Frame To Freedom
So maybe you aren’t a morning person. In fact, maybe you hate mornings. I get it. Well, maybe I don’t completely get it…I tend to be a morning person. Even so, morning is what sets the tone for your entire day. What you do in the morning will ultimately impact your entire day. Creating a daily morning routine will help you become more productive, happier and more organized. I find that the more systems I create in life, the easier life tends to be.
How to Create a Daily Morning Routine
First, you don’t have to get up at 4 AM to be productive. I personally think that it helps to get up before the kiddos if you have children. (It is easy to get off track with those little buggers around.) Getting up even 30 minutes prior to the kids can help you organize your day and ultimately become more successful and get more done each day. If you are getting up 30 minutes before the kids, it may also help to establish some kind of evening routine (more on this in a later post).
I first started my daily morning routine in February of 2015 after reading a book called The Miracle Morning. I heard about the author, Hal Elrod from a podcast I was listening to and I knew I had to read the book. I read it in just a few short days and I loved every second of it. I started doing the Miracle Morning routine and I felt like my life had more direction and focus. I felt like I could accomplish so much more when I got up and had time to focus on the day.
Truth be told, I was a little extreme trying to get up at 4 AM to make the most of my day. I wasn’t going to bed until 10:30 or 11 at night so I had to alter the plan a bit. I now get up at 5 AM and have at least 30 minutes before my kids get up to really focus on me and my day.
The first 30 minutes of my day consist of:
Yoga- I do about 10 minutes of yoga each morning. It helps to stretch each morning to wake up and feel your best throughout the day
Read- I read my Bible for about 10 minutes each morning. I find it really helps me feel more gratitude throughout the day when I have read the Bible first thing in the morning.
Journal- I spend about 10 minutes writing in my journal and specifically, I write down things I am grateful for or things I need some clarity on. I love to journal and I feel it is a great way to get my emotions out. If I feel stressed, I write. If I am happy, I write. It is kinda fun to go back through and re-read them at a later date too.
If you read through The Miracle Morning, there are 2 other categories within the book. They are visualization and affirmations. I tend to say my affirmations in my head throughout the day. I don’t do the visualization part as much as I should because that one is hard for me. Crystal Paine also has a 14 day course on how to make over your mornings. You can access the first day of the course for free by clicking here.