Makeover your morning routine

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One thing I've mastered (at least to the point of being proud of myself) this summer is my morning routine.

Is it perfect? NOPE

Is it consistent every single day? NOPE

Do I accomplish everything I want to do for myself before the day begins? NOPE

But that's why I love it -- it's imperfect, inconsistent, but I have been showing up for myself in a way that feels really great.

Here's what it looks like in this season of my life:

M/T/TH/F

5:30: Wake up, put on workout clothes, drink pre-workout mocktail, read personal development until Ben wakes up. He pushes PLAY at about 6:05 so I am forced to work out whether or not I am "ready." (<<this has been key to overcoming my procrastination. GET A BUDDY.)
6:45: Make my post workout recover, post on instagram, check in with my challenge group, shower and get ready, eat breakfast, get on with the day!!
Around 8, after breakfast but before work I will probably journal to organize my thoughts and record where I'm at in my cycle and how my energy/mindset is feeling. Extra credit: do my "write the word" devotional.
I try to be at "work" by 8:30ish in my home office, or get out of the house to a coffee shop.

***To make this happen, I need to be in bed by 9:15 and in a perfect world asleep by 9:30/9:45 to get enough sleep!! This is a work in progress. I also love to read before I sleep, which has been a challenge lately since we are also trying to get preggo (hey just keeping it real) and I also have been obsessed with Game of Thrones which is a horrible bedtime reading selection.***

WEDNESDAY

Rest day! I "sleep in" until 6ish, then spend some time on the deck journaling, reading, reflecting/meditating chilling. If I have lots of energy or motivation I might get outside for a walk/jog/run while listening to a podcast which is one of my favorite ways to pump myself up into a fabulous mood.

SATURDAY

Grab bag! I might go for a jog, meet a friend for yoga, or just sleep in and have a lazy breakfast and spend 5 hours reading Game of Thrones.

SUNDAY

Again, I might get outside for a jog or else sleep in, then do our meal planning and make a grocery list (get my meal planning guide here!), go to church, and hit up Aldi on the way home.

Why is it important to have a morning routine?

I'm sure there are a billion blog posts and articles that will tell you all about the science behind kick starting your day with positive energy, but I'm going to keep it simple.

I love having a morning routine because it makes me feel FREAKING AMAZING, and it's always great to have enough discipline to prove to yourself that you can follow through on your commitments to yourself.

But mostly, I just love feeling good :) Waking up at 5:30 doesn't feel good, but once you get through the first 5 minutes and get moving, it's fine.

Do you want to whip your morning routine into shape? Here is my strategy!

How to makeover your morning routine (and follow through)!

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1. PREP

  • What time do you need to leave the house/get to work?
  • Do you have kids//other responsibilities in the morning?
  • Work backwards: how much extra time do you want to add? Start with 15 or 30 minutes.
  • What time will you need to go to bed to get 7-8 hours of sleep?

*use the Bedtime setting on your phone, or use a regular alarm clock and put it across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

  • What will you have to REMOVE/STOP DOING at night in order to go to bed early? Will you have to sacrifice your Netflix time? Social media scrolling? Set the intention and remind yourself why this is important to you. Your inner little kid might rebel or throw up some resistance. Be an adult and set some boundaries for yourself!

2. CREATE YOUR ROUTINE

I know you're an overachiever, but don't fall into the trap of trying to do allthethings. Set your "baseline" routine first.

For example, you don’t have to go to a one hour yoga or workout, meditate, make a green juice, go for a walk, journal, read, all in the same day. You’ll only set yourself up for failure and fall back into the “all or nothing” trap and end up right where you started.

Instead, pick 1-3 non negotiable activities you want to make the baseline of your routine, small and easy things that are so easy to do it will feel natural like brushing your teeth. Heck, brushing your teeth could be one of them! The goal here is to prove to yourself that you can show up and follow through on the intentions you set for yourself.

It’s ok to start small, once your confidence builds you can add on! It’s like training for a marathon. You don’t set out by running 20 miles. You start with 2-3 miles and grow from there! Trust the process.

You can also create “good/better/best” goals to give yourself some flexibility if you have extra time.

For example:

If your “non negotiable” habit is yoga:

  • GOOD (this is your baseline) = do a few sun salutations.
  • BETTER = do a 30 minute Yoga video from beachbody on demand
  • BEST = go to a 60 min yoga class

Once you have your baseline, make a “self care menu” of other things you could do as a bonus for the days you have more time. This is like offering yourself dessert. Nice to have, but optional.

