There’s a clear correlation between achieving our targets and our morning routine, and it should support our pursuit of our targets. A morning routing is exactly what you do in the morning from when you get up to when you depart for or start work. The end point is your choice. A typical morning routine for an under-achiever could be something like this:
Repeat three or four times. Or simply turn it off completely and doze off. Reach for the alarm/phone in panic mode to determine what time it is.
Hurry to the shower, get dressed in a hurry and rush to the kitchen for coffee and possibly a fast bite.
Rush around searching for work bag, making sure it has got everything. Can not find shoes or car keys.
Pour the coffee into travel mug, catch keys and bag, say good-bye to household and rush to work.
Any of that seem familiar? I understand some of it does for me.
A fantastic morning routine begins the evening before. It doesn’t take over 10 minutes to package your workout bag, put your shoes and keys where you are able to find them and put out the clothes you will wear in the morning. When you are rushing, these items take at least twice as long as you are focused on the fact that you are running late. Next move your alarm to your dresser or someplace you must get out of bed to turn it off. Leave your mobile phone with your work bag if you are not in a job which needs you to be on-call at night. Proceed to bed early. Give yourself 7 to 8 hours of time to sleep until the alarm goes off. Choose the amount that is appropriate for you and stay with it.
After the alarm goes off, you need to get out of bed to turn it off. Make sure it’s a loud, annoying alert, not some soft chime you will sleep through. Do NOT return to bed. Ideally, you exercise today. You can do 5 difficult minutes to begin. Get your heart rate up and work a little sweat. Boost the exercise time until you are doing 30 minutes or longer. Start getting up a bit earlier every day. When done, catch your workout bag, keys and anything else you want and head to work 15 minutes before. If you work at home, you can begin 15 minutes earlier.
This sets you up for a fantastic day. Exercise in the morning can make a big difference in the world for daily. You’re energized and you have already accomplished something. Your morning goes out of a rushed mess to an orderly period of effective actions and habit construction. There is much more you can do with your morning routine. Walk the neighborhood for example. Spend 5 or 10 minutes in prayer or contemplation. Write in your diary. Spend 15 minutes or more on your side hustle. Any and all of these things sets the tone for your day. You have achieved something or several somethings before you begin your work day. You are not grumpy and fixated on how badly the day began.
You have set yourself up to hit the ground running and work in your targets.