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  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

Mastering Mornings: Small Routines, Big Changes


a woman getting ready for work in the morning

We all have morning routines, whether we want to call them a “morning routine” or not. There's the basics - most people, at the very least, get up and brush their teeth and get dressed. For my 20-year-old son, that's sometimes the only thing he does before he leaves for his college class. For adultier adults, we tend to have a little more of a morning routine. In this blog post, I share three things I do every morning that have been my most significant game changers.  


The Miracle Morning


Drawing inspiration from Hal Elrod's book, "The Miracle Morning," my first daily ritual revolves around nurturing personal development. The crux of his Miracle Morning is that there are six things you should do every morning for personal growth. He uses the acronym SAVERS: Silence (meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (journaling). 


I started doing the Miracle Morning over four years ago now. During that time, I found that I didn't need to do all six daily. If I’ve got an hour, I will. They are all tremendously helpful in their own and different ways. But over time, I have committed to do at least one for five minutes. 


On days when I only have time for one of the SAVERS, it will be reading. While I read a lot of fiction, I take that morning time to read personal development or nonfiction books that will help me grow or learn new things.


At a minimum, I spend 5 minutes every morning doing something for myself. That could be 5 minutes of meditation, 5 minutes of affirmations, 5 minutes of visualization, 5 minutes of exercise, 5 minutes of journaling, or five minutes of reading. Most days, I will do more than 5 minutes, but I've made it a priority that even on a day that I don't have a lot of time, I spend at least 5 minutes on myself. 


Take some time for yourself, whatever that looks like. It could be going and getting a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, staring out the window, and daydreaming for five minutes. Daydreaming is visualization. Go for it! Taking a little time for yourself every morning is essential.  Do it first thing before the day gets away from you, and it doesn't happen. 


House Walkthrough


Every day, when I’m done with breakfast, I do a house walkthrough. I know many people do this at night, but I find it easier in the morning, especially since I have a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old who tend to get up in the middle of the night and wreak havoc upon the house while I'm sleeping.


A house walkthrough is, quite literally, walking through and tidying or dealing with anything that needs to be done - putting away items left out, picking up trash that didn’t make it to the trash can, processing any mail that was missed yesterday, folding the blanket on the sofa, etc. I set the timer on my watch for five minutes and get moving. I may only get to some of the tasks daily, but if I do it every day, those five minutes add up.


Remember,  small, consistent actions add up to big changes.  The consistency will add up because five minutes a day over a month is 150 minutes - two and a half hours. If you leave it for when you have time, when will you find a two-and-a-half-hour chunk of time? Then you've done nothing to keep the tide of clutter back. If you're starting from a giant mess, that's okay. Five minutes a day is going to add up. 


Laundry 


I am firmly in the “little bit of laundry every day” camp. If you attempt to do it all on one day of the week, it's easy for one thing to derail laundry for the whole week. If you use laundry facilities away from home, you'll probably have to do the one-day-a-week thing. But if your washing machine and dryer are in your house, tackle a little laundry daily.


Every morning, I will fold what's in the dryer, move from what's in the washing machine into the dryer, and then put something in the washing machine.  Even if I can't get a whole load of laundry folded in the morning, I’ve had my eyes on my laundry process first thing. I can schedule time to finish it later in the day if needed. 


For those seeking a profound shift in their mornings and their entire day, I wholeheartedly recommend Hal Elrod's "The Miracle Morning." I can attest to its positive impact on personal development and overall well-being. Prioritizing self-care at the start of the day sets a positive tone that lasts all day long. "The Miracle Morning" is not just a routine; it's a gateway to a more intentional, balanced, and fulfilling life.


In embracing the power of consistent morning routines, I've discovered the transformative impact of small, intentional actions. Whether it's dedicating time to personal growth through "The Miracle Morning," conducting a daily house walkthrough, or integrating a manageable laundry routine, these practices have become the building blocks of a more purposeful and organized life. Committing to spending a few minutes each morning on these rituals has proven that small efforts compound into significant changes over time. By prioritizing self-care, tidying, and managing household tasks, I've cultivated a sense of balance and mindfulness that resonates throughout the day. Remember, small, consistent actions add up to big changes. Declutter your life today! 



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