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, and someone recommended that I read “The Miracle Morning .” I purchased a copy of the book (all I do is Audible now), and I’ve been following this routine ever since.

The book says to create a ritual in the morning to set 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. So, before I even get out of bed:

1. I wake up and spend a few minutes imagining that I will 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 found for free on YouTube:

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

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)

6. While walking, I listen to Audible. It’s always a book that is business or self-improvement related. I might also listen to a podcast or Spotify.

I also added my own 7. I get satisfaction from tracking how often I do these six steps! For that, I use the Habit List App

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. 

Resources: The Morning Habits Of Highly Successful People

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Cami MacNamara

Cami MacNamara has 20+ years of experience running a small, profitable, one-person web design business, so she can walk her dog whenever she likes. #WorkingSoloWP / Twitter / Instagram