You may or may not have noticed that habits and routines are getting a lot of attention right now. You can read about the morning routines of highly successful people, or nighttime routines for better sleep.
Why are habits so popular at the moment? What’s the deal with all of this focus on routine?
Habits and routines can be powerful tools to become more productive, adopt a healthier lifestyle, and get in better shape. They can also help you increase your energy and overall happiness. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to get more done & be more productive“, then you should consider adding a little more structure to your day.
Structure Increases Productivity & Efficiency
There are only so many waking hours in the day, but there’s usually so much we want (and have) to do. Between work, social & family obligations, and eating food, it can seem difficult to find time to do much else. But the truth is, you absolutely CAN get more done.
Optimizing your time takes some planning and discipline, but it will honestly make you feel like you have more hours overall.
Let’s paint a scenario to show how this can be done. Say you want to find time to workout, read, and listen to your favorite podcast ALL before going to work.
First, you’ll probably have to wake up a couple of hours before you have to be in the office. When you wake up, drink a big glass of water, put on your workout gear, and head out for a 30-45 minute run. While you run, listen to your podcast. After your run, start the coffee machine and then take a quick shower. Your coffee will be waiting for you as you towel off and get dressed. Then enjoy your coffee as you read a book.
All of a sudden, you’ve checked all the boxes on your to-do list, and it’s still morning. But do you see how this scenario could require being a bit more disciplined and establishing some routine in your life?
At first, it might seem overwhelming. But I think there’s a secret to your success, and it starts with just ONE thing.
How To Create A Morning Routine
I think that the key to creating your own successful morning routine is to start with one of the things you want to accomplish. The activity or action you choose then becomes the foundation upon which you gradually build the rest of your unique routine. Think of it as your keystone habit.
For me, my keystone habit is reading a book while drinking my coffee. After waking and drinking a large glass of water, I brew some coffee and spend time reading my book du jour. I’ll spend about 20-40 minutes reading, then eat breakfast, work for a bit, and then go for a run or do yoga.
Eventually, I’d like to add journaling and meditation into the mix, but my current morning routine makes me feel happy, energized, and productive. It also helps me be more creative and focused at work. Reading in the morning gets my creative and intellectual juices flowing, and I don’t have to stress about working out because it’s already done.
Start With One, And Gradually Add On
What do you want to fit into your day? Which of those things is the most important, or interesting to you? Start with that thing.
Now, consistently do that thing (whether it’s reading, yoga, taking a morning walk, listening to a podcast, going for a run) for at least a week, and then add on the next habit.
Do you have a morning routine? What do you do?