Do you have a morning routine to start your day?
Most of us wake up overwhelmed. We rush into daily life, finish exhausted and wonder where the time went or if we accomplished anything important.
I understand. For a season, I found myself jumping out of bed, saying a quick prayer in the blur, rushing to the office and putting my lipstick on at the red light. Once I even wore mismatched shoes.
God was opening new doors of opportunity, but it was clear that I needed a more effective morning routine. I learned to make room for God in my mornings and a few simple changes transformed my life and work.
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Seven Secrets for a Super Morning Routine
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” – Psalm 90:14 ESV
Here are seven keys to help you go from “Oh Lord… it’s morning” to “Lord, It's a Good Morning!”
1. Plan your day the day before.
Schedule time at the end of each work day to review your progress, document your discoveries and identify your top priorities for the upcoming day. Planning your day the day before helps you to wake up with greater clarity and confidence, and less stress in the mornings.[Tweet “Planning your day the day before helps you to wake up with greater clarity, less stress.”]
I also encourage you to invest a few minutes in the evening before bed preparing your clothing, supplements, etc. for the morning.
2. Create an environment that helps you be at your best.
Look around your bedroom? What do you see? If you wake up to clothes piled high or books and papers scattered around, you'll begin to stress over the things you didn't get done.
Instead, give yourself a positive start each morning with bedding and surroundings you enjoy. You don't have to spend a lot of money. Often just a few small changes can make a big difference.
3. Unplug at least one hour before bed.
The average smartphone user checks his or her device 150 times a day, which works out to about every six to seven minutes. “Technology” becomes a habit that's hard to turn off.
Allow yourself to relax and wind down without those pesky little dings. I like to put my technology in another room and meditate on a Psalm before going to sleep.
Unplugging at least one hour before bedtime each night is also essential for health. According to medical researchers, regular computer or cell phone use late at night is associated with sleep disorders and symptoms of stress and depression.
4. Get good sleep.
Scientists tell us most adults need from 7 to 11 hours of sleep each night. If you are an eight-hour sleeper, and you only get six hours, your body and productivity suffer. “We know that sleep loss is going to create significant detriments in performance,” says Mark Rosalind, Ph.D., a former NASA scientist. Conversely, optimal sleep translates into optimal performance.
5. Wake up earlier.
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
You don't understand Linda; my house is a zoo in the mornings. I hardly have time to get dressed with everything I need to do.
I do understand. The solution is simple, go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. It's not the easiest thing to do. You'll need to have a conversation with your family and make a few adjustments, but it's worth it.
6. Wake-up to a happy sound.
Have a pleasant alarm or music you love to be the first thing you hear. I like to set my alarm to play music that helps me worship God and listen for His voice first thing. The first few minutes of waking in the morning are special times where God is speaking and encouraging me for the day.
No clock with music? If you must use your smartphone, set it to airplane mode. Also, turn on the Night Shift feature (Settings > Display & Brightness > Night Shift) for iPhone or iPad to automatically change the colors of your display after dark. For your computer or Android device, use the f.lux app.
7. Schedule 30 minutes to prayer-plan your day.
“I, Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful.” – Proverbs 9:11a TLB
Developing an effective morning routine is not just about getting more done or getting yourself and your family out of the house faster, it's about consciously realigning your heart and mind, reviewing your priorities and stepping into each day with God.
I like to talk to God before I have significant interaction with other people. Seeing what He sees and hearing His voice helps me see and hear everyone and everything differently.
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It's also helpful to have a place in your home where you meet with God. My special place is our patio. When there’s snow on the ground, I choose a chair by a window.
Summary: Keep it simple to start.
The temptation is to try and do ten different things all at the same time. Instead, pick one or two things to begin. Be consistent, then add additional practices that work for you.
You don't have to get it perfect, just get started with a positive expectation for more of God and a better way to live and work.
Implementing your new morning routine will help you reduce stress, increase fulfillment and be more productive.
Please leave a comment letting me know what you like best about this article and the one or two things you do or find helpful to start your mornings. Also please share this with others using the social sharing buttons below…