Are you a night owl or a morning lark?

I am a night owl, who strives to be a morning lark. I have trained myself to wake up earlier because I have morning responsibilities. Raising 5 kids, I can tell you which ones were owls and which ones were larks.

I recall going on a mini beach vacation with all of them when they were little. My youngest daughter threw open the draperies at sunrise overlooking the ocean and sang, “It’s a Beautiful Morning!”

The sunlight seemed to scorch my oldest son as he hid under the covers and yelled, “No it’s NOT! Mornings Suck!”

I am going to share my little secret way to having beautiful mornings every day and stop fighting with your alarm clock or the incoming sunlight.

When you’re alarm clock goes off or as soon as you wake in the morning, think of one person or thing that you are grateful for. Before you even open your eyes, think of this one person or thing before putting your feet on the floor. Some mornings you may think of more than one, which is awesome and some mornings you may have trouble thinking of anything. If you can not think of anyone or anything to be grateful for then be grateful that the sun has risen another day for you to be alive.

I learned this “Morning Miracle” secret years ago from my mom but it was reinforced by Hal Elrod’s book “The Morning Miracle.”Hal was in a terrible car accident followed by a coma. His near-death experience caused his love for mornings.

Hal has written several versions of this along with other writers. I love the version with my friend, Steve Scott called, The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Your Income

Morning Routine for Success

Do You Need a  Morning Routine for Success?

Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. By designing a morning routine that aligns with your goals and values, you can supercharge your productivity, boost your mood, and set yourself up for success. In this post, we’ll explore the key elements of crafting a morning routine tailored to your needs, preferences, and aspirations, with a special emphasis on incorporating gratitude.

1. Practice a Gratitude Attitude

This can be as simple as not allowing yourself to get out of bed in the morning until you’ve thought of three things you are grateful for. Try including a “Three Things I am Grateful for Today” section in your Daily Inspiration journal, if you cannot think of anything to be grateful for then be grateful simply for another day.

The “three things I am grateful for” habit is such an easy one to get into—and not only does it take hardly any time at all, but it is one of those little habits that can transform your life.

2. Make Music Playlists to Fuel your Purpose

Starting your morning with music can energize, galvanize and inspire. It can also calm, de-stress and soothe. Use energizing music when you are exercising or cleaning or sailing along through your tasks, getting them out of the way. Use soothing music when you need to de-stress or center yourself, such as during meditation. Making separate playlists to suit your mood can really help make your day more productive. Head over to iTunes and set up a playlist that fuels your day. I enjoy listening to meditation music with a 528 Hz frequency.

3. Drink a Glass of Water with Your Morning Coffee or Tea

Drinking a glass of water along with your morning coffee or tea will rehydrate your body. Even if you’re addicted to caffeine, try to cut it down to no more than two or three cups a day. Any more than that and the energizing effects are reversed. You will be prone to side effects like:

  • Upset stomach
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness

And if you must drink coffee later in the day, switch to decaffeinated after 3 p.m.

4. Prepare Yourself a Morning Smoothie

Try a morning smoothie for even a week, and you will likely notice a positive difference very quickly. Morning smoothies (the sort you make yourself; not the sugar or fruit-juice laden ones you buy at juice bars or fast food stores) convey noticeable benefits:

  • Stop heartburn
  • Reduce or eliminate hunger between meals and food cravings
  • Help you lose weight
  • Heal your intestines
  • Solve a lot of bowel problems
  • Give you more energy

Try a morning smoothie—and see how quickly you’ll tick off the boxes in the list above.

How hard is it to make Smoothies? It’s easy as pie. All you need is a $39 Magic Bullet, and the fresh fruit and vegetables of your choice. (Ice is nice, too!)

Add protein powder and/or plain Greek Yogurt if you are on a low-carb diet or need some extra oomph. Add a cup of fresh baby spinach, wash well. Even if you hate spinach, do this. It’s a painless way to ingest a cup of those dreaded “leafy greens”.

What happens to spinach in a smoothie is this: The spinach becomes totally neutral in taste—yet you benefit from all its vitamins. (Spinach is actually the magic ingredient that conveys the lion’s share of health benefits.)

5. Your Morning Routine for Success Can Feed Your Soul

That’s the physical wake-up to your system taken care of—but don’t skip straight to Facebook or email. Time to nourish your soul!

The beauty is, you don’t have to adopt every method I’m going to suggest here—though you certainly can, if you like. Just pick at least one suggestion that resonates with you the most strongly.

5A – Read: Or Listen to a Book or Podcast

(Self-Help, Motivational, Inspirational, Business, or Spiritual)

5B – Use Relevant Affirmations

Words have power. If affirmative statements resonate with you or inspire you, make it part of your two-hour morning routine. Again, customize it into a format that works well for you—one you enjoy. Buy yourself a card pack with different affirmations daily. Or subscribe to a site like Goodfinding.com that will send you a daily affirmation by email

5C – Journal Writing

Do your best ideas happen in the morning? When you’re in the midst of other tasks, ideas tend to fly at you out of nowhere. Make sure you devise and adopt a system to keep track of them: A physical notebook in your purse and one each beside your bed and favorite chair; an app such as Evernote on your computer or iPhone; even a Rolodex and index cards. You may think you’ll remember those ideas later, but it’s a proven fact that most people don’t: So make sure you catch them while they’re hot!

