How do you start your day? Having a morning routine is more important than you think. It not only gets your day started off on the right foot, but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment even before you eat your breakfast. Here are some tips on How to Start your Day for Success!
Creating a Morning Routine
Are you tired of running around in the morning, getting the kids off to school and grabbing something quick for breakfast? It doesn’t exactly set the tone for a full and successful day. So maybe it’s time to start a routine that sets a calmer tone for a more productive day. Creating a morning routine is very personal to you and your lifestyle, but it’s also about making the choice and commitment to follow a routine that gives you the life you want for a successful day.
What Should be Included in a morning routine?
A morning routine is more about you than your work or family. What do I mean by that? It’s simple — don’t create a routine that includes checking emails or getting lunch ready for the kids. This should be YOUR time for yourself. For example, start a gratitude journal, get in an early morning workout, read a devotional while drinking your coffee — set a tone that calms your mind rather than creates chaos.
My morning routine
Here’s an example of my morning routine.
- Get up at 5 am. I made a decision to get up earlier than my family so I could have some “me” time.
- Drink water with lemon.
- Write in my gratitude journal.
- Meditate for 5 minutes to clear my mind.
- Write in my planner to schedule a day filled with intention.
This takes about an hour to complete. It gives me the time I need to get my day in order. I am hoping to add to this routine in the coming months.
Examples of other morning routines
From Winston Churchill to Oprah to the great Jane Austen, morning routines of very successful people date back for many, many years. Here are a few morning routines of very well-known people.
Oprah’s morning routine consists of getting up between 5:30 and 6 am. She spends an hour in the gym and is in the make-up chair by 7:30 am to start the day.
The late British leader claimed to have enjoyed a cigar and whiskey first thing in the morning. He woke up at 7:30 am and stayed in bed for hours eating breakfast, reading the newspaper and dictating his day to his secretaries. He finally got out of bed at 11 am, bathed and walked the garden.
The Friend’s TV star has described her morning routine like this… wake up at 4:30 am, drink hot water with lemon, wash her face with soap and water and meditate for 20 minutes.
The 18th-century author woke up around 8 am so she could play the piano before her sisters woke up. She ate at 9 am before sitting down to write one of your classic novels.
The former President is not one to drink coffee in the morning. He enjoys green tea, orange juice or water after only five hours of sleep. His morning routine also includes a bit of strength training or cardio and breakfast.
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Chris Huston | Content Creator