“Wake up around 7am. Jump out of bed. Make a coffee. Turn on the computer. Read and reply to emails. Check Facebook. Start the work day.”
I really don’t like the sound of that. Yet that’s exactly what I used to do…
You see, up until somewhere about a year and a half ago what you just read above was what most mornings would look like for me. Sure, weekends and holidays were a bit different and I’d take them slow but weekday mornings were complete chaos. They didn’t feel right – something had to change.
Introducing Morning Success Rituals
The change didn’t just hit me, it just sort of evolved and was created over time. You see, I’m a huge reader of books on business, self-development, and success and I had always heard about morning rituals but never really thought about how I could improve my own mornings.
I had read or heard about things I could do like 7 minutes of exercise, skipping the coffee, and that maybe “bitching and moaning on paper for five minutes each morning” can potentially change your life.
These all sounded great but I needed to create a set of rituals that worked for me.
Delaying the Start of the Day
After trying out a bunch of different things at this point my mornings now look like this.
1 Hour Morning Success Ritual
- Wake up around 7am
- Get out of bed right away
- Drink a glass of water
- Think and stretch for 5 minutes as I brew some coffee
- Sit down and start journaling and looking at my daily and weekly schedule
- Around 8am turn on my computer and start my work day usually feeling clear, positive, and ready for a good day
You may have noticed in this first hour of the day I don’t turn on my computer, check emails, or look at my phone. I just focus on the above list.
The real game changer for me is the journaling and scheduling part of this. In the journal I write about short and long term goals, how I’m feeling that day, what I think I can improve on (personally and in business), what I’m grateful for at this time, and I also take notes and jot down ideas about business and my life plans.
I then review my daily and weekly schedule and make sure everything is looking good and that I have lots of time scheduled to work on some of the goals and aspirations I have noted down in my journal.
You may argue and say that this hour is wasted time or that I can start working right away to get more done in a day. The way I look at it is I do start working as soon as I get up but in a calm and controlled fashion. The day is well thought out and strategically planned and then I get way more done even though I “start” one hour or so later than I used to.
Designing Your Morning for Success
This is the current routine that works for me. Yours might be completely different and that’s great.
I do recommend you have some element of writing, planning, and review for the day or week ahead. You also might mix that in with a morning workout, spending some quiet time with a family member, checking in with a mentor or business partner, or reading an inspirational book for 30 minutes. It’s really up to you!
So what do your mornings look like? I’d love to hear about your morning rituals in the comments below; do you have a system you use or any tips that work for you? Or maybe you’ve tried but they don’t work, or anything you want to add to this conversation I’d love to discuss further!
Sam Zipursky is the branding and design director of ConsultingSuccess.com and manages the Professional Consultant Website program.
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