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How You Start Your Morning Matters

Do you have a morning routine? An honest-to-goodness, intentional morning routine? Or do you rush thr
How You Start Your Morning Matters
Do you have a morning routine?
An honest-to-goodness, intentional morning routine?
Or do you rush through your morning, slam some coffee down your throat, and head out the door?
Most people do the latter.
If you do this, don’t feel bad! It’s common.
But what I want you to consider is how creating a morning routine might set you up for success for the rest of the day.

Do Your Mornings Start Like This?
Morning should be a peaceful time. In an ideal world, your morning should be a time during which you gently get ready for the day, get your priorities in order, and then ease into the rest of the day.
And this is what could happen if you plan your morning routine.
But what so often happens is that we wake up, we check our phones, we throw food at the microwave with the hope that it will bounce off and immediately make it to our mouths, and then we hurriedly get dressed and do whatever else it is we do before the day really starts.
I’m exhausted just typing that.
But what if there were a better way? What if, instead of rushing through your morning and carrying that frantic energy throughout your day, you could set yourself up for success for the rest of the day?
You can.
Why You Need a Morning Routine
It’s called a morning routine. And not just any morning routine–but a routine that is specifically devised so that you can calmly approach the rest of your day.
Doing this for myself is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It requires that I get up a little earlier than I used to, but the payoff has been worth it.
How to Set Up a Morning Routine
If you want to do this, here’s what I would suggest.
First, identity the parts of your morning that are causing anxiety. Write a list down of absolutely everything that you do that makes up your current morning routine. Analyze it for potential areas of improvement. This first step is key because if you don’t know what you’re currently doing, how will you change it?
Next, write down what you want to be doing. In a perfect world, how do you want your morning to go? What would most put you at ease? Think with the end in mind, and then work backwards. This is one of the most effective ways I know to develop a plan of any kind. To engineer your life, think with the end in mind. And then reverse-engineer it!
Finally, test, test, and test some more. Solidifying changes in your life means you are going to have to take a lot of action. It is through action that you learn what actually works. And it is through action that you will know what you need to change to perfect any new approach you try to implement.
So do this. Do this for your new morning routine. Do this for yourself. You deserve a peaceful start to your day. How you start your morning affects the rest of your day.
I’m serious. Have you ever had a frantic morning that led to a truly peaceful and productive day? Really think about it. What I think you’ll find is that the answer is…NO.
So do this for yourself. Take some time to devise your perfect morning routine.
It’s the first step in devising your perfect day.

To a more peaceful morning!


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