Since I was a teenager, my morning routine has consisted of predominantly snoozing until its too late, then rushing to get ready and missing breakfast. Leaving the house in a rush being the norm, knowing I’ll be late to wherever I’m headed regardless of where. And god forbid I haven’t ironed something I need, because there is no time for that, so then I’m definitely late and pissed off now too. Time has never been on my side, lets put it that way.
I have always wanted to changed this over the years and have watched countless YouTubers tell me about their great morning routines, have read blogs about successful people rising early and I have felt inspired as it all sounded great. But did I ever make a change? Nope. (Sound familiar?!).
In January 2017, I got a puppy and I did find myself waking up with enough time to walk him (since that was a commitment I made to myself before getting him), but I found I was still rushed for everything else as I still snoozed for far too long and didn’t have time for breakfast. In September 2017, I became vegan and realised I needed to have breakfast now since I knew I wouldn’t be able to easily grab food on the go. Once again I added time into my morning for breakfast (finally at the age of 28!). It was nice having time for breakfast, but it still didn’t feel great waking up early, groggy and wanting nothing more to do than to just go back to sleep. Breakfast was sometimes rushed too as I never quite got my timings right of how long I would need. That rushed feeling isn’t a great one but I still had it every morning, and yes it was self inflicted!
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
I came across Hal Elrod’s book the Miracle Morning on one of my routine searches for morning routine ideas I was never going to implement (as you do!) and gave the book a read. I had made a goal to read for personal development and growth at this time so the book fit the bill.
Out of 10, I’d give this book a 8. It did begin my journey of changing my morning routine and developing habits to incorporate which means it did something right because I have never changed my routine after watching/ reading anything else so that speaks volumes, he speaks in a very informal, easy to follow way too and lays out his routine in a way you can pick it up and add it straight into your routine. It’s a short book so it also won’t take that long to get through. Sometimes being given too many different ideas can be overwhelming, so his simple method of here are 6 things to add was helpful for me. I didn’t give it a 10 because for me parts were overinflated, and there was way too much spiel before getting to the actual routine but this is a personal reflection of course. I have to give the book credit though for changing my routine as it did. I guess it worked out well I read this over Christmas too as with the new year goal focus, it seemed only too apt to give it a go! I was intrigued at reading the reviews online of people’s ‘miracle mornings’ and since wanting to live more intentionally and carve my way to greater self-discovery have been my main whys in 2017 to now, it seemed that people were really benefitting. However you’ll see I didn’t actually do it until 16th Jan because I was “thinking” about it. So as my tip below suggests, just do it! I waited a bit too long.
The Miracle Morning Breakdown
So Hal gave me some structure as to what should go in my morning routine and with his help and that of individuals reviewing their miracle morning experience, I was spurred on. He calls the six habits to incorporate S.A.V.E.R.S for short. You can see below what these stand for and what I decided to do for each. The great thing is you can be flexible with the how, if you have a specific goal see if it fits and you can incorporate this. I haven’t gone into the definitions of each in too much details here because I’ll create a separate post on how I carved to my routine. But a tip is to just spend an hour on these initially. I say this because I found that by just experiencing it, you will begin to reshape it to work for you and really create your best morning.
Silence – meditation
Affirmations – positive present tense statements focused on my goals and creating more positivity
Exercise – I walk the dog or run with him
Reading – the focus is on reading for personal development. I have a list of books I want to read.
Scribing – journaling
My Initial Morning Routine
I planned these six habits into my routine. My initial routine went as follows:
- 6am – Wake up, walk/ run with Baxter
- 7am – Shower, Get ready for work
- 7.45am – Make breakfast
- 8am – Meditation
- 8.10-8.15am – Affirmations and Visualisation
- 8.15am-8.30am – Reading
- 8.30am-8.40am – Journal
Now I know for me, the idea of running is worse than the run itself as British winters aren’t all that great, so getting the exercise done first stops me thinking about it so I decided to put that first. Since exercise means I need a shower, the rest of the SAVERS were kept for when I’m ready. Be flexible to meet your needs.
The first day
So the night before my first day, I was already giving myself the negative talk of waking up at 6am and being tired. However, I prepped my running gear, set my alarm and read Hal’s night before affirmations (though I thought it was all a load of garbage at this stage!). But I went to bed and have to admit I was a little excited that I was about to have my first “Miracle morning”.
I had an accountability group to screenshot my wake up time to. I found having to be up to screenshot and take a photo of my made bed to prove I was up, helped me to just get out of bed without thinking as I didn’t want to fail now did I! It made it that bit easier in those first 5 seconds.
And the outcome of my first Miracle morning? Just having that hour to do things un work related was great. Meditating and reading are my favourite parts and I now give myself an hour for these. It feels so good to work on me before my work day begins.
I kept it up because the feeling I had going to work that day was one of feeling good, inspired and totally motivated. Now I haven’t perfected it (I’m human) and I haven’t done this on weekends but for now, I’m okay with the progress and the feeling you get….seriously it is worth it!
Now when February began, I started to think hmm its too rushed fitting all of this in, how can I improve on my routine. I initially tried different SAVERS on different days to have more time on one activity. Then someone gave me the idea to plan an “ideal week” and then to live it for a week as a challenge and so that is my current goal (I’l post on this soon). My point is the SAVERS are a great start and they opened the way for me to really think about what I wanted out of mornings.
So where am I Today?
Today is my first day of waking up at 5am with my new Ideal week challenge (which I’ll post about soon) but what a change! From January to February I have moved my wake up time from snoozing until 7.30am to waking up at 5am by choice, now that surely is a miracle!!
The great thing is I’m writing this blog post during my writing block and really making progress towards my blogging goals. I decided journaling is great, but having time to write blog content is personally important as I struggle to commit otherwise so I’ve really began to make the routine work for me. I think it helped to have a structure to start with to then build on.
And the great thing? Its seriously not unachievable for you, if I can do it so can you. I hope hearing my story can help spur you on as others stories helped me. I hope the tips below can help you begin to create your miracle morning.
If you have any questions about my miracle morning, or have some obstacles you want to discuss, comment below. You will have your miracle morning!
Tips for beginning to create your Miracle Morning
- Read the book – it’ll help spur you on
- Find your why. Why do you want a better morning? What’s in it for you? Waking up to something you can’t wait to do helps.
- Find an accountability buddy or share your plan on social media so you can upload your timestamps and photos to keep yourself accountable
- Start small – don’t go from 10am to 5am. Try and do an hour and see what happens. Can’t manage that? Do 20-30 minutes.
- Just do it – prep is great, but sometimes you just have to do it! The good feeling from doing it will help you commit too. Just plan one day. I can procrastinate and think, this is definitely a time to do.
- Prep the night before so you have less decisions to make in the morning
- Get to sleep at a reasonable time and if you don’t still get up!
- Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you snooze one day, life happens and sometimes we really can talk ourselves out of it, just remember tomorrow is a new day and so you get another chance to live out your Miracle morning. You get to try again each day, so don’t be too harsh or self-critical. Accept the fact you didn’t get up, and focus on getting up tomorrow.
- Enjoy your mornings! If you aren’t getting any feel good feelings, it just isn’t going to stick! I mean why wake up at 5am if you don’t feel great by the end of it? Make your routine one you want to wake up for.
I hope this has helped to express just how possible it is to go from snoozer to 5am in two months. Will I keep it up? Only time will tell!
Enjoy the journey!