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Morning Routine - Part 2 - Gray Matthews Project
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Morning Routine – Part 2

October 10, 2019
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Disclaimer:

This is the second of 2 blog posts on morning routines!

If you haven’t read the first one, please click here! Last week’s post provided an in depth look at morning routines and the value they provide.

 

Benefits of a morning routine

So, following on the heels of last week’s post read it right here on the definition, usefulness, and the importance of a morning routine, let’s get into the benefits of a morning routine.

  • Discipline – Though we may view the word ‘discipline’ in a bad way. We all need discipline through structure, strategy, and planning. Many of us do not plan, strategize, or organize our lives. This leaves us coasting and existing for days, which turn into weeks, then months, and eventually years.

This type of living has left many people filled with regret, disappointment, discontentment, scarcity, and eventually wishing for a do over.

 

  • Abundance – A life of structure, discipline, planning, and strategy built on healthy habits, routines, and practices, gives us the skills to live a life of abundance and purpose.

I am not referring only to monetary values. Rather, I’m referring to a life of purposeful enjoyment, true joyfulness, healthy relationships, and good health. In addition, freedom to live our lives the way we choose. Developing and maintain a positive outlook for our future and eternity represents true abundance.

 

  • Productivity – There is nothing like waking up early and getting work done in the quiet of the morning with no distractions. Your mind tends to be clear and focus comes easier. Early morning is a great time for writing.

You have additional time in your day that can be used for specific tasks which increases your chances of completion. The additional time in the morning also allows you to slow down instead of engaging in the usual morning rush. When you start your day off with peace and productivity, it sets the tone for the rest of your day.

 

  • Emotion Regulation – The early morning is a great time to have alone time. During most of our days, we are busy catering to either our partners’ needs, children’s needs, or bosses/coworkers’ needs.

In the morning when everyone is still asleep, you have some time – even if only 10 minutes – to focus on yourself and check in with your thoughts and emotions. Use the time to check in with yourself, explore your energy, and be alone with you for a moment.

Again, I stress the point that the early morning is a great time to do free writing. Journaling is a great habit to develop as it helps you develop and maintain awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

 

Examples to include in your morning routine

First, this list is not exhaustive. A morning routine is a list of activities that you complete daily to set the tone for your day. The morning routine helps you strategize, plan, and focus your day. Consider the things that you need to get done for the day and plan accordingly.

Second, plan to include activities that feed every part of you. That means, include activities that feed your spirit, your soul, your mind, and your body.

Lastly, even if you are unable to do all the activities every single day. Create a core list, and you can add and remove items based on your schedule and need. Be realistic with your time and schedule.

Examples to include in your morning routine:

  • Hydrate – drink a glass of water and hydrate your body.

 

  • Scripture reading – reading from a Bible or spiritual text to renew your faith and mind in God, something bigger than yourself.

 

  • Meditation – spend a few minutes practicing meditation – download one of the many apps like Calm or Headspace – and practice it daily.

 

  • Exercise – find ways to move your body (stretching, yoga, vigorous exercise), and it’s okay if you cannot do this activity every day.

 

  • Writing – spend time practicing free writing so that you develop awareness of your thoughts and feelings, ideas, inspirations, and remove stress from inside your body.

 

  • Affirmations – spend time affirming yourself; affirming the desires and dreams in your heart that you share with no one else.

 

  • Planning – whether you need to plan the goals for the day or week or create and monitor steps for a project that you’re working on. Spending time going over your personal and/or professional goals is beneficial as it reduces your stress and need to rush and allows you to stay ahead of your schedule.

 

Why You Should Begin a Morning Routine…

Implementing a morning routine can transform your life. The skills that this habit teaches you include intentionality, productivity, self-determination, discipline, and focus.

Not to mention, habits such as journaling and meditation improve your overall mental health and well-being, along with building your self-confidence and self-esteem.

If you’re ready to transform your life, start with any downloading this worksheet on implementing proper self-care in your life. A morning routine is a dedicated self-care practice or habit that helps you maintain discipline and structure. Get started on one now!

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