My Morning Routine
If you’ve been watching my Instagram Stories lately, you might have noticed me talking about focusing in the morning and “owning your morning”. But what exactly does that mean and why is it so important?
In this post, I will tell you more about my personal morning routine, why I structured in that way and why I think it’s crucial to start your day right!
Why care about a morning routine?
Let’s start with my favorite reason: Having a good morning simply feels amazing! So why not have a good morning *every* morning by creating a routine that boosts your energy and gets you excited for the day?
If you have a strong morning, chances are that you’ll have a great day. It sets the tone for the day and has the potential to let you form new habits and grow bit by bit, day by day.
Imagine a world where, instead of dreading the moment your alarm starts ringing, you wake up excited to jumpstart your day with your morning routine. That’s exactly what a well thought through morning routine can do for you!
The reason having a structured morning routine is such a popular practice is because it basically automates your morning – every morning you take the same actions in the same order without you really having to think about what you’re going to do next.
Make sure that you’re in control of your morning – especially in a world full of mobile app notifications, emails and messages thrown at you left and right it’s important to start your day the way you want to! This might require you to wake up a little earlier than your regular waking times, but trust me, it’s worth it!
Save your Decision Making Power!
Every time you make a decision, you’ll require some of your precious willpower and focus. We only have so much willpower and decision making power every day, so make sure to save it for the really important times in your day.
With a structured morning routine, you’ll be able to just automatically go through the first hours of the day without wasting energy on decisions like “Should I work out this morning?” or “Should I brush my teeth before or after reading the newspaper today?”
You simply do it because, well.. you do it every day and you’ve made it a habit!
My Morning Routine
I’ve always enjoyed being active in the morning and going to the gym, but currently I’ve structured my mornings more diligently to make sure to get the most out of my days here!
This is what I currently do every morning:
- Wake up roughly at the same time
- Wake up without snoozing
- Drink a glass of water
- Stretch, activate my body
- Don’t check your phone!
- Sometimes: Workout (depending on my daily schedule and how I feel I also feel free to move this to the afternoon)
- Listen to Motivational Tapes/Podcasts/Audibooks
- Have a shake/supplements/water
- Read a book
- Intermittent fasting – not eating until noon
What I DON’T do in the morning!
As I’m writing this post, I realize that the things I don’t do are probably the most powerful in my entire routine. Let me explain a little bit more about each point:
- I don’t snooze my alarm
>> I believe in just waking when your alarm rings. If you’ve set an alarm and you snooze it, you’re better off simply getting out of bed. Those few moments more in bed when you snooze where you’ll potentially fall back into light sleep will make things worse – so just wake up and start the day 🙂
- I don’t check my phone for at least the first hour in the day
>> This is a big one! I really think that starting your day with checking your phone (messages, social media, email, etc.) is damaging for mental clarity and a strong morning. From my own experience, it throws you into reactive mode where you reply to things people/apps want from you. Instead, ideally don’t even touch your phone for at least one hour after you wake up and focus on yourself and your goals!
- I don’t eat until noon
>> I feel like not eating in the morning helps me focus. I do drink a lot and especially after my workout I most of the times drink a whey protein shake. That being said, it’s just a personal preference and don’t have a strong opinion if people should eat or not in the morning – do whatever feels best to you!
Morning Routine on Weekends and Days Off
To me, there is barely a difference to weekends or national days off when it comes to my daily structure. I might sleep in a little longer but in general I still enjoy waking up and having an energizing morning!
I currently work out between 4-6x per week, so when I have a day off I simply remove that part from my morning routine.
What if you can’t stick exactly to your morning routine?
Don’t panic. Your morning routine is a guideline and helps you start the day without thinking too much about what you should do when. If you miss a few points or can’t do your full routine at all, don’t worry too much about it.
If for example I have an early meeting or call, I might just move my workout to the afternoon. The idea is to have a structure that fits your personal needs perfectly.
Set up your morning routine!
I’m not going to tell you how to structure your morning routine because, well there is no right or wrong! Just go ahead and think about the things you need to get done in the morning and add in tasks that you want to make a habit e.g. reading every day or learning a new skill!
Go ahead and give it a shot. I promise you that if you have a great morning, you’ll have an amazing day and by that, we can all make this world a better place 🙂
And keep in mind that a morning routine doesn’t have to be a specific length or anything – it could literally be two things you want to do before heading to work or school. Just get started and make sure to adapt your morning routine as you see fit.
Set up your morning routine and by that, take control of your life!
Hi, I’m Alberto Nodale.