How To Build A Successful Morning Routine
Warning: this is based on my own personal experience. It may or may not work for everyone, and it’s definitely not backed by any science.
Here’s an example from this month:
My February Schedule
Step 1: List Down All The Things You Want To Do On A Daily Basis
This month, I wanted to write every day, just like the previous month. I also wanted to record myself reading my stories.
I wanted to start doing a simple workout routine every day. I knew I would have a static home, so I needed a routine I could do with no material. I settled for 100 push-ups, 100 squats, and I quickly added 100 dips.
I wanted to learn how to successfully journal.
I wanted to learn some Norwegian for my store.
I wanted to learn how to do social media marketing.
I wanted to continue meditating (since last month).
Step 2: Order The Tasks By Ascending Order of Importance To You
It’s important to realize what you think is more important for you. I likely had too many things on my list that I had to cut. By knowing what’s more important, it’s easier later to decide where to put each task on your calendar.
Step 3: Write Down How Long It Takes You To Complete The Task
This is important.
You need to be aware of how a long a task is going to take you. Be realistic. Be precise.
The least realistic thing on my list is writing a story every in 40–60 minutes. But I force myself to follow it. Sometimes my stories end up not being as good, but that’s how you learn.
Step 4: Place Tasks On A Calendar
Now that you know what’s most important and how long tasks take you, place it in your daily calendar, similar to the image I pasted above.
I tend to just use Google Keep (previous Apple Notes), but Google Calendar should work well too.
I don’t have the mental capacity to remember everything on my calendar, so I refer to it very often, especially at the beginning of the month.
Step 5: Apply The Tips Above On How To Get Started
- Prepare your next day the night before.
- Start the day with one or two easy tasks.
- Work on your hardest tasks when you work best.
These are powerful. Apply them. I’ve built so much momentum before just by doing those.
My one or two easy tasks to get started is usually reviewing comments I’ve received the night before and reading a story from someone I follow. That usually gives me the boost to start writing myself.
And I actually apply this principle to different segments of my day. If you check my schedule, I start work at 9am. I do one or two easy work tasks to start with.
Step 6: Be Consistent In The Execution Of Your Morning Routine
That is crucial!
Try not to miss a day. I tend to execute it every day, including weekends. I’m a little less strict on Sunday though.
Every missed day “doubles” the effort needed to get started.
Have you noticed how after vacation, going back to executing your routine is so much harder? That’s why.