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Experience the benefits of a morning routine
Do you find it difficult to make progress with your goals? Maybe you’ve even given up on them because you just can’t find the time to put in the effort.
Working your 9 to 5, taking care of the kids, managing a household … who doesn’t want to just stream a couple of episodes after dinner and call it a night?
Sure, you’d love to lose some weight. Or start that online business. Or write that book. But, where’s the time? Not to mention the energy.
If this sounds close to home, I’m glad you’re here!
In this post, I’m going to tell you why early morning risers seem to get more done. I’m going to share with you some powerful benefits of a morning routine, and how it can literally change your life.
You’ll discover that it’s in those quiet morning hours when most people are still under the covers, when the house is still and silent and dark – that’s when the magic happens.
If you’re not a morning person, you might be wondering what the benefits of a morning routine could possibly be. After all, how in the world could you get anything productive done when your body won’t cooperate?
I’m going to challenge that thought by saying there is no such thing as “morning people”. Either you’ve trained yourself to get up early or not. It’s a choice, not a personality trait.
And once you’ve learned how to ignore the snooze button and get out of bed before the crack of dawn, you’ll be on your way to a more fulfilling and productive life – crushing your goals with every cup of coffee.
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11 powerful benefits of a morning routine
Most people struggle with getting up early, so they only do it when they *have* to.
But, I’m here to convince you that the benefits of a consistent morning routine can be your inspiration for becoming an early morning person.
Check out these 11 powerful benefits of starting a morning routine for yourself.
1. You set up your day for success
It’s true. Your morning routine can either set up your day with focus and purpose, or put you on track to wasting most of it.
Life is busy and there are a thousand distractions that demand our attention. It’s tough to find time for your own personal development.
An effective morning routine is a great way to get you in the right frame of mind, so you can be successful in achieving your goals.
2. You structure your most productive time of day
For most people, their best time of day to get stuff done is in the morning. After a quality sleep, the mind is rested and clear and ready to focus.
A healthy morning routine helps to structure this productive time, so it doesn’t get wasted on menial tasks that don’t get you closer to your big goals.
3. You increase productivity and focus
If you’re waiting for divine inspiration to make some headway on your big dreams, you might be waiting a long time. Being productive and focused takes intention – with your time and with your actions.
A morning routine gives you the opportunity to put all of your energy into what’s important to you. Setting aside just one hour, first thing in the morning, ensures that you’ll make progress.
4. You maximize time and efficiency
There will always be people and circumstances in life that compete for your attention. Between your job, your kids, and your never ending to-do list, getting in just one uninterrupted hour sounds impossible.
This is one of the powerful benefits of a morning routine: focused time dedicated to your priorities.
When your attention is not divided, you can maximize your efforts and be more efficient with your time management. You won’t end up with 10 half-completed tasks at the end of every day.
5. You improve quality and clarity
An ideal morning routine will give you the opportunity to get in touch with your big life goals, and figure out how you can accomplish them.
Having quiet, uninterrupted time to reflect and plan will improve the quality of the results you’re seeking. You’ll also achieve clarity with what’s important to you, and why.
6. You increase motivation, energy, and drive
Every morning, your structured daily routine will get you a little closer to your goals.
After a couple of weeks, you’ll see the progress you’re making.
This will increase your motivation to keep working towards them, and strengthen your drive to achieve them.
7. You increase fulfillment in life
Writing down goals and dreams can feel good, but it doesn’t get you any closer to them. Only when you’re being purposeful with your time and doing what it takes to achieve them will you feel a sense of accomplishment.
Having a productive and solid morning routine will lead to greater fulfillment in life, because you’re putting your dreams first.
8. You reduce stress and worry
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with stress and worry when you feel out of control. Sometimes this can cause us to become paralyzed with fear, and not take any action. When your emotional health suffers, so does every other area of your life.
You don’t have to endure a stressful morning every time you wake up. Creating a morning routine allows you to take back control of your time and your actions. To focus on solutions and how to overcome obstacles. To dedicate time for creating a better future.
And, as you do, your stress levels will go down. The mental health benefits from a morning routine will become evident. You’ll start to develop a more positive outlook, and begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
9. You take back control
There are not many things you can actually control in your life. So much relies on external circumstances and other people’s actions.
However, you can control two things: what you say and what you do.
