Tell me if this sounds familiar: every day you end up rushing out the door for work at a different time and you have no idea why you’re running late.
A morning routine sounds more like a wishlist than a reality. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a morning routine you were proud of?
The good news is, you can. And you can start it tomorrow.
How to become a morning person
There was one thing I was certain I would never be—a morning person. I naturally like to stay up later and sleep later. If you ask me, the world shouldn’t get cranked up until 10am. But of course, no one asked me and the world does start before 10am.
Michael Hyatt put together a great list of 9 things you can do to become a morning person here. I would read his post in its entirety along with this one. But I want to highlight his compelling reasons for becoming a morning person:
“Morning people” tend to:
- Make more money.
- Be more productive.
- Be healthier and live longer.
- Be more happy and satisfied in their lives.
I would add that morning people tend to be more spiritually sound and feel less stressed. Also, having children is a very compelling reason to start a morning routine, since the morning may be the only quiet time you can find.
But just because you’re a morning person doesn’t mean you have a routine you’re proud of.
How to start a morning routine
I started building my current routine of waking up at 5:00am Monday—Friday almost a year ago now. It comes much more easily than I ever thought. And believe me, I went into it kicking and screaming.
Here’s how I did it:
- I decided what was important to me: For me, this list included a devotional and prayer time, time to read, time to write, exercise and time to make breakfast for my family.
- I prioritized around those things: I took a realistic look at my morning, starting with what time I left for work and then worked backwards to set time frames for each priority.
- I set my alarm: Once I had a realistic schedule for my morning, I knew I had to wake up earlier than I was. I decided if I woke up at 5:00am I could accomplish everything on my list without rushing (which is important to me). I set my alarm on my phone accordingly.
- I started doing it: The most important part of starting your new routine is just that—starting it. Once you decide on a routine, start doing it. Tomorrow. It’s the only way to start building a better morning.
You don’t have to wish you had a morning routine. You can start one you’re proud of tomorrow. Take time to plan it out and just start doing it. You can always tweak it as you go.
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