What’s your morning routine? It might matter more than you think!

Sometimes even the most positive changes can bring their own challenges.  This is especially true when they affect our day to day patterns.  Part of our “comfort zone” includes those daily routines and when they are disrupted, it can have a ripple effect.  This is something I’m personally experiencing now.  There are a few things that have been part of my daily “to do list” for the past six months that are no longer in the mix.   Because they were high priority actions, they got done.  There was no question about doing them.

So now there are these chunks of time in my day – several in fact – that are open.  I could just let the time collapse and not replace those reserved spaces.  But then I would lose a valuable opportunity to leverage the momentum already there.  And so I decided to look at what the new routine could look like.  All of these possibilities!  It was really fun to think about and it made me realize once again that when we choose to commit to something and we understand why, the discipline required takes care of itself.

Have you ever wondered why you didn’t stay with something?  Have you ever thought you lacked self control or had no discipline?  The fact is that we can and do stay with things.  We have self control and we have discipline.  It just might not be where it will matter most.  When I began to understand that we all have the same capacity to achieve and that it’s really up to us to leverage it; my life began to change.  I took responsibility.  I discovered my values and set my priorities; and planned my life to honor them.

One of the thought leaders that I enjoy and learn from every time I hear from him is Robin Sharma.  In his Little Black Book for Stunning Success (visit his website and get it if you don’t have it already!) he talks about this subject and shares his own personal daily practices that bring him personal power.  Some of his practices were aligned to mine.  The list below combines them:

  1. A morning writing routine.  Another great source of inspiration on this is Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.   Stop and center your thoughts with expression.  This can be digital writing, hand writing or even recording your voice.  But create a journal that is part of your routine.
  2. A morning “movement” routine.  This can be stretching, walking, a work-out; whatever meets your own need best.  Sometimes it’s good to alternate but have time devoted to your physical body.  Remember that this is part of a routine that’s going to generate “power” in your day.
  3. A morning nourishment routine.  Are you someone who skips breakfast?  Stop.  It was the one “habit” hardest for me to break that has made the most difference.  A smoothie, a piece of fruit – something that generates fuel.  I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase – “If you want the lamp to keep burning, you must put oil in it.”.
  4. A morning spiritual routine.  This can be reading; can be listening to music; it can be meditating or prayer or any combination.   This is a personal space but extremely important.  God created us as a multi-dimensional being and we must care for each of those dimensions.
  5. A daily learning routine.  This is the only one that I have as optional on timing because sometimes the learning activity is scheduled for a class or requires additional time.  But each day should have some activity included that is about enhancing your skills.  Whenever I do not have an actual activity planned, I spend at least 30 minutes reading or listening to an audio tape.  This is also a great one to do in conjunction with the physical routine.  The key is that it has priority and it part of your daily plan.

Sometimes when we don’t know what our next “big adventure” is going to be; the best thing to do is to just focus on these daily practices and let it unfold.  Another example of “living the question” and letting the answers just come.

Imagine starting on a trip and go through the step sequences.  You have to know you’re prepared (have keys, etc.);  you check the car – no flat tires, no warning lights, etc.; you check the fuel (need to have enough to take you where you’re going); and you survey your surroundings to make sure you are clear to take off.  Imagine taking just one of those steps out.  You might not notice at first but in time – it’s going to make a difference.

A valuable lesson I’ve learned is that creating meaningful change is less about what we stop doing and more about what we start doing.  Begin here.  Establish your own version of a morning routine.  Stick with for the next 30 days.  And then each day thereafter.  Change the routine like I am when you need to.  But never stop having a routine.  There is power in daily practices.

 

 

About Kathi Laughman

Referred to by her clients as “The Plan B to Z Expert”, Kathi inspires them to see beyond probabilities to possibilities. They are stronger, happier and more financially secure than ever before. The result is the creation of far more value in the rest of their story than they ever dreamed possible. She serves professionals committed to continuously creating new pathways to success and significance.

Comments

  1. Kathi I loved the way you worded this. So clear and general but specific at the same time. It gives the essence of what we all need to start the day and it also allows you to do it in a way that suits you. Thank you.:-)

  2. I enjoyed this post’. I really need to develop a morning routine to take the place of hit snooze one more time! Thank you for sharing your insights.

  3. I enjoyed this post’. I really need to develop a morning routine to take the place of hit snooze one more time! Thank you for sharing your insights.

  4. Hi Cynthia! I had to laugh when I read your comment. The snooze alarm is what got me started on this path. I read Mel Robbins book “Stop Saying You’re Fine” and she talks about that. Great read if you’re looking for something. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad the post helped!

  5. Very good article. Will definitely check out your sources.

    • Thanks, Leslie. I’m glad you enjoyed it. You’ll like Robin Sharma. He’s a great thought leader. I’ve been using Julia Cameron’s system now for several years. It’s wonderful!

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