The 3 Step Formula For Creating Your Perfect Morning Routine
If you have attempted to craft a perfect morning routine for some time now by looking up online and has been less than successful I’m going to tell you why. It’s because you’ve been incorporating things in your morning routine that other people need, not the things that you need. Maybe you’ve heard that if you meditate, exercise, eat a healthy breakfast, shower then your mornings will be wonderful. I’m not denying that these things are not effective, but the problem is something else may be more fruitful for you.
So, we are going to do a fun little exercise. I’m going to give you three buckets. And you will have to fill these buckets with one or two things and create your very own perfect morning routine designed exclusively for you. I’m going to provide you with a list of ideas for each bucket, but keep in mind that this is your routine and you can place whatever you think would benefit you and ensure your start to a productive day. Sometimes you can have the same thing in more than one bucket and that is completely fine. This concept of a three-ingredient formula for a perfect morning routine was introduced by Amy Landino in her book ‘Good morning Good Life’. Let’s go through the buckets one by one.
Mindfulness, in a more general sense is not limited to meditation, even though it is the most popular and effective example of mindfulness out there. Instead, any task, when done with undivided attention can be deemed as a mindfulness practice. Even something as simple as drinking your coffee while you taste, truly taste the warm liquid on your tongue, inhale the smell of the fresh coffee and feel the warmth of the mug in your hands can be considered mindfulness. For me, I find meditation a bit difficult because my mind is constantly racing and the idea of sitting still for a while with my mind clear is very daunting. So I chose the 5-4-3-2-1 exercise for my daily morning mindfulness practice.
Here are a list of ideas for you to fill your bucket:
- The 5-4-3-2-1 exercise
- Morning pages
- Taking a warm bath if you have the time
- Breathing Techniques
I’m sure you already have heard a hundred times how important exercise is for your health and longevity. If you haven’t started already, don’t worry I’m not going to push you to start now because I’m sure you have your reasons. Or maybe you don’t and that’s okay too. But movement, in this case is not limited to a heavy exercise routine. Even something as light as making your bed can be considered movement. The purpose of this bucket is to shake off the stiffness in your joints from lying still for hours so your body is better equipped to move for the rest of the day.
Here are some ideas for your movement bucket :
- Exercise (sorry had to put it out there)
- Making your bed
- Going for a 10-minute run
- Going off the bus one stop early and walking that extra bit
- Take your dog out for a walk
- Shower or simply wash your hair
- Clear the surfaces of your home, your desks, your countertops, sink anything that will allow you to come back to a clean and cozy home.
We are finally here at our last and final bucket. Mastery is the most important step in your morning routine. It is where you will take actions that will help you to move forward towards a future goal you’ve set your eyes on. It doesn’t have to be a long term goal, it can be a task you are looking forward to complete on that particular day. It could include learning something new, creating plans for your day, or reading a book. This is the one part of your morning routine that’s completely up to you because our future goals are unique and we require different things to achieve them.
Despite that, I’m going to give you a list of possible tasks as promised. This is helpful in case you are at a place where you are content with where your life is right now.
- Take online classes
- Watch a tutorial
- Write a couple of pages if you are currently working on a book
- Make a to-do list for the day
- Make a grocery list
- Take a look at your Pinterest vision board for inspiration
- Practice public speaking
It’s not important how long it takes for you to complete your morning routine. What matters is that you have a portion of time carved out for you before your day starts, a portion of time dedicated just for you. So you can spend the rest of the day focusing on the rest of the world.
Your morning routine does not need to consist of 7 to 10 steps to be productive. It may be fun for the first few days, but having too many steps in your morning routine increases the possibility of you not wanting to get your of your bed after a couple of days because the mountain of tasks ahead seem too overwhelming.
So take the time to fill these three buckets. The contents may overlap. Someday you may not have the time to check all three of them and that’s okay. The world may not be very kind, it may not be very forgiving. That’s why you need to be kind and forgiving towards yourself.
So, what would your perfect morning be like? Share in the comments below.
About The Author
I’m Zarnaz. I’m a self help junkie, caffeine addict, writer, engineer and I’m extremely passionate about the science of people. I want to know what inspires you, motivates you, drives you to make better choices and ultimately, how to help you reach your full potential. This is a blog dedicated to that cause.