You have your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to put it into action. Make it your new morning routine. Why is this important?
Habits are profoundly powerful. You want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail. Turning your morning game plan into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens.
Build a Better Morning With Your New Morning Routine
Before something becomes a habit or a routine, it takes a lot of willpower to make things happen. That’s energy that you will need for other things throughout your morning and busy rest of the day. Yes, it will take some willpower, mental energy, and drive at first to set the habits in stone and create a new morning routine. Once they are set, though, it will become automatic – just like brushing your teeth before bed.
Once you come up with a good working morning routine, stick to it for a few weeks. That’s the best way to turn it into a strong habit.
Tracking your morning routine will help. If you keep a daily notebook, write down the days that you actively work on your morning routine. I use a spreadsheet that I print out to mark off days that I do what I set out to do. Here’s a link to the spreadsheet I use. Write one task per line and just X off the days that you accomplish it. I keep mine on my fridge!
Before long, it will feel like the new normal and you no longer have to remind yourself to do each thing along the way. It will have become a habit and a routine you’ll follow automatically. It will take a lot less effort and mental pep-talk to get things done… even if your new routine includes a 30-minute run, or getting up at the crack of down to work on your most important business task for an hour.
Watch out for moments when you slip back into your old habits and routines. It’s going to happen. The key is to catch it early and get back on track as quickly as possible.
For example, let’s say you’ve been doing well with waking up 30 minutes earlier and going for a run before you start your day. Then one day you oversleep and can’t make it out there. Or the weather turns too bad, you get sick or hurt, or something else pops up that keeps you from going on that run. That’s life. It happens. What’s important is what you decide to do the next morning.
Your most important job whenever life gets in the way of your new morning routine is to get back on track as quickly as possible. Do what you can as soon as you notice the disruption. If the weather is bad, do a quick workout at home, or head to the gym to run on the treadmill. If you overslept, try to squeeze in a few minutes of meditation or doing something to grow your business before you get back to the rest of your day. Most importantly get back on track with your regular morning routine as soon as possible. Get back into your new habits the next morning if at all possible. Actively remind yourself to get back on track for a few days until it routine is firmly back in place. You’ll be glad you did when you start to see the results you’ve been hoping for.
Create a way to track your new morning routine. This will help you embed the actions and make them habits!
How are you going to track your new morning routine to create better morning habits? Share your ideas below!