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I say it all the time! You cannot achieve your dream life by sitting on a couch. You must get up and work for it. But the problem with our era is that we feel over-saturated by technology and the flow of information. Every morning, we wake and start scrolling the notifications from last night, or checking out our emails. Therefore, my question is – Are you awake? Don’t you need a Morning Routine to Kick-Start your day with a Productive Mindset?
And why do we need to set strong morning routines? Aren’t we putting enough effort into our job? You’re saying that we don’t put 100% effort into our life?
Well, I’m not saying that you’re not putting enough effort into your life. But I can confidently say that you’re not putting what your real capabilities are. You’re not giving what you’ve learned and aren’t nourished by your knowledge. And you (definitely) don’t feel energetic the whole day while working for your dream job.
Don’t you feel like giving up on some days?
Morning Routine Guide!
If we’re on the same page then I can relate to your situation. When I say that ‘I can relate’, I literally do! Before we begin to set your morning routine to get the most out of life, I want to share my story on how I got super productive in 30 days and achieved what I always wanted to do.
How Morning Routine Made Me Super Productive in 30 Days?
I’m not going to take you to some sort of childhood memory. Not even a few years back. I’m talking about exactly 3 months ago (from the date of writing this article – August 18, 2020). In May 2020, something changed. And it didn’t happen automatically. I changed it!
I’m talking about ‘My Mindset‘.
In March 2020, I realized that I’m not getting what I want from life. There was some sort of problem with my thinking pattern. I used to focus on excuses for not doing something and I always procrastinated for my goals. It didn’t stop here since I was getting attracted to negativity.
I felt isolated, aimless, and what-to-do-with-life all the time. It was a real issue. But one day, a miracle happened! I was scrolling through my YouTube feed and found this amazing video (somewhere in May 2020):
After watching this video, I was feeling happy. I was feeling blessed to be alive, to feel my emotions, to think creatively and to share my knowledge. This is where it all started to fit into place.
I decided that I had the power of choice and I will create what I always wanted to. So, I started reading several articles, e-books and tips on a productive lifestyle. That’s how I came to know about the impact of good morning routines on your life.
I created one for myself… *boom!!!
You won’t believe what happened! This morning routine strategy completely changed my life. Here’re what I achieved after 30 days of following my morning routine:
- I felt 101% Productive all the time.
- I focused on Giving rather than Expecting.
- I sorted out my dream of running a successful blog.
- I planned and launched my blog within 30 days of creating content and branding. (P.S. – If you’re looking for a no-nonsense guide to start a money making blog, consider checking my how to start a blog for beginners guide with secret launch tips).
- I’m working on my Book, already launched a digital product and am constantly creating amazing content.
- I even received the opportunity of doing freelance designing, writing sponsored reviews and getting my finances on the right track.
Just look at my performance. That’s why I believe that a good morning routine and mindset can turn things upside down. Making a simple morning routine is easy but the hard part is to stay consistent with it. Let’s take a look at the basics. You can skip this part if you already know what we are going to do.
What is Morning Routine?
A Morning Routine is a repetitive set of activities that you perform in the morning before starting your day’s main actions. It can be as small as drinking a glass of water, making your bed, or as creative as writing 1000 words or doing yoga. It helps you in performing extra and being better than an average human.
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning you ‘ll start to see a big difference in your life.”Yoko Ono
Let’s take a look at my morning routine. It is simple to follow yet powerful enough to boost my day:
Here’s the breakdown of the above morning routine into simple tasks –
Detailed Breakdown of My Morning Routine!
Waking Up at 4:30 AM – It’s simple and straight forward. Set an alarm and wake up from sleep like an early bird. It motivates you to rise and plan your day when more than half a population of your country is still sleeping. You dream, wake up and achieve it!
Stretching + Yoga (15 Mins) – That’s where a healthy morning routine starts. Do not touch your smartphone. Get up from the bed and go to your favorite place (in your garden or balcony) and perform basic body stretching and movements to increase blood flow.
Coffee + Affirmations – This step is my key to set a productive day. I’m a blogger which means I love writing about everything. So, I make a coffee (You can have your own modified step like a protein shake, tea, lemon honey water, etc.), and meanwhile making it, I listen to positive affirmations. I usually watch a YouTube Video or wing onto Spotify for my daily dose. Even a motivation song (or music) can make it possible!
Write 500 words – This is my daily task and job as a blogger. In order to serve you with helpful content on this blog, I write daily. My minimum goal is to write 500 words/day and it can go up to no limit. (I wrote 13,000 words in two days – that’s my biggest streak!)
