Why Morning Routines Matter More Than Your Coffee

Morning routines have become a buzzword in recent years, with many people adopting the practice of starting their day with a structured plan.

It’s no secret that the rich and famous have been some of the biggest advocates of this practice. Not uncommon, they often sharing their own personal routines with the world. From CEOs to actors, it seems that many successful people have a set of habits that they swear by to kickstart their day.

For example, Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, is known for waking up at 5am to exercise and meditate before starting his workday. Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson has a similar routine, which includes a 4am wake-up call and a rigorous workout before the sun has even risen. Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, reportedly starts his day with an hour of reading and cardio exercise.

These examples demonstrate that successful people often have a morning routine that works for them. And it’s easy to see why. By starting the day with a set of structured habits, individuals can set themselves up for success and focus their energy on achieving their goals. This practice can help increase productivity, boost energy levels, and promote a positive mindset.

And in fact, studies have shown it can easily be the most productive time of the day.

Just like having a proper evening routine before dreamland calls out your name, mornings have shown to be the time to get something done. Rested, sorted, and having done its clean-up work for the day, the brain is at its best when the alarm clock rings.

I was never a firm believer in setting time aside before I rushed back into the corporate world. Shower, coffee, and off to work in under 15 minutes was my credo. Ignoring my body clock, and preaching that before 6am, my sheets and pillow were the best companions one could have. By 7am, I switched on my computer for another day of emails, meetings, and venturing out into the world of business and big bucks.

It kicked my butt big time, and I learned my lesson.

Nowadays, after months of finding my morning rhythm, I couldn’t be happier to have dumped my previous morning routines. It has changed because I opted for a more conscious and productive path.

My mornings begin at around 5am (on training days at 4.30am). And before 8am ticks away, I have done more to fuel up my day than I could ever imagine. Exercises, reading, reviewing my day in peace, being mindful, and having that essential cup of coffee. That 5am wake-up routine is becoming sacred to me – every single day of the week (including weekends). I would not trade this rhythm for all the money in the world.

While many try to mimic those who have successfully conquered the business, movie, or sports world with their morning routine, it may not be what makes you thrive. Avoid comparing their world with what your morning can look like. Don’t measure their ways of kick-starting the day with energy and passion with yours.

Just like my coaching approach, you are unique. 

Experiment with what you get from a celebrity morning insights (or mine, happy to share it) and tailor it to what makes you thrive.

But by all means, ensure you got your mornings covered to flow through the day with an abundance of energy.

How you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. | Lemony Snicket

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