January Experiment: Testing the “Life Changing Morning Routine”

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The Life Changing Morning Routine

We’ve all heard about it, haven’t we? And if not, it’s about time you heard about it.

Because it’s everywhere! At every web page about entrepreneurship, health and/or life coaching, there’s at least one article, if not several, about the famous “life changing morning routine.”

Remember what I wrote about habits? Well the Morning Routine is called the number one habit for all aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs.

Fun fact: Enormously successful humans have consistent morning routines that boost their effectiveness.

Awesome fact: With a few easy steps you could be on your way creating your own morning ritual that will help you on your way becoming “enormously successful” yourself. Or at least becoming enormously focused in a very rewarding way that may help you reach your dreams step by step.

Does this work?

Experiment:

For the rest of January (21 days!) I’ll be trying to adapt a new habit into my life. I’m trying out 10 tips on how to build your own life changing morning routine. I’ll keep you posted on how well it works. I’m hoping it will be rewarding. And at least a little bit life changing.

Hypothesis:

Following these 10 tips for a life changing morning routine will make each day start with focus and energy, and thus changing how my days turn out.

I’ve been reading lots of articles on these “magical” morning rituals, and will try out the following 10 ideas:

1. Sleep enough and get up at 7 o’clock.

Okay, lots of life-coaches also advice us to get up before 5, but it is really, really hard for me to get up that early. I really love mornings, though, and if this works well, I’ll work on the habit of getting up even earlier. I should probably mention that I work freelance as a lecturer, as a writer and I work on a PhD thesis synopsis – so I can pretty much most days decide myself when I get up. After the Christmas break, 7 seems brutal to me. It is so very dark in the mornings. I think it will be very rewarding, though, if I manage to pull it through.

2. Preparations: Light some candles in the dark, and make myself warm lemon water and/or a cup of tea.

3. Reread my “life vision”.

I’m going to use a few minutes every morning to dream! I’ve done this quite some time already. It involves making a list of some kind or a mind-map about your wildest life dreams. What if anything could happen? What are the smaller steps, what are the bigger steps, and where could they all lead? What do YOU want? I highly recommend writing down your life vision and rereading it daily. It really boosts your focus and determination all throughout the day. Remind yourself of what you’re living for!

4. Prayer / Meditation, find the inner calm.

I’m highly sensitive to stress. Starting the day with breathing deeply and calmly seems like a great idea. Listening. Learning to trust.

5. Finding positive Affirmations and set Positive Intentions for the day.

How would you like to feel today? The answer to this question could be the positive intention for the day. Affirmations are concise and positive sentences, in the present tense, to dwell upon. Here are a few examples of positive affirmations for a great day of writing:

I am creative. My words flow easily and beautifully.

Being intensely creative is my natural state.

Inspiration for my writing flows to me from everywhere!

I love writing! I can write endlessly!

When the writer in me connects with the reader in me, magic happens!

6. Journal.

I’ll write a few sentences, perhaps about positive thoughts and gratitude for the day. If I haven’t done so already, this will also be the time to plan the day.

7. Move – Stretch and get the heart beat up!

I love yoga. I’m building yoga into the morning routine, but one could also go for a walk, jog, swim, do push-ups, do Pilates, dance, whatever works for you. In the summer I may swap this with a quick jog.

8. Read or listen to something uplifting.

For instance read a page or a chapter of wisdom literature, or listen to a really nice song, the possibilities are endless.

9. Eat super food, like a green smoothies or quinoa breakfast.

The point is; start out healthy with food with lots of nutrients that will keep you full for longer. My favourite: Smoothies with dark, leafy greens, banana, avocado, vanilla rice milk and rice protein. I also love dark bread with meat or egg, salad, other fruits and greens. And one cup of coffee. 😀

10. Take a (cold) shower and get ready for the day.

I’m going to get ready for the day, do my hair etc., so I won’t have to think about this later, and put on clothes that I can wear to all occasions that day. It is supposed to be time saving.

What’s up with so many advising to take a cold shower, though? It’s supposed to be a boost to the self-discipline. But isn’t every commitment? I’m almost sure I won’t stick to the cold shower. It is snowing outside. I think getting up in the dark will be enough “hard core” for me.

Anyone want to join me in trying out this “life changing” morning ritual?

I will keep you posted on how it’s going!

Do you already have a brilliant morning routine? Perhaps you would like to share your tips in the comments?

Are you an early riser? Is it easy for you to get up early?

I know it won’t be easy for me. But perhaps that is just another reason why this new routine might be life changing?

We’ll see!

Have a life changing day!

Hugs, A.J. Lundetræ

 

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6 thoughts on “January Experiment: Testing the “Life Changing Morning Routine”

  1. Interesting experiment. There are as many people who decry the 21 days for a habit as there who believe in it, but I think that regardless of how many days it takes, only presence can create a habit, any habit. The habit of not expecting my writing to be perfect is one example, although I think it took more than 21 days to be honest.

