How a morning routine can change your whole day

Why you need a morning routine - photo by Cami MacNamara

In 2015, my business was growing faster than I could keep up with. I was miserable, not sleeping, and working myself to death. I reached out to a few friends at that time and someone recommended that I read “The Miracle Morning“. I actually purchased a copy of the book (all I do is Audible now) and it really made an impression on me.

The premise behind this book is that you create a ritual in the morning and that sets your intentions and focus for the day. The “Miracle” breaks down as follows:

  1. Visualization
  2. Meditation
  3. Affirmations
  4. Journaling
  5. Exercise
  6. Reading

He has an acronym for this (read the book) and I’ve adjusted the order to fit what worked for me. Before I even get out of bed:

1. I wake up and spend a few minutes imagining that I’m going to have a great day!

2. I meditate for 6 minutes with this quick morning meditation video I found for free on YouTube:

3. I then use this 5 minute affirmation video I also found for free on YouTube.

4. I make a quick journal entry in my 5 minute journal app. $4.99 one time fee.  It’s a quick fill-in-the-blanks format with gratitude.  That’s important.

Now, I hit the shower because I have Nick Nolte’s mugshot hair each morning.  🙂

5.  I exercise (usually a 30-60 minute walk outside or treadmill/elliptical at the gym).   While I’m walking…

6.  I listen to Audible (my version of reading). It’s always a book that is business or self improvement related.

I would also have to add a 7. – I do get satisfaction from tracking how often I do these 6 steps!  For that, I use the Habit List App. $4.99 one time fee for the premium version.

Do I do this religiously every single day?  No.  Do I do it most days?  Yes.

I miss it when I don’t do this.  I feel more stressed when I don’t do this.   But I’m not trying to be perfect and  make it yet another “to-do” on my list.  If you don’t have a morning routine, I suggest you try one for 30 days and see how it affects your mood, productivity and overall happiness.  I really helps me everyday.

Resources: The Morning Habits Of Highly Successful People

About WebCami

Cami MacNamara has been designing websites since 2002 from her home office in Seattle, Washington. Her career started as a way to be a stay-at-home mom. Certification soon followed and persistence paid off. Cami has designed 500+ websites and wants to share what she learned along the way. Look for her at WordCamp Seattle. Follow: / Twitter / Instagram