Let me start by saying that I have always liked waking up in the morning. Not necessarily the bit where I have to leave my warm, cosy bed… but I’ve always loved that feeling of starting the day before everyone else. It made me feel productive. However, after reading The Miracle Morning, I realised I wasn’t getting the most out of my early starts.
Let me walk you through the ‘before’ version of my morning routine:
6am: My alarm goes off (one of those alarms where you have to solve three maths problems before it turns off).
6.15am: After 15 minutes of trying to solve these problems (mathematics is not my strong suit), I open up Instagram and start liking and responding to all your lovely comments. I’ll also post my own photo.
6.45am: I get dressed in my workout gear and take Sunny (my toy cavoodle pup) for a walk. Next up is my daily workout, which usually takes 30-40 minutes.
7.45am: I shower, moisturise (very important!) and get dressed.
8.30am: Breakfast time!
9am: I’m sat in front of my laptop, going through my daily to-do list.
As you can see, it was a pretty good little routine. However, I didn’t feel like beginning the day with social media was the best kickstart for me. So, I decided to apply the Miracle Morning technique. At the end of this book, there is a useful chapter which sets out its 30-day challenge. Here’s what a typical morning looked like for me:
1) Silence: I set my daily alarm for 5.30am (yup… 5.30am) and start my day by drinking a big glass of water with lemon. I brush my teeth and splash some water on my face to wake me up. Then, I sit on a chair in my room for five minutes, and just focus on my breathing. (Total time: 10 minutes)
2) Journalling: I put on my workout clothes (still haven’t checked my phone btw – it’s in airplane mode). I sit down somewhere other than my bedroom, and write down anything that’s on my mind. (Total time: 10 minutes)
3) Affirmations: I read my positive affirmations out loud. I created these affirmations for myself, words like ‘today I will take one step towards my dreams’ and ‘my body is filled with energy’. (Total time: 5 minutes)
4) Reading: I read a chapter or two of a self-help book (during this challenge it was A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle). (Total time: 20 minutes)
5) Exercise: I do my 30-minute HIIT training, together with my dog. Then it’s time for my well-deserved shower. I take my time, scrubbing my whole body and washing/conditioning my hair. It’s a bit of ‘me time’. (Total time: 50 minutes)
I’m ready to make my morning coffee by just 7.30am. Then I take my dog for a 30-minute walk, enjoying being outside while it’s still quiet. Doing this gives me such a boost of energy throughout the day. Before I know it, it’s 8.30am and I’m sitting at my laptop with a productive morning behind me. That sense of accomplishment is pretty addictive!
After 30 days, I felt great and not tired at all. I’ve since made a couple of adjustments – I set my alarm for 6am now and have finished my self-help book, so I’m taking a break from reading in the AM. Any good recommendations?
If you’re looking to get more out of your mornings, my biggest tip is to find your own routine to maintain. Don’t beat yourself up if some days don’t go as planned. Try to remind yourself of that sense of accomplishment that comes with a great morning. It’ll keep you from losing motivation.
Before setting your morning alarm, don’t tell yourself: ‘Argh, I’m only gonna get five hours of sleep tonight. I’ll be so tired tomorrow.’ Instead, try: ‘Yes, I’ll get five hours of sleep tonight. That’s all I need and I will feel energised and refreshed tomorrow’. The last thought you go to bed with is the first one you wake up with.
Good luck! I’d love to know what your morning routine is and if you prefer waking up early or late?