Waking up in the morning is one of the most important parts of your day.
Sleeping, then waking up is what often determines the sort of day you're going to have.
If you went to sleep late yesterday, you're probably going to have a not-so-great morning.
You're either going to wake up very early which means you're going to be tired, or you're going to wake up later than usual (still tired), demotivated because you've already wasted time.
This then means that your mood is likely to be down, and sloppy the whole day.
When you're tired, you're not going to be able to perform at your best for the rest of the day.
When you're in a bad mood, this will easily reflect in your work ethic - you'd put up with less, and so everything will seem like an annoyance.
This is why it's important to master the first part of your day.
In fact, it's the last part of your day that you must learn to master before this.
I speak more about sleeping in this article about 6 bad habits entrepreneurs must quit now.
Today, we're going to be discussing how to develop the perfect morning routine 'for you,' so that you can power the rest of your day.
I wanted to emphasize the 'for you' part because we often find ourselves lost in the words and teachings of others, that we don't take the time to see what really works for us.
Intrinsically, all humans are different on a microscopic level.
Therefore, expecting one person's routines or habits to be universal is a fool's game.
What works for one person might be a nightmare for another, and that's why it's important that you test, test, and test some more to see what morning routine works for you.
It's hard to tell you how to make your morning routine because I would essentially be telling you what to do in your mornings which probably won't work for you.
Therefore, in this article, I'm going to outline ideas that I do or tried and you can gain inspiration for your own morning routines.
What's your chronotype?
If you've read a few of my other articles, you would have encountered the chronotype quiz by now.
The chronotype quiz is essentially a short quiz you can take that gives you a better idea of your morning and day-to-day habits.
It gives you a rough idea of when the best time for you to wake up, perform some habits and daily actions like exercise, shower, eat, work, sleep, etc.
The four sorts of chronotypes are the:
- Dolphin - the light sleepers, often diagnosed with insomnia.
- Lion - Wake up with a lot of energy but get exhausted mid-day.
- Bear - They need a full 8 hours of sleep a day.
- Wolf - Have a hard time waking up early and are most energetic in the evening
My chronotype is the bear, although I believe it could be the wolf too.
Take the free test and figure out what your chronotype is.
This will help you shape your morning to suit the type of person you are.
Although this might not be the most accurate way to do this, it will shave some time off your testing phase.
I'd use it to get a better understanding of what time you should wake up, however, it can also act as a compass for others things too.
Make your bed
Once I wake up, the first thing I usually do is try to get up straight away.
The longer you stay in bed, the more your body acclimates to the comfort of your bed and it just becomes harder to wake up.
Getting up in the morning, I start to make my bed immediately.
On the wall right next to my bed, I have goals and affirmations which I also read out whilst making my bed.
It's a great way to kill two birds with one stone right off the bat.
When I read my affirmations and goals in the morning, I usually feel much better for the day because it guides my mood and motivates me throughout the day.
Making your bed is a very easy thing to do.
It's important to do as many 'small things' as possible in the morning because they build up and make it a lot easier to get into the rhythm of doing everything else you need to do during the day.
When you have all these small wins at the start of your day, it's easier to start doing the things that require more energy throughout it.
Other things (that are essential, yet are 'small things') you can do include brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and getting prepared for larger tasks.
A while ago I wrote an article on how to master gratitude.
Gratitude is really important and the morning is a great time to remember how gifted you really are.
As entrepreneurs, we usually have these grand dreams and aspirations.
This makes us lose sight of how much we really have and moves us into a state of 'wanting,' - wanting everything other than that which we already have.
When you practice being grateful in the morning, you're in a better state of mind since you remind yourself of just how much you really have.
All I do to practice gratitude is get a notepad and pen, and write down at least 3 things I'm really grateful for today.
These can be the smallest things such as:
- Waking up
- Having a home
- Having the ability to eat
- Having a family
- and so much more
Try to think of at least 3 things that you're grateful for, try to always remember that you're not acting from a point of desperation, but a point of abundance.
The only way to have more is by accepting the fact that you already have everything you already need.
Once I've thought of 3 things I'm grateful for, I would then write down a few goals I have for the day.
For example, running my SaaS startup, Hawk Prospecting, my goal is to outreach to 50 people per day, answer 20 quora questions, and today, we will start email marketing.
When you have your goals set for the day, it allows you to easily get into your workday when it's time.
Read a book
This has been a morning habit of mine for the longest time.
Even before I had a morning routine, I would read for 30 minutes a day, every day in the morning.
When I read in the morning, it's a great way to learn at least one new thing before I start my workday.
It gets me into the flow of the day.
Reading is a very low energy thing to do, yet it can yield massive rewards.
Instead of just reading, I also use a highlighter to highlight the things I find most important.
