The Morning Routine for Successful People

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Our morning routines can DECIDE how our mornings go. Did you know that? I am sure you did and I am also sure I have mentioned it a bunch of times in other blog posts,  but I don’t mind repeating myself.  If you wake up fumbling and bumping into walls aimlessly every morning, how do you think you’re going to feel all day? I’ll tell you this: you’ll feel a lot less together than if you have a set morning routine that sets your day up for success. I study a LOT of girl bosses and entrepreneurs who are successful and rich (all things I intend to be) and one of the most common denominators I seem to continuously find is they all have MORNING routines! You’d be surprised at just how much having a morning routine that sets your day up right will CHANGE your LIFE. Don’t believe me? Just try it!

So, today I am going to share with you the 9-step morning routine that I have created for myself that has proven to make my day more productive and more ready for ANYTHING while also keeping a positive mindset and mood up as well. Keep in mind, I wake up early in the mornings to give myself time to do all these things, so consider your wake up time when creating your own boss morning routine! If you don’t wake up early… well… I would advise you give yourself at least an hour earlier in your day so that you can get ahead and feel like a boss (a post on benefits of waking up in the AM will be coming soon also). Also, I have a post on Nighttime Routine that will help you properly prepare for this morning routine if you’re interested in that! So let’s get into it!

 

Morning Routine for Success!

  1. Wake up. Pray. Meditate and practice visualization. Prayer only works if you are a spiritual person, but it definitely makes me feel like I am starting my day off on the right foot. I start my day with God and that makes me feel like my priorities are in the right place. I was never much of a meditator (and if I am being honest, I am still not). However, I still take some quiet time in the morning before having to begin my busy day to just sit and breathe. During this time I also visualize how I want my day to go. I visualize the kind of life I want to have and how someone with that life behaves. It both relaxes me and gets me slightly motivated to go and knock out some goals. I can only last doing this for a few minutes, like I said, cause I am definitely not much of a meditator.
  2. Yoga and exercise. I am not much of a gym person. I have tried multiple different forms of exercise and discovered that yoga was it for me, but recently, I have also come across this REALLY FUN online dance studio called *Hip Shake Fitness*! This is the first time I have ever come across a company where I actually WANT to workout because it is so much fun! They have dance workouts like *how to twerk* and it even has workouts for hip hop or *Bollywood Dances*. It is literally soooo much fun and I just love it so much! So, I do those workouts like three times a week and I ALWAYS have to do my yoga because Yoga is life.                                   
  3. Devotional and coffee time. Once I have finished my exercise, I get my coffee. Coffee is something I genuinely look forward to every single morning. I am a coffee addict and my mind doesn’t want to be bothered until I have had that first sip of caffeine. Then, one I have my coffee in hand I do my devotion and read my bible. The reason that I don’t start my day with this is because I want to read my bible and do my devotion when my mind is fully awake and aware. I am not all the way there in the mornings and I know I will not retain anything I read if I try and force myself to read the bible first thing in the morning.  Not to mention I won’t be in the spirit to receive anything when I first get up cause I don’t exactly wake up with Joy before my coffee.
  4. I take a few minutes with my goal board. I don’t have my goal board for this year yet. I have been meaning to make one for the LONGEST but I never seem to have the time (I am slacking, I know). However, when I do have one, I sit and I look at all of my motivational quotes and ponder on my goals. This time of just reminding myself of my why is important to me because it helps me keep things in perspective. I know that I am not working myself like this for no reason and it reminds me that I am going places. If you don’t have a goal board (first of all, make one), but also you can look at your goal journal or your list of goals for the year and use that to remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing. For right now, my goal journal with my list of 2019’s goals is what I spend some time with daily.
  5. Get dressed and ready for the day. Now is my time for teeth brushing and putting on my clothes. I have a VERY short skin routine (really just a morning burst cleanser) and i always wet my hair every single morning so my locs aren’t all dry and crusty. As I am getting ready for the day I will often move around and dance to some music that energizes or uplifts me. If I am not listening to music than I am listening to a business podcast, Youtube video, or Facebook live from one of my favorite girl bosses.
  6. Check planner + to do list. Now, I start planning out how I am going to achieve my goals for the day. I LOVE my *Slay Your Goals Planner* that helps me keep my goals in perspective and has worksheets and things like that to keep me focused on my goals. It has over 50 pages of planner pages and motivational quotes that helps keeps me motivated to accomplish my goals as well. I also have a regular planner where I place a daily MUST-DO to do list and write down any appointments or client meetings I may have. This helps me stay organized and prepared for what needs to get done that day.                                                                                            
  7. Eat breakfast. THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY SERVING IT UP RIKKI’S WAY (You get 10 points if you know what that was a reference to). Breakfast was hard for me to get used to eating. I NEVER used to eat breakfast. I just wasn’t a fan of it. I wasn’t hungry in the mornings most of the time anyway. That’s why I started pushing my breakfast towards the end of my morning routine. A lot of the greats have advised against it because you should be energizing your day with nourishment so you should have breakfast fairly early. Well, that doesn’t really work for me. I think one of the most important things about having a productive morning routine to set up your day is finding what fits YOU. Doing all of those other things first helps build up a hunger for me. Now, if you wake up hungry, I would suggest putting this somewhere in the top 3, but for me, after I have done my workouts at least is the best time to eat.
  8. Read. I LOVE reading self-development books and books about being a girl boss. It helps motivate me and I find myself constantly learning about how to better myself. I truly believe that anyone who is an entrepreneur, girl boss, or just wants to live a better lifestyle should spend some time reading. I promise you that reading daily can make a big difference in your self-development and learning. I am considering doing a monthly book review on the self-development books I read on my YouTube Channel. What are some of your thoughts on that? Maybe I should do a blog post instead or even also? Comment down below with your input!
  9. Gather my things and get started with my day. Once I have done all that I am ready to get started with my day. For me on most days that means opening my laptop and getting started with work for clients or writing a blog post. Then, within a few hours I’ll have my part time job to go to.

