning routine.
Everyone has their own rituals in the mornings that motivate them.
Author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins advocates an hour of power every morning and Steve Jobs talks about looking himself in the mirror and ask if he would be happy with his planned day if it was his last day in life and if the answer is ‘no’ too many days in a row he makes sure to make some changes.
The most important thing is that you find your ritual that will motivate you. Here at morning-routine.com we’ve gathered the best tips from all sources to inspire you to create your own routine suitable for you.
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How will a morning routine help you?
When you start every day with healthy habits and focussing on what is important for you in your life you consciously and subconsciously take actions towards the life you want.
The main benefits of a morning routine performed every day is that not a day will go by without you thinking about your goals and what you want to reach which in turn helps you achieve them
Depending on what your morning routine consists of it can help you with everything from getting more focussed and effective to getting into physical shape.
How to get up early in the first place?
Nothing really says at what time a morning routine should be performed but when studying successful people early mornings are common.
The only requirement to get the most out of your ritual is to start it straight when you wake up. The 10 first minutes after you wake up are the most influential time on your subconscious mind and therefore perfect timing for a powerful routine.
Getting up early is a challenge. Most people have a hard time to get up in time for when they have to get up nevertheless getting up an hour or two early to do a voluntary morning routine!
If you have trouble getting up earlier then you have to it’s important to understand that it’s not enough to rely on your mind right after you wake up. It doesn’t matter how much you want to get up the night before, your morning thoughts will try to convince you that it’s not so important to get up early today and that you can start tomorrow.
When you accept this fact you can structure a way of waking up that will force you out of bed long enough to leave your lazy morning thoughts about going back to bed and instead focusing on what your doing with your day.
If your out of ideas some of these might help you:
- Have a friend or somebody else call you every morning.
- Drink a lot of water before bed so you’ll have to go up and pee when the alarm goes of.
- Place your alarm clock far away (maybe in the bathroom)
Remember: A person who recently woke up can’t be trusted so if you make a friend call you asking if your up isn’t enough but have him or her tell you some tasks to perform while they’re still on the phone to make sure you won’t get back to bed.
If you have trouble getting up do whatever it takes to get this habit installed. It will change your life. Only half an hour a day earlier will give you 3.5 extra hours per week and 14 hours per month and if you manage 1.5 hours earlier we’re looking at 42 extra hours a month which in turn is an extra year every 15th year.
If you want to get up a lot earlier it can be wise to change your wake up time gradually with about 15 minutes every week. This will give you time to adjust and the resistance to get up and the afternoon fatigue won’t hit you as bad.
With that said an effective method can be to go for you new waking up time the day after tomorrow. Stay up all night and then go to bed early the next day setting your alarm clock on your new getting up time.
This method is only recommended if you can make sure you get up every morning at this time. Over sleeping once the first month will mess up your rhythm and make it hard to get up again.
Usually slower and more gradual change will be more sustainable but it depends on the person and the circumstances.
Another key to getting up early is to get up the same time every day, even weekends since you then won’t disrupt your body’s rhythm every Monday when it’s time to get up early again.
What does a successful morning routine consist of?
The main function of a morning routine is to set your own focus for your day before something else shifts your focus, therefore it’s important to make sure you have your phone and internet turned off during this first part of your day.
A good rule of thumb is that your ritual should stimulate all the three areas healthy, wealthy and wise.
Here’s a quick checklist of what to include in your morning-routine:
- Drinking water
- Some form of quiet time or meditation
- Some form of physical exercise
- Visualization of goals
- A healthy breakfast
- Personal hygiene
Your morning meditation
A quiet period (from 5 to 50 minutes) to relax your thoughts will help you focus later during the day. Sit down somewhere quiet and calm down and focus on your breathing. Try not to focus or think about anything else. Thoughts will pop up and the challenge is to let them leave without getting too much attention. After practising this for awhile you will get better and better at clearing your mind and your ability to focus will grow.
Your morning exercise
Any activity that gets your blood pumping is good here. It’s preferably something you really like to do as well and you’ll put a smile on your face by doing it.
First of all you want to make sure you get a glass of water as soon as possible when you wake up since it’s the time when you’re the most dehydrated.
When it comes to breakfast there are a few things to think about, mainly proteins and slow carbs. A high protein breakfast is one of the most effective ways towards a lean muscular and healthy body and the slow carbs will keep you energized until lunch.
Goal Setting and reviewing them at least every morning
Goal setting is nothing more than writing down what you want out of life. Goals can be material things or things you want to learn or anything else that you want in your life for yourself or others. It’s important to know why you want to reach these goals. Without a why it’s hard to keep the motivation.
Make sure you write down your goals and also put down a time when they will be reached!
If you keep reviewing your goals every morning you signal to your subconscious mind that thoughts and decisions moving you towards these goals are far more important than any other and you’ll be surprised how fast you can reach your goals.
Morning visualization – How and what to visualize?
Visualization is a good way to review your goals. Take some time alone and see yourself as you want to be with all the things, skills and relationships that you want to have.
Read more about morning visualization!
Make your morning routine into a morning ritual
Design your morning so you’ll love them.
Do you have any favourite healthy food, exercise or activity? Do it in the mornings so you have something to look forward too.
This will help you get out of bed as well as keep doing the routine since you’ll feel that something is missing if you don’t.
Why did we start morning-routine.com?
In february 2013 we (Filip and Nils, two entrepreneurs from Sweden) realized that we’ve both been trying for too long to create and follow a morning routine. We simply couldn’t do it on our own so we signed a contract between us forcing us to wake up 7 am every morning to avoid paying a fine. We managed to form a habit and 7 am soon turned into 6 am and now we’re pushing 5 am and loving it.
Morning-routine.com is for you to be able to create your own morning ritual!