If there is anything you need to take control over in your life, then it is your morning. I have consistently followed a morning routine and I say this so often that this has been the best thing I have done for myself. If you are uncertain about what things to include in your morning, here are the 5 sacred ingredients to creating a powerful morning routine.
Trust me that this will change the tone for the rest of the day and you will walk into your day feeling much more calm, satisfied and productive.
I won’t tell you at what time you need to wake up, but the earlier the better. I currently wake up at around 5:00-5:15am and after my first drink of warm water my day begins at 5:30 am where I get going with my morning routine.
You need not wake up at 5 am or even 6 am. Pick your own time but make sure that you do these following five things for a powerful morning routine.
But let me tell you at first itself, that as you start with your morning routine you will naturally find out that if you wake up later, you won’t have time to add all these 5 sacred ingredients into your morning.
It is the reason I naturally started waking up early. I want to give sufficient time for myself- to all these things I consider important. But again how much time you allot to each of these 5 is all up to you 🙂
So without further delay, here are 5 Sacred Ingredients for a powerful morning routine in the same order serially:
How to create a Healthy Morning Routine
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1. MIT(Most important Task):
Do your MIT first thing in the morning. Your MIT is the Most Important Task for the day. It is the one thing that you ought to do but you are most likely to procrastinate all through the day. It’s the one thing which you consider hard but after getting it done, you will feel satisfied.
You can give 20 mins to 1 hour time for your MIT. If you think 20 minutes is too less, remember doing at least something is better than doing nothing.
For me today, it is writing this post and it is the first thing I am doing. On other days it is preparing for my class or working on my research. By tackling the most important task first thing in the morning, you will always be productive. It makes me feel satisfied and there’s no cause for anxiety. I have written more about MITs in this post.
Exercise is another sacred ingredient for a powerful morning. Exercise is sweating in self love. Please don’t neglect exercise when it comes to uplifting your mood and having a powerful morning.
For me, I have noticed a great deal of difference in how I go about my day when I exercise and when I don’t. It is really one of my keystone habits.
I simply exercise because it makes me charged up, because I love my body and because it makes me feel great and ready to go and tackle my day’s business.
3. A time in silence:
Silence fuels the soul. Before you go about your day and the outside noise gets you, do yourself a favour and have a small time in silence- a kind of like an appointment with your own self. This can be for as little as 3-5 minutes.
You don’t have to call this meditation. Simply sit in silence, be grateful and count your blessings, dream a little, envision things for yourself, notice your breath, your thoughts and be grateful.
This silence is constructive and you will see how it encourages you and provides you with the questions and answers you are searching for.
All good changes happen when we read. Read for at least 10 minutes in the morning or read at least one page, but make it a point that you read.
I didn’t always have the reading habit. It is something I cultivated for my morning routine too. Now my morning feels incomplete without having to read something. I give 20-30 minutes for my morning read and at least 10 minutes when I am too busy.
Small suggestion: Don’t read fiction or novels in the morning. Read a self help book or an autobiography, something that will uplift and inspire you.
Currently I am reading One Thing by Garry Kellar.
Some other morning read suggestions from me to you would be:
- Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- The Power of your Subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy
- Autobiography of a Yogi
5. Writing in a Journal:
Lastly I cannot emphasise the power of journaling enough. I have already written a post about the great benefits I have received from journaling but writing in the morning really establishes a connection with yourself before you start your day.
Write about how you are feeling, what you did yesterday and what you plan to do today or any thought and reflection that is occurring to you at the moment.
As you start writing in your journal every morning and allot some time to it, journaling too will naturally become a habit and by writing you will be able to be your own best friend and your own encouragement.
Bring all awareness as you do these 5 things. If you find yourself with less time, have 3 of them done. If you find yourself with even lesser time on some days, have at least one of them done.
Doing something is better than not doing anything at all.
So these are the 5 sacred ingredients for a powerful morning. From all the books I have read so far, I have come to see that all highly successful, all wealthy and happy people have a morning routine where they include these 5 sacred ingredients.
Goerge Bernard Shaw has said, “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.”
We are all creating ourselves and creating a wonderful powerful morning routine is the first thing we need to do.
Have a great week ahead.