Checking Notifications – Here comes my reward part. Being a techie, I cannot resist scrolling my phone. But I’ve made a commitment to use it only after achieving my Hustle Part (writing 500 words) in my morning routine. I check important notifications like Business Emails, Important Chat Messages, and Daily Blog Trackings.
As you can see in my morning routine as a blogger, I blend the tasks of passion, health and recreation together. With this simple formula, I’m achieving a productive morning without being harsh on myself. That’s how things work!
Mind Getting a Golden Key to Success?
We’re just here to make your customized morning routine, but you know what? I wanna share a little story that inspires me every time.
Once upon a time, there were two farmer brothers. They both had equal fields and animals. Over some time, they grew their wealth but the elder farmer became richer than the younger one. When people asked him the secret, he replied, “Every morning, I always see a golden key placed over my farming tools. I use that key to make more extra income than my brother.”
The village people were in shock and didn’t believe in such magic. But his wealth was real. Next morning, the whole village went to the rich farmers house. But they found that he’d already left. On the same day, when they met him again, they asked, “We were at your house at 7 am. You seem like an early bird. When did you wake up?”
“I wake up at 5 am. Because if I get there late, the golden key vanishes into thin air. I don’t want to lose it. So, I’ve trained myself to wake up at 5 am every morning.” the rich farmer smiled. Next day, the whole village went to his house at 3 am. They found him sleeping and searched for his tools. When they found his tools, they saw a bunch of metal tools for farming and a ragged cloth. No golden key!
They hid behind the trees and watched the rich farmer waking up at 5 am and taking his bath. He came near the tools and grabbed the cloth. Placed it on the ground, completed his meditation and went back to his tools. They watched him smiling at his tools and going to work. No golden key!
“You’re a fraud. You fooled us with your golden key story. There was no golden key!” one of the villagers shouted while meeting him. The rich farmer smiled and said, “It was right in front of you. The golden key was my mindset. Every morning I wake up long before my work schedule. It gives me a relaxed start. I bathe daily to get a fresh start and meditate. I plan my day and farming methods to get the best crops. When I look at my tools, I see them as a new opportunity to get the best for my family.”
“And when I don’t wake up early, I have to rush to work, sometimes without taking a bath. I feel tired all day. My golden key doesn’t work on those days.” he added, and walked off.
Moral of the Story? To make something special, you just need to believe that it’s special. You need to treat it like something special and you need to work for it like you’re doing something special. That’s how you perform better than others with the same resources.
Six Fundamental Steps to build Productive Morning Routines!
Finally, we’re here to set your personalized morning routine for a happy lifestyle. After reading tons of articles and books on productive lifestyles, I’ve made my own strategies to build strong morning routines. Let’s begin…
What is Your North Star?
Back in the good old pirate days, ships sailed for days and nights without using GPS technology and still reached their destination on time; every time! Why?
Because they always kept their eye on the North Star. It had always guided them to their destination. So, my question is, “What is that one thing which you want to do/achieve/have before you die?”
That’s your North Star. Always remember it. As an example, for somebody, a North Star can be something like ‘Becoming New York Times Best Selling Author’ once in a lifetime. So, your daily morning routine will be customized according to your north star.
90 Days Hustle Reward!
Now, in order to achieve our north star, we will make a 90 Days Hustle Routine. For the above example, it could be ‘write 2 chapters per week‘, or ‘write a book in 30 days‘.
We will repeat this hustle for 90 days straight. I know that it seems longer than expected but always remember, good things take time! To celebrate the completion of your 90 Days morning routine habit, give yourself a reward. It could be anything – a movie trip, a party with your best friend, etc.
You do not need to worry. Once we have our 90 Days Hustle set, we will work on the next step…
Break it to Make it!
After setting our 90 day goal, it’s time to break it into a daily habit. It requires simple math.
Let’s say you want to write a book in your morning routine, then divide book length (40,000 words – fiction novel) by 30 and you’ll have your daily goal – 1334 words/day.
I always keep a balance of approach-ability and support with my daily goals. For the above example, writing 1300 words in one hour is difficult for some people. You can break it into two sessions like 800 in the morning and 500 after dinner. That’s how we achieve success, small efforts – every single day!
Add Fillers + AMTR Formula!
This is my personal tip to all the morning routine planners out there. The real reason why people quit working for something is the difficulty and pain in it. I won’t shout at you like a hardcore motivational speaker like ‘Pain is gain’, or ‘Do this work or go home!’ that doesn’t really work.