6. Start Work at the Same Time Every Day

Even if you’re self-employed and you live to be flexible, keep yourself to one set time slot—and that’s starting work at the same time every day. No matter how flexible you are the rest of the day, getting yourself into the habit of sitting down to work at the same time every day will help you accomplish more—and avoid procrastination.

7. Automate Your Day

Why do something from scratch when you can automate it, using resources, apps, tools and templates?

Use timers, tracking apps, and scheduling suites—whatever makes tasks easier for you or helps you perform tasks and take care of responsibilities more efficiently.

8. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Throw out any task that isn’t absolutely essential. If you can’t throw it out, delegate or outsource it. That goes for household chores like cleaning—hire a cleaning lady—or grocery shopping too—many supermarkets allow you to order over the phone and have your groceries delivered or ready to pick up when you arrive.

9. Just Say No

Ever find yourself in a reactive state, where your routine slips out of control? Chances are, you’re agreeing to take on other tasks and responsibilities when you should be saying “no”.

Protect your routine by learning to respect your own boundaries. Never give excuses or reasons why you can’t do something (this just encourages argumentative pressure). Just tell them “No. My plate is full.”

10. Plan Rewards in Your Day

It’s a well-known fact: If there’s a reward at the end of a difficult road, people are far more likely to stay the course. What is your ideal reward for being productive?

Remember that rewards are not always tangible. While it’s nice to eat a truffle every time you exceed seeing three clients a day, you can also indulge in rewards like using a Fitbit to measure the number of steps you take; or going for a swim, if you shave an hour off your work time.

The important thing is to identify the type of reward that would appeal to you—and set it up so you can achieve it. (It should be neither too unreachable nor too easy, for the best emotional impact.

11. Switch Off Unnecessary Devices

Disconnect from the net and close your browsers unless you are actively researching or uploading/downloading. Turn off your phone. Concentrate only on your top priorities for the day—and don’t turn your devices again until you’re done.

12. Morning Routine When You Have a Family

Whether you have small children, teens, senior adults, or pets in your family, planning mornings with your family can put you and your family in a better frame of mind.Walking your dog, snuggling with your kids, or quizzing them on their spelling can make your mornings more fun. Don’t forget that goodbye hugs can brighten everybody’s day.Arranging Your Morning Routine for Success When You Have a Family can be a challenge but here are a few ideas:

  • Communicate and Coordinate: Start by discussing your morning routine with your family members. Share your goals and priorities, and collaborate to create a schedule that works for everyone. By communicating openly and coordinating activities, you can minimize conflicts and ensure a smoother morning routine.
  • Set Clear Expectations: Clearly communicate expectations for each family member’s responsibilities in the morning. Whether it’s getting dressed, preparing breakfast, or packing lunches, assign tasks based on age-appropriate abilities and establish a routine that everyone understands and can follow.
  • Prep the Night Before: To streamline your morning routine, take advantage of the evening hours to prepare for the next day. Lay out clothes, pack backpacks and lunchboxes, and set the table for breakfast. By tackling these tasks ahead of time, you can reduce stress and save valuable time in the morning.
  • Create a Morning Checklist: Develop a checklist for each family member to ensure that all essential tasks are completed before heading out the door. Include items such as brushing teeth, gathering school supplies, and grabbing jackets or umbrellas. Display the checklist in a visible location to serve as a helpful reminder.
  • Build in Buffer Time: Allow extra time in your morning schedule to account for unexpected delays or last-minute emergencies. By building in buffer time, you can avoid feeling rushed and maintain a sense of calm even when things don’t go as planned.
  •  Be Flexible and Adaptive: Recognize that no morning routine is perfect, and be prepared to adjust and adapt as needed. Life with a family can be unpredictable, and there will inevitably be days when things don’t go according to plan. Stay flexible and maintain a positive attitude, knowing that you’re doing your best to balance the needs of your family and yourself.

Designing your morning routine for success is all about intentionality, mindfulness, and gratitude. By prioritizing activities that nourish your body, mind, and spirit, and expressing gratitude for the blessings in your life, you’ll set yourself up for a day filled with productivity, positivity, and purpose. Experiment with different routines, listen to your intuition, and don’t be afraid to adjust as needed. With dedication and consistency, your morning routine has the power to transform not only your days but your entire life.

Click image below to hear the song my little girl was singing:

It's a Beautiful Morning Song

 

I’m Kimberly Design Love and I consider myself a grateful entrepreneur, a lifestyle designer, and an author. After a successful career in interior design and architecture, I redesigned my own life, moved to paradise, and turned my strengths and talents toward helping people design a lifestyle they love. My book, Design Your Life and Business shares my strategy for designing a lifestyle you love. 

Kimberly Design Love