"A damn good reason to get up is the best alarm clock there is."
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This is what it's all about – the damn early morning.
More than just getting up early, this is about to winning at your own game and creating space to focus on what matters.
This is about doing you – the best way you know how.
Having a ritual you follow each morning will help make sure you have a plan to and are able to keep out any distractions.
Let's dive in. Let's talk morning rituals.
YOUR MORNING RITUAL
Even amidst the temporary grogginess, most people are more productive in the morning (fresh mind / no distractions) and setting a morning ritual will help ensure you can get into your groove, morning after morning.
Having a good system for when you wake up takes the thinking out of it. It will let you start the day right, set the tone for the rest of the day, and build good habits that creep into other areas of your life.
We've got some rules that'll help you make the most of it.
Designing Your Morning Ritual
We’re not just getting up at 4:30AM for the hell of it. We're doing it to get the most out of life.
Making sure it’s worth the time, energy, and struggle starts with designing a ritual that pre-dictates what you will do with your time.
Have something in mind each morning that you know is worth getting out of bed for.
Maybe it's sipping hot coffee and finding some quiet time or maybe it's lifting weights with a friend. Whatever it is, make it something you actually care to do and make it something that’s going to get you out of bed at 4:30AM
Here’s a sample of what a designed morning looks like. Writing them down helps to make sure you follow them:
- Make your routine matters to you and isn't what you "think" you should do.
- Include the check-in, but make sure to shut your phone back off.
- Feel free to be unique and creative. This is your space.
- Have your Motivation and Muse readily available for the days you don't want to get up.
- Do not snooze. Ever. Just don't do it.
- Don't include things that you know will become mindless, time-sucking distractions aka technology.
Some necessary inclusions:
- Get a quick win – Include making your bed right away. It's a small, but quick win that sets the foundation and makes getting back into bed more difficult.
- Wake yourself up – Include 5 to 10 reps of something to wake your body up.
- Become aware – Include at least 2 minutes of mindfulness/meditation.
- Re-affirm your vision – Include some time to review your goals and remind yourself why you're doing this.
- Explore yourself – Include some time to journal. Explore your thoughts.
- Be grateful AF – Include some time to write down what you're grateful for. Across the board, gratitude is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to improve your quality of life. Take a few each morning to write down what you're grateful for and why.
I ended up creating a morning schedule that looks like this:
Alarm goes off at the same time each day. I use an off-number as the brain remembers them better.
Get out of bed.
Shut off alarm.
Turn phone off airplane mode, and check-in.
Load the content for the day and turn phone back on airplane mode.
4:30AM to 5:00AM
Make my bed.
Brush my teeth.
Have a quick snack, prepared the night before.
5 to 10 reps to wake your body up, followed by 2 minutes of stretching.
Read over my goals & why I am doing this. This helps put me in the right headspace.
Write and reflect on what I'm grateful for for 5 minutes.
5:00AM to 6:00AM
Mediate for 5 minutes. Clears my mind and gives me time to reflect before I write.
Write without editing until 5:50AM or at least 500 words.
6:00AM to 6:45AM
Mediate for 5 minutes. This clears my mind and transition me from writing to physical movement.
Switch over to yoga/movement in my apartment gym [most studios don't have 6AM classes around me.
6:45AM to 7:15AM
Get on with my day having already done the two things I really want to do.
The Golden Rule – Don't Snooze
Don't do it. Not even once.
As soon as the alarm rings, get out of bed to start your morning – and we mean like actually up, feet on the ground, standing tall.
You will eventually wake up and feel better that you've persevered through morning drowsiness. Hitting snooze is the equivalent of stumbling out of the gate. It's never worth the extra few minutes.
keep your mornings pressure-free.
One thing we tend to lose as adults is the feeling of freedom we had as kids. When we had no sense of schedule, deadlines, goals, or pressure, we were always emotionally available and our imaginations made us feel like anything was possible. I’m not sure when this became “uncool,” but it’s definitely the best way to start your day.
What are the things you always want to do but never get to do? Build what you love to do into your morning ritual and stop feeling guilty about it! Not only will you start your work day refreshed and motivated, you’re more likely to wake up early when you’re pumped to do so. When you start doing exactly what you want to do in the morning, your attitude toward everything changes and you become better equipped to handle future stress and challenges.
figure out how you'll spend your mornings.
Write it out and put is somewhere you'll see it each morning.
The more detail the better.