What does your typical morning before work look like?
Do you stick to a routine?
Do you just wing it and fly by the seat of your pants?
Well, whatever it is its time for a new routine!
Let me know if this sounds familiar.
You spend way to much time scrolling though instagram, and you end up scrambling to get your pants on and out the door!
Don’t worry I am raising my hand too! (in a metaphorical way, because well I work from home, not to brag or anything 😉 )
Trust me, we’ve all been there.
In my opinion, it is hard to jump out of bed and immediately be ready to go he’d first into you busy day.
I need some me time, in the morning.
And you do too!
So, I decided I didn’t want my morning to be so hectic anymore, I want to have some time to write, relax, reflect and drink my morning coffee in peace.
If you’re thinking, “yeah, because that sounds realistic,” it is, so just keep reading.
*I wanted to feel prepared for the day, but mostly I wanted to be reminded of the goals and bigger purpose behind what I do everyday.
Normally, when morning routines are talked about, I hear things like going to the gym, eating healthy, and those are important too, but today I want to talk more about the mental side of your morning routine!
Today, I’m sharing the morning mindset ritual that’s been helping me feel ready, motivated, and focused before I start my day.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your mindset and make your mornings more intentional, I hope this gives you some inspiration.
My Morning Mindset Routine
Review my yearly goals
I have a spreadsheet saved in my Google Drive of the goals I want to accomplish in 2020 (I use google drive for literally everything).
I open my Google Drive app on my phone and read through the goals I’ve set to remind myself of what I’m working towards.
This is probably the task that motivates me the most to get to work in he mornings!I have to do this on a regular basis or I will literally forget my goals, I know I have a terrible memory!
Write in my journal
My Top Three Goals
Even though I’ve already reviewed my yearly goals list on my phone, I find that physically writing down my goals adds an extra level of accountability to it.
My yearly goals list has 10-15 goals on it, but I write down the three goals that feel the most important in the moment.
This reminds me of what to focus on and keep in the back of my mind for the rest of the day.
A self-belief list is similar to writing affirmations, but instead I write down 3-5 things that I believe to be true about myself in a positive way.
Example of some of my self beliefs:
- I believe I am helping people create their dream life
- I believe I am a genuine person
- I believe I am loved
Sometimes affirmations can feel like you’re trying to force something that you don’t necessarily believe about yourself. Self-beliefs are things you already know are true, but you just need to be reminded of them.
What’s On My Mind
I take a few minutes to journal anything that’s on my mind.
These thoughts are usually related to my goals or the day ahead, but sometimes they turn into mini-therapy sessions depending on how I’m feeling.
If you are short on time try a brain dump!
3 brain dump topics
- What are you anxious about
- What are you excited about
- What do you need to get done for the day
Though my mind is usually feeling pretty clear by this point, I still take a moment to list out anything that needs to get done (either today or in the future). This could be emails to send, tasks to work on, or groceries to buy.
After all of that, I open up my Calm meditation app and do the Calm Light meditation for 5 minutes. Or of course you can do it on your own!
Yup, only 5 minutes.
Maybe I’ll gradually increase this over time, but 5 minutes of silence before my day starts is all I need to feel focused and rejuvenated!
If meditating really isn’t your thing, try a quiet morning stretch, this is what I did before I started meditating and it was much easier in the beginning.
What does your morning routine look like?
I hope my morning routine has given you some inspiration to make your mornings more intentional and less stressful. Let me know what you find the most helpful, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!