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The Importance of Strategic Planning your Morning for Success

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Starting your day off right is crucial for a successful and fulfilling life. Our mornings set the tone for the rest of the day, and it’s important to make sure that they’re focused and productive. But with so many things vying for our attention, it can be challenging to focus on what’s truly important.

This is where creating a morning routine comes in 

Building small healthy habits and setting aside dedicated time for yourself each day can make a world of difference. There’s no one “perfect” morning routine for success, but there is one that’s perfect for you. Trying to replicate someone else’s daily routine is a recipe for disaster- after all, we are all different and beautifully unique. 

To get started, it’s important to find your “why” – the driving force behind your routine.

For example, my “why” is to create a life where I have the freedom to work within my own schedule and be healthy and fit enough to be active with my family. My “why” inspires and drives me to be the best version of myself.

Sticking to a morning routine can be tough but if you know your “why” and you are passionate about your “why” then everything suddenly becomes a lot easier. 

What is your motivation? What do you value? What is important to you? 

“Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.” -Simon Sinek

The key to a successful morning routine is consistency

Just like building any habit, it takes time and commitment. But the payoff is worth it. Small, consistent steps over time can lead to remarkable results. 

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits wrote, “Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you are willing to stick with them for years.” 

Managing our time needs to become a ritual

Not simply a list of a vague sense of our priorities. That is not consistent or deliberate. It needs to be an ongoing process we follow no matter what to keep focused on our priorities throughout the day. There is tremendous power in setting the intention for the day and not letting the day simply happen to you. 

Before diving into your morning routine, it’s important to set your intentions for the day

Ask yourself what you want to accomplish and when you want to do it. This will help you stay focused and productive throughout the day. You can also set an alarm to go off every hour to remind yourself to refocus and recommit to your priorities. 

At the end of the day, take a moment to reflect on what worked and what didn’t. What are you most grateful for? What made today great? What did you learn to help you be more productive tomorrow? Where did you focus? Where did you get distracted? This reflection will bring more awareness to how you are showing up for yourself moving forward. 

Plan ahead- put workout clothes out the night before, set up cues, put your phone in a different room so it’s not the first and last thing you look at. And remember, the power of rituals is their predictability. By doing the same things in the same way every day, you’ll be more likely to stay focused and on track.

Your morning routine doesn’t have to be complicated. The goal is to create a balanced and effective morning routine that fulfills your whole self. To get started, it can help to focus on one or two areas of self-improvement, such as mental (reading or planning your day), emotional (practicing gratitude), physical (exercise), or spiritual (meditation). With a little bit of planning and consistency, you’ll be well on your way to a more successful, fulfilling life.

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