It’s Sunday night and you’re getting settled for bed. You need to be up at 7 a.m., so you set an alarm for 6:40 a.m. and snooze your way through 3-5 alarms until you wake up around 7 a.m…ish. To start your day, do you brew some coffee and start cooking breakfast? Check your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts? Open up snaps from friends? Respond to emails from the previous day? Stretch? Workout? What does your morning routine look like?
If you’re a multi-billionaire, media mogul, like Oprah Winfrey, you wake up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., find yourself in the gym first thing in the morning, in a chair for hair and makeup around 7:30 and film two shows before lunch.
If you’re a founding father of a nation, an author, scientist and on the face of a $100 bill, like Benjamin Franklin, your morning routine starts at 5 a.m. You “ Rise, wash and address Powerful Goodness; contrive day’s business and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study; and breakfast.” You also ask yourself an important and powerful question, “What good shall I do today?”
If you’re a billionaire entrepreneur who owns an airline and an island and has been knighted by the Prince of Whales, like Sir Richard Branson, you wake up at 5 a.m. to exercise and spend time with family, to get in a great mind frame before working.
These 3 highly successful people are a small sample of entrepreneurs, media moguls, technology pioneers, and politicians that seize the day as soon as they wake up. Now I know what you’re thinking, if successful people are active in the mornings, there must be a method to this madness. While there lots of reasons why a morning routine is beneficial, let’s dive into 3 motivating factors behind my inspiration for a morning routine.
Benefits of a morning routine.
1.It’s a small win.
Each time you perform your morning routine, you are strengthening habits that are conducive to success. Your morning routine is effectively a morning “to-do list” of activities. It may not seem like a huge accomplishment to check each activity off your list, but it doesn’t have to be. Charles Duhigg, author of the book “The Power of Habit,” states that “Small wins fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach.” These small wins can add up quickly and help set in motion the forces to take down a larger win!
2. Be like a Mark.
There are few things you could to be like Mark Zuckerberg. You could start your own social media giant or you could drop out of college and make billions of dollars. While these two things might take some time, you could partake in a practice that helps reduce decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is the reason why he will wear the same outfit – don’t worry he has multiple copies of the same outfit. He smooths out his morning by removing his wardrobe choice to save his mental strength for the larger decisions of the day.
That’s what your morning routine could be for you. As soon as you wake up, you can immediately decrease your decision fatigue by eliminating the thought of how to get your day started. This can help save your mental fortitude by tackling the larger decisions of your occupation. Now all you have to do is start your own social media enterprise and make billions of dollars. You’re a third of the way of becoming Mark Zuckerberg. You’re welcome.
3. Get organized
Some morning routines take 10 minutes, others a couple hours. Regardless of the length of time of a morning routine there is some planning involved, usually the night before. In order to successfully go through your morning routine, especially if you want to do it worry free, you’ll have to get things laid out the night before. By committing to your morning routine, you will have to organize your things the night before. If you need to wear a specific outfit for the next day, lay it out and get it ready before you sleep. If you are a morning gym goer, lay out your gym equipment and clothes the night before. If you pack a lunch, get your meals ready the night before. Your morning is an opportunity for you take advantage of time that no one can take away or interfere with. However, if you wake up disorganized and are muddling through your things to get ready for the day, you’re already off to a late start.
The inspiration for a morning routine
For me, I’ve always been a morning person. I enjoy being awake before everyone else, to me it’s peaceful and I like to get my day started early. My morning routine helps me get me mentally and physically primed to take on the day. I was inspired to start my own morning routine when I read about how the late martial arts legend, Bruce Lee starts his day. Before he gets out of bed, he does a series of stretches that last no longer than a few moments per stretch, for a total of 3 minutes. His theory behind this routine was to relieve stress, increase the mind and body connection, stretch and get the blood flowing. My routine is slightly more time consuming.
My morning routine:
- Wake up at 5:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.
- Drink a glass of water
- Meditate (currently using Tony Robbins’ Priming technique) – 15 minutes
- Stretching (currently following the ROMWOD programming) – 15-20 minutes
- Journal – 5 minutes
- I use these 5 minutes to clear my head. I’ll write about blog ideas, business ideas, random thoughts, reflect on a specific moment from the previous day, how I feel about the tasks of my upcoming day. I use these 5 minutes to put my thoughts onto paper.
- Read 5 pages of a book – 5-15 minutes
- Total time = 40 – 55 minutes.
If you need more ideas here is an infographic highlighting the morning routines of another 23 successful people. If you already have a morning routine, feel free to share it!