note from lizzy:
what's my morning routine?

My morning routine grounds me and sets me up for feeling on top of my game all day long. 

I feel best on the mornings when...

wake up without an alarm

brush my teeth

drink a cup of warm water of lemon

meditate for 10 minutes

write in my gratitude journal

feed my cat George

do a bit of stretching

head out the door- either to a yoga class or to my shop for a green smoothie and a coffee

These days, I am successful in these practices 4-5 mornings of the week. That said, since starting my business and having a less consistent schedule and more late nights, I have struggled to keep my morning routine daily.

Today, many people associate 'routine' with something ordinary, maybe even as boring or a drag. But developing a positive morning routine can serve as the foundation for a healthier and more productive day. Taken further, daily routines in work and at home significantly impact the direction and quality of your life. On the mornings that I wake up late and don't make (*not don't have) time to meditate or journal, I feel I am less focused and less patient.

My morning routine grounds me and sets me up for feeling on top of my game all day long. Having a sweat session in the morning, be it yoga or a run or another fitness class, is a great aid to my productivity and increases my energy levels.

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HOW TO START YOUR ROUTINE?

If you set a goal to develop your own routine, the key is to start by integrating practices that are not extreme. If it is very arduous or time-consuming, chances are you won't continue past a week or two. Start simple: try adding in a morning lemon water or a 5-minute stretching session when you get out of bed. Don't start by scheduling in long runs if you are not normally a morning exerciser. If your goal is to begin daily meditation, use a guided meditation app like Calm or Headspace.

You can also prepare the night before. If your goal is to start the day with a healthy energizing breakfast, prepare your green smoothie and bottle it before you go to sleep.

 

You can also track your routine with a simple checklist or by keeping a journal. After a few weeks, the routine will get more established and become almost mindless. If you do fall off the wagon, don't stress or punish yourself.

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Aim for progress, not perfection. Tomorrow is always a new day!