Here is my question for you. What’s most important to you? What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for?
It's one thing to say "I want my morning routine to be better" It's another to figure out exactly what better is.
We need to have a clear path forward, a way to know if we've succeeded. Otherwise, this just becomes something else that we say "I should do that!" and then we never follow through.
The goal is to make your morning exactly how you want it. That's only going to happen if you actually complete the challenge.
Today we're going to figure out what your perfect morning would be. Imagine you're living in a fantasy world where everything is always perfect. What does your morning look like?
Normally I advocate for living in this world, but for today I'll make an exception!
This blog post is part of an email challenge called "Morning Makeover: The Smarter Way". You can read other posts from this series here:
Figure out your habit
In short, what good habit do you want to work towards that would make a real impact on your life? Think about this for a minute.
Here are some suggestions to get the ball rolling a bit.
- Healthy eating
- Getting ahead in business
- Your job
- Working on your relationship with your significant other
- Working on your relationship with your kids
- Finding time for creativity and projects
- Making new habits like reading every morning
I want you to pull out a piece of paper. If you journal, take it out and turn to a fresh page. Write down what habit you want to focus on across the top of the page. We're going to pick ONE for this challenge. If you want, you can come back to this challenge later and add another one.
Better yet, download the eBook and worksheets and you can print it out as many times as you need to.
What does my morning routine look like?
Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, what you want to improve, and what’s important to you, we’ll think about how you can make it part of your morning routine.
Sit back and imagine your perfect morning. It isn’t stressed or rushed. Most importantly, it’s a day when you have time for everything on your list.
Maybe it means having time for a long shower. Maybe it’s going for a run before breakfast. Maybe it’s having a few minutes to connect with your spouse over coffee or maybe it’s carving out an hour first thing in the morning to work on your side-business.
That’s a lot of “maybes” but the key is to start with what’s most important to you and think about how you could fit it into your morning routine. Remember, you’re just dreaming and imagining at this point.
We’ll work on figuring out where to find the time to fit it in and how to make it all work out later on. For now, I simply want you to paint a clear picture of what your new morning could look like.
I want you to become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can.
Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed. The title of your page should be "My Morning Routine". If words aren't your thing, that's OK. You can draw it as well. In short, define your perfect morning.
The importance of your vision
Why is this so important? Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are. You need to know your destination before you can start to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there.
That’s what today’s task is all about. It’s figuring out where you want to get to. Don’t stop until you have it figured out and firmly pictured in your mind.
We need goals in our lives and we need a way to work toward them. That's why I advocate for setting 12-week goals. After 12 weeks, you can re-evaluate if you pulled it off.
For me, I mostly want some quiet time to work on this blog in the morning. It's important to me to work on it every single day and make it a priority. I find that mornings are the best time for me to write and when I'm most likely to get quiet time.
My vision of my morning routine (now my reality) is that when I wake up in the morning, I have a cup of tea waiting for me. My computer is started and ready to go.
I know exactly what I'm working on thanks to my calendar, and I'm able to jump right in. I sip my tea as I read what I've just written and start my day off productively.
When I'm finished with my writing, I start the rest of my day. My whole day already feels productive though because I've done what I set out to do and I've made progress on something that's meaningful to me.
This vision helped motivate me to get up every morning. And because I had a clear goal, as I applied other tips and tricks from this series, I could clearly see what worked and what didn't. Was I closer to my goal or further away?
My vision helped me answer yes or no to that question and not waste any time on strategies that weren't working for me. And that's what I want for you too.