There’s a definite correlation between achieving our targets and our morning routine, and it should support our pursuit of our targets. A morning routing is exactly what you do in the morning from when you get up to when you leave for or start work. The end point is your choice. A typical morning routine for an under-achiever might be something like this:
Alarm goes off. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Or just turn it off entirely and doze off.
Eyes fly open. Reach for the alarm/phone in panic mode to determine what time it is.
Hurry to the shower, get dressed in a hurry and hurry to the kitchen for coffee and possibly a quick bite.
Rush around searching for work bag, making sure it has got everything. Can’t find shoes or car keys.
Pour the coffee into travel mug, catch bag and keys, say good-bye to family and rush to work.
Get to office late and be grumpy all day.
Any of that seem familiar? I understand some of it does for me.
A fantastic morning routine begins the night before. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to package your workout bag, put your shoes and keys where you are able to find them and put out the clothes you will wear in the morning. When you are rushing, these things take at least twice as long as you are focused on the fact that you are running late. Next move your alarm to your dresser or someplace you must get out of bed to turn it off. Leave your phone with your work bag if you are not in a job which needs you to be on-call at night. Proceed to bed early. Give yourself 7 to 8 hours of time to sleep before the alarm goes off. Choose the amount that is appropriate for you and stay with it.
When the alarm goes off, you need to get out of bed to turn it off. Make sure it’s a loud, annoying alarm, not some soft chime you’ll sleep through. Do NOT return to bed. Ideally, you exercise now. You can do 5 difficult minutes to start. Get your heart rate up and work a little sweat. Increase the exercise time until you’re doing 30 minutes or longer. Start getting up a little earlier every day. Shower and dress for the day. Have breakfast at a leisurely pace, even if it’s just toast. When done, catch your work bag, keys and anything else you want and head to work 15 minutes earlier. If you work from home, you can get started 15 minutes earlier.
This sets you up for a fantastic day. Exercise in the morning can make a big difference in the world for daily. You’re energized and you have already accomplished something. Your morning goes from a rushed mess to an orderly time of effective actions and habit construction. There’s a lot more you can do with your morning routine. Walk the neighborhood for example. Spend 5 or 10 minutes in prayer or contemplation. Write in your diary. Spend 15 minutes or more on your side hustle. Any and all of these things sets the tone for the day. You have achieved something or several somethings before you start your work day. You’re not grumpy and fixated on how badly the day began.
You’ve set yourself up to hit the ground running and work on your targets.