I’ve been working on a new morning routine lately.
I recently went to a Junior League training event on the “6-Minute Miracle Morning”.
This was based on the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, who has a really, really inspiring story!
The event was super helpful as far as just knowing WHAT to do in the mornings to set yourself up for success! And while brushing your teeth and getting dressed will certainly set you up for success, the 6-minute morning really focused on preparing your mind for the day ahead.
Hal used the acronym Life “SAVERS” to help us remember the categories.
Here is what they stand for:
Silence (meditation)- 5-10 minutes of silent meditation each morning. There are plenty of meditation apps out there, if you need help getting through it. However, thanks to the fact that we’ve pretty much all been to yoga at some point in our lives, this shouldn’t seem to crazy. Simply focus on breathing in and out for 5-10 minutes and deflect any distractions!
Affirmations– 10 minutes of repeating affirmations to yourself. The example that the presenter gave was Muhammad Ali. He is almost as famous for his affirmations as he is for his boxing. He told himself that he was the greatest every day… and he became the greatest!
Visualization– 10 minutes of visualizing yourself achieving your goals. I actually just used this to visualize myself having a productive and organized day… but it can also be used for long term goals, too!
Exercise– 10-20 minutes of exercise. Tone It Up has a morning “Booty Call” on their website and app. These are quick morning workouts that really do boost your energy throughout the entire day!
Reading– 10 minutes of reading. Probably not a Gone Girl-esque novel, but something a little more uplifting, like a book on positivity or a daily devotional.
Scribing (journaling)- 10 minutes of writing.
In order to turn this into a 6-minute morning routine, simply shorten the time of each activity to 1 minute!
I started this routine this morning and, since it was my first day, I spent 5 minutes each instead of 1 or 10. I wanted to make sure I felt like I accomplished a lot, but also got through everything in time to still look decent for work 🙂
Do you have a morning routine? Or have you ever tried the Morning Miracle? If so, tell me about it in the comment section!
I get asked pretty frequently about my different routines. So I thought I’d start sharing little rundowns of the different ones that I do throughout the days. Starting with (you guessed it) waking up!
Oh, what’s that? You hate mornings?
Believe me, I know how tough they can be! But I’ve also learned that the way to deal with their tough-ness is with a good, old fashioned routine!
Don’t believe me? Just adapt this “Dream On” wakeup routine to fit your own schedule, try it for a few days, and see if it helps!
From my experience, structure in the morning really has a positive impact on the rest of the day!
If I wake up late, wander around aimlessly for a couple of hours, blah, blah, blah… it’s hard for me to stay going or feel that productivity vibe later on in the day.
Have you had a similar experience?
So, here’s a quick run through of my morning routine!
1 | Wake up with alarm: This is a big one! Waking up on time can make or break your productivity! When the alarm goes off, just jump up before you even have time to think about hitting snooze. I immediately start the coffee!
2 | Make coffee / Brush teeth / Wash face: These are super self-explanatory. On a good morning, I’ll do squats or leg lifts while I brush my teeth to make the time go by faster! On a rough morning, I’ll sit on the floor and try not to fall back asleep.
3 | Drink coffee: Please. Just try to stop us.
4 | Read Jesus Calling: I have struggled and struggled to find a way to do a morning devotional. It can be tough to focus in the morning and that’s why this book is SO perfect! Each day is only 2 paragraphs and 2 verses… Yes, I CAN do that at 6 AM!
5 | Meditate: I either do 2, 5, or 10 minutes, depending on how much time I have. The Happify app is a great guide through the meditation process, if you’re just starting! Ashley Turner (my favorite!) also has one now, too! (Giam I think?)
6 | Happify Activity: So, that brings me to my next activity. The Happify app has tons of fast and free activities and they’re the perfect way to start out in a good mood! 1-2 minutes and you’re done!
7 | Read The Skimm & Eat Breakfast: The Skimm is just the best! Working with tiny children all day can make it difficult to keep up with news and current events. However, when they’re skimmed for me, wittily paraphrased, and sent straight to my inbox, I can catch up in the time it takes me to eat breakfast (which is always greek yogurt and honey, btw)!
So that’s how I start my mornings! You can screenshot and use this routine… adapt it into one of your own. Or just laugh at it.
How do you start your day? Is there anything you would like to add or improve about your own routine? What tricks do you use to get going in the morning?
I love routines. You know why? Because routines eventually turn into habits. And habits can make or break your productivity. Over the years, I have discovered that my morning habits typically indicate my day.
If I wake up on time, ready to go, and hit the ground running (but not literally because running in the morning is my worst nightmare) then I already feel so accomplished by 9:00!
If I wake up late, lounge around, waste
hours a little time online, then I feel blah.
The other great thing about routines is this: They boost productivity!
Oh, what’s that? You love productivity? Me, too!
OR maybe you’re someone who’s having a hard time creating or sticking to a daily routine. I have the hardest time with this whenever something in my life changes (like a work schedule, class schedule, or moving to a new home).
Start your new routine: Take the following 5 steps today!
You didn’t think I’d post that without a new printable did you?! Please. Yesterday, I released two new routine planner printables in Organized Charm’s Etsy shop! One for daily routines and one for weekly routines. This should make it easier to keep you on track throughout your work day or to keep up with your class schedule in the coming up semester! You might even find that you have time to throw an extra yoga class into the mix! Namaste.
Weekly routines are the ones that are most challenging for me. If I’m doing something daily, then great! I’m doing it daily! But once a week? That’s harder. What day does the trash run again? When do I need to leave for church to make sure I don’t miss more than half of it? Posting a weekly routine can really help you out with those annoying1-2 times a week tasks! And luckily, I know just where you can find one!
How does this help you get into a routine? Because it is one! CTN basically just means leaving every space the way you found it (or the way you should have found it). Clean spaces boost productivity! Plus by doing this, you’re training your brain to get into several small routines throughout the day!
I love this system and I’ll keep preaching on it until the day I die (or at least until the day I stop writing this blog). Your life is under YOUR control (mostly) so it’s your responsibility to make sure that you have time to do all of the things you said you would do. (and to do them well). So grab a stack of index cards or Post-It’s and start writing!
I can’t even tell you how many times I get online so innocently in the morning just to “catch up on the news”. 4 hours and 500 Facebook posts later, I realize that (somewhere along the way) I must have gotten distracted. The Skimm solves that problem, it sends you a Skimm’dversion of the biggest worldwide stories (aka you’ll finish reading it before you finish your first cup of coffee). Witty summaries of current events in 5 minutes or less? #yesplease
The biggest thing to remember about starting any new routine is that it requires a certain amount of discipline: eating healthier means saying no to doughnuts at the office, earning better grades means saying no to late nights during the week, and saving money means saying no to Target’s dollar spot (queue: me bursting into tears).
We will all make it to the productivity mountaintop together!
Baby steps, my dears! Baby steps. 🙂