What’s Your Morning Routine?

Lately I’ve become increasingly obsessed with a cool little website called MyMorningRoutine.com. Given the cryptic name, you likely have no idea what it’s about. Luckily, I’m here to inform.

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Newsflash: It’s all about different people’s morning routines!

It comes out at least once a week and manages to completely enthrall me each and every time. The folks are often entrepreneurs and work-for-yourself types, so the routines are very interesting because they aren’t usually “Get up and go to the office.” Instead, they have mountains of room for flexibility, and all such they all vary pretty dramatically. They also are folks that often have to work hard to find that critical focused time to complete their projects, so it’s interesting to see how they organize their days to make that happen, especially when working from home.

Here are just some of the things the various people featured are doing during their morning routines that I’ve found particularly noteworthy of late:

All in all, most of the folks are pretty interested in habits and spend time regularly trying to hack their habits, so it’s particularly fun for me to read, since I like that stuff too. (i.e. as you might imagine given the name of the website, there aren’t that many that answer the question, “What’s your morning routine?” with: “I have no clue. I do different things all the time and don’t even remember them.”)

Importantly, another key finding is that most of the folks report how hard it is to keep routines when on the road. Agreed! Although I have a pretty solid routine at home, when running around the world things change up dramatically, and I can’t count on much of my routine to work in far-flung hotel rooms.

All in all, the website is a great encouragement to remember that your morning routine is one of the most critical things you do to set your day up for success, and that figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t in your morning time should be a top priority if you’re interested in hacking your work day.

My morning routine, which I’ll share more about in-depth next week, is centered around this 7-step process I’ve talked about before called The Present Principle. (Feel free to read the post, or to download the free ebook if you haven’t yet done so.) It’s my morning quiet time and it takes me about 20-30 minutes each day to complete most steps. I find a quiet time is essential, and I invariably end up writing in my journal afterwards something along the same lines as, “Best part of my day. As always.”

It’s true. Whether or not you have a morning quiet time, reading time, or meditation time, I’ve got one burning question:

What’s Your Morning Routine? 

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2 thoughts on “What’s Your Morning Routine?

  1. Looking forward to hearing more about your mornings!

    My morning routine looks like this on most day…kids sometimes throw a wrench in things, so not every day will include these things, or I might be able to linger on some things some days, but not others.

    Thank the Lord I’m alive! Stretch. God time. Make sure I know what’s on the calendar and what meals we will be eating/making/needing for the day. Vitamin. Breakfast. Tea. Check in on social media for things I need to reply to, never the feeds, just my notifications or messages. Check in with my HelloMornings group. (We also have morning routines type posts each week. Love hearing the stories and bring inspired by this awesome community.) Brush up. Change. I’d love to add some movement into my morning, but for now it is something I do through the day. I used to make a to-do list in the mornings, but found it more helpful to do that the night before. 🙂

  2. I exercise every morning – for at least 15 minutes. After the kids have left for school, I spend time on my to-do list for the day, check and respond to emails, and then have breakfast. I try to start my to-do list at 10 a.m.