When you focus on what *you* can control, then you won’t get caught up in less important things. You won’t settle for a victim mentality, or keep comparing yourself to others.
A morning routine puts you in the driver’s seat. You’re the one creating your future, one morning at a time.
10. You make time for yourself
I’m sure you love your spouse, your kids, your friends and your family. But, sometimes we need quiet time alone.
My morning rituals include making my coffee and heading downstairs to the basement guest room. That’s my space to read, think, pray, dream, and write. I need that extra time to myself, so I don’t lose myself.
If your kids are small, or your home life can be a bit hectic, then an early morning routine will give you the ample time alone you need. Those early morning hours are a great time to get centered before rushing through a chaotic morning.
When the house is dark and quiet can be the perfect time to get grounded and connected to who you are and what you truly want out of life.
11. You put your priorities first
The best-selling author Stephen Covey offers a powerful illustration about achieving goals in his popular book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.
Basically, if you fill a jar with sand and pebbles and small rocks, you won’t have any room for the big rocks.
But, if you put the big rocks in first, then the smaller elements will still find space to fit.
The big rocks are your biggest priorities – what is most important to you. You must put the big rocks in your jar first if you want to ensure they get done. Otherwise, the smaller rocks (like those basic tasks on your daily to-do list) will take up all the space.
Maybe the greatest benefit of a morning routine is making your goals the first priority in your daily life. Each morning, before anything else, you’re intentional about making progress. And, at the end of every day, you can go to sleep knowing you put your future first.
This might be as simple as getting in a workout, or as daring as building a 6-figure income. It doesn’t matter. What makes the difference is knowing what you want out of life, and being purposeful about pursuing it.
What difference does a healthy morning routine make?
A purposeful and productive morning routine can be the difference between a successful life and an unfulfilled one. Becoming wealthy and living paycheck to paycheck. Being fit & healthy and being overweight.
These are big differences – ones that can literally change the direction of your life.
When you use that first hour in the morning just preparing to get to work on time, you miss the opportunity to focus and plan your day. You hit the snooze button a couple times, jump in the shower, grab a bagel going out the door, and sit in morning traffic listening to news radio on the way to work.
Then your brain has to start task-switching and problem-solving shortly after you arrive at your job, and the next 8 hours are taken up reaching someone else’s goals.
By the time you clock out, fight traffic, eat dinner, and watch an episode or two on Netflix, the day is basically done. Any willpower you had this morning to get on the treadmill (*sometime* before you go to bed) was used up dealing with disgruntled customers earlier in the day.
Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.
Actually, tomorrow could be a guaranteed slam dunk. All you have to do is get up early enough to focus on your own goals, before you ever head out the door.
Imagine spending an hour or two every morning, having your coffee in peace, and just focusing on what’s important to you. Having time to plan out your day, so your actions line up with your values.
You could have uninterrupted time to:
- review your life goals and plan for your next step to reach them
- focus on your physical health with a morning workout routine
- focus on your mental health with meditation, prayer, and journaling
- take a 30-minute morning walk while listening to an inspirational podcast
- practice meditation, yoga and breathing exercises to start your day with peace and clarity
- spend time in prayer and bible study
- have a daily planning session to work on that side business that will one day replace your day job
- learn a new skill that could result in a hefty pay raise
An early morning routine allows you to create those morning habits that can change your life for the better!
3 steps to start an early morning routine
Just think what it would feel like to know you’ve accomplished your most important priorities within the first two hours of waking up. To know that it doesn’t matter what life throws at you later in the day, you’ve already won.
And as days turn into months, your little morning routine will become a habit that positively affects your entire life.
Here are 3 easy steps to start an early morning routine, and start being more productive in your life.
1. Planning your morning rituals
If you want to get the most out of your mornings – and you should, if you’re going to give up an hour of sleep every day – then you need to do a little advanced planning.
Don’t wait until you’ve poured your cup of coffee to wonder what you should do.
Because, you know what will happen, right? While you’re “wondering”, your brain will automatically want to do mindless things like get on social media or just have some aimless screen time – and drift back to your current morning habits.
None of these things will get you closer to your goals.
It’s important to be intentional and maximize your time. Otherwise, you’ll lose the motivation to get up early because you won’t experience any benefits.
