I think you might be ready for the up-level!
Creating a morning routine for myself was a gamechanger as I was building a business.
It was even more integral when I was working through some personal healing.
Waking up early continues to be one of the keys to my success, including the ability to happily manage my numerous responsibilities, passions, and dreams.
Because I spend a lot of my day giving to others—teaching at the college, holding space in a yoga studio, nurturing my community—it has become a priority to find quiet, solo time.
I am more mindful and in momentum when I wake up early.
You think I’m going to wake up at 5am?
You think I can get out of bed?
I’ll be too tired all day.
I wouldn’t know what to do that early.
When I first started waking up early, I needed a consequence to the promise of waking up early. I decided to ask my younger sister to hold me accountable. I shared that I was setting my alarm for 5am five days a week and should I wake up later than 5:10, I would owe her $20. Being a university student, she loved this idea of “free money” and cashing in on my own downfall.
Happily, I can say that I did not miss a day for months (there was no way my little sister was getting a cent of my money…and I didn’t want to model breaking promises to myself).
Now, waking up early is something I look forward to—and I no longer need the consequence as motivation to get my butt outta bed. I’ve created such a sacred space that when my alarm goes off, I’m happy to crawl out of my warm bed and onto my zabuton to spend time taking care of myself.
So, you’re probably wondering, what the heck are you doing that early in the morning?!
1. Lemon water while I write my morning lines + money manifestation
2. Stretch out (sometimes yoga and sometimes free-flow)
3. Work >> writing, social media, emails (something that makes me feel like I’ve checked off my to do list)
4. Business development (dreaming, planning, reflecting)
5. Meditate (or go cuddle back up in bed for 20min)
6. Coffee or tea
1. What’s the feeling you want to feel in the morning?
2. What three activities will help you get closer to that feeling?
3. Write out sequence of activities that may work and be open to altering.
4. Determine what time you want to wake up.
5. Construct a consequence for not waking up.
Be kind to yourself as you begin a new morning routine and be sure to focus on the positive things you are feeling (not the fact that you’re starving by 10am or that you’re falling asleep at 2pm). Like anything that’s worth it, this transition will be difficult but as it gets easier, you will enjoy the benefits of more time, more energy, and more connectedness to yourself and your dreams.