There’s a saying that goes “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear” and I’d like to share with you my experience in trying a new morning routine because that's what I feel like happened to me.
Now you’re here because either you’re fed up with the situation at your place that plays out over and over again, or you’re looking for a better way to do things, something that you can tweak in your own life for productivity or wellness or more calm. Either way, I hope you’re open to hearing about a different approach to a morning routine.
What's different about it?
I say a different approach, because typically people talk about morning routines in terms of getting tasks done in the morning so you can head out the door and be on time to work or school or wherever you need to be.
There may or may not be an element of self-care in these tasks, such as having a shower, or eating breakfast.
What do you mean by a routine?
The idea of a routine is to have basically a mental checklist of what you need to do, and then over time it becomes a habit, and you don’t even have to consciously think about it anymore, it’s just what you do. If you’ve ever driven somewhere and don’t really remember the trip, you’ll know what I mean.
Now a lot of us feel tired, stressed, rushed, irritable, even anxious in the morning… And if that’s you, I totally understand why you hit the snooze button in the morning, or pick up your phone to see what’s happening on social media (surveys say 60-80% of smart phone users have logged on within 15 mins of waking up).
And if I asked you why you get up in the morning, what would you say? Because I have to go to work, because my kids wake me up, because my cat is hungry, because I need coffee or to go to the toilet? Essentially that’s out of necessity or to serve others.
If this is you, how do you find your evenings? Do you manage to squeeze in some exercise, read, work on your personal goals?
Often that’s really difficult because of feeling tired at the end of the day, other people want to spend time with you or you want to spend time with your other half, you have only a short time between cooking and having dinner, doing dishes, and getting ready for the next day. It’s a cycle of running at a low ebb, true?
What if instead, you could devote time in the morning for self-development BEFORE all the necessities of life are pulling at you?
I know I’ll lose some of you there with that idea and I wish you luck.
What's involved in this routine?
For those of you still reading, thank you.
I have a book recommendation for you that has had a big impact on me. The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod.
I read it in January and have been so inspired by it. The author talks about his car accident brush with death, and how he had his life turned upside down by a financial crisis. He found himself in a desperate state, which led to his particular combination of 6 practices for self development in the morning.
His acronym is S.A.V.E.R.S - silence, affirmations, vision, exercise, reading, and scribing.
It sounds like a lot, but he talks about how to adapt it to work for your situation.
He has a great perspective on the challenge of waking up and strategies to help his readers get out of bed.
I have been doing this as a daily practice for a few weeks now and so far I have noticed:
- I am getting up in the morning instead of being awake but either wishing I was asleep or getting out the phone. This is time that is now making me feel good instead of devoted to resisting what comes next.
- I am getting quality ideas to think about instead of my mind throwing all sorts of items for the to-do list at me or whatever issues people are talking about on social media.
- I am feeling more confident and more able to just go ahead and do things that I previously felt intimidated by or not strong enough to take on. This means faster progress and a sense of momentum.
- Physically my waist has trimmed down and I am feeling more fit.
- It’s flowing onto my relationships. My daughter has gone walking with me a couple of times and has really enjoyed it. I appreciate that I’m setting this example for her. I am also seeing more opportunities to give to others and it’s a pleasure.
- It’s helping me to keep my eye on dreams and goals instead of filling up my time with busy work or things that won’t contribute to realising those dreams and goals.
What do you think?
So I really want to leave you with the idea of filling up your own cup in the morning. You might be surprised at how good you can feel and the power is in your hands to do that. The question is: what are you willing to do to start your day well?
If you have read The Miracle Morning or you end up reading it, I’d love to hear about your experiences with it.
All the best,
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