The number one thing you can do for yourself to ensure you hit your goals is have a solid morning routine.
But in order to have a solid morning routine you need a solid evening routine.
And this is where people mess up
It is impossible to wake up ready to rock if you don’t know exactly what your morning entails. You need to plan it out the night before.
In the morning we’re tired, our brains are operating at 1% (until we have our coffee of course). But what if you woke up and knew exactly what you had to do?
My Evening Routine
I attribute these routines to most of the success I have seen. More than working hard, being focused, eating right, avoiding distractions, etc.
So what is my evening routine?
- First I figure out what time I need to be asleep. That time depends on what time I am waking up in the morning. I try and sleep at least 6 hours a night. You might want to shoot for 7 or 8. My chronotype allows me to sleep 6 and still be optimized.
- I then pull out pen and paper, or my digital journal on evernote, and do a few things.
- I recap my day. What went well? What did I acomplish off my to do list? Any significan’t events? Anything strange or funny? What didn’t go well? What do I need to improve on?
- I end with both a written and visualization of what EXACTLY my morning looks like tomorrow as wel as a general to do list. ( I use todost)
A typical morning looks like:
Wake up at 5/530/6am (refer to amount of hours needed to sleep)
Make zest tea, take vitamins, suppliments, drink a tall glass of water with lemon juice.
Return to my room, and start my 20 minute guided meditation by Vishen Lahkiani. (Check it out, its amazing)
I then write for 10 minutes in my journal, usually written. Then review and edit my daily todo list
30 minutes of exercise, whether its a run, stairmaster, a brisk walk, or hot yoga. Goal is to sweat and raise my heart into the 80% zone.
I then return, drink more water, shower, then usually get to work.
Most people who try and implement a morning routine do it for less than a week. Then they forget one day.. 2 days.. 3.. 7.. 43..
The reason being that it is hard to think in the morning! So if you plan it out the night before then you don’t have to think because your brain planned it out the night before.
If you can stick to a routine most days for years on end then tackle most of your to dos, you will acheive anything you want.
Thanks for reading! :)