My Morning Routine – And Why You Need One Too

Ever since I discovered and read The Miracle Morning back in July, I have been waking up early and starting my days with a series of steps known as S.A.V.E.R.S. I wrote an entire blog post back in August about how the Miracle Morning was changing my life, and since then I have gotten SO many questions about my morning routine.

If you have never heard of the Miracle Morning (or if you’ve heard of it and would like to know more), you can read my original review here.

Today, I’m going to walk you through my morning routine step by step to give you a better idea of how I spend my time in the mornings and how this new morning routine has changed my life. Ready? Let’s do it!

MY MORNING ROUTINE:

Before we dive in, let me just say that my morning routine does vary a bit from day to day. While I do each of these steps every morning, it’s not always in the same order, and it almost never takes me the same amount of time.

Sometimes my morning routine can take 30 minutes… other days it might be 3 hours. It depends on so many factors like how much time I have, how much work I need to get done, how I’m feeling that day… even what the weather is like.

Suffice it to say though, that I always get each one of my S.A.V.E.R.S. done, even if some days it is an abbreviated version as described in the 6-minute Miracle Morning.

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)

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WAKE UP

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)My typical day starts at 5:30am… Yup! You read that right ;) I had always been an early riser before, usually waking up around 6:00 – 7:00am.  Waking up just an hour earlier came pretty naturally to me, especially considering the fact that my husband wakes up around 5:30 for work anyway.

As soon as I wake up, I brush my teeth and splash my face with cold water. I find that this helps me to wake up easier. I change into my workout clothes (usually something comfy for yoga), and head downstairs to make some coffee.

<< That’s my awesome new Chemex pour-over brewer, by the way, and it makes a mean cup of joe!

I make coffee for me and Mark, then I sit down to drink it while we chat a bit before he heads off to work. I have to admit, this is one of the main reasons that I like waking up early… just to have a bit more time with him :)

SILENCE

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)Silence is the “S” in my S.A.V.E.R.S. For me, it always comes first. There are many ways that you can practice silence, but the main interpretation is through meditation.

I had never meditated seriously before I started the Miracle Morning, but now I don’t know what I would do without it. If you’ve never meditated before, I highly recommend it! It can take some getting used to at first but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love it!

When the weather is nice, I like to meditate outside. Yesterday, for example, was unseasonably warm for December, and I was lucky to catch this beautiful sunrise while I was outside as well!

Whenever the weather doesn’t cooperate, I just unroll my yoga mat and sit on the floor at the foot of my bed instead of meditating outside.

Either way, I meditate for 10-20 minutes. Sometimes I just sit in silence, other times I listen to a guided meditation from an app like Headspace or Stop, Breathe & Think.

AFFIRMATIONS

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)Affirmations are next on my list, and they are admittedly the weakest link in my morning routine.

I have always felt like a bit of a dork reciting affirmations aloud… kind of like that Stuart Smalley character from SNL… remember him? “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it… people like me!”

Yeah… It’s still a hump I need to get over. I did however, find this 30 Day Affirmation Challenge by Brian Tracy and started to read just one single affirmation out loud each day. In fact, I repeat that one single affirmation several times throughout the day; not just in the morning.

Hal Elrod actually did a whole podcast about creating affirmations that actually work. It’s a great listen, as are all of his podcasts. I’ll be going through this exercise this week, actually. Since I know that this is the weak link in my morning S.A.V.E.R.S.

VISUALIZATION

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)Also known as mental rehearsal, visualization is the practice of creating mental pictures of specific behaviors and outcomes occurring in your life.

There are many ways to achieve this visualization. You could simply imagine it in your head, or create a vision board poster to look at…

I decided to make a TMM Vision Board on Pinterest that I can browse through to visualize the life I want, and different things that I want to achieve.

Feel free to go check it out, steal borrow some ideas for your own vision board, or simply gaze at all of the pretty pictures for a while.

EXERCISE

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)This is where the my morning routine starts to really vary in length. Some days, if I’m in a rush or feeling particularly unmotivated, I’ll simply stretch for a few minutes, do some sun salutations, or maybe just a few jumping jacks to get my blood flowing.

Most days though, I’ll do a full yoga routine, following along with Adrienne (my favorite YouTube Yogi).

If the weather is particularly nice, I’ll even get out for a long walk/run with Bentley (the cutest mutt in the world).

So, on a short day my exercise routine will last 5 minutes… on a good long day? More like 30 minutes to an hour. Either way, I get the blood flowing, and set momentum in motion for the rest of the day :)

SHOWER BREAK

Sorry, no pic for this one ;) Haha! I don’t know about you, but after exercising I really can’t bring myself to do anything else unless I shower first. This is where I connect my iPhone to my wireless speakers and jam out to Pandora for a while…

OK, back to the important stuff:

READING

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)This is one of my favorite parts of my Miracle Morning routine! If you know me at all by now, then you know how much I devour all things personal development. I’m a HUGE proponent of self-improvement and I strive to make myself a little bit better each and every day.

My reading is another step that varies in length from day to day. Most days, I read for about 20 minutes. Currently, I’m reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

This is also the time of my morning that I like to make myself some breakfast. I read while I’m cooking (not too sure how safe that is), and then I read some more while I eat.

Once breakfast and reading are done, it’s time to move on to my favorite life SAVERS step!

SCRIBING (JOURNALING)

This is Hal’s fun play on writing or journaling. Taking the time to put your thoughts and feelings on paper not only clears your mind, but it also allows you to look back and see your progress once you get a good log going.

It’s no coincidence that I started Bullet Journaling around the same time that I began my Miracle Morning routine. While my bullet journal is not a traditional journal by any means (it’s also my planner, scheduler, and task-tracker), I do consider it to be my “Scribing” for the day.

Here's a glimpse into my morning routine! You know you've been dying to know :)

Ignore the mess on the floor for a moment and feast your eyes on my absolute favorite place in my house… my desk. This is where the magic happens, folks!

Every morning, I come up here to my office and enjoy that gorgeous morning sunlight while I plan out my day in my Bullet Journal.

This is by far the longest part of my morning routine. Some days it’s just a quick glance at my daily to-do’s. But most days I spend a good hour or more with my Bullet Journal.

One thing that has really helped me to journal more in the traditional sense (writing down my thoughts and feelings) is the daily prompts in the #PlanWithMeChallenge that I host with Kim (Tiny Ray of Sunshine) and Jessica (Pretty Prints & Paper).

Here are a few of my most recent entries full of introspection, self-evaluation, and mindfulness:

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WRAPPING IT UP

So that’s it! My morning routine in a nutshell!

Once I’m done with my journaling, it’s time for me to get started with my work day. Usually this means checking in with social media for about an hour and then getting on with whatever is on my to-do list for the day.

So, why do YOU need a morning routine?

It’s simple. A well-established morning routine sets you on the right path for the rest of your day. By building a positive momentum of activity and mindfulness first thing in the morning, you are setting yourself up to have a successful day.

I often get asked how I find the time to get things done, or how I remain so productive all the time. I can honestly say that I attribute it all to the Miracle Morning and the amazing life change that I have experienced because of it.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my morning routine! I’d love to hear what you think, so please comment below :)

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Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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