Crafting Your Morning for Success – Part 1

Crafting Your Morning for Success – Part 1

If you live to be 60 years old, you would have experienced 21,900 mornings in your life – WOW – now that’s a lot of mornings.  With that many mornings, it makes sense to have a morning ritual, process or routine.

Crafting a morning ritual, process or routine is a set of actions you do immediately upon waking up to prepare and optimize yourself for a more productive and laser-focused day. As a high-achieving career or business woman, it is very important to have a ritual, process, or routine.

Here are two options for waking up and starting your day:

Scenario #1:  She wakes up and immediately grabs her smart phone, while being slightly blinded by the bright screen on her sleepy eyes. She may even turn on the TV while getting ready for work to watch the morning news (i.e. crime, the weather and heavy traffic). Sometimes she is running late for work or a meeting so she heads out the door without breakfast and rushes to work or to her meeting.

Scenario #2: Now, she wakes up 30 minutes earlier than normal and immediately spends several minutes in silence, appreciating the quietness and tranquility before she starts her day.

She will spend a few minutes meditating while practicing controlling her thoughts. While she is eating a healthy breakfast, she writes down her goals for the day or she reviews her task list for the week.

She takes the time to look at her vision board on her iPad.  She checks her smartphone for notifications that might impact her today’s priorities.

With some time to spare before leaving for work or her first meeting, she takes a walk to the park, which is a block away.

Which scenario do you believe will lead to a better day – #1 or #2?

Which scenario is closer to your current situation – #1 or #2?

These scenarios might sound like two extremes, but the difference between these two mornings is really a few small and very simple choices.

Even if you’re currently closer to scenario #2, there’s still room for improvement.

What Does Crafting Your Morning for Success Look Like?

A morning ritual, process or routine will depend on the person implementing it. There’s really no definition of what a morning ritual, process or routine should looks like, so here are a few for you to review and ponder on:

Example #1:

  • Wake up 10 minutes early to meditate

Example #2:

  • Wake up 30 minutes early
  • Stretch for 10 minutes or a short walk
  • Write down goals for the day in order of importance

Example #3:

  • Wake up 1 hour early
  • Read for 20 minutes
  • View your vision board
  • Write down some ideas for your business
  • Drink a fresh fruit smoothie
  • Work out for 10 minutes

Example #4:

  • Wake up at 6 a.m.
  • Meditate for 10 minutes
  • Exercise for 5-7 minutes (pushups, jogging etc.)
  • Drink a tall glass of water
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Define your tasks and goals for the day
  • View your vision board

Again, crafting a morning ritual, process or routine can be as simple as you want, but you should test and focus on the things that give you the greatest benefit for the day.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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