Do you find it difficult to wake up in the morning? Find yourself hitting that Snooze button in the morning?

We did too. As self confessed night owls we realized that we were wasting the most productive part of our day. The morning is when you are the most creative and if you are not utilizing this part of the day then  you are wasting it.

The most common rebuttals to the early morning routine:

  • I haven’t had enough sleep – Most successful people operate off 4-6 hours of sleep a day
  • I am sleepy in the morning – Either go to bed earlier or change your mindset, 4-6 hours of sleep is fine
  • I don’t have enough time in the morning – Wake up earlier, you will need roughly an extra hour to complete this routine
  • I get lazy on the weekends – On the weekends it is equally as important to complete the morning routine
  • Do I need to do this routine everyday? – Yes the small things we do everyday lead us to success
  • I feel lazy in the morning – A really common problem, we need to change your mindset (read below)

 

The most important thing we have to do is make a commitment to the morning routine and set a goal. The Goal that we set is to complete WARM WAVES every single morning no matter what. The first 30 days of doing the routine will be the most challenging as you are setting a habit. After that the routine will become easier and easier.

We have fondly called the morning routine WARM WAVES because you are creating a habit which should have a ripple effect on the rest of your day. To make the process super duper easy we only use our phones to complete the WARM WAVES morning routine. Here is a screen shot of the apps that we use in the morning (we will go into more depth about each app in the post itself.)

 

W – Water (1 minute)

The first thing we do when we wake up is drink a liter of water because you have not drunk in over 6 hours and your body is crying out for rehydration. Over night through sweating and breathing you roughly lose 1 liter of water so it is important to replace this as soon as you wake up. Also a nice glass of cool water wakes you up from your slumber and suddenly you feel less sleepy.

Before we go to sleep we set up a 1 liter bottle of water on our bedside table. This means that it is ready to go when we wake up in the morning.

A – Act of Kindness (2 minutes)

You will be performing a random act of kindness. This could be an email to someone thanking them or praising them for something they did. It could be as simple as thanking your wife for being a loving partner or your children for being great kids. It is really up to you. Spread the love!

R – Reading (10 minutes)

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Reading a book or “sharpening the saw” has been recommended by many different personal development books. We would personally recommend reading a personal development book because we have found that they provide a lot more value than a fiction book. Whatever you do read make sure that it is adding to your life and that you are learning from it. Some of the great books we have read whilst doing this morning routine are (These following book links are amazon affiliate links so we will get paid a small amount if you do go ahead and purchase them. It is of course completely up to you :D):

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M – Meditation (10 minutes)

Probably our favorite part of the process, meditating for 10 minutes is quite blissful in the morning. Meditating regularly has been shown to reduce your blood pressure, amp up your immune response and improve your concentration. We have used two different iphone apps:

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Both are great for beginners and you need no prior knowledge of meditation. Out of the two apps we preferred stop, breathe and Think. The reason for this is because headspace only allows you to do 10 free meditations before they start charging you. In comparison Stop, Breathe and Think allows you to carry on using the app and has a great variety of meditations.  We particularly like the meditation gratitude as it makes you think about all the things that you are grateful for in life. It also makes sure that you do not take your life for granted and really appreciate what others do for you.

W – Writing (10 minutes)

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Journaling everyday for 10 minutes has been shown to make you a happier person. This makes it more likely that you will achieve your goals. It also helps clarify your thoughts and put emotions behind you.  We of course use google docs and store it in google drive to make our morning routine ultra efficient. Here are four simple positive questions that we always answer:

  • What one positive experience has stood out for you in the last 24 hours? 
  • What are the three things that you are most grateful for today?
  • What three things would make today great?

Bonus – write down for 5 minutes any random musings that you have had in the last 24 hours. Let your pen/fingers run free.

A – Affirmation (10 minutes)

Affirmation is the process of writing down your goals and reading them every morning. Goals are often written down on New Year’s day and then forgotten about until the next year. Goals need to be looked at everyday to ensure that you are on track to hit them. They also need to be written in a specific way ensuring that they are SMART Goals. SMART goals are goals that are:

  • Specific – Targeting a specific area i.e. what, why, where, who, which
  • Measurable – Easy to keep track of. How much do you want? How many do you want?
  • Achievable – How realistically do you think you can achieve this goal?
  • Relevant – Does this goal have meaning and if achieved will it significantly add value to your life?
  • Time dependent – When should it be finished by? Be very specific with the date.

