WHAT IS A MORNING ROUTINE?
The expression “morning routine” has become very popular in the United States and in Europe to designate a repetitive sequence of activities taking place before the working day.
Its main characteristic is that as the name suggests, it repeats itself every day to become a kind of habit in the life of the one who sets it up. There are as many different as those who practice them.
Some will prefer this time to play sports, spend time with family, meditate, read articles related to their interests or careers, answer the first emails or even attack the most important task of their day.
The main idea of the morning routine is that it represents a time that, unlike other times of the day, we completely control. The detail that could make us hesitate, however, is that to free this time, it is necessary to have to get up earlier, or even much earlier.
At the office, we told ourselves that the summer break was the perfect time to implement changes and test new ways of organizing ourselves. The days are longer, and it’s easier to wake up to the sun and the heat. Little by little, some of us have shifted our waking hours, quarter of an hour by quarter of an hour to read, do a little yoga, or go for a run for 30 minutes.
IN THE MORNING, NO OUTSIDE REQUESTS
The first advantage that we noticed with getting up earlier is that it brings a great feeling of satisfaction and self-control: as it is something that we do not want to do at all at first glance, getting out of bed when everyone is asleep is proof of discipline and willpower.
The second benefit that we have all noticed is that between 5:30 am and 7:00 am, nobody bothers us, since everyone is sleeping! There are no emails, calendar reminders, meetings or phone calls yet, which are if we reconsider them requests from others of our time and energy.
In addition, for those of us who are part of a family, getting up earlier has also been a way to give ourselves time for ourselves and then be more available to others, during the day.
Every morning, Steve Jobs used to devote some time to self-reflection before his day started, in order to assess his degree of satisfaction and implement the necessary solutions in case of dissatisfaction.
“I tend to look at myself in the mirror every morning and ask myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do?’ If the answer is “No” for several days in a row, then I know I have to change something. ” – Steve Jobs
As far as we are concerned, even if physically the first awakenings were not obvious, once raised we really appreciated this precious and especially personal time.
In the office, the benefits of the morning routine were clearly felt, with a lower level of stress and a feeling of having already accomplished something during the day.
THE BENEFITS OF SPORTS IN THE MORNING
Many morning routines include sport as the main element. On the way to the office, moreover, it is not uncommon to come across joggers or cyclists. Do they make us want? Are they oblivious?
We decided to judge for ourselves and programmed our alarm clock to go running around Lake several mornings between 6.30 am and 7.15 am. We also tried the kilometer swim between 6:45 and 7:15 a.m. and observed our productivity and mood throughout the day.
Well… without much surprise, the awakening was complicated, but not directly after getting out of bed, rather on the still invigorating road of the swimming pool or the race course.
Once we passed this first stage where our sense of discipline was highly sought after, the activity itself turned out to be a real moment of disconnection.
The biggest advantage of setting the alarm clock to go running before starting the work day is the feeling of calm in the body and mind that seems to last throughout the day, and it is recognized that practical sports and productivity in business are closely linked .
Adopting a morning routine for exercising in the morning can be seen as an activity reserved for people who have the time, but many CEOs and politicians have been practicing it for a long time.
Barack Obama, for example, gets up every morning at 6 a.m. to train and practice basketball. Michelle Obama wakes up regularly at 4:30 am to do sports too, and had communicated a lot around this morning routine during her awareness campaign against obesity in the United States.
MEDITATE OR WORK…OUT OF BED
Freeing up time in the morning does not only mean running 15 kilometers while the whole city is still sleeping. Some people block these very early in order to take advantage of their peak of energy or creativity to create, write, read, meditate or simply reply to their first emails.
By adopting this habit, the feeling of not mastering your day disappears and it is then possible to treat what we have set ourselves as a priority first.
Tony Robbins, renowned coach and business man, succeeds in condensing in half an hour physical activity and meditation session to allow his body to wake up his energy and his mind to clear up. Thus, he can visualize his goals for the day without being distracted by short-term deadlines.
Indeed, meditating in the morning allows you to:
- Become aware of when you are before you start a big day
- Relax your mind as you approach an important professional event
- Improve your concentration skills
- Manage your emotions better
THE POWER OF HABITS
The basic concept of any routine, even in the morning, is that it eventually becomes automated. The brain, so as not to have to think every time it is stimulated, will recognize repetitive actions and classify them as “habits”, the latter thus requiring less energy and discipline.
Creating habits can prove to be a great tool for organization and productivity since they help to avoid mental fatigue and reserve our energy for deep work sessions, creativity or important meetings.
In the same way, avoiding making too many decisions in the morning but automatically following a morning routine will keep our reservoir of decisions full for when it turns out to be important, while carrying out an activity that makes us feel good, such as doing exercise, read or meditate, for example.
Mark Zuckerberg is known for always dressing in the same pair of jeans and the same gray T-shirt. Do you know why? He explains it to us as his easy solution so that he never has to think about what he is going to put in the morning and keep his decisions full for the moments that will require his full attention.
“I want my life to be as tidy as possible so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything. The only thing that interests me is to serve my community of users as well as possible. very privileged position where I wake up every morning telling myself that I help and serve more than a billion people. I feel like I am not working well if I waste my time and energy on details that are not worth it. ” – Mark Zuckerberg
If you want to know more about the power of habits and how to incorporate them into your morning routine, I strongly recommend that you read Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habits.
It’s up to you to create your own morning routine, which will allow you to:
- Visualize the short term actions that will serve your long term goals,
- Increase your energy level for the day, by playing sports or meditating,
- Take the time to do whatever you want, be it reading, family time, hobbies, etc.
- The best advice is to try and continue to adapt according to the pace and priorities of each.
What is your morning routine?
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