As a TV reporter and anchor, I get up early for the morning show.
Really, really early.
I’m up before 2:15 a.m. five days a week.
Yes, I drink coffee:)
I also get to witness beautiful morning moments, like when the sun rises over Pittsburgh (pictured above).
But the start of my morning isn’t always as picture-perfect as the sun rise that greets me.
In fact, for a long time, it was the opposite, not pretty at all.
I would jump-start my mornings— like a cold engine in Pittsburgh’s frigid temps.
Hopping out of bed and off I go into ‘race-mode.’
To be honest, hectic mornings are just what I have known since I started reporting more than ten years ago.
Morning procrastination was a habit that I had tried to kick out of my system before— but it stuck too well.
It had been too many years, I thought.
Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to really change it.
All of it.
The hitting the snooze.
The running around for my coffee, contacts and clothes.
The thoughts swirling in my head that I needed to jot down (but didn’t make the time to actually write it anywhere).
The zipping my lunch bag while putting on my shoes– and trying to check my email simultaneously.
The almost forgetting my coffee cup, and yes, sometimes, sleepily spilling it too.
It just wasn’t fun (well, only for my dog who followed me around anxiously from one task to another! haha!)
Today, I’m definitely still a work in progress and not every morning goes smoothly.
But these changes in my routine made a big difference:
- Must go to bed an hour earlier. Period.
- Set my alarm an hour earlier. This allows time to play calm/soothing meditation music (like pandora) and ease into the morning.
- No more phone scrolling immediately after waking up. Instead, I try to pray and/or journal my thoughts. My journal time involves anything from jotting down my top five goals for the day— to giving gratitude— to my feelings/thoughts about an idea or project… whatever comes to mind.
- Waking up earlier also gives me the option to meditate. There’s plenty of options, I enjoy this.
- I absolutely love candles. As soon as possible, I light one after waking up. I find it offers a peaceful mood to my home and wakes up my senses.
- I usually listen to personal development recordings on my ride to work. For me, this offers a positive mental flow to the start of my morning. I enjoy Les Brown, T.D. Jakes, Oprah, Joel Osteen, Eric Thomas, Brendon Burchard, Simon Sinek and many others. Even if it’s only ten minutes, I try to do it.
- I drink water on the way to work. My goal is 24oz. by the time I get to work. Hydrating early feels awesome.
- I always eat breakfast when I get to work. I’m not hungry immediately after waking up, so I just pack my breakfast in my lunch bag.
Improving your morning routine can change your day, and possibly your life.
No doubt about it.
How do you start your morning? What do you want to change?
Please share below in the comments.