Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, there’s something magical about having a morning routine that sets you up for the rest of your day. But before I unpack the two books which helped me to revolutionize my mornings, I want to give a little context as to how this all came about.
When I first read this quote: “every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up and chase them.” it really resonated with me and I decided that wanted to become a dream chaser but I wasn’t sure how to do that.
I’ve always been an early riser so I appreciate the magic of being awake before others. There’s a stillness in the morning before the world awakes but I wasn’t sure how to capitalize on this. I’d wake up and scroll aimlessly through my social media feeds or tip toe around the house trying not to disturb the rest of the house from their slumber.
It wasn’t until I read two books about morning routines that I began to change the way I run my mornings. The first book I read was “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. This was one of the first books I read in the self development genre and I was hooked. It was one of those books that caught my attention and I devoured it. Fast forward a few years and then I read “The 5am Club” by Robin Sharma and I saw value in his method too.
Now, when it comes to routines, you don’t need to stick to it 100%. It’s not something else to add to your to do list and it shouldn’t become a chore. You may not be able to wake up at 5am based on your schedule or invest an hour in the morning if you have little kids. Just acknowledge where you are in your life currently and create one that works for you. If you try and use a template that works for others but you’re not invested in it, you’re not going to see results. With that in mind, let’s explore the books.
The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod.
Part biography and self development, Elrod’s book is filled with valuable information about the benefits of having a structured morning routine. Elrod introduces his readers to the ‘Savers’ approach which stands for:
Silence | Affirmations | Visualization | Exercise | Reading | Scribing
These six daily habits are said to improve your life and when incorporated into your daily morning routine as suggested in the book. Elrod suggests allocating one hour to your miracle morning routine and spending 10 minutes on each habit. He also suggests waking up early (5am or possibly earlier) to complete this routine.
If you’re after an accountability partner, there is a very welcoming online community on Facebook. As part of the book, Elrod created the ‘Miracle Morning Community’ group on Facebook. I am currently a member of this group and there’s so inspiring content that fills my news feed and if you’re feeling a little demotivated or off track or have any questions, there’s a large community who will be there to support you.
Verdict: This routine is fast paced but offers you the chance to start your morning with stillness, positive thoughts and doing some exercise to help you get ready for the day ahead. If you’re after more accountability, the Facebook community also helps and you can reach out to find an accountability partner in the same time zone as you as there a people from across the globe.
The 5AM Club – Robin Sharma.
Own your morning, elevate your life. Sharma uses a narrative to introduce his concept and share his wisdom with the reader. Essentially, the routine is comprises of three, 20 minute intervals which are:
Exercise | Planning | Studying
Sharma created a free phone application as an additional resource to help keep you accountable. He suggests doing the routine for 66 days straight in order for it to become habitual.
Verdict: I enjoyed this morning routine because I liked getting the exercise out of the way first thing – it takes away the decision later about whether you will or won’t exercise that day. I also liked that there was extra time given to planning and studying so you can create an intention, journal, meditate and/or read something for a long period of time.
I believe both morning routines have merit and can help you to begin your day with purpose and a huge dose of self-care. The only downside is the early wake up time and time investment (depending on your current situation).
If you have read other books that have inspired you to do an overhaul of your mornings, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.