Morning Routine: Why It's Important and How To Start One // CEO in Progress

Morning Routine: Why It’s Important and How to Start One

I used to never be a morning person. I would most of the time be late to work or school, struggling to get ready, prep for the day, or just make breakfast. It helps that now I have a more consistent routine than I did in school, but I’ve been able to completely turn my mornings around and I’m so glad I did.

I’m now up about an hour earlier than necessary each day, spending some focused time working on myself or my goals. It’s allowed me to get so much more done and start every day on the right foot, so now it’s my turn to convince you of doing the same!
Morning Routine: Why It's Important and How To Start One // CEO in Progress

Why It’s Important

Focused, Creative Time of the Day

The mornings are the most creative time of the day for me. With coffee in hand and comfy clothes, I’m pretty sure I can get anything done. If I can spend that time writing or brainstorming ideas, it ends up being some of the most productive and motivating moments of my day.

Prep for the Rest of the Day

This also gives me a chance to put together a game plan for the day and what I need to accomplish before everything else hits my desk. I take a moment to look at my calendar and see what’s ahead, prep to do lists, and pick the number one thing I’m going to focus on for the day. I go in to the day way more focused and organized when I have this moment to gather my thoughts ahead of the day.

Before Distractions

Before notifications start coming in, emails fill up my inbox, and people start getting in my ear, I can have some time where all of my attention can be on the task at hand. This time before the rest of the world gets up has become so precious to me. It’s just my time that I can spend as I want.

Win the Day

Nothing is better than starting the morning off with a win. Having accomplished something or taken the needed time to focus on something important can be such a win and helps start the day off on an extremely positive note. If before you even start your day you’ve already gotten ahead, the rest comes so much easier.

Morning Routine: Why It's Important and How To Start One // CEO in Progress

How to Start

Yeah this all sounds great, but it seems impossible if you’re like most people and prefer spending your nights on the couch until midnight. Been there, done that, and it usually results in the next day feeling crummy and sleepy. I’m never able to accomplish much after 10pm, so I prefer to spend my time unwinding for a bit, then getting to bed early and using my time in the morning. If you’re ready to make the change and become a morning person, here are the best ways to get started. Make sure to plan for about 30 minutes of unwind time to get ready for bed, I usually read, pack my lunch, and prep for tomorrow.

Stay Committed

It takes about 30 days for a habit to begin to form, you need to stay committed in order to make it happen. Prepping the night before, setting your alarm, refraining from hitting the snooze button, all of these things will help you commit a little bit more and stay strong. You need that strength in order to keep waking up early, but the more that you stay consistent and committed, the easier it will come.

Drink a Glass of Water

After the whole night, your body gets really dehydrated, so one of the best ways to wake yourself up in the morning is by drinking a big glass of water. From one coffee lover to another, it makes all the difference in the world and helps you feel less groggy and more refreshed. At night, put a glass of water right next to your alarm clock. When you go to turn it off in the morning, drink the whole glass of water, and you won’t feel the need to go lay back down.

Exercise

Exercising in the morning is just another great way to  wake yourself up and also make you happier. Something as simple as a consistent 5 minute work out  every morning will help make a difference in your strength and your motivation to get up in the morning. Here’s some ideas if you need some help:

5 minute warm up yoga

3 minute abs workout by Blogilates

Outer thigh workout from Popsugar

Write Down Your Routine

It’s way easier to stick with your routine if you have it written down. Use the PDF at the bottom of this article to write down each think you want to accomplish each morning, and cross it off every time that you do. It will make it much easier to stick with the list and keep going. The first page in the PDF is my list which you are welcome to use, but the second page is blank so you can fill in your own.

Give Yourself the Right Tools

If you’re ready to get started, then it’s good to start off the on the right foot. Here’s some things that might help you keep going and keep consistent:

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod // This book helped me understand what’s important to do in the morning and why. I highly recommend if you want to change your morning to try this book out.

The Freedom Journal //  Journaling is a critical part of my morning, and if you have a goal in mind, I recommend using this journal to help you focus in on it each morning. I’m currently in the middle of it and am already seeing changes in how I act. I’ll do a recap once I’m finished, but you should join me!

Sunrise Alarm Clock // If you struggle to get out of bed every day, I highly suggest a sunrise alarm clock. They use the time you have set for an alarm and simulate the sun rising slowly before then, so that your body can get accumulated to the light before it has to get up. It makes it 1,000 times easier to wake up each morning for us, check out the post I wrote about ours for more information.


I also created this free PDF for those who are just starting to get on this morning trend. Print it off and either use my example or fill in your own routine, then check off each activity every morning as you do them to help you get in the habit of waking up early.

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