One of my goals for Feb is to start building a better morning routine. After listening to a number of podcasts, a point that is constantly raised is that successful people tend to have really rigid morning routines. They make because they make things like working out, reading the news, meditating etc all fit in to part of their morning routine which then becomes a habit, so they get more things done first thing without even thinking about. So they’ve set themselves up for a productive day with out much thought.
I watched a YouTube video a while back by Jonny Godfrey talking all about momentum, he said the quote ‘Things in motion tend to stay in motion’. Basically meaning, if you start the day off the well, a good day will follow. Therefore if you start the day with a good morning routine, you tick of things on your to do list early on in the day, meaning you’re starting your day with great momentum that should therefore continue throughout the day.
Throughout lockdown and the pandemic my morning routine has been all over the place, fluctuating between good, bad and straight up horrific. Some days I was waking up at 8:55 and rolling out of bed and to my desk to start work at 9am while still in my pjyamas. Then I’ve also been through phases of trying to perfect everything all at once and waking up at 7:30, doing an online yoga class, reading a couple of pages of my book and then making scrambled egg on toast all before work. I really struggled to stick to this because I was trying to do too much all at once.
So, in Feb I’m going to try and find a happy medium. At the moment I:
- Set my alarm for 7
- Waking up slowly and getting out of bed between 7 30 – 7 45,
- Do a workout
- Have a shower
- Get dressed
- Make breakfast
- Go to work
I’ve never really been one to exercise in the morning but I’m really loving it at the moment as it frees my evenings up. Once I’ve mastered the above, the basics, I’ll try and add new things into my routine which will help other areas of my life.
Despite the structure being there in the morning at the moment I’m really struggling to maintain momentum throughout the day – I think this is because I’ve been really bad with going to bed early/getting 8 hours sleep. It’s made me realise just how important it is for me to get 8 hours sleep, anything less and I am anxious, unproductive and not my best self at all.
I actually listened to a podcast with Dr Chatterjee and he highlighted that whether a morning routine is good or not is defined by what you do the night before. In short, if you go to bed late, you already know that you aren’t going to have as good a day the following day because you’ll be tired. You have fallen at the first hurdle. So the key to a good morning routine is technically a good evening routine – and I have been really feeling the truth of that statement recently.
I hope this helped you understand why a morning routine is so important!
Do you have a morning routine? Have you noticed having a good morning routine makes you more productive the following day?
Thanks for reading, Chloe x