How To Make A Morning Routine Worth Waking Up For
Changing your morning routine can change your life. So many big names in history, as well as many of the most successful people today, talk about how important their morning routine is. There’s also a lot out there on what morning practices are the best. Affirmations, meditation, gratitude exercises, physical exercises, and more.
All of those are great, but it’s not what this article is focused on. This article is focused on creating a morning routine based on what you want to do. You’re going to discover the things that inspire joy, that you really enjoy doing, and create a morning routine that you’re excited to wake up for.
Let’s dive in.
Step 1: Create More Time & Less Stress
Start with removing anything working in opposition to this strategy: stress. Picture your current morning routine, and walk yourself through each step. Are there any areas that feel stressful? Take note of them. How can this be remedied?
Feeling rushed? Time to wake up earlier. Don’t like the sound of that? Then what can you get done the night before to minimize your morning tasks and create more time for yourself? Start by discovering what you can do to eliminate or minimize any stress you’re experiencing in your morning. Who really wants to start their day in a rush?
Step 2: Define the Dream
Now that you’ve eliminated stress, and created more time for yourself, it’s time to make a list. Write down the first five things that come to mind when you ask yourself what you’d like to have in your morning routine. Be sure it isn’t things you “should” do, but things you want to do. If it helps, imagine your perfect morning, and write down everything about it that inspires joy, comfort, a sense of ease, etc. This includes the little things! It doesn’t have to be practices such as affirmations, meditation, or journaling. Think atmosphere. Think sensation. Colors, light, sounds, and smells. For example:
I love everything about brewing a cup of tea in the morning from using a tea kettle, to the sound of its whistle, to the image of the steam billowing out of its spout, to the way the wide clouds of steam and rippling water look as I pour it over the tea bag and into one of my favorite cups. My cup inspires joy. I even love opening the tea bag, setting it in my cup, and winding the tag at the end of the string around the top of the handle to keep it secure. I love the way the steam looks as it softly floats from the top of my cup. I love the warmth as I hold my cup and take a sip. I love watching the tea seep into the water, changing it’s color. For me, just this one act inspires various moments of joy.
Diffusing essential oils and putting on a favorite playlist inspires joy too. Those are three things that I have chosen as part of crafting my morning experience. They play an intimate roll in shaping it, and I have not mentioned any morning practices. With these things in place, it is even easier to start a new morning habit.
Step 3: Commit To Your New Morning Routine
Now put it all together! Walk yourself through your morning again and add in some joyful practices. How do you feel? What kind of outlook do you have on your day? Be sure to write down any new tasks/experiences that come up as you are envisioning this (maybe you saw yourself reading a book, or heard a specific album playing in the background.) Make note of anything you need to do to ensure you commit to supporting yourself and your day with this experience, including preparation the night before.
Ask yourself: What would my life be like if every morning was like this?
Are you ready to commit to this new experience? Start tomorrow morning! When you have these things in place, I encourage you to add in some of the most prized morning practices such as affirmations, meditations, journaling, and the rest. You will find it easier to do in this new state, and it can multiply your results!