Why Creating a Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

Cathryn Lavery
Aug 17, 2015 · 7 min read
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The First 60 Minutes of my day:

1. Wake up and drink a 16oz glass of ice cold water

After 6–10 hours without any liquid, you need to rehydrate and wake yourself up. Drinking water is a great way to kickstart your metabolism, especially when it’s ice cold.

2. Stretching or 7 Minute Workout

A little light stretching in the morning is all it takes to shake off grogginess and limber up for the day ahead. It only takes a few minutes but by doing basic stretches, here’s the ones I do. I use the 7 minute workout app.

3.Take a cold shower (3 mins)

When I first heard friends talk about taking cold showers in the morning, I thought they were nuts. Then one random day in mid-February I decided to try it. I’m not going to lie: it sucked. However, I felt so energized and alive after it that I’ve been doing it every day since. If you’re considering it, be prepared for discomfort at first, but also look forward to feeling more refreshed and alive than you have before. Also, it has numerous health benefits

4. Brush teeth and get dressed

5. Meditate

Perhaps the most important part of my routine is clearing my mind so that I can gain focus for the day. I’m very new to meditation. I only added it to my daily life within the past 6 months.

6. Make bulletproof coffee (+ sometimes do dishes)

I’ve been doing bulletproof intermittent fasting since Oct./Nov. of last year, so I only drink BP Coffee in the morning. While the coffee is brewing, I use those few minutes to wash some dishes. No one could ever accuse me of being a “cleaner,” but I enjoy doing the dishes in the morning so I can think through my day. It also makes me feel like I have accomplished something already, which is a great way to start the day.

7. Reading (20 mins)

This 20 minutes of reading has been huge for me. Not only is it enjoyable, but reading books on mindset, personal growth, and business inspires me in the beginning of my day and gets the creative juices flowing. If you’re curious what I’m reading, you can see here.

8. Morning pages (15–20 mins)

This part of my morning routine was established more recently and is a creative process. It’s an activity of writing 750 words (around 3 pages) each morning. It’s not blogging or anything that I will ever release to the world. It’s a stream of consciousness of whatever is on my mind, essentially a brain dump on ideas for business, life, and other decisions. Whatever I want to clear my mind of, It gets my brain working and thinking more creatively.

9. Daily goals (5 mins)

Each morning I write down my goals. First, I write down a long-term goal that I’m working towards. I write this down each day to keep me mindful of my direction so that I don’t go off track. Then, I write down the day’s targets, which are what 3 things I need to accomplish to move me further toward my long-term goal. I usually have my 13-Week Roadmap planned ahead of time that has my goals broken down with a timeline. I’ll delve into this process in another post, but essentially it’s a planning structure so that I know what I should be working on for 3 months at a time. Interested in learning about this? Let me know.

10. Day planning (3 mins)

I break down my day in 30 minute increments, enter any calls or appointments I have, and then schedule out my tasks for the day. I always put the most important (coincidentally usually the least enjoyable) first so that I ensure it gets done. I try to never book any meetings or appointments until late in the afternoon if I can help it because my mornings are my sacred hours of peak productivity.



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Cathryn Lavery

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Serial Entrepreneur — I write what I know at LittleMight.com.

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Cathryn Lavery

Written by

Serial Entrepreneur — I write what I know at LittleMight.com.

Mission.org

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

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