Last week we discussed the importance of keeping the first promise that you make to yourself in the morning and waking up when you say you will.  

That morning promise is SO key! It tells your mind: “YES! I can do this day and accomplish my goals.” It really sets you up to have a successful day.

I am a firm believer that those who are able to conquer their morning will be able to conquer their LIFE.

Guys, I cannot understand the importance of getting your morning off to a great start. If you are reading this, you are probably a busy mother/father/professional of some sort.

If any of those are true, that means that you spend your day giving. 

To your spouse.

To your children.

To your employer/employees/customers or patients.

Give, give, give. By the end of the day, you are likely empty. Only to wake up and do it all over again the next day.

The reason I believe in my morning routine is that it allows me to refill my cup so that I can be my best self to pour into Adrian, Israel, Selah, my patients, and others in my life that rely on me.

Remember-YOU CANNOT POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP.

I first learned this concept from Amy Landino-she is a Youtuber and has an amazing channel with great tips for entrepreneurship and life in general.

Since I have developed my morning routine, I have noticed that my life is better. 

I am more peaceful.

I am better able to deal with all that life throws at me.

I am also much more productive and happy.

Here’s a quick walk-through of my morning routine. I call it my “Wake. Pray. Slay.” routine-corny, but I love it!

Don’t judge me.

Anyway.

First, I wake up between 4:30 and 4:50 am. Here’s the key: When my alarm goes off, I turn it off and get up immediately.

I have already kept the first promise to myself-SCORE!!! #NOSNOOZECREW

Next, I wash my face, which helps to wake me up a bit more.

I then pour my coffee, which I have programmed from the night before. Coffee is key for me. Interesting fact-I just started drinking coffee last year! Maybe coffee is not your thing. Many folks drink tea or lemon water in the morning. 

I also light a candle. I don’t know why, but candles just put me in a peaceful mood. I LOVE candles-the aroma and the soft-lighting are EVERYTHING in the morning!

I then do my morning devotion. I start off by making a gratitude list, then I write out my prayers as well as scriptures that I want to reflect on throughout the day.

Sometimes I listen to music while doing this. Other times, I simply try to find joy in the stillness of the morning.

I believe that gratitude is essential for everyone. Even if your belief system doesn’t involve prayer to God, I believe that your life will be benefitted by expressing gratitude.

The process of expressing gratitude sets a positive tone for your entire day. 

When I don’t have my morning devotion first thing in the morning, my day is in SHAMBLES. It just really helps to place me in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. Try it and let me know how it works for you. 

I then write for 30 minutes. This is the second promise that I keep to myself (that I was repeatedly breaking up until recently!). 

Because I work full time, am married, and have 2 young children, any work that I need to do on my business/blog has to be done in the morning. 

I am also a morning person, and by the end of the day my brain is FRIED. If I procrastinate until the evening, I know that it just won’t get done.

Furthermore, I am my most creative in the wee hours of the morning. My writing just flows better, and my head seems to be clearer.

It is so incredibly peaceful being awake and not having anyone talk to me, and just be able to sit with my thoughts!

Depending on how much time I have, I try to get other things done in my business. But the one thing that is non-negotiable is the writing.

I cannot underscore the importance of creating some sort of routine in the morning. Your day will be set up for success. I know that I have to complete the steps above in the exact same order in order to feel like my day is successful. 

However, I believe everyone’s morning routine will look different. 

Here at HWDL we are members of the #nosnoozecrew, so we hope that you will join us in developing a morning routine that will inspire you to wake up right when your alarm goes off.

Some people really enjoy waking up and journaling. I have friends that hop on their peloton or head to the gym first thing in the morning. Some meditate using an app.

`Need help figuring out what to include in your routine? I am here for you!

Here are some steps that you can take to develop your very own inspired morning routine .

Step 1: Decide your “why”

There is no point to waking up early just to say that you woke up early!

We are here trying to walk fully in our purpose. What is your purpose? 

Knowing your purpose helps when your alarm goes off and you don’t want to roll out of bed. Keeping the big picture in mind helps to trigger me to get into motion. 

Step 2: Waking up early in the morning helps when you have something to look forward to. There’s nothing worse than waking up early and then…nothing. What’s the point? There is no point! 

Again, WE ARE NOT HERE WAKING UP EARLY JUST TO SAY THAT WE WOKE UP EARLY! What we do in the morning should be moving us closer to our goals. However, it is helpful to build in some enjoyable activities that will bring you peace and help center you.

For me, that is my 1. Coffee 2. Candle and 3. Prayer/gratitude/journaling. Knowing that I am waking up to do those things makes me excited!

You mean I get to light a candle…alone…without the fear that one of my kids will knock it over and burn the house down? 

SCORE!!!

Having trouble finding things that bring you peace and joy in the morning? 

My therapist recommended this to me while I was struggling with the very same thing. She encouraged me to keep a notebook with me and jot down things that made me happy and brought me joy for an entire week.

Through doing that, I noticed that I was most at peace when I was journaling, i enjoyed music, and that I loved candles.

Having 2-3 things that bring you joy and peace in the morning can really make the difference between hitting snooze multiple times and waking up knowing that you’re about to do some amazingly peaceful activities that bring you joy.

Step 3: Decide what time you want to wake up. This is crucial. Start by waking up 30 minutes before you need to be awake.

For example, let’s say you typically wake up at 6 AM, snooze until 6:30, and then rush to leave the house by 7:00. The time you should be up is 6:00, so try setting your alarm for 5:30.  

Thirty minutes may not seem like enough, but it’s a great start, especially when you are just beginning. Tying to wake up 2 hours before you typically do is a great way to set yourself up for massive failure. 

Step 4: THE NIGHT BEFORE. The night before.  This is really where things start to fall apart for aspiring non-snoozers.

Even I still struggle with this! Evenings can be rough with trying to get the kids fed, cleaning up the kitchen, homework, bathing kids, reading 600 books and singing 4,000 bedtime songs because your toddler is stalling and doesn’t want to go to bed…

Ok, sorry.  I was having flashbacks.

However, it’s important to try to head to bed around the same time every night and ensure that you get enough sleep. If you are dragging in the morning, it will be very difficult to not hit that snooze button.

It is helpful to develop a night time routine to help your mind to wind down. I will do an entire post on this…once I completely figure it out myself!

Step 5: WRITE IT DOWN. At some point in the evening,after you’ve completed the evening routine that still eludes me, it is important to write down your plan. 

You all know I love writing and planning, however, even if you are a digital person, writing down your plans for the morning will solidify it in your mind. I first learned this while reading the book “Eat that Frog.”

There’s something about writing your plans right before you go to bed that will prime your brain for the next morning. 

Write down the time that you will wake up, write that you commit to NOT SNOOZING, and write the 2-3 things that you plan to do in the morning.

If you enjoy writing, it may help if you also journal a few lines about why you want to wake up in the morning and what you hope your morning will bring.

If you incorporate these steps and find success at developing a peaceful and inspired morning routine, I would love it if you would share that with me!

Leave a comment below with your new morning routine and how it has helped you. If you have questions or feel stuck, please feel free to leave a comment below, or email contact@productivepurpose.com.

Here’s to creating a great morning!

Peace and Love,

Kim