The 3 step morning ritual for solopreneurs
Hit books like The Miracle Morning and the grand-masters of personal development like Tony Robbins influenced us to look differently at our morning routines.
While most people get up, grab coffee, brush their teeth and rush out the door to start their boring-butt day at the office, the most successful people do it completely differently.
They create a morning ritual that primes them up, charges them up with the energy required for the rest of the day, and keeps their productivity levels at the very top. They preach that the morning time is the most important time of the day.
I totally agree. How you set yourself up in the morning will most likely influence the rest of your day. If you take your time to take care of yourself in the morning, you will increase your productivity, your energy, and reduce the possibility of procrastination.
THERE IS NO ONE-FITS-ALL ROUTINE
You need to understand that you can copy the routines of the giants like Tony Robbins, but they will not give you the same results. The reason why those routines work for others is because they have created them themselves.
In this post, I want to give you an example of a routine that works for me and how you can modify it to fit your needs.
But, I want you to know that you should really take time to create a morning ritual that will work specifically for you.
How do you do that? Well, you can start off with looking for inspiration in other people’s routines. That’s exactly why I am sharing my routine with you. Maybe you’ll find something in these 3 steps that will appeal to you.
Some other places to look for inspiration: Pinterest, Facebook groups, Quora, Reddit, books. Here are some that have gotten great reviews on Amazon:
WHY ARE MORNING ROUTINES IMPORTANT?
Well, first of all, if most successful entrepreneurs practice something, it must be worth looking at, right? Second, you can find plenty of research and anecdotal evidence supporting a morning ritual.
For example, research by UC Psychologist, Robert Emmons, shows that keeping a regular gratitude journal can significantly increase well-being and positive emotions. If you start your day off with a positive mindset, you’ll be more likely to tackle the daily challenges of being a business owner.
Another example, taking cold showers every day, has become a world-known ritual because of Wim Hof. Cold showers have been shown to:
- bulletproof your immune system meaning your brain and body are functioning at full speed
- increase dopamine levels meaning you feel happier and more alert
- help you lose fat, ensuring you stay healthy and less sluggish
Again, as you can see, your morning routine can be veeeery individual. It can be very simple (such as a quick journal entry) or quite challenging for people like me (like taking a cold shower, bbrrrrrr).
So, take inspiration from my three biggest pieces of my morning routine and apply it to yours if you find it helpful.
#1 HYDRATION AND FOOD
I honestly don’t understand people who do not eat breakfast in the morning. How do you even? Like, how? I cannot function properly before I eat something, because my stomach would be rumbling for hours and then I’d get a headache. 😄
Therefore, I make sure that I eat at least a couple of fruits in the morning. I also drink a glass of water as soon as I wake up (before I even get out of the bed), because it wakes my body up. I find it a lot easier to get out of the bed if I drink some water, because it feels like my organs get woken up, too.
Then, I usually get up and make myself some tea and grab a snack.
#2 MINDSET WORK
I’ll then proceed (while drinking tea and snacking) going to my favorite armchair or a spot in the balcony (if it’s warm enough) and start journaling. Every morning, I try to write freely for at least one large page in my journal. Sometimes I use prompts, sometimes I am just putting down whatever comes to my mind. Sometimes I release frustrations onto paper. Sometimes I write affirmations.
A morning mindset practice, whatever it may be (like writing things that you’re grateful for), is extremely important to any business owner. Like, really. You need to set yourself up for success, sproutsicle.
And the only way to do that? Well, you condition your mind to work for you, not against you.
There’s many ways to do that. You can refer to other posts I’ve written here:
#3 MENTAL/ PHYSICAL PREPARATION
A study by Briston University found that exercising in the morning can increase your concentration at work by 21 percent and increase motivation by a whooping 41 percent!
Can you believe it? Some people actually exercise first thing in the morning?! And, they swear by it!
After I have gotten some snacks and done my mindset work, I start preparing myself mentally (slowwwwly) for the day ahead. I might get a second breakfast, watch a new episode of Shane’s drama series about Jake Paul, or do some yoga.
It really depends on how I am feeling that day. Sometimes I am more eager to start working, so I schedule some pins on Tailwind instead.
The key here for me is to have some time where I can do whatever I want before the work starts. Something pleasant for my mind and my body.
BONUS – DON’T MAKE DECISIONS IN THE MORNING
If there’s one thing I want you to get from this article, is that you should not plan your day on the same day.
There’s this thing called decision fatigue. Basically, what it means is that we can only make a limited amount of decisions each day.
Have you ever noticed that people like Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckenberg always wear the same things? A T-shirt/turtleneck and a pair of jeans? That’s because people in high-level CEO positions need to make a lot of important decisions throughout the day. And since we can only make a limited amount of correct decisions each day, we shouldn’t waste them on thinking what to wear today.
I would personally suggest that you plan your week on a Sunday, when you have the ability to look at your week and plan it out. And, if you really cannot do it once a week, then, at least do it the night before.
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Hi! I’m Cornelia.