My Morning Routine (TL;DR version)

The most successful people and super achievers have developed a routine at the start of their day that helps them get primed up and set a good rhythm for the day.  With a great morning routine, it is certain that you will become more productive and experience a positive change in your life.

The main essence of creating a morning routine is to start building up momentum so that we are dialed in with the right thoughts and emotions that uplift us and guide us towards achieving success and fulfillment. Here’s the morning routine that I am following presently:

 

  • Waking up (naturally if possible)
  1. I wake up around 5.45 am every morning.
  2. My eventual goal is to wake up early naturally without any alarms every day.
  • Goodness and gratitude
  1. After waking up, I say the words ‘Thank You’ and smile.
  2. I start thinking of all the great events that have happened in my life and the good things that I experience on a day-to-day basis and being grateful for them.
  3. I also thinking about a particular person or a bunch of people and send them love.
  4. I recalibrate to my default thought pattern that “Things are not happening to me, they are happening for me, and every thing happens for a good reason. The Source energy and the infinite intelligence within me has my back.”
  • Touching the ground
  1. I get off my bed with excitement and enthusiasm and walk across my apartment to switch off the alarm.
  2. I start jumping a few times and do a few quick body stretches. This signals my body from to wake from the sleepy state and get pumped up. Once I’m done, I switch off my alarm and open the window blinds to let the rays of the early morning sun brighten up my apartment.
  • Freshening up
  1. I start playing something on my smartphone that is inspirational and uplifts my mood and energy.
  2. As I listen to it, I start brushing my teeth, I sprinkle cold water in my eyes and wash my face. This helps me in waking up from any residual sleepiness and feeling fresh.
  3. I use the bathroom and hop in for a quick cold shower.
  4. Once I’m done, I get dressed up in my home clothes.
  • Making my bed
  1. I’m a highly organized person and love making my bed first thing in the morning, as I get a great sense of accomplishment once I’m done with it.
  2. I do some basic tidying up and make sure things are organized and kept in their respective places.
  • Creating a great ambience
  1. I work on making the environment for me as relaxing and comfortable for me.
  2. I light a tealight candle as it makes me feel good and gives me a comfortable feeling of hygga. This can be substituted either by playing some soft music or using an incense stick or essential oil.
  • Journaling
  1. I write and empty all my thoughts, worries, anxieties or questions in my journal. This avoids bottling up of any negative emotions.
  2. Another great advantage of journaling in the morning is that gives my subconscious mind an opportunity to provide me with any answers that I’m seeking.
  • Pranayama and Meditation
  1. After journaling, I do Pranayama (a set of breathing exercises) for a few minutes.
  2. I read a meditation (for that respective day) from The Daily Stoic and then meditate for 15 to 20 minutes using Headspace.
  • Affirmations and visualization
  1. Once I’m done meditating, I read and speak my affirmations aloud, trying to engage my emotions as I read them.
  2. After that, I like to do a small session of visualization where I visualize what I would like to manifest in my life and simply enjoy the experience.
  • Water and coffee
  1. Next, I drink around half a liter of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice in it.
  2. I start my coffee maker and while the coffee is brewing, I water my plants. I step outside my apartment and walk for a couple of minutes while soaking in the morning sun.
  3. I read the daily meditation from ‘The Language of Letting Go’. By the time I finish reading the meditation, my cup of joe is ready for me.
  • Writing
  1. I settle in and start my writing session which lasts anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. I set a timer when I sit down to write for enhanced productivity.
  3. The rhythm and momentum of writing every day make it easier for me to achieve the flow state, and I’m able to express my creativity and come up with ideas to write on a consistent basis.
  • Recalibration and working on the blog
  1. Once my writing is done, I open my email and watch the DarrenDaily episode for that day. After that, I read ‘The Notes to Inspire’ email by Simon Sinek, and Seth Godin’s blog post (both are delivered to my email inbox in the morning).
  2. Then, I get started with a re-calibration session wherein I review my personal mission statement document, my yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals. After this, I write the goals that I need to complete today and the three most valuable priorities for my work that have to be fulfilled.
  3. Next, I do a brainstorming session and work on tools and strategies that can enhance my blog and self-publishing success followed by a high-impact activity related to blogging/self-publishing for the next 30 minutes. If there is any other issue that needs immediate attention, I work on resolving that issue.
  • Fitness and Yoga
  1. I engage my body in a fitness routine that includes doing one round of push-ups, squats and sit ups (as much as I can; my goal is to do a 100 of each).
  2. After that, I read the daily meditation from the book ‘Yoga 365’ and do a short session of yoga which can last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes.
  • Reading
  1. Once my fitness routine and yoga session is completed, I read a few pages of ‘Tools of Titans’ by Tim Ferriss.
  • Getting ready
  1. Once I finish reading, I start dressing up if it’s a weekday, playing uplifting music in the morning. I have a couple of tracks that I listen to every day and this is a ritual that helps me get energized and gets me into the right frame of mind.
  2. If it’s a Saturday or Sunday, then I continue with the tasks and errands that need to be done for the day. I take Sundays off so once I’m done with my morning routine I take it easy and go with the flow.

 

So that’s my morning routine; I hope it inspires you and gives you a framework on which you can build your own routine. Feel free to switch the order of activities based on what suits you best. If you are feeling inspired and would like to start your own morning routine, the best time is now! 

 


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1 Comment

  1. Maria Smith

    October 5, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Very informative blog.

    I would like to thank you for the information.

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