Does your morning routine look a little something like this?
Your alarm goes off and you hit snooze about 500 times. You finally decide to wake up by grabbing your phone and immediately browse social media and email to see what you missed while you were sleeping. After realizing how busy you’ll be and how much you need to get done, you roll out of bed already a stressed-out mess. The overwhelm of your day has you wondering where to start, so you just don’t do anything – or you don’t do the things that will propel your business.
Sound familiar? If so, you need a morning routine! You need to align your goals and intentions with the way you start your day. It will help you not only with mental clarity but your physical self, as well.
What is a morning routine and how do I make one?
A morning routine is all about aligning your goals and intentions with how you start your day. It consists of anything that can help you get started with your day to reduce the overwhelm and help you be more productive.
In order to make one that is right for you, you first need to figure out what you want. Do you want to be more productive? More focused? Healthier? Whatever your goals and intentions are will help you create a routine that is specific for you.
Another important thing to consider when making a routine, is to make a list of things you DO NOT want to do. In other words, what are the things you do that take away from your goals and intentions?
Does checking email before you even get out of bed stress you out? Then add that to your DO NOT do list. Do you constantly get side-tracked by social media? Then add that to the list also. Whatever you do that does not align with your intentions needs to go on this list.
As An Entrepreneur a Morning Routine is Essential
As an entrepreneur, a morning routine is essential to up-leveling your business. Your goals and intentions need to be fed and nurtured from the start of your day.
By having a set routine in the morning, you can start your day with focus. You know what you will be doing and how it will help grow your business. It will help you remove all the unwanted distractions so you can focus on what really matters.
Morning routines can also increase your productivity. By starting your day with a plan and with focus, you’re setting yourself up for success and increased productivity. You’ll want to get out of bed, knowing you are going to do ALL THE THINGS that will scale your business. It will help reduce the overwhelm and keep you on track.
By staying focused and increasing your productivity, you’re also saving yourself time. You’re saving time by sticking to a routine that helps you reach your goals. As an entrepreneur, time is your largest and most prized possession. With more time, you can get more things accomplished, which means more success!
Steve Jobs would start his day by asking himself if “today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”. By asking this simple question, he was able to maintain clarity on his day and stay focused on what was important to him.
Ideas for a Morning Routine
There are so many ideas you can incorporate into a morning routine! The important thing to remember is make it work for you and make sure it aligns your goals. It’s also a good idea write it down, along with what time you will start and stop an activity.
For example, if you want to get up at 5:30 and do a little yoga, meditation, and journaling before you start your day, it could look something like this:
5:30 wake up
5:30-5:40 go to the bathroom, brush teeth and hair, get dressed for yoga
Once you are finished with your routine, you know you can start your day at 6:20 with a fresh mind and body to take on whatever comes your way.
Some more ideas for a morning routine could be:
· Go over your to-do list
· Go over your DO NOT do list
· Go for a walk
· Make a healthy breakfast
· Reading something inspirational
· Write in a gratitude journal
· Drink coffee or water
· Listen to a podcast
· Braindump all your ideas
· Do your most important task first
· Listen to music
· Make your bed
Creating a morning routine is essential for creating a life you want to live. By making sure it aligns with your goals and intentions, you are setting yourself up for success every day. For more ideas on creating morning routines, we found this article by Chris Winfield to be super helpful. At Valley Virtual Assistance we want you to be successful in every aspect of your life and believe starting your day off on the right foot will get you there.