I’ve been trying to nail down a consistent morning routine since early this year, after coming to the realization that I need to change the way I start my day. I developed my first morning routine back in January; things were good for a little bit, but for some reason I could not commit to waking up early in the morning or exercising. I also felt like I wasn’t getting everything done.
Since then, I’ve been keeping track of how I spend my time. I started keeping a daily to-do list outside of work and I also read the most amazing book, The Miracle Morning, thanks to a recommendation from Siobhan Sudberry of BeFree Project. When I interviewed Siobhan, she told me how much she’d benefited from waking up early and starting her day with a “miracle morning” that consisted of the SAVERS: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (or journaling). Once I read the book, I knew I had to try a “miracle morning” of my own. I got up at 5:00 AM (girl, yes…5:00 AM) and spent some time meditating and in prayer, wrote out some affirmations and said them aloud to myself, visualized my perfect day, read the Bible, wrote in my prayer journal and then did a 30 minute workout.
I had an amazing day. My mind was so clear and focused! I was in the office early and got a ton of work done. And I wasn’t stressed because I had taken so much time for myself in the morning–I didn’t wake up and immediately rush to get ready for work. I tried my “miracle morning” a few more times and made some adjustments. So now I have an updated daily routine that starts with my own version of my “miracle morning” and gives me a lot more time during the day to get things done:
How to Create a Morning Routine and
have a More Productive Day (pt. 2)
My Morning Routine
5:30 AM // Wake up, workout (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) and eat a small breakfast
6:00 AM // Pray and meditate, repeat affirmations, perform visualizations, write in journal
6:30 AM // Get ready for work
7:30 AM // Leave for work, listen to Daily Audio Bible on my commute
8:00 AM // Arrive at the office
My Evening Routine
5:00 PM // Leave the office
5:30 PM // Arrive home and take 30 minutes to unwind alone
6:00 PM // Start dinner, do some chores, start blogging
7:30 PM // Call friends/family
8:00 PM // Finish blog posts, check email, schedule social media
10:00 PM // Shut down the computer and get ready for bed
11:00 PM // Time for bed
A few things have changed from the daily routine I created in January. I wake up earlier, which means I get to work earlier and leave at a decent time. I get a lot more done at work now because I’ve finished one or two tasks before anyone gets into the office. Waking up earlier and spending more time getting ready for the day has made such a difference in how I feel as the day goes on: I’m less stressed and less anxious. I feel more alert and a lot more in control of my day, probably because I’ve spent time affirming my belief in my abilities and visualizing my day going well. Spending time in quiet prayer at home vs. while I’m standing on the train platform has also made a huge difference in setting the tone for the rest of my day.
Exercise is still a challenge for me. I feel great when I exercise, and I love the idea of being fit and strong, but I just can’t stay consistent! The number one reason why I haven’t consistently stuck to my morning routine is because it involves exercise. Unfortunately, that’s the only time I can get it done; when I workout at night, I get really tired and don’t want to do anything else, so I need really work on finding joy in working out. My goal is to stick to my routine for the rest of the month. I’ve found that preparing for the day from the night before helps a lot. Then I fall asleep reminding myself why I’m getting up early, and it’s much easier for me to wake up the next morning.
Have you been keeping a daily routine? How is that going? Do you have your own version of a “miracle morning”? And if you exercise on a regular basis, how do you remain consistent? Let us know in the comments!
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