morning-routines

Did you wake up feeling tired? Did you drag through your morning feeling disorganized?  Did you feel rushed?  Did you leave without breakfast? If this sounds like your typical morning, I’m willing to bet you don’t have a morning routine.

Believe it or not, there is science behind effective morning routines. Science aside, having a strong routine to start your day also seems to be a tried and true methodology used by the world’s most successful men and women.  Yet many entrepreneurs don’t have a consistent routine they follow every morning to help them jump start their day for success.

Could this be one reason only 37% of business owners feel successful?

Although in business there is never just ONE thing that creates success or failure, there are things that statistics prove help push towards the realm of success.  Having a morning routine is one of those factors.

Creating the business you want often requires you to think creatively, solve problems and be resourceful. Building successful, productive habits and doing the right tasks over and over again takes the motivation to improve oneself.  That means – you guessed it – it requires change.  And change is aided  by willpower. So when is your willpower the strongest? That’s right! In the morning.

Each day you are allotted only so much willpower.  It’s similar to physical muscle, willpower can be weak and easily overworked.  This may explain why your resolve to hit the gym every morning only lasted a week and half. The good news is, researchers believe, like other muscles, you can build up your willpower.  Because your willpower is strongest in the morning, creating a routine that allows you to set your day up for success or accomplish your most important tasks can be a key influence in growing your organization.

Similar to the effectiveness of business systems in your organization, your routine will also make your morning significantly more efficient and productive. Before you know it, a good routine will become habit.  You’ll begin to flow through it without thought or effort.  That is when you really begin to see the magic. Make a habit out of setting up and accomplishing your most important task first thing, or “eat that frog” as Brian Tracy says, and you will surely see success.

Not clear on how to create a morning routine?

Here are some of the most common bits found in effective morning routine:

  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Reading, watching or listening to something inspirational or motivational
  • The practice of gratitude
  • Journaling
  • Healthy meals

Here are some practices to avoid in your morning routine:

  • Checking e-mail or social media

The truth is, the vast majority of Americans never create a morning routine. Yet, the vast majority of Americans do not feel successful or fulfilled in their lives. As the saying goes, when in Rome…So don’t put this off any longer. Create a routine for your morning.  Get started on this important habit and watch it work in your life.

My routine looks like this:

  • 4am – wake up
  • 4 – 4:30a – Personal hygiene, prayer and meditation.
  • 4:30 – 7a – Read, Review my top priorities and Work block
  • 7a – 8a – Kids up and ready and breakfast

Do you have a morning routine?  Tell me about it!

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