How to Immediately Improve Your Life with a Morning Routine
It is not a secret, research has shown that successful people start the day on the right, positive and productive foot. They make the most of their mornings and prioritize. Recognizing that you have to prioritize yourself will make all the difference. And I realize that not everyone is a morning person. I was not a morning person, and it took some time for me to be okay with waking up earlier than absolutely necessary.
But I had to come to terms with the fact that what I was doing (saying I was a night owl and going to work on myself in the evening) was not working. Mainly because I was too tired.
I know, I know, being too tired makes it difficult to wake up earlier in the morning. But I never had the energy in the evenings. And when I woke up earlier (even though it took tons of effort) I managed to prioritize myself. And I wish I could go back in time and tell my younger self to stick with trying to create good habits.
I’m unfortunately not one of those people who takes a month to create a good habit. It’s more like three; One month to absolutely hate it, one to sort of detest it, the next three weeks to wonder if I have been wasting my time, and the fourth week to finally start seeing it as okay.
Because I’ve always been told that it takes a month to start enjoying a new habit, I always quit at around the one month mark. Why? Simply because I still utterly hated it during that time period.
So, I finally found that my sweet spot is about three months. After three months of waking up earlier and starting a morning routine, I’ve found a huge difference in my life. My mindset, my attitude, my productivity, my lifestyle - pretty much everything. And the feeling of getting so much done before some people are even awake, is exhilarating!
If you are not a morning person, I suggest waking up earlier in as little as 5 – 15 minute increments. Otherwise it won’t be sustainable if you go from staying awake until 3 AM every day to waking up at 5 AM. Slowly wake up earlier and start adding healthy habits to your morning routine one at a time.
5 Morning Habits of Highly Successful People
- Drink water: as soon as you wake up.
- Gratitude: Write down 2 things you are grateful for, it will help you get into the right mindset.
- Stretch or Exercise: Do some light stretching, yoga, or go for a jog.
- Plan your day: Take a few minutes to roughly visualize your day. Make a to-do list.
- Meditate: De-stress and clear your mind.
As you start waking up earlier and enjoy spending time on yourself you can make so much happen. When I started waking up earlier I found it easier to workout first thing in the morning with a super early treadmill class. This particular class was very small, so I had to reserve my spot in order to get a machine, it held me accountable. It started at 6:20 in the morning so I had to get up at 5:45 AM. And it was just enough time to brush my teeth, change, and head directly over to the gym.
To set myself up for success, I filled up my water the night before so when I woke up I could drink water immediately. I picked out my workout clothes the night before and left it in the bathroom. After I drank my water I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth, and then changed and I was out the door. Very little thought went into my mornings, but the less I had to think about the better. It took me a whole three months to get used to just waking up early and taking that treadmill class.
During this time, there were mornings where the kids had kept me up throughout the night. And I thought about skipping. I kept anxiously looking at my phone to groggily calculate how much time I had left to sleep.
But I forced myself to go to that super early treadmill class. I told myself that if I wasn't capable of running I would still do the class by walking or even just jogging slower than usual. By committing to doing something, I managed to motivate myself to go. And when I got there and started warming up, I found I had more energy than I had originally thought. And when the class was over I felt great!
After about three months, I was looking forward to waking up early and exercising. I started getting up earlier and was able to slowly create a morning routine I very much enjoy. I created a printable daily page with a checklist and space to write my feelings of gratitude. A blank Daily Page Printable is available in the Living Samantha Resource Library. If you do not have access, all you have to do is subscribe and it's free! We'd love for you to join!
If you find yourself having trouble getting up in the morning, I highly suggest finding someone or something to hold you accountable. I no longer go to the treadmill class, but instead have my own home exercise routine. Something that would have been impossible to make myself do in the beginning!
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