Creating a morning routine sounds like such a sophisticated undertaking. You probably already have a lot on your plate and might feel like you do not want to add yet another thing to do to that never ending list. However, before we dive into why creating a morning routine will get you closer to the life you want, consider this one thing.
Everyone has a morning routine
You already have a morning routine. A routine, after all, is only “a sequence of actions regularly followed”. If you get up every morning and brush your teeth, that is a morning routine. Even if you never get up in the morning and always sleep till noon, that is a routine. A sleeping one, but still a routine. So why is it so important what you do in the morning? I am glad you asked.
Creating a morning routine sets the tone for the day
Do you know the expression “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed”? How you wake up and spend the first minutes of your day has a huge impact on the rest of it. If your morning routine consists of growling at your alarm and slowly doing the bare necessities, your brain learns that starting the day is a bad thing. However, everyone wants to be happy and enjoy their time, right? So beginning your day with activities that you know are good for you and put you in a good mood will positively impact your life quality immensely. By consciously choosing what to put in your mind right at the beginning of the day, you can influence your mood and be happier and more focused on the things that matter to you.
Creating a morning routine brings beneficial habits into your life
Everyone has areas in their life where they want to improve in some way. Often times those plans for self-improvement go on the back-burner, because we feel like we have to do a huge effort to achieve them. What we forget in those situations is, that improvement does not happen in one single step. Instead, it comes from the things we do every day – our habits.
Imagine you want to drop some weight. (I am using a bit of a cliché here, but stay with me for a moment.) How are you gonna achieve that goal reliably? By doing a one time HUGE effort and going for a whole week without anything else but carrots? Or by repeatedly integrating small, permanent changes to your diet and activity level? It’s obvious, isn’t it?
Let me tell you, the same is true for any goal you want to achieve. You have been wanting to learn a new language for ages? Get an app like Memrise and invest only 5 minutes daily into that goal. It can be done while brushing. Or on your way to work.
By integrating those habits into your morning routine, you can make sure those things really happen. We all know how hard it is to make ourselves do something useful after a long day of work. Life happens – so make sure you are setup in the best way possible.
Creating a morning routine gives you power over your life
By consciously setting the tone for your day and picking the habits you want to make part of your daily life, you are taking control over your life. Creating a morning routine means deciding what you are working towards. And what you you want to make part of your life. Like Will Durant famously said “We are, what we repeatedly do”. Do you want to be grumpy and controlled by outer circumstances? Or do you want to take control and decide which direction your life should go in?
I learned the difference myself when I actually started having a morning routine. For years I had wanted to start my own business. I had tons of ideas in my notebooks, heaps of dreams and wishes. But life always got in the way, the time was never right. I seemed to never get closer to any of that. All of this, because I made the mistake of waiting for “that one big change”. I didn’t need it. What I needed was to figure out what I actually want to do and how I want to live. And then break it down into the small steps and habits that would bring me closer to that life. One day at a time.
Now, a few months later, I am healthier, happier and closer to achieving my dreams than I have ever been. And I know that every day brings me another step closer. Without any crazy efforts, because the morning routine has become a habit. And we all know that habits just happen by themselves, no more effort required. This works just as well for the good habits as well as the bad ones. So make sure to decide for yourself: Which habits do you want to cultivate?