All around the wilds of the interwebs people are touting the awesomeness of a morning routine–how it changed their productivity, made them happier, healthier, and higher functioning humans.
The thing is? They are 100% on point. It is true. Routines have a way of defining us. And starting out your morning right? 100% super key.
But the thing is, if you’re anything like me, everyone else’s morning routine–water, treadmill, green juice–just wasn’t cutting it for me and I noticed that nearly ALL of my clients struggled with creating their ideal morning routine. It was a block for them. They simply had no idea of where to start.
So I decided, being the coach I am, that I needed to simplify the way in which my clients and my people created their own morning routines so they didn’t get lost in the sea of overwhelm and rigidity that comes with finding a perfect rhythm.
So what do morning routines have in common? They all feed the Mind, Body, and Soul. Good morning routines expose our needs, allow us time to ourselves (coughselfcarecough), and feed crucial elements that make for a successful day.
How to create YOUR perfect Morning Routine
1. How much time to you have daily to commit? Be frank, honest, and kind to yourself.
Half an hour? Fifteen minutes? An hour? Keep in mind your time constraints, and build your routine around that. If you can only commit to 20 minutes a day for your routine, an hour walk is off the table. Be frank and honest so your routine sings to you. My morning routine is right around 45 minutes these days, and it is just right for my lifestyle.
2. Make a list of things that you enjoy doing within said timeframe
Create a list with three categories: Mind, Body, and Soul. Write down everything you can imagine doing within that time frame you set out to accomplish in step one. These are broad categories, and can mean WHATEVER you want. For me my lists were….
Read the News
Read 5 minutes of a creativity book
Look over my Calendar for the Day
Read a journal prompt, write for a few minutes
The 5 Tibetans
Reading journal prompts, writing
3. What of your list are non-negotiable daily things? Make sure to include them
Do you feel lost without a morning Coffee? Green Juice? Yoga session? Whatever your daily needs are, they are first priority. Make sure you include them, and give them some love. For me? I absolutely must check my Trello board (project management software that rocks my face off) and consume a tasty warm beverage. Coffee, warm lemon water, or tea. Doesn’t matter which one, but I need a warm kickstart to my morning.
4. Do your daily non-negotiables fill up the quota of Mind, Body, Soul? If not, what’s missing? Notice for overlap
For me, a warm beverage takes care of some of my needs, but not most of them. Adding checking my calendar/reading over my Trello board that is pretty awesome too. But that doesn’t take care of movement or the soul category. So I had to make sure to add something from the other columns….
5. Finally, piece it all together and do it everyday!
Mine is Warm Beverage, The Five Tibetans, Trello, Write, Start my day!