The Morning Routine that Will Change Your Life

The habits and activities you start the day with can determine your motivation and productivity. In this article, discover the morning routine that will change your life.
The Morning Routine that Will Change Your Life

Last update: 14 June, 2020

Many people want to improve their productivity and motivation. They want to do different projects and work on their personal development. However, at the same time, they feel that they don’t have the time for this. What if I told you that the key to success lies in your morning routine?

This is what Hal Elrod proposes in his book The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM).

Most people wake up with little time to spare and start the day on autopilot, without being particularly conscious of what they’re doing. Overcoming tiredness and lack of motivation in order to fulfill the morning obligations is a hard enough task.

In short, our mornings are sometimes too much to handle and we’re totally disorganized. However, Elrod’s method states that you need to get up an hour earlier and dedicate those 60 minutes to your personal development in order to experience a profound change.

A woman waking up.

Six habits for your morning routine

Below, we share the six habits that the author of The Miracle Morning proposes you should incorporate into your morning routine. After drinking some water and putting on some comfortable sportswear, you’ll be ready to start.

1. Silence

In your frenetic life, there seems to be no room for silence. You probably try to avoid it at all costs by turning on the television, as you may consider silence to be boring or disturbing. However, silence gives you some moments of calm that you can take advantage of to get to know yourself better.

Thus, start your mornings with a few minutes of silence. You can use those minutes to breathe consciously and deeply, meditate, or simply to remember and be grateful for all the good things in your life.

2. Affirmations

Your thoughts (both conscious and unconscious) revolve around language. This is one of the most valuable tools you have for generating a change in your internal patterns.

Therefore, you should repeat deep and meaningful affirmations that bring you closer to the version of yourself you aspire to become. Write them down in the present tense, in the affirmative, and in the first person. They can refer to any area of your life that you wish to improve.

For example, “All my relationships are healthy and harmonious”, “I’m a confident person”, or “I feel fulfilled by the work I do”. Through repetition, your unconscious will pick up on the messages and begin to work accordingly.

3. Visualization

Creative visualization is a technique that helps you focus on what you want and how you can achieve it. To do this, spend a few minutes each morning visualizing yourself in the situations that you want to experience.

Imagine yourself living them in the first person and use all your senses to imagine yourself in those scenarios. This mental rehearsal will put you on the path to achieving what you visualize.

4. Exercise, an important part of your morning routine

Starting the day with some kind of exercise or physical activity is beneficial in many ways. It improves your health, boosts your self-esteem, and fills you with energy for the rest of the day.

You can choose to exercise in whatever way you like; a few minutes every morning will be enough.

5. Read

We all have books we want to read but never seem to have the time for. This may be your case, or there may be areas you want to learn about or be trained in. However, all your obligations lead you to postpone and relegate this important area of your life.

This is the time for you to carry out these tasks. Thus, set aside a few minutes each morning to catch up on your reading.

6. Writing

Writing connects you with yourself and your emotions, desires, and fears. It gives you perspective and clarity. That’s why you should dedicate a few minutes to writing each morning.

You can write down your main achievements, progress, or experiences from the previous day. Or you can use this time for gratitude and optimism in your life by writing down the most positive things that have happened to you or what you hope will happen.

A woman in her morning routine.

Customize your morning routine

You can adapt and customize the above steps to suit your personality and particular situation. Choose the order to carry them out in and the time you’ll spend on each one.

You can also choose how you want to use the silence or what you’re going to write in your journal each day. Just make sure to be consistent and stick to all the points we mentioned here!

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Elrod, H. (2016). Miracle Morning. First.
  • Gawain, S. (1991). Visualización creativa. Sirio.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.