The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine – Mike Murdock
I love my morning routine. Some people like to “just wing it” but me, I thrive on structure. If I don’t know what and when things are happening for the day I feel…… well, lost. Am I the only one who feels like that? Lately, I have found that by just following these 3 simple steps will make sure that I get my day started off right.
1. Make the bed. I know, I know, making the bed is the last thing you want to do when you first wake up, right? But I have found that AFTER I make the bed I have a feeling of accomplishment and order, which then leads me unto the next thing I want to tackle. We spend 1/3 of our life in our bedroom and the appearance has an effect on our mood. For example, when you walk into someones room and you see their bed made, how does that make YOU feel?
2. Bible & coffee. This is my non-negotiable. These two go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly, Lucy and Ethel, french fries and milkshakes…..you get the point. Reading my Bible in the morning is like putting on the perfect filter for the day. I have noticed that when I don’t get my quiet time in prayer, I tend to be more anxious, rushed and… just plain less happy throughout the day. The Word provides me with patience, wisdom and truth which gently shifts my perspective for the day. Some days its 30 minutes. Some days it’s only 10 minutes. It’s important to remember, it’s not a formula it’s a pattern.
3. Journal. Journaling is new to me, but it has really helped clear my head. If your like me you have A LOT of things going on in there and sometimes just writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you make connections between the two. I have a lot of ideas but it’s not until I write them down do they become goals. I have yet to try the five minute journal, but I have heard good things about it. Essentially the idea is; in the morning you write one thing you are grateful for, one thing that would make the day great and one personal affirmation. In the evening you write three amazing things that happened throughout your day, and how could you have made your day better.
These are just some principles I have introduced recently into my morning routine that have made the biggest impact. These won’t work for everyone as routines and lifestyles are different. Your morning routine is about you and what will make you the most successful.
Are the things you do each morning setting you up for a productive day?
I’d love to hear about them in the comments!