If you’re anything like me, you’ve read different self-help books, watched youtube videos and listened to podcasts about having a solid morning routine. You feel so inspired to change your ways and try incorporating all the new things you liked the sound of at once. You’re excited and manage to stick to do your new routine for a few days. However, you start feeling overwhelmed and fall back into your old ways. You feel like a failure and feel disappointed in yourself.
But, don’t despair because you’re not alone in this! When I first got into personal development, I tried to change everything immediately. I quickly learnt this was not sustainable and I couldn’t keep up with all the changes. Instead of dwelling on my ‘failures’, I approached the situation differently. Instead of trying to do everything too quick too soon, I made changes at a steady pace. I managed to get my morning routine under control. So here are 5 tips for you to try and get your morning routine under control too!
1. Organise What You Want To Do And Prioritise
The first thing you need to do to is to figure out what time you have in the morning and what it is you want to achieve in that time. I suggest doing this the night before. Whether it’s to schedule in studying, working out, meditation or whatever it is, make sure you write it down. After you’ve done this, you should prioritise your list to the most important things you’d like to do. If you have a day job, it’s essential to do this step by step as this will stop you being overwhelmed in the morning.
2. Cater It To Yourself
You’ve probably heard numerous times that the most successful people wake up at 5 am. When you hear this, you may feel pressured to do the same to have the same level of success. However, I strongly believe the morning routine should be catered to you and you should do what suits you. So if you want to wake up at 5 am every day because this fits into your daily lifestyle then great! But’s it’s still fine if you don’t’ want to do this. Success isn’t defined by what time you get up, so please remember that!
3. Take It One Step At A Time
I’m not saying don’t push yourself, but it’s best to try and establish your morning habits slowly. For example, if you want to start waking up early, start by setting your alarm 10-15 mins earlier every week until you achieve your goal. Or if you have multiple things you want in your routine, try and ease each habit in slowly.
4. Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress is a great way to keep motivated and accountable. There are so many habit trackers out there that you can download on your phone. Alternatively, you could make yourself a physical tracker on paper or download your own online. I’ve created a simple one below,please click here
5. Be Proud Of Every Achievement
We can spend so much time beating ourselves down about our failures, we forget to celebrate the wins no matter how small. Every time you show up for yourself is something that should be celebrated. Let’s say, for example, you meditated twice this week instead of seven times. How amazing, you managed to still do it twice! Remember, there was a time in your life when you didn’t even do it,so be proud of every achievement!
What is your morning routine and how do you stay motivated? Comment below
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