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Do you have a morning routine? All of the greats have a morning routine. Having a focus for your morning can set your day up for success. When you wake up and have a successful morning it puts you on a trajectory to have a successful day.
I have recently started getting up at 6 a.m. Yes, you hear that right and for those of you who really know me…well you’ll hardly believe it. Growing up I was a complete night owl and I hated! hated! hated! mornings. I was the girl who set fifteen alarms on her phone and waited till the last minute to roll out of bed, get dressed, brush her teeth, brush her hair, and rush out the door.
Then one day, my friend introduced me to the book The Miracle Morning. Now, I’ve mentioned Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning in a previous blog post. I don’t want to get too much into the book because I really suggest just buying it to read for yourself, but one of the concepts he talks about in the book is the idea that your morning will set up how the rest of your day goes. Basically, if you have a rushed morning, then you’ll probably feel rushed that whole day. If you have a productive morning, then you’ll probably have a productive day.
George Horace Lorimer says, “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
For today’s blog post, I thought I could break down my morning routine. Before I do, I wanted to be clear that this is my morning routine. It’s what works for me. Now, this exact morning routine may not work for you. I have a fairly long morning routine. It takes about 2 hours to complete.
You may not want to dedicate that much time to a morning routine and that’s fine! The important thing is that your morning routine gets you motivated to get up in the morning and get things done!
Get out of bed
As soon as my alarm goes off I get out of bed. I know that if I lay in bed looking at my phone I will go back to sleep. Unless you have incredible self discipline I suggest getting out of bed immediately. The first thing I do is go into the kitchen and drink a glass of water. You’re going to want to make this part of your morning routine because after sleeping 8 or so hours your body will be dehydrated and you’ll need water.
Step 1: Praying and Meditating
As I’m sipping on my water I like to sit on my couch quietly. I spend some time just in silence and then I spend sometime in prayer. I start out for thanking God for giving me another chance and another day, and I ask Him to help me not to squander it. I pray for safety for me and my loved ones. Then I will just pray about whatever is relevant for the day. After that I will sit for a few more seconds and just think about how I want my day to go. I find that praying to God as well as visualizing what I want to do that day gives me the focus and clarity to not get distracting my menial things.
Step 2: Reading
After I have prayed and meditated, I read 3 chapters of the Old Testament. I started in Genesis and have just been reading straight through the books. I find reading the Bible first thing in the morning helps set my focus on God for the day. One thing I’ve been trying to work on is reading through it slowly instead of speeding through it. I try to take my time and really meditate on what I’m reading.
Of course, everyone may not have the time to read 3 chapters (some can get pretty lengthy), but you’d probably have time to read just one chapter!
Step 3: Writing
When I’ve finished reading, I get out my pen and notebook and I write down 2 chapters from the New Testament. This is by far the longest portion of my morning routine, but it’s also probably my favorite.
I read an article a while ago that talked about how writing things out helps to engrave it in our brain. Handwriting things helps you to secure the ideas into your memory. So, I decided a few months ago that I wanted to write out the whole New Testament. It has taken me some time to do, but I know it will be worth it. I have found that writing it out gives me a new perspective. I am seeing every single word and comma it gives a more intimate few of the New Testament.
If you don’t want to write out that much each morning you could write out just a verse or a passage and mediate on it throughout the day.
Step 4: Exercising
The last thing I do in my morning routine is exercise. I like to get my heart racing in the mornings! I’ve been doing Blogilates workout routines on Youtube. I love Cassey’s – she’s the one who runs Blogilates- videos. I am not athletic at all, but Cassey does a great job of making the exercise fun! Now, it’s not easy. And most days I sweat up a storm, but it’s worth it. I really like how she explains the moves. I have been working through her Beginner Calendar. You can find it on her website here.
If you don’t have too much time, you could just do some stretches or maybe do 10 jumping jacks.
Creating Your Morning Routine
Having a morning routine can really help set your day up for success. You don’t have to have an elaborate morning routine. It can be as simple as drinking a glass of water and reading a chapter in a book or doing a few jumping jacks. In the book, The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg talks about small wins. Essentially, when we accomplish even the tiniest of tasks it is a small win that gives us the momentum to accomplish bigger goals later.
I hope that you’ve found this blog post helpful! I’d love to see what your morning routine is! Tag me @_relatablyrachel on Instagram if you take a screenshot of your morning routine! And don’t forget to listen to the Morning Routines episode of Goal Setting Gal podcast!