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My Morning Routine – What I Do And Why

April 6, 2017

For those of you who want to start the day being motivated, energetic and able to attract success into your life, having a morning routine will get you there pronto. I’m seriously in love with my morning routine.

I often talk about how important it is to have a morning routine but I’ve never shared my exact step-by-step formula. Today let’s dive into specifically what I do to set my day up for success, how I use the morning to smash out my quarterly goals. 

Mornings are my favourite time of the day and I look forward to getting up early.

Say what?

Yes, you read that correctly.

I seriously love my morning routine, especially now that I have spruced it up. A key focus from January to March this year was to improve my morning routine in order to set myself up for success. I already had a 30min morning routine in place that included journaling and exercise. I am an avid fan of Tone It Up and The 5-Minute Journal and always journal and get a workout in first thing. Both of these things help me feel alive; The 5-Minute Journal keeps me grateful and the exercise keeps the energy flowing for the rest of the day and a toned body:-)

But that’s all I was doing and it was lacking, big time.

I felt I could do more, achieve more if I really focused on improving my morning routine.

After I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod in January. I knew that I could really kick things up a notch to eliminate feeling overwhelmed and disorganised. I needed to work even smarter, not harder, and the first step was to add a few more good habits into my morning routine.

You see the thing is, when you start your day with doing the things you love, that bring you happiness, you start your day in such a spectacular way that it’s hard to get derailed as you are on the natural high, regardless of what the day throws at you.

This is why I’m sharing my specific morning routine with you today, so you can take it and make it your own!

Let’s get into the details.

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MY MORNING ROUTINE

Here’s a breakdown of what my morning looks like and why I do each step. I can usually stay within this schedule most days but ain’t nothing I can do about baby puke or poo, except to hold my nose and clean it up.

5:30 – Wakeup, wash face, brush teeth and get a drink of hot water and lemon

5:40 – Meditate

5:45 – Journal

5:50 – Affirmations

5:55 – Visualisations, finish hot water and lemon

6:00 – Exercise, stretch and drink water

6:45 – Shower and dress

7:00 – Family time, breakfast and drink some more water

7:30 – Makeup and hair

8:00 – Learn by listening to podcasts or audio books

If getting up early is your worst nightmare, start slowly setting the alarm earlier each week and going to bed just that bit earlier. A good start is trying in 30-minute increments. 

When looking at this schedule, take it and use to create a schedule that works for you. For me, fitness is my number one priority above anything else. I firmly believe if you ain’t got the energy how are you going to slay the day, right? Plus I have a 6-month-old baby who I care for in the mornings.

You may be thinking, what does each part involve exactly? Glad you asked.

MEDITATE

Upon first getting up in the morning, I have started meditating. This is a new step that I added after reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I’m new to the whole meditation thing and find it difficult. After about 30seconds my mind has wandered and I’m thinking about whatever pops into my head. Definitely got some room for improvement here!

JOURNAL

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Journaling has always been part of my morning routine and it’s evolved over the years. I use a combined layout of The 5-Minute Journal and also a section to track my daily exercise and any other things that I am working on. It’s where I focus on being grateful for the ‘haves’ not the ‘have not’s’ and focus on what I am grateful for. There are plenty of things to be grateful for when we stop to think about it and I find this step has brought so much joy into my life. My journal of choice is the navy Lechtturm 1917 A5 Medium Notebook, which is just beautiful. The pages don’t bleed, it has a lovely hardcover and comes in every colour of the rainbow.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. Brian Tracy

AFFIRMATIONS

This is a recent step I have included this year, after reading the ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod. I’m working on fixing the negative self-talk that is cropping up and working on replacing it with more positive and empowering affirmations. I do this step as it helps me stay focused on my goals this year and ensures I focus on them daily. Check some inspiring quotes over on Pinterest

VISUALIZE SUCCESS

This step is all about believing and seeing myself where I want to be. I take some time to sit with my eyes closed and focus on my ideal life, where I want to be, who I want to share my life with and the abundance I have. Yup. Sounds all a bit airy-fairy and it did to me in the start. But give it a go, it does work and its how I have achieved many of my life goals. I have a secret board on Pinterest that I regularly look at during the day to help keep me motivated. Once you see yourself achieving your goals, they won’t seem so unrealistic. Visualising success truly works!

EXERCISE

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My goals are to workout 3-4 times a week. Prior to having my little boy, I was working out 5-6 days a week, but now I’m recovering it is more like 3-4 times a week. I do a combination of toning with weights in my lounge room, following the Tone It update daily schedule and Pilates. This year I’ve needed to focus on building my core strength back up after having my little boy, so I’m learning about Pilates. I’ve done hot yoga in the past and that combined with the toning exercised, Pilates seems similar but it’s all about slow controlled movements. I’m loving the Pilates Abs and Obliques 26min Workout workout by Fitness Blender.

LEARN

In this part, it’s all about getting outside my comfort zone and learning something new, something that I wouldn’t have thought I could do or learn about. At the moment, I’m listening to The Buffet Way and learning about investing. It a bit of a slog with lots of financial jargon, but getting outside my comfort zone, right? This is the time where I dedicate to improving myself and I normally listen to podcasts or audiobooks during this time.

If you are keen to start your own morning routine, just start with one thing and gradually improve it. It took me three years to get to the above and as my life changes, so does my morning routine. It can be a bit daunting trying to figure out how to create your own unique morning routine, so that’s why I put together a one-page cheat sheet for you, that’s totally free:

It sure didn’t happen overnight.

A good starting place is reading or listening to The Miracle Morning, it is a brilliant read by Hal. But make your morning routine work for you, your goals, your aspirations. Everyone is different and it is about creating a routine that works for you that reflects what you want to achieve in your life.

If you want to be motivated, energetic and able to attract success into your life, having a morning routine and practising it daily will definitely get you there. It will take time as you figure out what works for you, but stick with it. The payoff is definitely worth the effect … times a zillion.

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