Here are a few things you could do to get the most of your mornings:
- set the timer on your coffee maker for 5am; that way, it’s ready as soon as you walk in the kitchen
- take a bit of time to make your kids’ school lunches the night before
- prepare your breakfast in advance
- sleep in your exercise clothes so you’re ready to start your workout time as soon as you get out of bed
- have your playlist or podcast already cued up
- set up your desk the night before with everything you need – your laptop, journal, pens, etc.
- make a list every night of any additional tasks you want to focus on the next morning
- if you have more than one focus (physical activity, then a 5-minute meditation, then reading), set a timer for each one
The goal is to take back all of the wasted minutes and applying them to a focused activity. You don’t want to use your brain power to make a bunch of little decisions. Have everything ready, so you can go straight into doing.
It’s in the daily, consistent, focused activity where you’ll begin to feel and experience a shift happening.
As you take time for yourself before anyone else, you’ll notice you have more to give to others. You’ll be able to complete tasks without feeling rushed or overwhelmed. You’ll gain more clarity in your life and have a stronger sense of purposeful direction.You’ll have a more active life and greater motivation during the day.
And, you’ll start achieving goals that have been sitting dormant in your journal for years.
All because you’re making your life a priority.
2. Becoming a morning person
Maybe you’re not convinced yet. Maybe you’re having a hard time believing the tradeoff is worth it. Is it really worth giving up an hour or two of sleep every morning?
I could tell you to keep thinking about it, or go find the research on the benefits of early rising, or have a discussion with your friends to see what they think, or go read a book on good morning habits.
All of those things might help convince you to try it. But none of them will prove it works for you.
Really, it’s just putting off the inevitable, which is actually doing it. Because that’s the only way you can experience the benefits of a morning routine for yourself.
So, I say, just jump in. You’ve got nothing to lose. (Well, okay, you’ll lose those early morning hours of sleep, but I guarantee you’ll gain so much more in return!)
Creating a perfect morning routine takes a little extra planning in the beginning to help develop this healthy habit. The hardest part will probably be getting up. This is why it’s important to have a consistent sleep routine so you’re well rested every morning.
Then, you’ll need to determine a strategy to get out of bed with a burst of energy and not snooze through that annoying alarm.
Here are some morning routine hacks to help you get started:
- determine a consistent time for waking up every morning
- move your alarm clock across the room, so you have to get up to turn it off
- put your bedroom lights on a timer so they turn on when you need to get up
- set your alarm to blast some fun music
- have a snack by your bed and eat it as soon as your alarm clock goes off
Your normal comfort level will certainly be tested. So, once you’re out of bed, you’ll want to signal your brain that it’s time to wake up. Do this right away, or the temptation to crawl back under the warm covers will be too powerful for you.
You could do this by:
- turning on the lights if you haven’t already
- jumping in the shower
- brushing your teeth
- drinking a glass of cold water
- engage in body movement, like jumping jacks or pushups
After you get your blood flowing and the risk of going back to sleep has passed, it’s time to start your morning routine.
In order to maximize the time you have, you’ll need to plan what that routine is before you grab that first cup of coffee.
Otherwise, before you know it, you’ll look up from your email app and wonder how an hour could fly by so quickly.
3. Turning your solid morning routine into a habit
Are you ready to change your life? Have you had enough of average? Will you finally commit to making your one and only life the very best it can be?
Then make a commitment to yourself. Because you are the only one responsible for you.
You are the only manager of your time, and every day you’re blessed with 24 hours. You have control over your own thoughts, feeling, and actions. You have everything you need to start your morning with intention, and working toward your dreams.
I encourage you to develop the daily habit of being an early riser, and using those morning hours to better yourself. Take the next 30 days to put your goals and dreams first in your day. Experience the benefits of a powerful morning routine for yourself.
I guarantee, you’ll be amazed at how your life will change.
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In summary: experience the benefits of a morning routine for yourself
I hope I’ve convinced you that the benefits of a morning routine far outweigh the comforts of sleeping in!
If you are ready to commit to your goals and start changing your life for the better, I encourage you to try a morning routine for yourself. Follow the steps and try out the hacks in this post, and figure out what works for you.
Give yourself time to make it a habit, and commit to a minimum of 30 days. Once you see how much progress you’ll make with just one focused hour (or two) every morning, I bet you’ll become an early riser for life!
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