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How to create a morning routine and respect it in the long term

How to create a morning routine
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How to create a morning routine and respect it in the long term

If you have great aspirations, the morning is an essential moment to start the day.

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

Building a morning routine is a big challenge for many people.
Getting up early, a little groggy is not a pleasure for anyone. Some people need several cups of coffee to fog the morning fog, others dread the sound of their awakening as college students who fear a surprise control.
Yet, by establishing a morning routine, you can make your mornings a pleasant moment to start your day more easily.
If the morning is the best time of the day to do the basics, it is because our will is exhausted as the day goes by. The morning hours are strategic for anyone limited by the weight of their schedule or wishing to achieve ambitious goals.
A morning routine is a set of positive activities that you do regularly after 30-60 minutes after waking up.
Every routine is built according to the personality, identity and goals of those who define it. It is the result of a reflection that supports a long-term vision and responds to great aspirations.
This article will share some techniques for establishing a morning routine according to your personality.
I recommend you not to disperse in your desire to experiment everything, it would be totally overwhelming and counterproductive. Instead, pick a few things you want to test to gradually refine your approach to what suits you best.

Get up early

There are two big pitfalls that can discourage you from a morning routine: lack of sleep and lack of organization and preparation for each habit.
The interest of the evening routine is that it anticipates such failures. In fact, a morning routine begins with your planning the night before. For example, if you go to gym in the morning. You will make sure the day before to prepare your bag.
Getting up early is the first big challenge for you when you want to get into a morning routine.
Do not feel that you are falling behind if you do not wake up at 5am. It all depends on your lifestyle.
The My Morning Routine website lists more than 200 routines of real people (entrepreneurs, creatives, authors). On average, they go to bed at 11 pm, sleep 7-8 hours a night, and get up at about 6:30 am

If you want to get up at 6 o'clock, but get up at 8 o'clock. Start with 7:45 am for two days. Then get off at 7:30 to arrive at 6 o'clock. This transition will help you not to upset your sleep.
Never press the "snooze" button on your alarm clock. To yield to temptation would be to accept that the first act of your day is to fail.
And if you decide to get up each morning with a meaning or a goal?
You have already risen with excitement and enthusiasm on the eve of your birthday, your wedding or an important day for you. No matter how many hours you sleep, you bathed in a state of grace at the very thought of starting this day.
Before going to bed, list three stimulating activities waiting for you the next day to help you wake up (have a good breakfast, see a good friend, participate in a new project, meet new people).
Place your alarm clock on the other side of your room. It is vicious, but it will require you to get up to turn off the alarm clock and encourage you to go to the bathroom or cool off with a good glass of water.
Get out of bed as soon as the alarm rings. Clench your teeth, jump out of bed as fast as you can as if you have been sprayed with a bucket of hot water. Grind your wrists, raise your arms, a new energy flows in your veins!
Seriously, it works.
These simple steps are enough to arrange your alarm clock to devote yourself serenely to your morning ritual.

Start small and measure your progress

     "The four most expensive words in the English language are" this time it's different ". - John Templeton, investor
Maybe you know that feeling. You missed your sports routine or a resolution taken earlier this year to say, "This time it's different! This time, I will have more motivation, more will and I will succeed! "
But all this only feeds chimeras.
Your statements will not wake you up overnight with better discipline, better habits and a greater reserve of will.
A routine is to build a habit, it takes time and it requires a constant effort. The latest research indicates that forming a habit takes an average of 66 days. If you take a new resolution at the beginning of the year, hold on until March 6th.
Do not copy the morning routines of the greatest entrepreneurs, you will feel like a stranger to yourself. It's a personal work.
Instead, choose some meaningful habits for yourself and prove that you can keep them over time. Always extend your comfort zone a little further. Once you have conquered a new territory, continue your conquest by adding other small victories.
I use a notebook to measure my progress. I note my waking time, the time spent meditating, the goals of the day. This allows me to visualize all that I have accomplished, not to break this chain to stay motivated in maintaining my morning routine in the future.
I use Habitica to build my routines. It's a free application to build habits and increase your productivity by treating your life like a game.

If you want something simpler, try HabitBull (Android) or Today (iOS).

Build the morning routine

    The reason I like having a morning routine is that not only does it instill a sense of purpose, peace and ritual for my day, but it ensures that I do certain things done every morning, namely, my goals.
    - Leo Babauta
Getting up early offers a time to be alone, think, start your day slowly. It is a deliberate rhythm that is not subject to external solicitation.
Practices Data Site MyMorningRoutine

Here are some recommendations to start:
Make his bed. This is the first thing I do at sunrise. Pull the covers and place my pillows. It takes a minute and it gives me a little sense of accomplishment that encourages me to pursue other tasks.
To drink a lot of water. The tidy bed, I drink at least half a liter of water to rehydrate my body. Water boosts your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body eliminate toxins.
Meditate. It's free and easy to learn. Five minutes are enough to start. You can try guided meditations (Headpsace, Little Bamboo or YouTube videos).
No screens in the morning. I admit using my phone to find out how much time I have meditated, but I remain uncompromising about not checking my emails or social media in the morning. It's not essential and it may derail me from my routine. All my notifications are disabled. Airplane mode.
Formulate positive affirmations. To do this, write simple sentences about what you want from your life in any field. Once the statements are written, read them aloud at least once a day. You can display them in strategic places to imbue you with optimism and motivation.
Visualize your day or your ideal life. This is a technique used by many professional athletes. They visualize their perfect performance to be conditioned to an optimal state of success. If it's difficult, you can watch an inspiring video (TED, YouTube).
Move your body. Bodybuilding exercises, stretches, yoga, the choice is not lacking to compose your mini-session. Start small then add one repetition per day (eg, push-ups, abdominals, squats). You know the 7-minute session?
Have breakfast. Your brain works with glucose, and a hungry brain will have trouble concentrating and solving problems.
Read. Reading is for the brain what sport is to the body. Every book has at least one good idea to offer you. To read an inspiring page is to digest a thought to exploit it later.
Write. Examining your day is a great way to help retain information, gain clarity, and measure progress.

You can create a writing format by formatting two columns:
  1.     Lessons learned: to become aware of recurring errors and stop reproducing them.
  2.     New commitments: to make the changes you want to bring about in your life.
Many other variations exist, but the essential must rest on solid foundations.
Getting up early in the morning gives the strange feeling of having the psychological ascendancy over all who sleep. It is a moment of tranquility, serenity and moral confidence.
You are delivered to yourself and you have all the assets to start the day: time and energy to achieve what you want.
To see the true cost of a bad habit, you have to multiply it by 10 years. To build a personal morning routine is to put oneself in objective conditions in order to more effectively achieve one's long-term goals.

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