How I Mastered My Own Morning Routine For Success

Start your journey to future success tomorrow morning

It’s time to challenge the conventional notion that success is determined by external factors when, in fact, it starts with your daily routine.

Do you already have a morning routine that helps you get the successful life you want?

No? Good, then I will help you find it!

You don’t have to become a morning person. Some people just aren’t and I don’t want you to go against your inner rythymn.

My path to a successful morning routine starts with me failing:
I read “The 5 AM Club” a few years ago, and I was motivated to wake up at 5 a.m. to do the morning routine.

I managed to do it for a week, and then I quit.

Waking up at 5 a.m. didn’t fit into my current schedule from university and volunteering. We usually met in the evening (because we are students) and then worked a few hours, and then we drank something.
And my project partner at uni didn’t want to start earlier than 11 am which also meant that we would work late.

So in the end fitting in the 5 am morning routine meant me only sleeping 5 to 6 hours. Which is not the outcome we want from a morning routine that should make us feel better.

What a Morning Routine Shouldn’t Be

First, I want to make clear that a morning routine shouldn’t:

  • make you only sleep 5 to 6 hours
  • make you stressed or anxious because you have to fit it in before work
  • start with bad habits like scrolling through social media or smoking
  • be for someone else, it’s only for you

With this article I want you to find your own positive morning routine that helps you:

  • to have a positive start every day
  • to grow and improve every day
  • to add healthy and positive habits to your life
  • to energize you
  • to re-focus on the present moment and your goals
  • to reach your goals with small steps every day

There are 2 books that helped me start my morning routine and with the lessons I learned in the last years I can help you start tomorrow.

For more details, you can get the books “The 5AM Club” and “The Miracle Morning”.

What to Learn From “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is an amazing author and mentor.

The book explains the morning routine and the advantages of it as a story of people who are getting mentored.

The morning routine is 1 hour long and consists of the following:

  • 20 minutes move: exercise, go for a walk…
  • 20 minutes reflect: journal, meditate, plan…
  • 20 minutes grow: read, study, listen…

It’s a simple principle and that’s why a lot of people love it.

As I told you before I failed at establishing the morning routine based on this book. Not everyone’s life is adaptable to wake up at 5 am. And that’s okay.

The essentials of a morning routine are in these 3 parts:

  • Moving: to wake up and get energized you should start with exercising or walks. Get your body moving to prepare for the day.
  • Reflecting: to focus on the present and on your goals you reflect by journaling or meditating. This quiet time in the morning is for you to reflect on the good and the bad, your future and your present.
  • Growing: we usually don’t spend enough time to grow or learn. This time is saved for your growth and to study for your goals.

“Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself. Own your morning. Elevate your life.”

— Robin Sharma

What to Learn from “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod

Hal Elrod is known for his morning routine and for his daily motivation to do it.

His morning routine has 6 parts:

  • S = silence: meditating
  • A = affirmations: say your motivational sentences to yourself
  • V = visualization: visualize your future self or goals
  • E = exercise: move your body
  • R = reading: grow and learn something
  • S = scribing: journal, write down your thoughts

It’s a simple step-by-step guide with the important parts of a morning routine. Do you see similarities to the 5 am club?

Yes, all of the 6 parts are also part of the 5 am club routine.

Because both know how important it is to exercise, focus on the future, use the quiet time, and grow and improve.

The miracle morning principle is really flexible because it’s not bound to any time or time span.
If you only have 6 minutes, you can do each of the SAVERS in 1 minute.

Of course, it was meant to do them in 1 hour (6 x 10 minutes) but it’s more important to do them every day than doing the routine for 1 hour.

That’s the reason why starting the morning routine with this book is easier and I established mine with it.

No matter when you usually wake up: wake up a little earlier and do the SAVERS, and then increase the time span.

“Wake up early every day so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true”

— Hal Elrod

Make Your Own Rules

The great thing about life: you make your own decisions!

Just because it worked for Hal or Robin, doesn’t mean that the same routine works for you.

You are unique.

So you can also make your own unique morning routine.

I recommend you to start trying out the presented routines, and then change them as you figure out what works and what doesn’t.

It has to fit into your life.

But keep in mind to get a little flexibility into your morning.

Just because you have to prepare lunch for your whole family in the morning, doesn’t mean that you cannot do your routine. Get your husband or your kids to make the lunch themselves.
Give them the opportunity to grow and learn something new!

For every part of your morning routine, you can get yourself more books to improve your knowledge.

I know I read a lot about meditation when I first started, and I did some guided meditation to calm my thoughts.

1 really important tip: don’t expect to have the perfect routine on day 1.

Take your time!

Explore and try new things!

And then stick with it!

Don’t feel bad if one day you missed it: start again the next day!

We are all human and not perfect.

If you know you don’t have time tomorrow morning, try to fit them in for at least 5 minutes. Better less than not at all!

I had full-packed days starting from 7am till the evening, and I thought it was impossible to do my morning routine: I did parts of it 5 minutes before, or during breakfast, or on the way to work.

You can do it!

Start tomorrow with the SAVERS or the 5 am club principles. Find a quiet place and do it! For you!

You will see a huge difference after a few months of consistently sticking to the routine.

  • You are more positive
  • You have more energy
  • You are focused on your goals
  • You know where you want to be in life
  • You are growing every day
  • You are learning every day by reading or studying

“If you win the morning, you win the day”

— Tim Ferriss

How I was able to study, part-time work, and lead a student organization at the same time and you can too:

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(c) Karina Ahrer

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