There are countless articles, studies, and infographics proving that all successful people have one thing in common, a productive morning routine. They meditate, journal, work out and build their business all before rush hour starts. I know it sounds intense, but as one of those crazy early risers, I can say it’s not. Actually, building your own morning routine is easy. It’s sticking to it that’s hard.
I wake up at 5:30 every morning. I would like to say I do it because I’m such a morning person, but that is a massive lie. The reason I wake up at 5:30 every morning is to give myself time to ease into the day. Instead of rushing through getting dressed, grabbing breakfast and hitting traffic, I have created space to start my day right. For me, that means meditating, journaling, and working out before breakfast. Those few activities allow me to start my day calm and relaxed, which is a major key to managing my anxiety. It also gives me plenty of time to do what I need without feeling stressed because I’m short on time. I can walk my dog, talk to my mom, eat breakfast, and chill. If you start your day chill, it’s easier to manage the shit that will inevitably pop up.
How did I come up with this magic morning routine that keeps me chill and on task all day? All it took was me answering 3 questions.
- What do I need to start my day? During the week I need three things, time to reflect, time to eat, and time to workout. That’s in addition to the time I need to everything else I need to do.
- How much time to I need to get everything done? Every morning I meditate for 5-10 minutes and work out for 30-45 minutes. To do both of those I need an hour at least. Then add in an hour for breakfast and getting dressed. Then throw in 15 minutes to fight the alarm if I need it.
- What is a realistic wakeup time I can stick to? I know girls who wake up at 4:30 to do everything I do AND work on their business. I could do 4:30 once or twice a week but 5 days at 4:30 am would leave me asleep all day on a Saturday. I’ve tried it, it’s not for me. 5:30 is early enough that I get a jump on my day and late enough that I can go to bed at 11 pm and not feel drained.
Building your morning routine takes some trial and error. You have to figure out what you need to hit the day running and stick to it. The great thing is after two weeks or so, waking up early becomes a habit and gets easier every time. Whatever routine you come up with, remember being consistent is the key.