The truth is, everybody HAS a morning routine, but many people are not intentional about creating a positive, effective routine that will help them grow as a person. Here are a few reasons why you should get out a sheet of paper and plan out the first two (if not more) hours of your day.
1. You increase your daily productivity.
"Many people overestimate what they can do in a day, and vastly underestimate what they can do in a year."
A set morning routine will assure you that you have taken care of all necessary business BEFORE you go to work, or school, or attend to the rest of your day. You can take incremental steps forward if you know to plan things in advance.
For example, if you decide to make breakfast a priority in your morning routine, you will make it easier for yourself to establish good eating habits for the rest of your day. This, in turn, will help you determine your level of health for the year.
2. You foster a sense of security.
For example, I get up and make coffee first thing in the morning. By the time I have used the bathroom and put my contacts in, it is done. I then proceed to sip my coffee for the remainder of my morning activities. My coffee habit grounds me (WHAT A PUN) and is something that I can continue even when I'm on vacation or doing something out of the ordinary.
3. You make more intentional choices for the rest of the day.
All successful people are proactive. They go after things. They don't subscribe to a victim mentality.
If you are struggling with finding willpower in some area of your life, then you probably don't have your morning routine in the bag. When you start the day with a set goal in mind, you are much more likely to reach it than if you just strike out on a whim.
4. You get in the "groove" more easily.
Those days are few and far between when you don't have a morning routine. Dogs and children need you to have a morning routine. They don't know how to create their own.
Everyone from artists to zookeepers knows that finding that flow is the key to doing satisfactory work. No matter how difficult the task, if you are groovin', you are experiencing happy feelings. Morning routines make these days much more attainable by taking away the resistance of decision-making.
Want to know the secret to working out at 5 am?
Want to know the secret to getting to work on time?
Want to know the secret to a great marriage?
Go think about your morning routine.