So, you want to learn some tricks to help you stick to your new morning routine? That’s smart! Having a strategy and when helpful, getting coaching makes a big difference in whether or not we succeed at personal development goals.
First, you have to commit. You can’t have a half-assed attitude about your undertaking. As you know if you’ve been reading Vurb for a while, this is about knowing your Why. Know why you want a saner morning routine and be willing to try different approaches, if necessary, to get it right. With that type of attitude, these tips are going to very helpful.
1. Start from the night before
Pick out outfits, prep your lunch and/or breakfast, pour out your pet’s food, tidy up and do things that you can the night before. Something I do is to put a glass of water on my nightstand. I’m more likely to remember to drink water if it’s staring me in the face when I wake up. Doing little things like these the night before will add a few minutes to mornings. Being less rushed and more orderly will make you want to stick to your routine.
2. Stack your habits
By drinking water before or after I meditate, I’m doing what’s called “habit stacking.” Habit stacking is adding a habit to an existing one, and it’s so simple to do. You take a shower and brush your teeth every morning, right? If you start to do visualization in the shower or affirmations right before you brush your teeth, you’ll barely add extra time to your routine. With such a simple hack, you would add a powerful habit to your day.
3. Start slow
With any new habit or routine, the “Slow is smooth” approach is much easier for your brain to manage and more likely you’ll stick to your endeavor. While it’s great to want to transform your life tomorrow, it’s best to start with a manageable routine and tack on a few new habits as you go.
4. Make your habits beneficial
You’ll be less tempted to give up something that benefits you so make sure your habits are beneficial. That ACV water that I drink every morning kickstarts my metabolism and helps my digestive system work better. When I forget to do it, I feel the difference. My early morning walk helps to “wake” me up because natural light tells the brain to shut off melatonin production. The supplement you take for your hair will help you look better and stay well. And the 5-minute yoga sequence you’re thinking of adding, should be added because it’s going to add some value to your life too.
5. Show up!
Consistency is about showing up even when you don’t feel like it. This is a doer’s principle that I live by, show up. Show up for wiser, calmer, prettier, savvier, more stable you! With each practice, you move closer and closer to the levels where you know you belong. With each practice, you build confidence and grow proud of yourself. Keep these things in mind if you’re ever tempted to ditch a routine (or something else) that’s working for you.
6. No phones for at least the first 30 minutes
The early morning is “me-time.” Guard it against outsiders at all costs. Magic happens in the wee hours of the morning. It’s when you’re most likely to have great ideas and is when your willpower is at its peak. It’s also when the critic in your head is the quietest she’s going to be all day. Checking your phone as soon as you wake up shuts out those benefits. You’re pretty much giving the best part of yourself to strangers when you check your phone first thing in the morning.