We write out our goals in google docs and store them in google drive to make it super efficient. Here is a list of 14 questions to answer on your affirmation:

  • What does true success mean to me? – Cover these 7 areas: Health, relationships, Personal Development, Happiness, Finance, Career and finally impact.
  • What are my top 3 goals? – List the three goals that are most important to you
  • What is my purpose in life? – Write down a statement that you want to live your life by
  • What are my family goals for the year? – How much time do you want to spend with your family every week?
  • What are my financial goals for the year? – What net worth do you want to have by the end of the year? What are your passive income goals?
  • What are my health goals for the year? – What one thing do you want to achieve health wise? Is it to run a certain distance? To get six pack abs?
  • What is your authentic self? – Be true to yourself. What are your most important values and ethics?
  • What does a productive day look like? – Picture a productive day, what do you see?
  • What is your Morning Routine? – To complete WARM WAVES every single morning
  • What will you be doing for rest relaxation and fun? – write a bucket list of the places that you want to go and visit. Describe what you want to do at each of the places and why.
  • How are you going to reflect daily? – WARM WAVES will help you reflect by journalling
  • How will you overcome fear and worry? – Write down your favorite quotes, one of ours is “There is nothing to fear but fear itself” by Franklin D Roosevelt.
  • What is your personal Mission Statement? – List at least 10 statements that you are going to live your life by
  • What are the roles that I must fulfill in my life? – We all have roles in our lives whether that be as a spouse, a friend, a family member or business owner. Write down all your roles.

V – Visualisation (10 minutes)

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Take a moment to visualize accomplishing all your goals that you have just affirmed. What does that look like? What would that feel like? Really live the moment and imagine that you have already achieved everything. It is good to let your mind wander and think about what your journey will look like. It is important to be in a quiet place to ensure that there are no distractions. This is often the time when you will come up with your best ideas.

E – Exercise (15 minutes)

Exercise can be anything from running to jogging on the spot to yoga or even dancing. It does not really matter as long as you get your heart rate to within 80% of your maximum heart rate. Your Maximum Heart rate can be calculated by 220 – your age = Your maximum heart rate. So for example my aim is 220 – 26 years old = 194,  194 x 0.8 = 155 beats per minute. If you are starting out try 70% of your maximum heart rate and then increase it to 80%.

The long term benefits of regularly doing exercise are well documented:

  • Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Lower risk of diabetes
  • Lowers risk of cancer
  • Increases your life span
  • Makes you happier

So why doesn’t everyone do exercise every day? It takes effort and time. That is why having a dedicated slot in the morning is so important.

We have tried multiple workout apps and have found that the best one is a freemium app called SWORKIT. It’s tag line is No Gym, no excuse which is brilliant. There are three different workouts we do regularly:

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  • Full intensity cardio regime for 15 minutes which burns around 140 calories
  • Full body strength regime for 15 minutes which burns around 115 calories
  • Boot Camp which is found under cardio for 15 minutes which burns around 125 calories

It is good to alternate as it brings a variety to your morning routine. The really great thing about SWORKIT is that you can exercise indoors (A massive plus for us as it is always raining in England) and it is free for the vast majority of it’s features. You can add premium features for around £2.29 a month. This gives access to:

  • 7 minute work out
  • Rump Roaster
  • Bring the pain workout
  • No ads! (The ads are a pain on the free version)

We however are soldiering on with the free version. The other great feature with SWORKIT is that it also links to spotify. This is a free streaming music service that allows you to play from a workout play list. Our favourite playlist at the moment is cardio.

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S – Supplements (1 minute)

We take two sets of supplements in the morning. The first one is a multivitamin and iron tablet picked up from a local supermarket. This is to help maintain general good health and assist everyday well-being. The second tablet that we take is cod liver oil. I (Alex) do not like fish and so having a source of omega 3 is great for me. Regular Omega 3 has been shown to benefit your heart, regulate cholesterol and help with autoimmune disease. I (Alex) was also taking Glucosamine Hydrochloride when I was training for marathons. I found that it helped my joint recovery. Before taking any supplements it is important that you check that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients and if in any doubt to consult your doctor.

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Bonus step – Do the thing that is going to have the most impact on your life (30 minutes)

This is your most important thing (MIT). What one thing can you do or start in the next thirty minutes that would provide you with the greatest benefit in your life. Now that you are supercharged and in the mood to take over the world, this really is your time. If you are struggling to think about what your MIT is then have a think about:

  • What one thing have you been putting off recently that you know you should be doing?
  • Out of your affirmations and goals what is your priority at this moment in time?
  • What changes in my life would I see by completing this one thing?

Our most important thing have ranged from completing mortgage applications to starting blog posts that we kept on delaying. This step is completely up to you.

 

Credits for this amazing routine are due to the following books (please be aware that these are affiliate links and we will be remunerated if you buy from it, if you don’t want us to receive anything than feel free to type it in on google instead):

 

After just over an hour you are now ready to attack the day with new vigor and purpose. This morning routine really changed our lives and we hope that it will do the same for your too. Please let us know if it has made a difference in the comment section below. For now have a great day :)!

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