Creating a morning routine wasn’t always the easiest for me.
I was the person who just said ” I don’t have enough time”, or “meditation doesn’t work for me, I can’t shut off my thoughts”. I was easily distracted by my to-do lists, emails, work demands and dreading going into my office, so I’d want to snooze as late as I could!
I started a morning routine about 2.5 ago. Now, three years ago, I was a full time corporate recruiter in NYC, working 50+ hours a week, taking courses after work and planning a wedding- My time was limited!!
Today, I work from home on my own schedule and have a lot more flexibility, which can also hurt me if I am not careful.
Everyone’s morning routines look different, but I think there are three really vital steps to having a solid morning routine that no matter what your schedule looks like or how much time you have, you are implementing.
1. AIRPLANE MODE
Yup, I mean put your phone on airplane mode. 46% of Americans look at their phones before they even get out of bed. They check their emails, login to social media accounts, respond back to texts… before they have even brushed their teeth. I am guilty of this, and it is a habit I have yet to break. BUT I am mindful of it, and once you become mindful, you can start to catch yourself and make the change. I put my phone on airplane mode for the first hour of my day.
This allows me to focus without the distraction of notifications and in order for me to use my device for social media or work, I would have to switch it off Airplane mode to use and that extra step triggers my brain to focus back on what I am doing.
I think everyone should start their day with gratitude. I personally use the Start Today Journal that not only implements daily gratitude practice, but it allows you affirm your big, scary goals and dreams as if they’ve already been achieved! This practice reprograms your mind to feel as if you’ve already achieved these things! The mind has no idea if we’ve actually achieved a goal. It goes based off of a FEELING. so FEEL that ‘ish into existence baby!
Whether you use a formal planner OR you just write down 3-5 things you are grateful for every day, it doesn’t matter! But when you start your day thinking of the things you are grateful for, you are more likely to not only start your day in a positive mindset but look for things every day to be grateful for!
When doing this, find very specific things to be grateful for, i.e. your husband put the dishes away and your coffee tasted EXTRA delish today, The sun shining down on your body, your food fueling and nourishing your body!
3. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
THIS IS HUGE. What we consume has so much to do with our mindset which is why social media, the news, our crazy to-do list, is not what we want to check out first thing in the morning! But plugging into a daily personal development book/podcast, it helps you shift the way you are thinking are some great things to start building into your mornings. I recommend spending at least 15 minutes on PD! This can be while you are getting ready for the day, driving to work, taking a shower, cleaning your house, etc! Just lean into it!
Some of my favorite PD books have been:
- The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins (You struggle with “finding motivation”)
- Mastering Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini (You struggle with self-love or confidence)
- Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis (You need to let go stop apologizing for being great!)
- The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein (For those looking to have a stronger connection to the Universe)
- Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (You have a dream, or want to go after a goal, but don’t know how)
- You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero (You need a kick in the ass to go after your dreams)
A couple of my favorite Podcasts would be:
- Ed Mylett
- Lewis Howes
- The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo
- EmpowerHER Podcast with Kacia Fitzgerald
- Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher
- Rise with Rachel Hollis
There are SO many more tips and tricks I can give you as far as a morning routine goes but THESE THREE things are where to start. Sure, you may need to wake up 30 minutes earlier (or maybe it’s not pressing snooze three times like I was doing), but I guarantee that when you start your day focusing on YOU and your intentions are solely focused on getting into a good mindset for the day, you will feel less overwhelmed, more thankful for all the good that is in your life, and you will feel empowered to take on your day!