Wanting to kick of 2018 right, I decided to research some of the morning routines of highly successful people. And copy them.
Yep, copy. It's a lot of work running a business. If I can look elsewhere for tips to make it easier, I do!
I found lots of little things different famous people and successful CEOs did every morning, and since the thing were so varied, I decided to compile them into a list from which I could pick and choose my own Morning Success Routine.
Here's the fruit of a couple hours of research. At the end, I'll share my pickings and choosings and how I molded them into a timely routine to fit my mornings.
1. Save your time and energy by making small decisions in advance
That means pick your clothes the night before, have a meal set, etc. Tony Robbins says he chooses the same "boring" breakfast of fish and salad every morning because he knows it's the right fuel for his day.
2. Drink warm water with lemon
I read that Jennifer Aniston does this every morning (and she's still gorgeous, so already that was a point in its favor) and wanted to find out more. Apparently, this simple little ritual is good for everything from arthritis to weight loss. Seriously. Look it up!
3. Take some time to visualize
Take some time to visualize what you want as though you already had it. Yep, this is a built in part of some successful ceo's morning routine. An important aspect not to be neglected during this visualization: feel it. It's not enough that you "see" what you want, you also have to summon up the joy/excitement/love/peace that you will feel when you have it.
This one really caught my interest. The facts:
- The average person reads 2-3 books a year.
- The average successful CEO reads 48-60 books per year.
- On average, people read 200 words per minute.
- At that rate, if you read for 15 minutes a day, you'd read 17 books per year!
- At that rate, if you read 45 minutes a day, you'll read 51 books per year!
5. Exercise... while listening to audiobooks
Not only is this a nice hack for those of you who read the last bullet and thought "45 minutes!? When am I going to be able to do that!?" but apparently there's a lot of research that says you're able to learn faster if you do it while working out... something about the hormones released.
So maybe 15 minutes of a paper book, 30 minutes of an audiobook while simultaneously working out. Bingo bango two birds.
This is just one of my favorite ways to start the day. Sometimes I don't even do the full on sit up and cross my legs thing. Sometimes I just play a meditation from meditationoasis.com (one of my favorite meditation sites) with my head still on the pillow. Not sure if that's something to advocate, especially if you are likely to fall back to sleep... but I've enjoyed it.
7. Review your Vision
Visions aren't limited to businesses. What do you want to achieve this year? Why? How are you going to do it? Now put that into one little phrase and remind yourself of it every morning. Maybe make a sign.
8. Practice Gratitude
"Practice" because sometimes you aren't going to start the day FEELING grateful; you have to train yourself to be grateful. Tony Robbins builds a gratitude practice into his morning routine. Maybe yours looks like silently listing things and people. Maybe it looks like writing them down in a journal. Maybe it looks like calling someone and telling them how glad you are to have him in your life.
My New Morning Routine for Success
I wanted to make sure that my choices were things I believed in and could commit to. While exercising everyday for 30 minutes sounds awesome, I have a hard time imagining myself sticking to this everyday.
1. Gratitude Practice- running through a list of things I'm grateful for, as they occur to me that morning (2 minutes)
2. Warm water with lemon (30 seconds)
3. Visualization (1 minute)
3. Meditation (10-20 minutes)
4. Breakfast (predetermined as often as possible) while reading a paper book for 15 minutes*
This puts my morning routine at around 30 minutes a day, perfect for me.
What does your 2018 Morning Routine for Success look like?
*PS- All of these things are great to do at any point in your day, even if you don't decide to put them into your routine.
For instance, I love the idea of reading 45 minutes per day, so I made sure to plan other opportunities in my day to get in some audiobook time. For instance: while I'm photographing my work (or editing the photos), while I'm cleaning, while I'm prepping a meal, and yes, while I'm exercising.