Are these the Six Steps to a Successful Morning Routine?
If you’re unmotivated, at rock-bottom, or struggling to reach your goals, creating a successful morning routine may be the fix you’re missing in life.
If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know I’m all about turning your big goals into the tiniest steps possible to start feeling productive and head into your day with more confidence. And what better way to start feeling productive and confident than by winning the first 30 minutes of your day.
As you can see from the title, in this video I am going to sharing my experience doing Thomas Frank’s morning routine for 30 days in a row. And I at the end of the post, I am going to let you know whether or not his routine worked for me as well and whether or not you should adopt this type of routine too.
The purpose and importance of having a morning routine or as I prefer to say, a morning habit stack is three-fold:
- Starting the day with things that you want to do rather than with things that have to do is going to help motivate you to get out of bed.
- By starting your day organized and successfully (meaning that you achieve tiny simple goals like brushing your teeth and making your bed), you are going to continue you day feeling organized and successful.
- Going through a routine or series of habit as soon as you wake up allow you to have time to set good intentions or pray before your day starts.
So I’d start my morning as Thomas says by “throwing myself out of bed without hitting the snooze button”. I am not normally a morning person but I was setting my alarm for 6:30 am each morning just like he does in the video. This was honestly the biggest challenge for me and I am not going to lie, I was not successful doing this every morning. Since I figured pressing snooze was habitual, I decided to use that habit in my favour — eventually I started setting my alarm for 5 minutes before my usual alarm, so I could hit snooze on that alarm, satisfy the habit, and then when my actual alarm went off 5 minutes later I was be more inclined to get out of bed.
And the alarm that I used to get out of bed is called a Ruggie. It is an alarm clock mat that you can program to stand on for a certain amount of time before the alarm actually stops sounding. And at the point you’re standing and awake so you are a lot more likely to start you’re day. If you guys are interested in the Ruggie, click here to check it out.
Once I am out of bed, I make my bed. Having things neat and tidy makes me feel better, plus doing so means I accomplish my first mini-goal of the morning. Then I did the basic hygiene routine which basically was just brushing my teeth (while squatting of course!). I don’t shower in the morning because I like to workout in the morning. I then change into workout clothes and move to the next step: hydration.
This part wasn’t too difficult for me to implement because I already have a habit of making a warm tea or coffee every morning. I like to have something warm because (1) I am a cold person haha and, (2) I get to drink my beverage slowly which allows me to be more mindful about what I am doing and notice the flavours I am tasting. And if you guys watched this video right here on habit stacking and reverse habit stacking, you’d know that I have this hydration habit stacked among 4 other morning habits I do on the daily.
The next thing Thomas does is eat breakfast. Now I do intermittent fasting and I certainly wasn’t going to start eating breakfast just for this experiment. But when I do est my first meal of the day some time in the afternoon, I make it count: that means I always eat a combination of veggies/fruit and some sort of protein like eggs or meat.
One thing to remember is that breakfast is not necessarily a meal you need to eat in the morning. Rather, it is the first meal you eat after a period of fasting, hence break-fast. That fast can be the 8 or so hours you spend sleeping or if you’re like me, it is usually a 16 – 18 hours fast. If you want some tips on intermittent fasting and how to break a fast, I recommend you check out the videos below by YouTuber, Thomas DeLaurer:
Next up, I get in my daily movement. This is another stacked habit of mine. My daily movement as I like to call it includes push-ups, a fairly intense ab routine, bridges/hip thrusts/hip raises, and then finally some cardio or weight training. At the moment the gyms are closed due to corona virus, so I’ve just been getting outside for a run each morning.
That is actually a great segue to the next part of Thomas Frank’s morning routine …
I don’t know about you, but when I wake up, I feel slow and not very energized. But sunlight and fresh air seem to lift my energy quickly. For me that looks like walking to work in the AM or going for a run.
Yes I did say I walk to work. I walk mostly everywhere, up to 2 hours if the weather is nice. Reason being: I refuse to own a vehicle. When I was 18 I bought myself a car and had that car until I was 23. During that time I also went through minor mental health crisis and realized I needed to start implementing more self care into my day. And one of those self care exercises was getting outside more.
My mood has drastically improved since.
And if you’re like me and live in Canada, you might not want to go for a leisurely stroll outside while it’s snowing and – 40 degrees Celsius. That said, sometimes getting sun in the morning is as simple as opening up all the blinds in my house and absorbing the light that way.
Learning for me is another new stacked habit. That starts with my daily Croatian lesson first thing in the morning.
I also like to learn in the morning by playing a podcast or educational YouTube video while I’m washing the dishes from the night before and doing my hair and make-up.
Now You’re Ready to Face your Day
From this point, you’re ready to start the rest of your day.
I want to stress the importance of sleeping and waking habits as one of the main types of habits you should create in your life. We sleep and wake whether we like it or not, so create healthy habits within that realm of behaviour can instantly optimize your mood and productivity.
If you want to know the other 4 main types of habits you can create in your life, then make sure you check out this video here.
All in all, Thomas Franks morning routine was quite helpful, but I’ve recently changed things up to make them more personal to me. I think it is incredibly important to know that the path to success is unique to you, but you need to do some experimenting in order to discover your optimal success path. So if you want to see what my morning routines looks like, make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss that upcoming post.
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical or mental health professional. Any information and content on my website is not a substitute for professional health advice.