3. ACCOUNTABILITY

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but as humans we are fickle creatures and almost never follow through with our own best laid plans. Who can you find to hold you accountable? Your spouse/partner/roommate? Get a friend on board and text each other a selfie when you’ve done your routine?

Get other people who are important to you to invest in your intentions too!

If you need a kickass support system, I've gotchu covered girl.

4. FOLLOW THROUGH AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Show up! Remember that your routine doesn’t have to be the exact same thing every day.

I also love adjusting my morning routine based on where i’m at in my cycle. During my period, there’s a lot more resting and I give myself permission to be “lazy.” During the early and later parts of my cycle I have a lot of energy so I channel that into workouts, or extra time writing (like right now!) to get all my swirling thoughts out of my head.

Like anytime you're trying to change your habits or behavior, knowing yourself and your weaknesses is power. Let's be honest, self sabotage never takes us by surprise. Think ahead -- where do you know you're going to struggle? How can you set up systems or accountability in those areas? How can you have your own back?

And finally, remember this:

Imperfect but consistent action trumps occasional perfection.

This isn't about having a consistent routine for 21 or 30 days and if you miss a day you have to start back at square one. This is about making small, achievable shifts towards supporting yourself and growing into the person you want to be!

And at the end of the day, feeling freaking amazing.

You've got this.

xo Anna

Monthly Goal Setting Journal Prompts

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Every month I host a goal and intention setting workshop for our team, and it’s always my favorite team call.

There’s something really powerful about declaring your intentions and vision for the month ahead. Even if you don’t actually follow through on the plan (because inevitably life happens and curveballs are thrown to distract us!), simply making the plan triggers something in your subconscious mind and things will start to fall into place.

What we focus on becomes our reality!

We’ve been reading The Happiness Advantage this month in our personal development book club (click here to join, it’s free and we pick a new book every month!), which has only been reinforcing this fact to me.

When we focus on being overwhelmed, stressed, and trying to make it through the day, we will feel overwhelmed, stressed, and stuck.

But if we accept the fact that life is always going to be a little overwhelming and stressful, and start focus on the things that we’re grateful for, the things in our control, and the things that are going to make us feel happy and fulfilled… well, can you feel your energy shifting already?

Here are a few of the journal prompts I love visiting each month when I’m ready to set new intentions.

Shout out to my friend and fellow life coach Jen Wille for introducing me to most of these amazing prompts!

You can do this at the beginning of the month, or you could also do it at the beginning of your menstrual cycle if you want to practice “cycle syncing” your life! True fact: when you’re on your period, your hormones and brain chemistry are ideally suited for goal setting, seeing the big picture, and setting intentions! I’ve been getting my period at the beginning of the month lately which has been super convenient haha.

1. What were my wins and victories from last month?

Spend a few minutes brain-dumping everything you can think of, big and small. So often we are only focused at where we’re failing or what’s not going right or how far we are from our goals, so let’s celebrate our wins and remind ourselves we’re making progress too!

2. What do I want to STOP DOING? What do I want to START DOING? What do I want to CONTINUE DOING?

Draw three columns on a new page in your notebook and brainstorm some ideas for these prompts. Then choose your top 3 from each column and focus on those!

3. What do you want your morning routine to look like? Evening routine?

What do you need to do to start and end your days in order to live up to your best self? I like setting a “baseline” of non negotiable things, then adding some bonus ideas too for days where I have extra time.

4. What are your TOP 3 goals for the month?

What would make you incredibly proud to accomplish? Pick 3 and focus on them!

Each week, set Top 3 that will feed into your monthly Top 3.

Every evening, set the Top 3 actions for the next day that will feed into the week’s Top 3.

Get it?

This practice will keep you focused and eliminate distractions and overwhelm.

It doesn’t matter what you do, or what you choose for your daily Top 3, as long as you’re moving forward.

5. What is your “why?”

Re-visit the reason why you’re doing what you do in the first place. Why is achieving these goals important? How will it change your life? Who else will benefit? Where will you be if you DON’T move forward?

Life isn't always about being as productive as possible and achieving allthethings as fast as we can. It's also about enjoying the process, giving ourselves space to grow, and making sure we tune into what's truly important so we can enjoy the fruits of our labor instead of constantly rushing on to the next thing.

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