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Your alarm clock rings, you wake up startled, you've already hit snooze three times and now ... you're late ... for the rest of your day. For the next hour you run around with your hair all wild, getting dressed as you rush to run out of the house. Multiply the madness by three if you have young kids involved and maybe a pet dog too.
Well, this morning doesn't sound very relaxing at all and it will definitely not help you get into a peaceful relaxing mindset. Instead, your heart is beating fast, your nerves are rattled and your green juice spills all over your shirt... because "Murphy's Law". We've all been there and it is NOT a great way to start your day!
However, I've got some good news for you! Mornings don't have to suck... or be chaotic.
"Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen." - W.H.
Morning time is one of the most important times of your day. It is the beginning of a brand new day. A fresh start. A clean canvas. That is why it is essential to have a good routine that is easy to follow. A guaranteed way to kick start your day the right way... every day. Sounds nice huh?
What is a Zenfull morning routine anyway?
By definition a morning routine is a regular way of doing things in a particular order each morning. Now, let's add a little magic to that and define a Zenful Morning routine as a set of simple extraordinarily enjoyable self development tasks that you perform, at will, every morning to fill your day with lots of Zen. You can think of this time as “me” time. Your routine can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as one hour! It is all up to you. However, for maximum benefit, I would recommend at least an hour. But you can always start small, take 15 minutes at first then slowly add more time.
What should my routine consist of?
“But I already have a routine! I jump out of bed, brush my teeth, swallow my breakfast and out the door I go.” Yes, yes indeed that is a routine but not a very fun one that leaves you filling all magical and tingly inside.
Your zenned-out morning routine should consist of things that MAKE YOU HAPPY! No chores, no cleaning, no laundry, no no no! Those are things you will tackle later on in the day. You are only allowed to do things that make you happier, healthier, and smiley-er in your magical morning routine. You should also have a nice balance of activities related to your mind, body, and soul/spirit.
Some Ideas To Help You Build Your Zenful Morning Routine:
- Meditation (15 minutes)
- Reading in silence (15 to 20 minutes)
- physical activity (yoga, light stretching, a light jog)
- Journal writing / affirmations / goal setting
- visualization / law of attraction
- tea time / coffee time
- take time to plan out your day
- listen to audio book or youtube playlist
- sit outside in your garden or yard listen to nature sounds / birds chirping
- Go for a quick jog
Do I have to get up at 5am for my mornings to be successful?
There is a lot of conflict on the topic of waking up extremely early (5am) and its correlation to success. I mean, it's no argument that the earlier you wake up the more productive you feel. Less hours sleeping means more hours up doing. We've all heard that “the early bird gets the worm” and sleeping in has for the most part always had a lazy stigma attached to it. Many influential people have been known to wake up in the wee hours of the morning. But just because you snooze past 8am or maybe 10... doesn't make you a failure!
I believe your morning routine can work at 5am, as well as it can work at 8am or even noon time. It will work if YOU put in the work. Now, of course, if you have to leave your house at 7am to make it to work at 8am sharp, then of course your morning routine might have to begin at 6am or even earlier. On the other hand, those who have a later work schedule or work from home can easily catch a couple exta Zzzz's and have a very successful morning routine at 10am.
It will work if you put in the work. Only you know how much time you have in your mornings. What you have to figure out is how to get yourself an extra 20 to 60 minutes each morning for your routines and if that means waking up an hour earlier then so be it!
You also have to hold yourself accountable. If you decide to have an “afternoon” or late evening routine instead, that is absolutely okay, however for some of us it can be easy to get caught up with all the to do's of the day and easily skip our routines all together because of time constraints or tiredness. That is why early in the morning is the best time.
But I don't have time!
This is a big misconception. And an easy excuse to pull out of the hat when we really don't want to do something that makes us uncomfortable or isn't easy. Trust me, I've played the “I don't have time” card many more times than I care to admit. However, the truth is, for the most part, we do have time. We have plenty of time.
There are 24 hours in a day. We sleep 8 to 10 hours. We work 8 to 9 hours. We still have 5 to 8 hours of TIME. Valuable time. Your morning routine is only asking for 20 to 60 minutes max of your time. This is where priorities come into play.
And prioritizing self development is a must for a happy, successful life. And I don't mean success like riches and fancy cars. I mean success within your heart, internal fulfilling satisfying success. And you can only attain that by working on yourself and taking time out of your day for activities that make you happy.
So, do you have time?
Some of the ideas in this article were made possible by my reading of "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod, an incredibly easy read that will transform your life in just a few pages. I purchased this book with my own money and I am not receiving any compensation for recommending it. I will be giving a more in-depth review about this book in the near future and it will be listed under "Books For A Better You" tab. I have also included my Amazon Affiliate link below in case you want to check out the book for yourself, and please do note if you use this link to make a purchase for this book, I may receive a small commission from the sale which I then use to build a better site, so THANK YOU in advance 🙂