Posted On 12 Jul 2020
A Morning Routine For Writers That Can Work
To maximize your day, there are proven ways to help you achieve this. Performing at your best and how to achieve it, is not a secret. You can simply observe and do the things high achievers do. Many of the things that they do are not difficult things to do. It will require some sacrifice and stepping out of your comfort zone to do new things. So, are you ready for a set of morning routines that will set your day off right?! Read below and begin incorporating these morning rituals into your day.
Morning Ritual #1 – Start your day with a win!
One of the simplest ways to do this is……wait for it……making your bed. You may be rolling your eyes now, but believe me, there is tremendous benefit to doing this! This simple morning routine can go a long way towards getting your mind calibrated for an awesome day! The benefits of making your bed not only include the fact that you have started your day with a win! Other benefits include productivity improvement, less stress, and more. Here are a couple of places to learn more about the amazing benefits of this morning ritual.
You may be saying to yourself, “what if my spouse is still asleep when I wake up?” That is not a problem at all. Remember the goal here is to start your day with a win. Think about something else you can do that could be a win for you. It may be
-Getting out of bed when the alarm goes off and not hitting the snooze button
-Not checking your cell phone when you get out of bed
-Doing 25 push-ups the moment your feet hit the floor
And the list goes on. Again, the goal here is starting your day with a win!
Morning Routine #2 – Take a cold shower once you wake up
Wait, what?? Yep, I said it. Take a cold shower. This will definitely shake the cobwebs out of your head. Besides the alertness factor, you will be boosting your metabolism. If you lack energy, then having a cold shower first thing in the morning will fix that. Start with luke warm water and gradually head to a full cold shower. You should build up this practice by slowly increasing the time under the cold spray. Perhaps start at 2 minutes the first day and go to 3 minutes the second day. Work on your tolerance at your pace rather than someone else’s. For additional thoughts on this,see the Cold Shower Benefits at the link. Here, you can get additional tips on starting this morning routine. Note: If you have health issues such as high blood pressure, check with your GP/Doctor first to make sure cold showers aren’t going to affect you adversely.
Morning Routine #3 – Have an attitude of gratitude.
Specifically writing it down. We all have many things to be grateful for. From being grateful for being able to wake up and have a new chance to make it happen. Having food to eat, the people in your life, the ability to work on your dreams, etc. To complete this morning routine, simply write to 3 to 5 things you are grateful for. You may be thinking that this “gratitude stuff” won’t work. If you fall into this category, you will be surprised by what the studies show. Below is an excerpt from an article in Harvard Health Publishing. “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
Morning Routine #4 – More wins!
You have started your day of with a win by making your bed. Now, take the time to reflect on the wins from your previous day. If your day was awesome, this will be an easy exercise. If the day was “so-so” or bad, this can be more challenging. The great thing about this exercise is that no matter what your previous day was like, you had wins that can be celebrated! Here are some benefits of this morning ritual. They include motivation, a renewed sense of accomplishment, and even happiness. If you would like to read more about this, here is an excellent read on the science behind this.
Morning Routine #5 – The importance of self talk
Some of the most defeating conversations that we have on a daily basis happen in the space between our ears. It is our self talk. Whether we realize it or not, a lot of self talk that we have is not productive and can be self sabotaging. The use of affirmations is a fantastic way of overcoming this. A good definition of an affirmation from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/affirmations.htm states that “Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.
When you repeat them often, and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.” Affirmations are one of those things that should be said at least once per day. Saying them more and really believing that they can happen in your life is critical to getting the maximum benefits of affirmations.
Here are a few examples of affirmations below.
-I don’t sweat the small stuff
-I am adventurous. I overcome fears by following my dreams
-I will not compare myself to strangers on the Internet
-I am choosing and not waiting to be chosen -I let go of all that no longer serves me
-I have the power to create change
Morning Routine #6 – Goals!
Write out your goals. Do this at least once per day. Making sure you do this in the morning gives you one more chance to get your mind calibrated and focused. Those goals must be firmly implanted in your mind. Being able to write down your goals and then doing this daily is a hallmark of all high achievers. The primary benefit of this morning ritual is that your subconscious mind will get involved and work to make things happen. Your subconscious mind will be driven to help you succeed and become a peak performer. Remember the saying, “You are what you think about all day long.” I stated earlier that writing down your goals is something that should be done at least one time a day. I have read other books and they recommend doing this activity multiple times per day to keep your goals at the forefront of your mind. A nice tip that I read was this. When you are facing a particularly tough time, use that as an opportunity to write your goals! What an amazing way to realign your focus huh?! Here is a great Forbes article on explaining how Neuroscience backs this tips.
Morning Routine #7 – Read something good
Reading something good in the morning is a great way to start the day. By good, I mean something that will positively feed your mind. It could be reading a spiritual book. For me, for example, that would be the Bible. It could be a personal development book on leadership, a book on video marketing, an article on how to write good blog posts titles, and the list goes on. By doing this, you are not only putting more positive thoughts into your head, you also have new insights that you can apply towards the accomplishments of your goals. Here is further reading if you would like. https://medium.com/personal-growth-lab/4-reasons-why-you-should-read-every-single-morning-90571ea9b6bf
A Morning Routine For Writers – What Will Your Routine look like?
So what do you thing about this list? There is a strong chance that you will need to adjust this list or change it up all together. If you do, that is certainly okay. The main thing you want to do is start, look at what works, and adjust.
If you are looking for more ideas on things you can incorporate and/or adjust with your morning routine, here are a few additional resources.
–The Miracle Morning, specifically the The Miracle Morning For Writers by Hal Elrod
–My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander
Enjoy implementing these into your life and please let me know what happens! Thank you again for coming by Your Book Creators. If you are interested in getting help with a book, let us know and we will be happy to help you You can e-mail us at [email protected].