Have you noticed that when you set an intention for the day things generally work out better than days when you don’t? This is because you’re taking responsibility for your energy, your thoughts, and your actions. Set yourself up each day to do this with a morning routine.
Setting a Wake-up Time
First, think about your optimal wake-up time. If you’re not a morning person trying to get up a 5:00 am is probably not going to give you the best start to the day. You’ll be better getting up later and using your evenings to achieve things.
Now set your wake-up time so that you have time for your morning routine before you start your day.
Setting an optimal wake-up time can be tricky if you have young children because you’re never quite sure when they’ll surface. Get up with enough time to move through your routine according to their usual wake-up time but be prepared to change as they change.
Once you have your routine set in place you can break it up If you have an early riser. Just slip in the elements of your routine as your morning allows. A morning routine should serve you, not the other way around, so be prepared to go with the flow.
Your morning routine can include anything you want that helps you set your intentions and your energy for the day. Following someone else’s routine will never be as effective as a routine that you’ve put together yourself. You’ll also be much less likely to stick to it.
This Way of Creating a Morning Routine is Different and here’s Why?
No morning routine will work if you don’t get out of bed in time to move through it. That’s why it’s important to make the first thing in your routine something that you love to do. This way you’ll have the best chance of maintaining it.
For years I’ve forced myself to get up to exercise or cram in a couple of hours of work or study. It wasn’t particularly enjoyable and as a result, I never really cemented it into my day.
Now I get up at 5:00 am to write, watch the sunrise, and enjoy a couple of big cups of coffee, on the couch. Not your average morning routine but it works for me because I find it blissful.
You can create a full routine all at once and then move things in or out depending on how well they work for you. Or you can start with one element and do that for a week or so before adding another element.
Here are the basic elements that are great to include in your morning routine. Depending on the time you have available don’t hesitate to add others. Be careful not to overwhelm yourself though.
The Basic Elements of a Choice Theory Morning Routine
1. Decide on something you love and that will get you out of bed joyfully at least 5 mornings a week. You can reserve the right to change it if it doesn’t work for you, or even do different things on different days. A morning routine should serve you, not the other way around.
2. How do you choose to show up today? This is something that you can decide on the night before. I try to stay aware of how I’m feeling throughout the day and this gives me ideas about how I want to show up tomorrow. Encapsulate your ideas about showing up into one or two words.
Today I’m a human being…. and …
If you’re fearful you might set the following intention: – Today I’m a human being brave and optimistic.
If you’re feeling lacking in energy and drive you might set the intention: -Today I’m a human being energetic and enthusiastic.
3. Find a few things to be genuinely grateful for. Gratitude helps you to focus on what you’ve got rather than what you think is missing in your life. It helps to maintain a positive mindset.
…and the rest is up to you…
Some Ideas for your Morning Routine
- Taking supplements, juice, or drinking a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice
These are all great things to include in your morning routine. But anything that you do with your full attention and that helps set you up for the day that you choose to have is fine. It’s perfectly possible to make school lunches, hang out the washing and empty the dishwasher mindfully and joyfully.
By starting your day with a personal morning routine that you’ve created you’re setting it up intentionally. You can’t control everything that happens during your day, but you can control how you respond to it. Setting up a morning routine that you love will get you off to a very good start.
A Choice Theory Meme a Day
Another great addition to a morning routine is to read one of our original memes that we send out every day for about six months. You can sign up for those by clicking the image above and then choosing the option on our homepage.
Thanks for reading 🙂 What kind of human will you be tomorrow?
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