But what I always prefer is achieving your goals by making friends with your brain. Everybody has something they do to kill time when they get stressed. For some people, it could be window shopping or scrolling through your Instagram’s meme pages. And for some people it could be playing online games with their friends.
I don’t see them as time-wasters. In fact, these activities are time-refreshers. It’s just like rebooting your computer to make it faster for the work load.
Also use the AMTR formula. It’s pretty self explanatory:
- Affirm Positive
- Make Your Mindset
- Task Execution
- Reward Achieved
So, by all means, I suggest you add these fillers in between your morning routine drills. For example, write 800 words and you are free to play PUBG with your friends. Or do 50 Push-ups, morning routine yoga and give yourself a chance to scroll your Pinterest DIY ideas in between.
That’s how we keep moving forward every day in life, right?
Become Ninja School Guru!
Have you ever seen a Ninja School teacher? He’s hard, strict, and loves discipline. He punishes his students for any disobedience. For him, one mistake is equaled to a hundred push-ups with a 50kg rock on your back. That’s too much!
As a result? The ninja school produces one of the best Ninja Spies with extra-ordinary skills. You must become the teacher of your brain!
I’m not asking you to be hard on yourself, but a disciplined life can create big changes. You will nourish yourself with discipline, punctuality, and complete all your priorities before deadlines. I once heard someone saying on a YouTube video, “If you’ve made commitments with yourself, then respect yourself by completing them!”
By the way, I’m also gonna share some amazing morning routine tips that helped me to achieve this 30 day transformation…
5 Boost Ups to Start your Morning ➜
Though, your morning routine can be personalized and totally different from mine, here are a few tips which can boost you instantly. With these amazing morning routine tips, you can achieve better results. It’ll help you in maintaining high consistency levels.
Morning Routine Starts At Night!
If someone asks me, what is the best time to start a morning routine? I’ll say ‘The NIGHT BEFORE‘…
It’s human tendency to predict the irrelevant future, but with our lifestyle experiences or jobs, we can predict the next day’s task. That’s what I always do. Before I go to sleep, I always prepare some basic morning routine tasks. Sometimes I write it, but most of the time, it’s a mental self talk for five minutes. Try it yourself!
Have 26 Hours a Day!
It’s an old proverb that everyone has 24 hours a day. I don’t believe this myth. Technically, we cannot have more than 24 hours a day but logically, we can have. Here’s how:
Suppose, you sleep from 11pm – 7 am and it’s an 8 hour sleep. But you were not (in average cases) doing any productive tasks 10 – 11 pm. Instead of wasting one hour at night, sleep from 10 pm to 5 am. With this simple trick, you can wake up two hours earlier. Perform your morning routine practices and take a nap of 10 – 30 minutes during the day.
Do You Eat Poison Everyday?
Okay! Let’s discuss it on serious note. If I challenge you to build a hulk body in one year (I will give you free gym subscription and world’s best fitness trainer) but the catch is you can only eat junk food, will you be able to accomplish it?
Do you have the guts to build a body with only junk food? No, right?
Then why do you eat poison for your brain? Can you be on a path of self realization by watching late night negative news or just gossiping here and there?
Only you are responsible for yourself. I repeat only you! If you want to live happily, work with creativity, or just make any big life achievement, then you must get away from your habit of listening to negative news or thoughts. Invest in good books, invest your time on good videos, discuss ideas with people and do what makes you learn new things in a positive way. Work for yourself, because no one else will!
Water Your Body!
Believe it or not, water has a large role to play when we talk about human development. Not just for your physical needs, but water also helps in regulating healthy hormones, and makes you feel fresh all the time. Add this mini task of drinking water to your morning routine to experience refreshing mornings every day.
My pro tip for you is to carry a water bottle along with you everywhere. Sip it, repeat it!
Track Your Goals! (Must)
It’s the rule of nature. When you focus on something, it grows. That’s why you should always track your progress towards achieving your goals. I use this method to see if I’m staying on the path or if I’m getting slower than I actual need to. Tracking your goals is a practical approach to productivity.
I use Trello to maintain the list of my tasks and things to do. And for goal planning, I use Higher Goals – Android | IOS. It is the best goal tracking app I’ve found. And it has everything to set strong goals to help you get the most out of your life.
Are you Ready?
This was a long post, wasn’t it? And I’m quite sure that today you’ve learned the value of having a productive mindset. This morning routine guide has covered everything which works for me. I hope it will work for you too! If you love this post, you’ll also love my Self Help and Productivity Tips archives. It has awesome content for you.
Now, it’s your time to set a morning routine and get up early every morning to work for your dreams.