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30-Minutes Morning Routine to Empower Your Day

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How you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of your day.

 

A well-designed morning routine will give you a good start to the day, while a stressful morning is likely to continue during the day as you have begun the day on the wrong foot.

 

So how you can craft a good morning routine for yourself?

 

In this article, we will look at how you can empower your day by setting aside 30 minutes every day for an effective morning routine.

 

By the end of this article, you will be able to have your own customized morning routine that is the best fit for yourself.

 

Let’s dive in!

 

 

Morning Routine to Start the Day

 

#1 – Plan Your Day

 

Plan your day ahead by listing down the tasks to work on for the day.

 

List down your to-do lists for the day and prioritize the tasks according to the following sequence:

 

1. Important and urgent

2. Important, but not urgent

3. Not important, but urgent

4. Not important, not urgent (only do this when you have excess time)

 

After you have listed down the tasks, assess if you are excited to tackle the day and ask yourself the “Steve Jobs Question.”

 

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” – Steve Jobs

 

This doesn’t mean you need to put off everything and splash all the cash you have now since today is supposedly your “last day.”

 

The deeper meaning to this question is are you working on your passion every day and living life to the fullest? It boils down to feeling fulfilled and happy by the end of your day as you take a step forward to realizing your dreams.

 

If the answer to the question above is yes for you, great! All you need to do is be productive during work and execute on them.

 

However, if the answer is no for too many days in a row, it’s time to ask yourself what would really make you feel fulfilled by the end of the day. We are humans and not robots, we always have a choice to make the changes to live a happy and meaningful life.

 

Required Time:

5 – 7 minutes

 

 

#2 – Meditate

 

Most people are waking up in the morning with the rush mindset.

 

“I need to rush to work.” “I need to rush to open my emails.” “I need to rush to eat my breakfast.” “I need to rush to send my kids to school.”

 

If you find that you are always rushing in the morning, wake up earlier and meditate.

 

Meditation helps to calm your mind and gives you a clean mental state to start the day, making it one of the best morning routine to cultivate.

 

Here’s how you can get started with only 5 minutes a day:

 

1. Sit comfortably with your legs crossed and both feet resting on your opposite knee.

2. Close your eyes and relax your shoulders.

3. Inhale and exhale slowly through your nostrils

4. Focus on your breath and eliminate any thoughts that come into your mind. This will take a bit of practice at the start as your thoughts keep entering your mind.

 

Do this for 5 minutes every day and gradually work your way up to one hour a day. You will feel much happier in the long run as you meditate frequently.

 

Required Time:

5 – 10 minutes

 

#3 – Exercise

 

Exercising can help to lift your mood and put you in a positive state as natural endorphins are released from your body.

 

By exercising in the morning, you will feel that you have completed something significant for the day, giving you a good start to the day.

 

All you need is 10 minutes of high-intensity workout as research shows that high-intensity training can increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness and improve the body’s glucose tolerance.

 

If you think you can’t get much done in 10 minutes, I challenge you to watch this video or this video to guide you through an effective 10-minute workout.

 

If you want to keep it simple, just go for a walk in nature or your nearest park.

 

Required Time:

10 minutes

#4 – Prepare Healthy Breakfast

 

A healthy breakfast can help jump start your day and improve your health.

 

Mayo Clinic has noted the benefits of a healthy breakfast as follows:

 

1. Controlled blood sugar levels. This can help to prevent diabetes.

2. Can aid weight loss. Skipping breakfast may lead to overeating later in the day

3. Perform better at work.

 

As we have 30 minutes in our morning routine, we want our breakfast to be prepared fast and at the same time healthy.

 

Here’s how you can do it with 7 healthy food choices you can prepare in 5 minutes or less:

 

1. Oatmeal, banana, and almond

2. Whole wheat pita, cottage cheese, and tuna

3. Greek Yogurt and blueberries

4. Protein bar and banana

5. Avocado toast with egg

6. Milk and multigrain cereal

7. Grapefruit and boiled egg

 

With so little time required to prepare one of these healthy breakfast, there’s no excuse for you to skip breakfast.

 

Required Time:

5 minutes

#5 – Be Grateful

 

So often we lament the things we don’t have, but what we don’t realize is there are many things we can be grateful for.

 

Write down 5 things you are grateful for as this will put your life into perspectives and you will start your day in a positive mood. No more crankiness when you first wake up in the morning.

 

You can feel grateful for the people in your life, your achievements, your parents are healthy, a call with someone you love, a place to stay, a walk in the nature to hear the birds chirping. The lists can be endless.

 

Besides writing down the 5 grateful thoughts every morning, keep a gratitude journal throughout the year, and by the end of each year, you would have accumulated so many things to be grateful for in life and feel much happier and content.

 

When you have bad days, just look at your gratitude journal and your mood will change, as sometimes we fuss over the small things that don’t matter.

 

Required Time:

5-10 minutes

#6 – Smile

 

This is probably the easiest thing to do.

 

Wake up with a smile 😊

 

Each time you smile, neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are released to help relax your body and puts you in a better mood. If you are reading this now, just smile and feel how your mood starts to get better.

 

Required Time:

30 seconds

 

#7 – Drink Water

 

Drink a glass of water to get hydrated as you have just gone 8 hours without any water. Replenish the body immediately upon waking up.

