As winter is approaching it’s becoming more of a struggle to leave the comfort of our beds and get motivated for the day. I’ve been doing a lot of research over the past few months about morning routines and how having a great morning can change the whole perspective of your day. Have you ever had one of those days where it’s bad from the get go? First you snooze your alarm and wake up late, then you trip over something you left on the floor, you get to work and realise you left something at home and from there your day goes from bad to worse. I know I have had many of those mornings and through reading (5 Second Rule and Miracle Morning) and experience I realise this is all down to snoozing my alarm or not waking up when I should.
In the summer I began a new morning routine which I wrote about in a previous post where I was waking up at 5am every day and really making the most of my mornings. However, as the mornings are getting colder and I find it hard to stick to routines, I found myself going back to snoozing the alarm. So, I have decided to take the information from the miracle morning and create my own morning motivation.
Wake up an hour earlier - If you can wake up at 5am great, if not just set your alarm an hour earlier. This doesn’t mean you need to do work within that hour, it gives you time to do things you enjoy or want to do at the start of your day.
Be grateful – before you even leave your bed or do anything else be thank you that you woke up. We often take for granted the fact that we wake up each day. After this initial thought think of another 9 things you’re grateful for. This is set the precedence of the day and kick your morning off with a positive start.
Get to moving – doing some form of physical activity as soon as you wake up shakes away that groggy tired feeling. The good news is this only needs to be 10 minutes – 15 minutes. I like to get a 10 minute morning yoga routine on YouTube in my living room. It’s important that you do this activity in a different room so you’re not tempted to climb back into bed.
Meditate – we all know the benefits of meditation and I know most of us feel like we would love to get into medication but we ‘don’t have the time’. The same as the exercise I like to try and meditate for 10 minutes in the morning, it is hard to begin with your mind will want to think about all sorts of irrelevant things. Just go with it and after a week or so you’ll be able to focus and master the art of meditation.
Set some goals – you now have at least 20 minutes before you need to get dressed, use this time to think about your day ahead. What do you need to do? What do you want to achieve? What is that thing you keep putting off? Note down some small goals for the day and revisit them before you go to bed.
My morning are now much more enjoyable, I wake up knowing I can exercise, meditate and set some goals all before I even get dressed. I also have a much more productive day and manage to get a lot more done that if I wake up at my usual time. I’d love if you would try these 5 tips and let me know if it works for you.