morning routines

Morning Routines – How to Create One That Works for You!

In order to accomplish your goals, you have to set aside time every day in order to make progress. The perfect time to do this is in the morning. Morning routines set you up for success, they allow you to develop yourself, and will guarantee that you get one step closer to your goals.

Ever wonder how successful people make progress towards their goals? We all know somebody (it might even be you!) who every year seems to be growing, getting better, and making progress.

The one thing all successful people have in common is they have unbreakable routines. Many times, these routines are centered around owning their mornings.

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Getting up on the first alarm is a great step in your morning routine.

Why Morning Routines?

Why in the mornings? First, starting your day with momentum is so important. How you start your morning is a great indication of how the rest of your day will go.

Our morning routines set our mood, they determine our attitude, and influence our actions towards success. When you start your day on a positive note, you start to build momentum.

Momentum is a powerful force when you are attempting to accomplish something difficult. When you string together a series of wins, you begin to create a winning mentality. These actions compound over time and create an exponential impact on your results.

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Morning routines create exponential growth over time. They start slow, but quickly grow!

While at first these small wins might not seem big, given enough time, you will see the effects!

By utilizing your mornings, you will be able to create this momentum. You will create small wins that add up over time and land you on top of your goals.

This is the power of morning routines!

Can’t Find Time? – Make it!

Often times when people adopt morning routines, they quickly come up with excuses. While many times valid, we cannot let our excuses stop us from accomplishing our goals

The biggest excuses people use is “I don’t have time.” Yes, we are all busy. Work, kids, school, marriage, etc. The list goes on and on. However, if your goals are as important as you say, you will find the time.

But what if you simply cannot find the time? What if every moment of your day is full and you feel like you can’t squeeze in anything else? Well, if you can’t find time, make it!

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Busy days call for increased organization. Finding time can be difficult, but making it is a choice!

Mornings can be the one part of the day that you own. Most people work a 9 to 5 job. After work, they come home and have many different responsibilities to deal with. This is why morning routines are so important!

The time before work is the best opportunity to guarantee you make progress towards you goals. This time is often uninterrupted and can be used to better yourself. 

By waking up a little bit earlier you can make sure this time is for you. If you currently get up at 6 AM, try getting up 30 minutes earlier to work on a goal. For example, say you have the goal to write a book. By getting up 30 minutes earlier, going straight to your computer and writing – you can finish it!

If you do this every day for the rest of the year the book will be completed. By utilizing a morning routine, you are going to be able to get a step closer to accomplishing your goals.

Morning Routines – The Practical Guide

Now that you know why you need a morning routine, it is time to make one. While you will see articles online about people taking cold showers, meditating, drinking lemon water for their morning, that is not with this article is about. 

In order to make real progress towards your goals, you are going to have to take action! While there is nothing wrong with the practices listed above, these aren’t really going to get you that much closer to your goals. 

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Your morning routine is the perfect time to make progress towards goals.

If you want to make real progress, your morning routine needs to be aligned with your goals. This precious time must be spent getting closer to your ideal state. 

Time is the one non-renewable resource we have in life. You can always make more money, but you can never get back the time that you spend. Our mornings constitute precious time that we cannot afford to waste.

So how can you best spend your time in the mornings? For each person, this is going to look a little different. However, the one common factor is that your actions in the morning must get you closer to your goals.

If your goal is to lose weight or eat a healthier diet, then spend this time working out or meal prepping. If your goal is to learn a new language, spend this time studying. As long as this time is productive, that is all that matters!

An easy way to ensure you are making good use of your time is to track your habits in a journal. By keeping track of your morning routine, you can find out what works for you and what doesn’t.

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By tracking your progress in a journal, you will be able to keep yourself accountable!

Excellence Is a Habit

Finding what works for you can take time. Your morning routine will not be crystalized over night, but with repeated practice, you can get closer to perfecting it.

By setting aside 30-60 minutes in the morning to take purposeful action towards your goal, you will be amazed at how far this will take you. Small actions, repeated consistently over time is the key to success!

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” If we can form the habit of executing our morning routines, then we can be a step closer to excellence. By striving forward each day, we can make it a habit.

If we are able to make our morning routines a habit, we will be sure to crush our goals and make our dreams become a reality.

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