Anything we keep doing, we get better at. And to help you keep doing your morning routine, here are some tips to make the start-up process easier.
We first change our habits, then our habits change us.
You might have seen everyone and their grandmother on social media hyping up the importance of having the right mindset lately. Well, when it comes to making life changes, the hype happens to be true.
Before you start a morning routine, it helps to get your head in the game (or have the right mindset). So before we even get to the tips, let’s be sure you have the right mindset.
Think about how having a morning routine can help you get something you want—to have your mornings run smoother, for example. Think about how having less stressful mornings can help you feel more in control, help you have a better workday, and help you manage your emotions.
As you’ll learn, good intentions are just the beginning. To develop intrinsic motivation (that’s the type that hardly ever needs willpower), you want to have a clear idea why you want to have a routine.
With the right mindset in place and with strategies like these to help you, I know you will succeed.
1. Start from the night before
When you start from the night before, you shave off time and leave fewer decisions to make in the mornings. You can pick out your outfit for the next day, prep your lunch and/or breakfast, pour out your pet’s food, or tidy up the night before. Something I do the night before that helps me is to leave a glass of water on my nightstand at night. In the morning, before my feet even touch the ground, my day is off to a better start.
2. Stack your habits
Right after drinking a glass of water, I meditate in bed. By drinking water before or after I meditate, I’m doing what’s called “habit stacking.” Habit stacking is adding a habit to an existing one, and it’s an excellent way to help you remember to do all the things in your stack. One stack can add up to a big chunk of your morning routine, making it go by easily. Drink water, meditate, go for a run or workout—these are all things that fit neatly together.
3. Use the KISS method
You don’t want to start doing morning routines with a lengthy or complicated routine. A simple manageable one is better. You can slowly and deliberately add new activities over time. My first routine was to get up and write at 6:30 a.m. for 30 minutes. That was it—do one thing. This routine eventually evolved to include things that would help me get in the mood for writing. Meditation. Little by little, I added things and tweaked others to get where I am today. So, if you want to have better luck sticking to your routine, Keep It Simple, Sister!
4. Make it beneficial to you
If the activities in your routine are things that will benefit you personally, you’re going to do what any healthy person will and try and stick to it. That glass of water that I drink every morning is supposed to kickstart my sluggish metabolism. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t help my metabolism but it sure kickstarts my brain! The exercise I do helps to regulate my under-active thyroid, gives my mood a boost and it keeps my weight in check. These are all things I really really want, so you bet I’m doing them.
5. Get outside
Getting outside within an hour of getting up is potentially life-changing. I kid you not. Not only will this help to give you more energy for the day ahead, getting out has habit-forming benefits too. The natural light of the outdoors cues our brain to shut off melatonin production, which makes us less sleepy during the day.