Typically, our day begins at the time we get out of bed. For some, this might be early in the morning, and for others, it will be later in the day. It all depends on our schedules, but universally this is the start of the day, and it should begin with a routine–a morning routine.
We should begin our day with a morning routine because of the positive impact it can have on our day. We will explore four of those reasons in this article.
A Mourning Routine Prepares You for the Day
If you have ever played a sport or exercised, you usually begin with a warm-up. The routine prepares your body for the amount of exertion it is going to endure throughout the effort. Without warming up, you have the potential of performing at a lower level or risk sustaining an injury when physically challenged.
Just like in a game, throughout our day, we face situations where we need to be at the top of our performance, both physically and mentally, and it takes a warm-up to get there. A mourning routine gives us the chance to prepare for the challenges we are going to face. It is a warm-up.
Build Your Confidence with a Morning Routine
Also, performing a mourning routine will set a positive direction for the remainder of your day. Admiral McRaven, during a commencement speech at the University of Texas, told the graduating class to make their beds’ first thing every morning.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task. And another. And another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Completing the small tasks in your morning routine will start your day with a series of small victories and wins beget wins. I have found that my days are far more productive when I follow my morning routine than when I don’t. I often find myself scrolling through the webs or watching too much t.v. on the days that I decide to set aside my routine. When I get up, follow my routine, and check the boxes, I accomplish more and feel better throughout the day.
A Morning Routine Saves Your Limited Reserve of WillPower
You may have heard that we have a limited amount of willpower, and once we use it, it is harder for us to resist our temptations. One way to reduce our dependence upon willpower is to institute habits in our day, and a morning routine is precisely that. If you are consistently getting up, stretching, reading, running, writing, praying, or whatever other activity you may do at the same time every morning, you take away the need to use willpower to accomplish these small tasks. Instead of spending it first thing in the morning, you will have some in reserve to use throughout the rest of your day.
Have a Hard Time Getting Out of Bed?
When the bed is warm, and the sheets are comfortable, it is hard to crawl out of bed and hit a cold floor running. I imagine we all have hit the snooze button at some point in our life. It is easy to do. Mel Robbins, television host, author, and motivational speaker, was stuck in the habit of hitting her snooze button. She overcame it by getting out of bed within five-seconds of her alarm going off. It became known as her 5,4,3,2,1 rule. So, if you are finding it hard to crawl out from under those warm blankets, give Mel’s method a try.
A Morning Routine Will Help You Accomplish More
Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” In other words, do the most significant task of your day first, while your energy is still high. If you do this, then the rest of your day will follow along nicely.
I write as a part of my morning routine. It is the first thing besides personal hygiene and making a cup of coffee that I do. If I don’t write first thing in the morning, I will not find the time or energy to write at any other time of the day. Writing is my live frog. When I eat it first, I find I accomplish more throughout my day.
Why is writing my most important task of the day? Writing, for me, is a way to create, and it will continue to build upon itself and grow. Also, it is how I am pursuing my life purpose. For these reasons, it is my top priority.
Just like I write, I recommend you find a task that you can do in your morning routine that will build upon itself and grow. Perhaps it is building models or investing.
It might be tough to get out of a warm bed and start the day off, but if you jump out of it and follow your morning routine, you will find it easy to get started. Especially after you begin seeing the progress that you gain from it. Establishing a morning routine will ready you for the day, help you accomplish more, and help you fight off other temptations.
I hope you find as much success as I have by instituting a morning routine into your day.
Talk to you in the future!
I'm a has-been high school athlete who now enjoys CrossFit, baseball, and other athletic activities. As a profession, I design software, and I create the majority of I.M.s content. I do it for the fun of it, but I hope it helps others pursue fitness.