Okay, I admit it. I hate mornings.
There–I said it. Many professionals advise everyone, especially entrepreneurs, to create an early morning routine for yourself where you set the alarm to buzz before the sun comes up, meditate, enjoy a cup of coffee, go for a walk, and dedicate time to personal development. They say that only once these things are done can you be ready to start a successful, productive day.
Well, at the beginning of 2018, I decided to turn this part of my day around. I read the book the “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod and I absolutely LOVED it. It inspired me to change and convinced me I could be a better, more efficient worker if I implemented an effective morning routine. So, for a few weeks, I did it. I set my alarm for the wee hours of the morning to start my day. I forced myself to get out of bed and exercise and drink coffee and do some self-reflection and plan out my day. And, do you know what happened? I got sick; like bed rest for a full 10 weeks kind of sick. As I was given ample time to revise and rework my schedule, I realized self-care is important, and what works for some does not work for all (Check out this video I recorded with the lessons learned from being that sick and being an entrepreneur).
So, I decided (which I have said for years) I am not a morning person. And guess what? It’s OK!! My body and mind will function better if I let myself wake naturally at the start of the day. But, I figured I could still improve my mornings by preparing the night before. I came up with these 3 easy steps for a night time routine to counteract my morning routine (or lack thereof), and still ensure I could have a successful next day.
So, here is my night time routine for my fellow entrepreneurs who struggle to get out of bed in the mornings:
- Write a “to-do” list the night before – Before you go to bed, take a minute to write down and plan out your next day. What is the ONE thing that you have to get done first, the minute you sit at your desk. Make sure you have that clearly written down so when you get to your desk in the morning, you can immediately take action.
- Meditate in bed as you fall asleep – There are so many amazing meditations that can be done at night. They help you sleep, and can enter into your subconscious mind. So, even if you fall asleep while you are listening (which is the best part, honestly), your brain is still absorbing. It not only helps you sleep deeper, but you will wake up feeling more refreshed.
- Have your coffee & breakfast ready – One great time saver is to have your coffee ready to be made and a breakfast that is prepped the night before (check out my friend Diane’s Breakfast Boogie E book for inspiration). There are so many healthy breakfast options that can be made the evening before so they are ready and waiting for you in the morning. As far as my most important morning ritual goes, I have become a huge fan of cold brew coffee. Just soak the grounds overnight and you have a delicious, bold pitcher of coffee ready to pour as soon as you roll out of bed (If you want an easy, no mess, organic, tasty cold brew, check out Brandless and use code FIVEOFF).
After implementing my night time routine, I have found all the similar benefits that are discussed with morning routines. However, for my body, this works so much better! Remember, humans are not one size fits all, and what works for one will not always work for all. You can find what is right for you, and not compromise on productivity in your day. If you are one of those people who can roll out of bed, exercise, meditate, relax and feel great the rest of the day, then stick with that! If not, make an adaptation and go with it. For me, the simple night time routine works just as well for creating a successful environment for myself the next day, and I don’t experience any drag from trying to pry myself out of bed before I’m ready.
Business, success and life are all unique and different to each of us. If you are trying to do what everyone else is doing and it just isn’t working then STOP and make it work for you!