    So regarding ritual and the routines you mentioned, I think almost everything (a cold shower? umm no?) is positive and can contribute to building a positive can-do attitude. To be honest, I am not certain if I am a morning person (need a coffee mug and a half before I am in a semi-social and creative state). Still, my recent attempt to control everything in my life for the past two to three weeks ended up in an almost disaster. So a dear friend of mine mentioned Wu Wei (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_wei), which if I understand correctly is: flow with the world like water, have agency and will, but be like water and change direction and shape when necessary without effort. It is a hard concept for me to put into practice because releasing control is currently tough for me (but, to be honest, I have no choice).

    So my suggestion is this: do all these things but perhaps if you discover that one may not be working as you imagined, or is at the wrong time of day, or anything, just be flexible. I think that like the writing advice that is a general set of rules, which is to be adapted to each writer’s individuality, a morning routine may work for some but not others. I also suspect that the variation may be as great as the number of human beings on this planet. 😀

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  2. Hallo, Chapeau für Dein Vorhaben! Ich versuche schon länger meinen Morgen so ähnlich zu gestalten, muss aber auch gestehen, dass ich den Zeitpunkt des Aufstehens verschoben und auf die kalte Dusche verzichtet habe und den ” inneren Schweinehund ” in seine Hütte verwiesen habe . Da kann er knurren …
    Viel Erfolg
    daggibear

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  3. Dear Aura,

    thank you for commenting! Wu wei sounds wise. Robin Sharma says the same thing just in different words, which has become one of my mottos: Do your best (but don’t overdo it), then let go and let life do the rest. Life is according to him about finding a balance between making things happen and letting them happen. I’m still struggeling to find that exact balance, and I also think it is hard to let go of control, but I need balance so badly, that I’m trying out many different angels momentarily. 😀

    Tanks for your encouragement, I slept so badly last night, that I decided to take you up on your advice and slept for two hours longer. 😀 I like the thought of a morning routine to be guidelines, and to be a pattern to let myself fall into, without having to think too much every morning on when to do what. But yes, the morning routine should be something to, like water, work around or let go of with a smile if it doesn’t work for. I agree – there are as many perfect morning routines out there as days – and people! XD

    Wish you a creative and relaxed week! 😀

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  4. Liebe Dagmar,

    vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar! 😀 Haha, ich denke auf dem genauen Zeitpunkt kommt es nicht an, hauptsache der Tag hat einen schönen Anfang. Ich habe auch schon auf die kalte Dusche verzichtet. Wünsche Dir einen wunderschönen Tag – und eine Woche voll von schönen Morgenen! 😀

    Liebe Grüße, Agnete

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  5. Ah! I love this idea so much! I’m one of those people who’s very easily influenced by stress in the morning, which is why I need to be able to get ready in a quiet setting with plenty of time. Rushing around puts me on edge. Thus, leaving me more vulnerable to stress and anger in the day. That being said, I give myself two hours in morning before I leave to go to work (getting up at 6am before the sun is up. Very hard in winter, I will agree.) On days I don’t work, though, my alarm still goes off at 7:30am. Getting up early on days off is just as important as getting up early on days where you work/have to go to school. The routine needs to be every day, not just on weekdays. That’s one of the tips I’ve read while browsing morning routines myself.

    Though, I don’t shower in the morning. I like showering at night so I can let my hair air-dry if I want to and don’t have to waste valuable morning time drying it out. Additionally, (as stated above), I need silence in the morning. My thoughts can be easily triggered and silence in the morning keeps them focused and quiet rather than energized and agitated.

    Even so, I like some of these other ideas. I have adapted a few myself, however. I want to take the time in the morning to be productive since I’m generally gone 13hours a day on workdays. That being said, I’m trying to get myself to practice my violin in the morning. Just a half-hour, but starting off with musical discipline will ensure that I practice and set my mind to be focused later in the day.

    And I drink a full glass of water before I leave for work in the morning. I can’t drink tea in the morning (because my tastebuds crave sweeter things after sleeping and I don’t drink sweet tea), but water ensures that I’m re-hydrated after sleeping in the dry winter air.

    Okay. Enough of my rambles. I look forward to hearing more on your progress and hopefully your posts can remind me that I need to get back into my routine as well. I hope it goes well! ^.^

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  6. Thanks for your lovely comment, Melanie! 🙂

    That’s a really great morning routine you’ve got there! I love the commitment you’ve made to playing your violin in the mornings. I think commitments helps focus the day – and I must say I love the idea of the commitment being rehearsing a kind of art. Seems like a great inspiration for the rest of the day. You’ve inspired me… Hmmm… *contemplating arty ideas for a great morning ritual*

    I love what you say about “getting up early on days off is just as important as getting up early on days where you work/have to go to school” as well. I completely agree (although I have by far not mastered this skill yet, smiling) – because our days off are our time for ourselves, to fill what we want, to write, to read, to be inspired, to meet people, to develop art skills, to nourish ourselves, or to do whatever we want. So I think it is important, not to sleep this incredible time away.

    Have a great day! Smiles!

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