For a long time, I would have told you I don’t have a morning routine.
Truth is, I do, but it’s so far away from what the typical morning routine teaching tells you to do that I’d not put 2+2 together.
My morning routine is…
I wake up (naturally) at about 7am. If it’s earlier, that’s bonus time.
For the first hour, I check Facebook and scan the news headlines.
I do this for a few reasons:
In reading my newsfeed, I see posts from people who often inspire me, and their words often trigger ideas for content or teaching that I can share in my work
[Side note] I control who and what I see in my Facebook newsfeed using see first and friends lists, so the newsfeed I’m seeing first thing is a carefully curated stream of inspiration, learning from content that challenges my thinking, and positivity.
Scrolling through my feed is also an opportunity to stay in touch with my audience, see what they’re up to, and respond to questions where I can help.
Occasionally I’ll see opportunities for my audience to help someone asking for recommendations or I’ll spot PR opportunities for clients from the national news stories that the media are talking about.
From 8am, I read for an hour.
There is no fixed pattern to what I read either. I’ve got a load of different books on the go in my Kindle app, so I read what I am in the mood for – fiction or nonfiction.
Reading inspires ideas for me, from the content I’m reading or from letting my mind drift as I read.
Sometimes I write during this hour – writing directly into Facebook on my phone publishing instantly.
That way, it’s out there serving my audience, and I or my team can pick it up from there to leverage the content into a blog post, email to my list, and beyond – including Facebook ads.
This blog post started its life as this post on my personal Facebook profile yesterday.
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Then at 9-9.30am, I get up and go to my desk.
My morning routine is unlikely to be replicable for you.
I have the benefit of a special set of circumstances that means I can focus on myself for 2 straight hours.
You might not.
But, before you go down the road of thinking, “Oh it’s alright for you. I can’t do that because…”
The purpose of a morning routine is for you to do something that starts your day with a positive, motivated mindset.
Just. One. Thing.
It doesn’t have to be the very first thing you do either.
I mean, if you’ve got kids, getting them to school on time will be your priority in the mornings.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t carve out 20-30 minutes for yourself afterwards, to create your version of a morning routine.
Don’t overthink it either. It doesn’t have to be complex.
What could you do that would feel good for you?
What could you do that would set your day off to a great start – you time?
One of my friends, a new mum, said her morning routine right now is a shower and a coffee.
Don’t make the mistake I did of thinking that the only type of morning routine that counts is the one that comes with a ton of prescriptive steps that other people tell you to do.
Your morning routine is yours, do it YOUR way.
But do it!
Make time to care for yourself and give yourself the best chance of a great day.
So, what ONE thing CAN you do at the start of each day that will set you up for a GREAT day – and ultimately – life?
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