October 20th, 2021
The Ultimate Morning Routine
Every great day begins with a great morning. No matter what you do in life, how you start is usually just as important as how you finish. The same can be said about your day. If you start feeling disoriented, in a negative emotional state, or groggy and tired, your day won’t be nearly as good as it could be. To be great, you need to start great.
In this blog post, I’m going to detail some amazing morning routine strategies to absolutely own you’re the beginning of your day! Countless people have used these tips throughout history in one form or another. However, the way they have been grouped was popularized by Robin Sharma. I’ve used these methods, and I can assure you they make you feel incredible and ready to attack the day! So without further ado, let’s get into it!
Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life
To create the best morning and ultimately improve and elevate your life, there is a specific method of completing three tasks to get you well prepared for the day. An easy way to think of it is the 20/20/20 method. Upon waking up and before doing anything else, spend 20 minutes on each task. Of course, you can use the washroom, brush your teeth, drink water, etc. But don’t eat, work, or check your phone until after each task is completed. This will be referred to as your Victory Hour: The first hour of your day that will lead you to victory in everything you do. It will set you up for success and make it easier to perform better than ever and feel happier overall. What are the three tasks that you do for 20 minutes each? Also known as 20/20/20?
The first task/20 minutes is exercise. As soon as you wake, put on your workout clothes. Since you only need to spend 20 minutes working out, it has to make you sweat! Google some CrossFit or HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts to get started and get moving. A quick and intense workout will fully wake you up and make you feel great! It will lower your brain’s stress levels and release a lot of “feel good” chemicals like dopamine that will prepare you and make you feel awesome for the day ahead. Plus, it is so much easier to work out first thing versus at the end of the day. You have the motivation, and it’s a lot harder to procrastinate if it has to be the first thing you do. Working out before eating (also known as a fasted workout) also has the benefit of burning more fat for fuel than later in the day! It will kickstart your metabolism and give you energy.
The next 20-minute segment is about reflection. Spend this time in prayer, meditation, and/or gratitude. If you want some ideas for how to meditate, check out our blog post on the subject HERE. A journal can also be a great help here! Write down three things you are grateful for and take a few minutes to think about and appreciate them. Additionally, there are also some great gratitude journals that you can buy online that will give you some helpful prompts to feel gratitude. Doing all of this can clear your mind of any frustrations or distractions and help you appreciate what you have in life. This will give you the best possible mindset for the day and improve your overall mood!
Next, write down five things you want to accomplish that would make the day feel complete at the end. Doing so will give you some mini-goals to strive for and allow you to finish the day satisfied with your work and efforts.
The last 20-minute task is all about growth. Spend this time reading a book, listening to a podcast, or watching some videos that will propel you forward in your career. Making the effort to grow in your skills and knowledge might create the difference between getting that promotion and not! This will bolster your career and set you up to continuously improve and grow in work. Remember that if you aren’t growing, you’re being left behind. There are always various ways to improve how and what you do. Take a bit of time to learn some of them! If you decide to watch some videos to learn, I wrote a blog post of tips to avoid getting distracted and set you up for the best learning experience possible. Click HERE.
And that, my friends, is how to craft your perfect morning. The 20/20/20 method is super helpful for starting the day off right with lots of energy, feelings of gratitude and peace of mind, and bolstering your career. Every hour of the day is important, but the Victory Hour can propel you forward to new heights! Now go make your best day possible!
Until next time,