Morning Routines - finding the BEST option for you.

Do you groan your way through your morning ? Perhaps you wake up with good intentions but they are quickly snuffed out.

As we shift through into the darker, colder months I feel this is a great time to review what we’re up to with our precious first part of the day. As with most “practices” I don’t feel there is an IDEAL morning routine that fits everyone. I do feel we can learn a lot from the huge array of info out there that can enhance our mornings, which in turn spills over into the rest of our day.

There's no shortage of books written on this topic with some very snappily entitled ones such as “Miracle morning” or “Routine machine” !

Much of the literature has something in common. They take “successful” people and analyse what they do to give them that edge. There are also quite a few studies on some of the elements that make up a positive morning routine . Hal Elrod of the acclaimed “Miracle mornings” proposes 7 steps to transform your start of the day:-

1. Wake up EARLY.

2. Have a silent moment.

3. Affirmations.

4. Visualisations

5. Exercise

6. Reading

7. Journaling

Of course, we don't have to do ALL of these. And the conundrum is to work out what WILL work for you. I’ve picked out a few of those steps to delve further into. These are the ones most supported by experts and evidence.

>>> The first trait that is most commonly identified as being beneficial is WAKING UP EARLY !

That’s usually several hours before work / college etc. actually begins. In a five-year study of 177 self-made millionaires (Thomas C. Corley), it was found that nearly 50 % of them woke up at least three hours before their work day began. Billionaire Richard Branson and the C.E.O. of Twitter Jack Dorsey state that they regularly wake up at 5am, whilst Tim Cook Apple C.E.O. rises just before 4am !

Interestingly Waking up early is identified as a productivity method by Wikipedia! It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom” claimed the philosopher Aristotle. We do also need to consider the other side. Perhaps the worm should have stayed in bed according to that old proverb “The early bird gets the worm!” .

There is a huge amount written around what is the best time to get up and I feel that I can conclude fro