Waking up at 4 AM has had the most impact on my life since I’ve started trying 30-day challenges. It has also been one of the best and easiest habits to maintain. The effect on my life has been incomparable.
I wake up every morning at 4 AM and by 5:30 AM I’ve accomplished more in my day to help myself be a better person, SLP, and wife, than most people I know. Meanwhile, most of my friends are still sleeping!
I’d recommend getting up earlier to anyone.
So first of all, let’s give credit where credit is due, and give a shout-out to The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)
The author, Hal Elrod, had many life events that caused him to think he would never succeed. He was frustrated with this life-plateau and found a way to find success. He found out that if he worked a little bit on several self-actualization habits, he’d have a daily habit that would help him reach success.
I’ve used Hal’s tips to find my own little bit of success.
So what do I do every morning?
First of all, I have to get my ass out of bed at 4 AM and that takes some doing.
I keep my phone (which I use as my alarm clock) in the bathroom, so that 1. I get out of bed and I have to walk all the way to the bathroom before I can hit snooze and 2. I have to walk all the way to the bathroom, which means I’m right where I need to be for the next step, which is… going pee!
It kind of varies from there
Initially, after reading The Miracle Morning, I followed their recommendation . I would
- brush my teeth
- put on new clothes
- wash my face
- go out in the kitchen, get a glass of water, and drink it.
- wake up
- shut off alarm in bathroom
- go pee
- weigh myself (checking in on one of my goals)
- wash hands
- chug a glass of water (it’s awesome, I think it helps in so many positive healthy ways. You should look that up!)
Next I go and cuddle on my couch.
My couch is definitely my command center in the morning, so I need tons of blankets. It’s winter time up here in New Hampshire and the house is pretty chilly at 4 AM. I have learned that I cannot do my morning routine if I am cold. I put one around my back and one on my lap and it’s the perfect cozy setup to get into a self-love mindset.
I also make sure that my little command center is fully set up with everything I need for my morning routine.
So what is my morning routine? I’ll tell you about it next week! It involves the SAVERS (Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing), plus some of my own additional sugar and spice.