 

With this routine, I usually feel pretty good about starting my day. I feel refreshed, energized, and ready to KNOCK OUT my goals. As I said, this morning routine starts early in the morning. However, we all know one of the biggest successful people habits is to wake up early in the morning anyways, right? So why not get yourself a girl boss routine to PROPERLY prepare yourself for success!!

What does your morning routine look like? Does it help you start your day right?

30 Comments

  1. Snehal on 04/01/2019 at 10:22 am

    We have something in common. I am a to procaffeinator too. And I enjoy making to-do lists! 😊

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/01/2019 at 10:35 am

      Lol procaffeinator. I love that so much!

  2. Stacie on 04/01/2019 at 11:18 am

    I love it. Some people might think that taking that time in the morning to center yourself saps valuable minutes, but what they really do is get your in the right headspace to dominate your day instead of it dominating you.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/01/2019 at 11:36 am

      Exactly. Taking those few extra minutes early in the morning changed how my entire glow works that morning! My mind becomes much more clear and relaxed and I don’t feel like o have to go a million miles per minute to be successful nor do I feel so much like a machine!

  3. Subhashish Roy on 04/01/2019 at 2:10 pm

    I am in a totally different zone in the morning focusing on my day ahead. I love your routine & myself use many of the techniques you mentioned.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:21 am

      Yes it’s great to be in your own focused zone in the morning!

  4. Emily Fata on 04/01/2019 at 3:48 pm

    I’m so glad that your very first step included visualization! This is exactly what I do every morning, and it really helps me focus on what I want to get out of the day, but also what I’m seeking in manifesting in the very near future. It truly works wonders!

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:23 am

      It really does work such wonders! It makes such a difference in the morning in how the rest of the day pans out! Thank you for reading!

  5. Felicia on 04/01/2019 at 8:54 pm

    I really need to make a goal to start waking up earlier. In order to do that, I need to make a goal to go to bed earlier!!

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:24 am

      Yes going to bed earlier was the challenge for me as well!

  6. artchee on 04/02/2019 at 4:27 am

    I think it’s best to develop a routine so you can maintain your consistency in doing your day-to-day.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:24 am

      Yes routines do help the day go by smoothly

  7. Beth Pierce on 04/02/2019 at 12:24 pm

    Getting up a littler earlier than the rest of my household always helps me kick start my day! I get a moment for myself and can clear my head before tackling the day!

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:26 am

      Getting up before everyone else in the house kind of gives me a moment to myself which is very therapeutic for me so I understand the benefits! Thanks for reading!

  8. Emman Damian on 04/02/2019 at 4:45 pm

    I do more meditation and self talk now. It really works for me. I think it also depends on people.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:27 am

      Meditation doesn’t work for everybody and longer time in meditation definitely doesn’t work for me but for most people I think a little time of silence can be refreshing! Thanks for your comment and input!

  9. Heather on 04/02/2019 at 8:08 pm

    This list gives me anxiety. I have very little time in the morning and thinking about doing all of this before I start working is probably not even possible.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:28 am

      Getting up at the time that I used to I wouldn’t be able to have done it either. If you try waking up a little bit earlier you could try fitting in more productive and helpful habits in the morning? However, for some people it’s just about making the most of your time!

  10. Heather Barber McMechan on 04/02/2019 at 10:32 pm

    Staying active in the morning before heading on my computer has really helped improve my posture too. I love that you’ve highlighted meditating first thing in the morning.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:29 am

      Posture and spinal problems is one of the reasons I first began my yoga journey! Thanks so much for this comment!

  11. Porsha Carr on 04/03/2019 at 1:50 am

    I need to use these tips because I need a good morning routine:) thanks for posting such a informative piece!

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/04/2019 at 11:29 am

      I am so glad you found it helpful! Thank you so much for reaching out!

  12. Shannon Gurnee on 04/04/2019 at 2:30 am

    I never really thought about reading in the morning. These are some great tips!

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/15/2019 at 11:11 am

      So glad you found them helpful!

  13. Megan | Ginger Mom and Company on 04/04/2019 at 11:16 am

    Starting the day off with prayer is a great way to start! Most days, I sleep in, except for preschool days and those days, we’re running around super crazy, trying to get out the door on time. Great post 🙂

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/15/2019 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for reading!!

  14. Alessandra on 04/04/2019 at 2:23 pm

    I am trying to be more successful, so thanks for a routine.

    • cherishingflo101 on 04/15/2019 at 11:12 am

      Thanks for reading! I hope you found it helpful

  15. Kiwi on 04/04/2019 at 10:11 pm

    I want to meditate more in the morning. To be more mindful and put myself in a peaceful place before I start my day!

  16. Stella Jones on 04/16/2019 at 8:37 am

    I am trying to wake up early in the morning. So, that I just follow all these things.

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