How your morning unfolds can make or break your day. You know it, even if you’ve been scoffing at the articles that scream “Read about the Morning Routine of the Most Successful Person in the World!”. As much as it all seems like hype and sensationalism, there is a lot to be said for having a morning routine.

Remember the difference you felt on those morning’s when you have managed to get yourself up earlier than usual and sneak in some ‘you’ time? Maybe it’s been an early morning walk with the dog, an early workout or run through your neighbourhood or the simplicity of a quiet cuppa in your favourite chair soaking up the peace and quiet of a sleeping house – you’ve felt it.

I’ve been a lover of a solid morning routine for years, but I’ll be honest, I’ve dipped in and out of my routine as life has ebbed and flowed through different phases. But what’s important is, I always come back to a routine, when the realisation that my days have lost their mojo, kicks in.

So, how do I get back on track with my morning routine?

I’ll keep it real, it can be really hard, especially in the beginning, to not go back to hitting that snooze button so I can lay in bed just that little bit longer. So I ease myself in over the first week until muscle memory kicks in and the benefits have begun to outweigh the desire to keep snoozing!

The amount of time you spend on your morning routine is 100% up to you. I like to spend 30 to 40 minutes and I know there is often an assumption that you have to wake up at sparrow’s fart in order to have a good morning routine but seriously, I believe, do what works for you.

Don’t worry about what others are doing – what matters is that you have a routine and it’s one that works for you.

What does my morning routine look like?

Right now, what’s working for me, looks like this…

6.00 – 6.45AM

Meditation The 6 Phase Guided Meditation by Vishen Lakhiani is my current favourite. Or you can use the Smiling Mind free app to find something that you like.

Gratitude journaling and affirmation practise – write into a notebook 5 things that you are grateful for and then write 5 “I am…” statements as affirmations and read them back to yourself aloud. If you need ideas for affirmation statements, here’s a great list for you to get started with.

Writing an action list for the day, these are your not negotiable’s so keep it short and on point so you’re not creating unnecessary anxiety or stress.

Stretching or a short yoga sequence gets the blood moving, warms up your digestive system and of course lengthens out any tightness your body might be holding preparing you for the activity of your day.

What do I get out of having a morning routine and why do I recommend it for my clients?

Firstly, it sets the tone for the day ahead. By taking control of my morning, rather than letting my morning take control of me I start the day with a sense of accomplishment and purpose. My mindset feels stronger and more positive which I know leads to better choices throughout the day and I am much more productive on the days I start with my morning routine.

And if you still need convincing that a morning routine is worth cultivating, I love this interview with Arianna Huffington on her daily routines and why they are so important to her.