What’s Your Morning Routine?

What’s Your Morning Routine?

Ever have one of those days where you felt like you didn’t have it all together? Days you’ve been rushed, scrambled, or just plain frazzled? Are you a not a morning person? Do people who are chipper and excited about the morning just annoy you? You know the type I’m talking about.

Actually, I used to not be a morning person. Just ask my siblings. Better yet, ask my Momma. She will tell you. When I was in junior high school she used to have to dump water on my head to get me going and wake up in time to get on the school bus! Oh, the stories they could all tell . . .

As I have gotten older and wiser I have learned a thing or two and taken to heart valuable life lessons that my parents and grandparents have shared. It’s amazing how we don’t really appreciate those lessons until we are older and fully understand them.

One of those lessons comes from my grandparents on both sides. I was constantly hearing,

“Becca, successful people are up when the roosters are up.”

and

“There’s no time like the present time.”

Their advice came back to me when I had a job where my commute was 1 hour and 20 minutes just ONE WAY and I did it for over five years. I had to learn how to create a morning routine if I wanted to get through day after day. Those mornings that I slept in, I felt off All. Day. Long.

The Importance of Productive Routines

Now, as I work alongside my amazing colleagues and fellow coaches at Southwestern Consulting it’s evident that if you have a morning routine you are more productive at work.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average employed American works 7.6 hours per work day. Take into consideration that the average employed American also spends two hours on housework and around five hours a day on leisure activities. A lot of people also work more than they sleep in a day as well. That means for most people, a workday takes up a HUGE part of their life.

Your work experience impacts your life greatly—which is why habits are so important.

Think about it: If you have a great start to your day, you are more likely to have a good day at work, and then you are more than likely coming home still energized and ready to do something productive and meaningful after work. However, if you start the day exhausted and frazzled, leave work even more exhausted, frustrated, or just depressed about your job, you are going to be far less likely to be productive and engaged at home.

Tips for a Great Morning Routine

This is why having a morning routine is imperative to your success in your life professionally and personally.

Here are a few ideas that you can do to create a great morning routine:

  • Prepare for the next day the night before—try getting things together the night before so you are not rushing in the morning. Get your lunch together, set out your clothes, make you to do list, and set out the things you will need for the next day.
  • Once your feet hit the floor say something positive. I love to say, “Today is going to be amazing!” or “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Start off by celebrating the day.
  • Start saying some affirmations and have positive self-talk right away. I have printed some encouragements on my bathroom mirror. I even know some colleagues who have them laminated and posted in the shower!
  • Take time to journal and write down your thoughts. Or read a devotion or a chapter in a book. Or do both!
  • Make your bed.
  • Drink a glass of water before that first cup of coffee.
  • Take time to enjoy your cup of coffee or tea.
  • Workout, meditate, or stretch—get your blood flowing
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Do NOT check email first thing. Save it for when you get to the office or at least until you’ve done all the things above.

What’s a routine that works for you?

I’m cheering for you and for you to start setting your mornings up for success!

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