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Building Your Morning Routine

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

MORNING ROUTINE

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.

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    Porsche
    March 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t do 4:30 5 days a week either, it leaves me exhausted! Great post!

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    Thomas
    March 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Great post thank you for sharing! 😀

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    Jasmin N
    March 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Oh, these tips are absolutely wonderful! I’m not a routine type of a person and it’s really bad sometimes haha. Now I’ve got more than enough time to create a routine for me and my baby and it’s pretty essential for both of us 😀
    Thank you for this!

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    Sabine
    March 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    This is why I love weekends so much. No routine and stay in bed as long as I long for. X Sabine

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    Denise
    March 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I get up at 5.45am most mornings although it depends on my shifts but as 730am approaches I still end up rushing out of the door and I have no idea why 😄. There is no way on earth that I would manage to get up at 430am as that’s still the middle of the night as far as I’m concerned.

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      Anastasia Nicole
      March 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      4:30am is the same as midnight me to me so unless I’m going to the airport or I need to be to work super early, it’s not happening LOL.

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    namrata
    March 13, 2017 at 3:08 am

    I’ve always tried to stick to a morning routine, but somehow I find myself fighting for time despite waking up early. BUT I’m going to try.

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    kittylimon
    March 14, 2017 at 6:10 am

    my morning routine is usually fight with alarm until i have barely enough time to get myself ready and get where ever i need to be with possibly 5 minutes to spare … i should probably work on that lol

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      Anastasia Nicole
      March 14, 2017 at 6:39 am

      LOL! Giving yourself just an extra 10 minutes would make a world of difference.

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    David Elliott
    March 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I’m still trying to work out my morning routine. It can be a bit crazy but I know it’s worth it having one.

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