The Importance of a Morning Routine
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Day 1 of the Makeover Your Mornings Challenge
I love mornings! If you do, too, then you likely understand the importance of a morning routine.
Mornings bring new opportunities and a fresh start. A chance to do better.
How you start your day — or, more specifically, how you spend those first few morning hours — has a big impact on the rest of it.
Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. And that’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than the first few hours.
For the first day of the Makeover Your Mornings challenge, let’s talk about the importance of a morning routine (be sure to read to the end, where you’ll find your assignment for the day!).
If you aren’t part of the Morning Makeover Challenge yet, you can sign up right here.
The Importance of a Morning Routine
Let’s talk about the snooze button for a minute.
You might set your alarm to go off early so you can make time for exercise, meditation, or just some much-needed “me time”.
You have EVERY intention of getting up and doing whatever that thing might be. And some mornings (hopefully most mornings?) you get up when the alarm buzzes. You take that walk or read that book for twenty minutes.
But then there are those days when you just. can’t. get. up.
You hit the snooze button a few times. Maybe even turn it off altogether. Then you go back to sleep.
How did those days go? How did they compare to the days that you got up with the first alarm?
If I were to venture a guess, I’d say the mornings when you got up early were much more productive than the mornings when you hit the snooze button.
I bet you accomplished a whole lot more on those mornings.
Not only that, but chances are that sleeping through the snooze button doesn’t just affect your morning, but your entire day. That’s where the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about.
So, let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive — and productive — way.
Over the next seven days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning.
As we’ve already established, this is important, and a good thing to work on. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more (even if the alarm goes off earlier than you’d like!) but your entire day will go much more smoothly.
Day 1 Challenge
Today’s challenge is simple, but effective: Get plenty of sleep AND get up as soon as your alarm goes off tomorrow morning.
If that means placing it across the room so you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off, then do that.
Trust me, I like to hit the snooze button a few times, too! But try it out and see what happens.
If you’re getting up earlier than normal, be sure to adjust your bedtime to make sure you’re getting enough good-quality sleep. It’s MUCH easier to get up early when you’re well-rested!
If you need a reminder to start your bedtime routine earlier, set your phone’s alarm to go off at that time, and then you’ll have no excuses!
I’ve never used one personally, but I’ve heard amazing things about the Sunrise Alarm Clock. If you’re a heavy sleeper or want to help your body gradually wake up, this is the alarm clock for you.
This sunrise simulation light comes with seven natural sounds and goes from 10% brightness to 100% over the course of 30 minutes. And if you think 30 minutes is too long, you can set the process to 20 minutes or 10 minutes.