 

You can also mix water with lemon for additional nutrients if you wish to.

 

Required Time:

1 minute

#8 – Brush Teeth

Brush your teeth after you drank a glass of water. Get rid of the morning breath and at the same time wash your face to wake you up.

 

Required Time:

30 seconds

#9 – Visualize Your Goal

 

Perform creative visualization by visualizing a picture of you achieving your goal and reaping the rewards.

 

Use the power of your imagination and be creative, imagine that you have achieved your goal, what are you doing, where are you, how does it feel like?

 

Paint a picture in your mind of what does success in this particular goal looks and feels like.

 

Choose a comfortable chair, close your eyes, and do this every day for 5 minutes in the morning. After a while, you will find yourself being more motivated to achieve your goals when you get to work.

 

Motivation will come naturally as you are feeding your subconscious mind daily with the right positive mindset, which will enable you to take massive action.

 

And one day, the actions you take will eventually meet your vision.

 

Required Time:

5 minutes

 

 

#10 – Read

 

Read books in the area of your interest and dive into other people’s wisdom to widen your view and knowledge.

 

Statistics show that 70% of adults have not been to a book store for the past 5 years. If you are not reading, you are missing out on the opportunity to learn from the best in your field.

 

How can you improve and get to the next level then?

 

Required Time:

10 – 15 minutes

 

Customize Your Own 30 Minutes Morning Routine

 

Doing all 10 morning routines above will take you longer than 30 minutes, I have designed some sample 30 minutes morning routine below, along with my own morning routine for you to have some ideas.

 

Sample Morning Routine A

Morning routine A Required Time
Smile 30 seconds
Drink water 1 minute
Brush teeth 30 seconds
Gratitude 6 minutes
Exercise 10 minutes
Healthy breakfast 5 minutes
Plan your day 7 minutes
Total 30 minutes

 

 

Sample Morning Routine B

Morning routine B Required Time
Smile 30 seconds
Drink water 1 minute
Brush teeth 30 seconds
Gratitude 6 minutes
Read 12 minutes
Visualize 5 minutes
Healthy breakfast 5 minutes
Total 30 minutes

 

 

My Personal Morning Routine

Morning routine Required Time
Smile 30 seconds
Drink water 1 minute
Brush teeth 30 seconds
Meditate 10 minutes
Healthy breakfast 5 minutes
Plan my day 7 minutes
Visualize 6 minutes
Total 30 minutes

 

After I have done my morning routine, I would proceed to shower and start writing.

 

I do not exercise in the morning as I would perform my weight training later in the day. As for reading books and writing down grateful thoughts, I would do it at night before sleeping.

 

So go ahead and customize for yourself a morning routine. The best morning routine is the one that you can consistently stick to.

 

Things to Avoid Doing When You First Wake Up

 

#1 – Check your phones

 

The first thing most people do when they wake up?

 

Grab their phone and look through notifications and messages.

 

The number one rule of a morning ritual is to make time for yourself, checking your phone is you giving your attention to other people.

 

While the WhatsApp and Facebook icon can be tempting, put off using your phone for the first 30 minutes of your day to avoid falling into the rabbit hole.

 

So promise me, for the first 30 minutes of your morning, leave it all for yourself.

 

#2 – Check your emails

 

This should be straightforward. Checking emails will produce a chain effect, where it will make you glued to your device even before your day begin.

 

This is possibly the worse way to start the day.

 

To prevent this email chain effect, only check your emails while you are at work.

 

Conclusion

 

So there you have it, the blueprint for a 30 minutes morning routine.

 

Everyone should have a morning routine. If you don’t have one, it means you are probably checking your phone or reading emails when you first wake up in the morning.

 

I encourage everyone to have a morning routine to give yourself a good start to the day.

 

Here’s a recap of the 10 recommended morning routines:

 

1. Plan your day

2. Meditate

3. Exercise

4. Prepare healthy breakfast

5. Be grateful

6. Smile

7. Drink water

8.Brush teeth

9. Visualize your goal

10. Read

 

Customize the morning routine to your own liking and at the minimum, make sure the first 30 minutes of your day is time spent on yourself.

 

Over to you

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the various morning routine? Feel free to share your morning routine in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “30-Minutes Morning Routine to Empower Your Day

  1. This guide is just brilliant, I was doing the Miracle Morning routine, but lately I’ve not been doing it, your guide will hopefully give me the kick I need to start this regime again.

    Another thing I have been wanting to get some consistency with my mornings but I always wind up giving up at some point. I think it’s because I try to do too much right away. So I’m going to follow your 30 minutes tips. Thanks for the fantastic blog post!!

  2. Fantastic blog!
    I love this topic. A lot of new information and resources that can improve my morning routine.

    One thing I struggle with is consistency. Not consistency in a sense of waking up early, but of things not flowing in place. Or maybe time slips away and I do not get to one task I had hoped for. The one best thing I liked so much you have mentioned is the DO NOT USE PHONE in morning. Nowadays I think the first thing the person does in the early morning is checking the mobile whether he/she gets any notification about social media etc. Thanks for the great article!

    1. Thanks Jahanzeb. I do believe our phone is a massive distraction in the morning and should be avoided before you complete the morning routine. Habits are tough to cultivate at first, but once you get the hang of it, consistency won’t be a problem!

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