If you're like me, it's likely that you have one million and fifty two things on your plate that you have to accomplish on a daily basis. You probably constantly ask yourself how you're going to get everything done, and you just can't ever find that missing piece to the puzzle. After months (and years) of testing out new things, I've finally found the thing that works best for me, and that is simply setting up an effective morning routine.
How do I start a new routine?
The first step to creating an effective morning routine is to think about the things that need to be involved in your morning routine on a daily basis. If you have children, like me, then you know that there are certain things you have to do with them every single morning. Those things are all vital to your morning routine, and should always be added in,even though they may not be the most fun parts of the day. When it comes to creating an effective morning routine, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you need to start at the same time everyday. This is going to ensure you have a steady flow of tasks that are being accomplished and consistently done. You wake up at the same time everyday and your body knows exactly what it needs to do, because you've gotten it into a good routine.
The SAVERS method will save your productivity!
In The Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod, he recommends incorporating the SAVERS method. This method is silence/affirmations/visualizations/exercise/reading/scribing(journaling). For me personally, after implementing this method into my life, the effectiveness of my morning routine skyrocketed and I was more productive throughout my day because of it. Utilizing this method will also allow you to start off each day with a positive and balanced mindset, as it focuses on core mindset practices.
As a human, we often worry about everyone around us but then forget to give ourselves any attention. This is why so many Americans experience burnout and exhaustion, because they skip over the fundamental steps of caring for themselves. By using the SAVERS method, you can start each day of the week by caring for yourself, and therefore will feel more energized to take care of the other tasks throughout your day that need to be done.
Our bodies love routine and predictability, which is exactly why I love the following article.
It doesn't have to be a big ordeal that you start crafting a morning routine to boost your productivity, and you could easily start first thing tomorrow morning. One of the many excuses people use is that they will start on Monday, but then somehow Monday never comes. If you find this being you, then make it a point to start tomorrow and get a jumpstart on your effective morning routine. If you're ready to take this huge step towards living a better life, then go ahead and grab pen and paper and let's take some notes. Start by simply writing out what you want in your routine. Write out when you want to wake up, how many times you will allow yourself to hit snooze (IF ANY!), what the first thing you will do when you get out of bed is, and what things you need to accomplish after that. If you're someone who is driven by to do lists that are sectioned out in time blocks, then go ahead and write all of that out. The more you can prepare the night before, the more prepared you will be the morning of and you will be setting yourself up for a successful morning routine.
Studies show that with the majority of humans, it takes us about 21 days to form a habit that sticks with us. So if you can create a morning routine and push through it for 21 days, then you will likely have no problem moving forward with it. That first 21 days is absolutely going to be the hardest, but when it's all said and done you will be so thankful that you took the plunge. If you find that you are too shaken by the sudden changes, then you can slowly work your way to where you wish to be. For instance, if you go from waking up at 9am to 6am and your body seems to be shocked from it, then you can slowly turn your alarm back 15 minutes each day until you get to your desired wake time. This will help the entire process of the morning routine go much more smoothly and effective.
I wanted to leave you with a few more last minute tips to help you have the most effective morning routine possible.
1. Set out your clothes the night before, so that when you wake up, that is one less thing you have to worry about. The easier you can make your routine, the better.
2. Put your alarm clock across the room, and don't allow yourself to hit snooze. By hitting snooze, you are setting yourself up for failure. You need to get up, wake up, and stay out of the bed!
3. Use an affirmation somewhere near your alarm. This could be a post it note on the alarm itself, or a large quote next to it that grabs your attention. Starting your day with positivity will make you more willing to get out of bed and get moving.
4. Find a simple breakfast that you love, and that is fast and easy to make. If you start your day with a huge chore like cooking a meal, not only will you be wasting time from your morning routine, but you will also be creating more chores for yourself. Start your day with something simple like overnight oats or a smoothie.
5. Reward yourself for the different milestones you reach in your morning routine. For instance, at the end of a week give yourself a small reward. Reward yourself with something bigger and bigger each week until you hit your goal. For instance, if you want to stay consistent for 3 months, plan out rewards for yourself.
Creating an effective morning routine can boost your productivity and the way that your life operates. The way that you start your day will set the tone for the rest of your day. So if you start your day lazy, not accomplishing anything, chances are, that is how the rest of your day is going to flow. Get your pen and paper and craft your perfect morning routine right now while you're thinking about, and start tomorrow.