Why Your Morning Routine Is So Important
May 6, 2022
How does your morning routine go? Do you hit snooze four times, splash some water on your face, and mindlessly scroll through Facebook as you wait for your coffee to brew? Or do you wake up and take every step with purpose?
Your perfect morning routine is simply a set of habits. And, as I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter if a habit is good or bad; it will stick with you.
Take a look at my equation of life: your belief system + your repeated actions + time = who you will become.
The sum of who you will become begins right when you open your eyes and take in the morning. Then, whatever you do next will set the stage for the rest of the day. In the military, for example, everyone starts by making their bed; that sets up the rest of the day to be filled with purpose and action.
So, what does your routine say about your day?
Do I Even Need A Morning Routine?
Well, do you have habits that are building momentum and propelling you into success?
Or are your habits bringing you negative momentum? Do you wake up, groan at the ceiling, and eat junk like donuts for breakfast? And then you move through your day with the same negative momentum that led your first act.
Habits are super important for your momentum, and your healthy morning routine is the series of habits you have to start off your day. What are you doing, or what do you need to do to start off with positive momentum and continue with the energy for the rest of the day?
This podcast is worth listening to How to Develop Habits that Change Your Life: Building Psychological Strength Podcast
Benefits Of Having A Morning Routine
A good morning routine can help you start your day feeling refreshed and energized. It can also help you get more done in the morning, so you can enjoy your free time later in the day.
-- Here are some benefits of having a great morning routine:
-- You’ll feel more alert, your blood flowing, and ready to start your day.
-- You’ll be less likely to procrastinate on important tasks.
-- You’ll have more energy throughout the day.
-- You’ll be able to focus better on your work and be more productive.
-- You’ll be less stressed and more relaxed.
-- You’ll be able to enjoy your free time more because you’ll have less to do.
How Do I Start My Day Off With Positive Momentum?
To give you an example, I will tell you all the habits I have in my morning routine. Let’s see how each of them helps me build positive momentum that carries me through the rest of the day.
When I was a teenager, it was much easier to jump out of bed and finesse my way into the day. I would usually check social media and the news. I don’t do that anymore because both are full of bitterness and propaganda, and sensationalism.
Positive habit #1:
The first thing I do is turn to positive news. I stay away from regular news outlets and social media, so I don’t start off with negativity. Instead, I use an app called Flipboard. It’s a platform that lets you choose the topics you want to see, so you can arrange it the way you like and read what makes you feel positive.
My Flipboard is full of things I love, including movies, entrepreneurship, and games. It doesn’t matter what yours looks like as long as it gives you positive energy and inspires you to continue with your day.
After I check Flipboard, I have some breakfast. Coffee has become a must for me; it gets my heart and mind going, and I love it. It’s part of my routine, and it gets me through the day. But there’s a twist..
Positive habit #2:
The blended coffee shake. I don’t survive on just coffee; my drink combines coffee and a protein shake. It’s a way for me to stack habits. It has caffeine, vitamins, minerals, vegetables, raw spinach, banana, and protein, all blended into one deliciously epic shake. Sure, it may not be for everyone, but it works for me. And you should try it before you raise your eyebrows at me; you might like it!
Positive habit #3:
While I drink my shake, I check my to-dos. This part’s easy because every night, I review what I did that day, remind myself of the bigger picture, and what I need to do the next day. So in the morning, I already have a pretty good idea of what the most important things I need to do are. I might even do little things while drinking my shake, like check emails, to get those out of the way.
Then I’m off to the shower.
Positive Habit #4:
Habit 4 is another habit-stacking opportunity! I stretch and go through my mantra while showering. My mantra is a huge part of my morning routine; I’ve created it over the years, and it’s constantly evolving. Your mantra should include all the things that you love most or are most important to you as well as any inspiring/uplifting reminders for yourself.
In my mantra, I make sure to address each of my five cores and make sure I’m prioritizing each of them equally. I think about my physical health, my relationships, my emotional health, my career, and my mindset. You can create your mantra based on anything that’s important to you, and remember, it doesn’t always have to stay the same. Feel free to email me for suggestions or take the core quiz to get an idea of what you may need to focus on.
Positive Habit #6:
After my shower, I ask Alexa to play the music that makes me happy. It lifts my spirit and brightens my soul. You could even spot me dancing along.
At this point, I’m feeling good about the day and ready to take on whatever’s next.
With the music playing, I start doing my bathroom routine. I moisturize, brush my teeth, and floss. I’m taking care of my physical health and keeping it fun with the music.
Now my morning routine is complete, and I’m ready to tackle the day!
This podcast is worth listening to Daily Routines, Da Bulls and Round 2 on The Simply Human Podcast
Create A Morning Routine To Help You
Your morning routine is a major part of your day, and whether it’s helping you or hurting you is super important. The little actions you do can build up over time, and those will help you become the best version of yourself.
Take a look at your morning habits. What changes do you need to make? What is giving you joy? What do you want to keep? Make sure everything you do is helping you rather than hurting you.
For more ideas, you can join my Facebook group here. :)
Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.
For more gamified habit hacks to build momentum in your life, follow me on IG, FB Group, and Tik Tok.