Morning routines are a pretty hot topic, and for a good reason. It’s literally been the game changer for so many people I know, myself included, when it comes to achieving goals, in every area of life. Morning routines have helped me stay more consistent with my health and fitness, business, and relationships. In this blog post I’ll share my morning routine so you can get some morning routine ideas to implement for your day. The key is to make it your own and something you can personally stick to, so take what you want from this blog and do some more research to find the morning routine that fits you best.
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The Importance of a Morning Routine for Entrepreneurs
“The research by Steve Key, a professor of molecular and computational biology at the University of Southern California, shows that “[w]hen it comes to doing cognitive work, most adults perform best in the late morning.”
So what do you do during the early morning to get ready for when you’re at your peak level?
Standardizing the first 30-120 minutes with a routine lets you arrive at that peak in the best possible mindset.
Another reason that morning routines seem to be so common among creatives is that they create a rock in what feels like a raging river. Whether you have a project going badly, are moving cities, or are changing jobs, a morning routine gives you something to hold onto—a sense of normalcy to root yourself.”
In a nutshell, our brains are most primed for productivity in the morning, so starting your day with positivity before you start some focused work that will most move your business forward can literally be a game changer for your business AND life.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #1: Prepare With a Night Routine
The key to having a successful morning routine is to set yourself up for success the night before with a night routine of some sort. A few things I try to stick to very night is listing out three things that I’m grateful for from that day, and two things I wish could’ve happened a bit differently.
I also set out my workout clothes and sneakers outside my door so I’m prompted to put my workout clothes on right away when I leave my room. I also make sure I turn my phone on airplane mode the night before so I don’t get any texts to my phone directly when I wake up. I want to make sure the first things I read and consume in the morning are positive and in my control, and while I love texts, sometimes they’re not always positive or the first thing we should see to start our day. This includes social media and email. It’s tough to resist it when you see all of those notifications come to your phone, so putting your phone on airplane mode the night before will set you up for success!
A few other things I set in place the night before:
*Setting my phone across the room so I have to physically get out of bed to turn my alarm off (and therefore, GET UP!)
*Making my alarm have a positive affirmation or something that makes me smile 🙂 I have “WAKE UP AND CONQUER” as of now. It’s super corny, but it makes me smile every morning. Change your alarm now so it says something besides “Alarm.” Any way we can subconsciously send ourselves positive vibes, we should take it.
I HIGHLY recommend reading a book called The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins if you struggle with pressing the snooze button. It will help you with any type of procrastination you’re struggling with, but she specifically goes into depth with the struggle of the snooze button! You can get it on Amazon here.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #2: Water + Apple Cider Vinegar
Right after I turn off my alarm, I head to the kitchen and chuge 20 ounces of water. Then I put on coffee and get my apple cider vinegar drink ready.
My Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail
*2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar
*½ cup of water
Mix it all together and CHUG. Even though the lemon juice and stevia dilutes the apple cider vinegar a bit, it still tastes pretty nasty in my opinion, so I recommend chug-a-luggin!
There are SO many benefits to apple cider vinegar, that you can read up on here.
After I chug it, I brush my teeth, grab my coffee and snuggle up on the couch for the next part of the morning routine.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #3: Gratitude Journal + Affirmations
Gratitude in the morning is the best way to ward off any negativity you might be feeling. You literally cannot be negative while in gratitude, and realizing that you have things to be grateful for (even when you feel defeated) puts you in an abundant mindset, which can attract more things to be grateful for to you.
One suggestion when writing out a gratitude list: get specific. Instead of saying, “I’m grateful for my husband,” say “I’m grateful for how my husband gets me water every single night before bed, and takes my glasses off when I fall asleep before him.” The more specific you can get, the better, because you’ll start to realize you have SO many things to be grateful for, even during the shitty times.
Another habit I have come to implement in the morning, right after my gratitude, is listing out 10 things I want to happen in the future, but as if it’s already happened. I got this idea from Rachel Hollis, the author of Girl Wash Your Face. It’s one of THE BEST personal development books I’ve read, and I highly recommend you get it ASAP! You can get the Amazon link here.
An example of a few of the 10 things I’ve been listing out
*I’m an exceptional wife
*I get pregnant quickly and have a smooth and safe pregnancy
*I have a million bucks in the bank
*I travel to Europe and Disney every year and go on a mini weekend getaways every month with my husband
The more I do this (which is usually about 5-6 mornings a week) the more I truly believe this is going to be REAL. I have no doubt it can happen, but putting it down on paper literally shifts my mindset and makes my daily work behaviors have a purpose beyond an income amount.
My Morning Routine For Success Step #4: Personal Development
This is hands down my favorite part of my morning routine. I usually spend 20-30 minutes every morning after my gratitude and affirmations reading a personal development book. I have a whole slew of personal development book recommendations on my “Shop + Freebies” section of my website here.
One of the first books I encourage any client I work with or any entrepreneur for that matter, to read, is “You Are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. After I read that book I invested in Amanda Bucci’s Flourish & Conquer Accelerator Group Coaching program, and a year and a half later, my life is COMPLETELY different, and I have no doubt I wouldn’t have been ready to make that investment without reading that book. You can get it from Amazon here.
But no matter what you read, I recommend having at least 20-30 minutes a day pumping your brain with positivity from other successful entrepreneurs or mindset gurus!
A few podcasts I recommend for entrepreneurs
*For the Love of Money
*The Angie Lee Show
*The Rise Podcast
*The Rise Together Podcast (for couples)
*The Guava Girl Podcast
*The Chalene Show
*Build Your Trribe
These morning routine ideas are what I’ve found works for me. Again, take what works for you and your schedule, and adjust accordingly! Even if your morning routine is 5 minutes, having some intentionality in the morning to set yourself up for success is essential and will improve your life–I promise!
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Tell me about you! Do you struggle with implementing a morning routine for success that works for you? Which of these tips will you implement?
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