Having a morning routine achieves 2 major goals before you even step out of the house:
- It gives you something self-rewarding to look forward to when you go to sleep.
- It allows you to tick off your first “wins” of the day, setting the tone for the rest of it.
I’m not a fan of “a single” morning routine for everyone: each of us is an individual with different aspirations, habits, and priorities.
What I’m outlining below is my personal morning routine, which you can draw inspiration from to develop your own.
- 5:45-5:50am Wake-up, Drink 2x400ml (2x14oz) water, second one with 2tbsp lemon juice
- 5:50-6:00am 10 minutes of meditation
- 6:00-6:10am 5min of journaling
- 6:10-6:30am Freshly brewed black coffee and “taking care of business”
- 6:45-7:30am Workout or yoga (depending on training cycle)
- 7:40-8:20am 40min of reading (either research articles or a book)
- 8:20-8:40am Shower & getting ready for work
- 8:40-9:00am Commute to work, always listening to either an audiobook or podcast
- 9:00-9:15am Plan the day (I used Nozbe, brilliant ask planner)
My morning routine is tailor-made to achieve small victories every morning in the areas I care most about:
- Health & fitness (hydration, workout, yoga)
- Mental health (meditation and journaling)
- Self-development (40min of dedicated reading, audiobooks & podcasts)
- Productivity: detailed planning of the day before doing anything else
Do I stick to it 100% of the time every single morning? Of course not. Sometimes things get in the way (a late night, an early morning meeting, etc.). On average though, I go through this routine as is 70% of the time, and through a variation (e.g. a little less reading, a shorter/longer workout) another 20% of the time. What I’m trying to say is that I go through “a routine” 90% of my mornings: having a routine is much more important than what the routine actually contains.
If you’re keen on developing your own morning routine and need some guidance, let me know. I’ll be more than happy to give you some tips on creating a routine and “making habits stick”.