Reading the previous book, 'Atomic Habits,' I would finish reading for the day, and then I went to write an article about what I've learnt.
This is great because when we read, we usually just read to read - not to learn anything.
So when I write an article about what I learnt, it helps me better internalize everything.
I believe no matter your goals, you should read every day as part of your morning routine.
You may even want to learn to read fast - I've written an article on how to read 10X faster.
Personally, I've never tried meditation, however, I've been told that it's one of the best morning habits to have.
Meditating will allow you to clear your mind before work.
When we wake up, we're usually bombarded with thoughts and we're placed in a state of reaction.
The worst thing you can do in the morning is pick up your phone and scroll social media.
For the past year, I've tried to steer away from using my phone in the morning.
For the first hour of my day at least, I would not use my phone.
This has been a great way to keep my mind clear of all the social toxins out there.
However, meditation is still important as it will help clear your mind.
It's crucial that you have an open mind in the morning.
The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed and distracted by everything going on in the world.
You can start by simply not using your phone in the morning.
From here, you can download apps like Calm or Headspace to help you learn to meditate.
Although I don't currently meditate, it's something I'd love to make room for in the morning.
Living in a somewhat loud house, however, makes it a little harder to practice meditation.
Therefore, you can even just try to sit down and clear your mind without going into a state of meditation.
Go for a run
Exercise is very important and should be a part of your life.
Currently, aside from playing some sports in my back garden, I tend to go and play basketball once a week at least at my local park.
There's a bunch of benefits (physically and mentally) that come from sports and exercise.
I've spoken about them in this article here.
A lot of people make exercise the first thing they do in the morning.
Going back to the chronotypes, this probably means that these people are dolphins.
I don't like to do exercise in the morning - it just doesn't work for me.
I tend to do exercise later in the afternoon.
When I go out to play basketball, I usually spend the whole day there from around 4pm to 8pm.
You can start with small stretches when you wake up.
I have a pull-up bar on my door that I hang on and use to stretch my body and muscles.
This is very important in the morning because your body has just woken up and you're likely to have no energy.
Simple stretches or hanging helps get those muscles working and your body feeling more energetic.
You can even start by doing push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, etc.
You don't have to do an entire gym workout in the morning.
Go for a run. Go for a walk.
Anything that helps your body start working and wake up is good for you in the morning.
A shower before bed is one of the best feelings ever.
However, a shower in the morning before work is equally as satisfying.
Having a warm (or cold) shower in the morning is a great way to wake you up too.
If you wake up and jump in the shower first thing, you have a much better chance of waking up properly.
A lot of the time, I would make my bed, read my affirmations and goals, brush my teeth, then go down to read my book.
If I spend 15-20 minutes in the shower in the morning, I can be a lot more energized to do other things.
Remember that you don't have to do every single thing on this list.
You just need to pick what works for you and try it.
This is also to gain inspiration and help you find what might work for you.
Instead of a whole shower, you could even just wash your face with cold water.
Either way, this is a great way to feel refreshed in the morning.
Finally, I wanted to mention writing.
The most time-consuming part of my day is what I do in the morning.
Writing an article every single day is exhausting.
However, when it's the first real sort of work I do, it's a lot easier to do as I know in order to get to my real work - growing Hawk Prospecting - I must first finish writing my articles.
The important thing here is consistency.
Find something you like to do and do it in the morning.
I like writing and so I'm building a side hustle writing which only takes around 2-3 hours altogether every single day.
You might be building websites for clients - do this first thing in the morning.
You might be building your own dropshipping store - work on this first thing in the morning.
By first thing in the morning, I mean following your morning routine (or right at the end of it).
you don't want to make writing a blog article or going on the internet the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up.
But making it the first thing you do for work is great practice because you'll then have the rest of the day to work on something else.
When I write an article every day, I then feel satisfied and motivated to do everything else I need to do for the day.
For the last 60 days, I've managed to write one article per day, and it's been going really well.
It does get somewhat demotivating, however, when the rest of your morning routine is in place, you should have the drive and energy to get it done.
Work on something that's important to you.
I know that if I keep writing at this trajectory, consistently, I would be able to build something worthwhile.
So whatever it is, find something that takes up a lot of time or energy and just do it in the morning as the first task of the day or at the end of your morning routine.
I still classify writing the article part of my morning routine.
The real work begins when I start working on other things like Hawk Prospecting.
There we are - these are 8 things you can do in the morning to develop the perfect morning routine for you.
This is important because what you do in the morning dictates how your day will pan out.
Therefore, having a powerful morning routine will ensure you have a powerful and productive day.
I didn't mention having breakfast, however, this is also something I do in the morning around the same time I write my articles.
After my reading, I then start writing the blog where I also have breakfast too.
What does your morning routine look like?
Has this article helped you with developing one?
Let me know below!
Till next time,