Jamie Wahls – Goal Setting and a Morning Routine

Goal Setting And Morning Routine - Jamie Wahls

There is a definite correlation between achieving our Goals and our morning routine, and it should support our pursuit of our Goals. A morning routing is what you are doing within the morning from after you arise to after you leave for or begin work. The end point is up to you. A typical morning routine for an under-achiever might be something like this:

Alarm goes off. Fumble for the snooze button. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Or just turn it off entirely and doze off.
Eyes fly open. Reach for the alarm/phone in panic mode to envision what time it’s. “I overslept!”
Rush to the shower, get dressed in a hurry and hurry to the kitchen for coffee and maybe a quick bite.
Rush around looking for work bag, making sure it’s got everything. Can’t find shoes or car keys.
Pour the coffee into travel mug, grab bag and keys, say good-bye to family and rush to work. Get stuck in traffic.
Get to workplace late and be grouchy all day.

Any of that sound familiar? I know some of it does for me.

Jamie Wahls

A good morning routine begins the night before. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to pack your work bag, put your shoes and keys where you can find them and lay out the clothes you’ll wear in the morning. When you’re rushing, these things take at least twice as long because you’re focused on the fact that you’re running late. Next move your alarm to your dresser or somewhere you’ve got to urge out of bed to show it off. Leave your phone with your work bag if you’re not in a job that requires you to be on-call at night. Go to bed early. Give yourself 7 to 8 hours of time to sleep before the alarm goes off. Choose the number that works for you and keep on with it.
When the alarm goes off, you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Make sure it’s a loud, annoying alarm, not some soft chime you’ll sleep through. Do NOT go back to bed. Ideally, you exercise now. You can do 5 hard minutes to start. Get your heart rate up and hopefully work up a little sweat. Even if it’s stretching and jumping jacks, you can do something. Increase the exercise time till you are doing half-hour or additional. Yes, you do have the time. Start getting up a little earlier every day. Shower and dress for the day. Have breakfast at a leisurely pace, even if it’s just toast. When done, grab your work bag, keys and anything else you need and head to work 15 minutes earlier. If you work from home, you can get started 15 minutes earlier.
This sets you up for a fantastic day. Exercise within the morning will build all the distinction within the world for your day. You’re energized and you’ve already accomplished something. Your morning goes from a rush mess to associate degree orderly time of self-made actions and habit building. There’s a lot more you can do with your morning routine. Walk the neighborhood for instance. Spend five or ten minutes in prayer or contemplation. Write in your journal. Spend quarter-hour or additional on your aspect hustle. Any and all of these things sets the tone for the day. You’ve accomplished something or several somethings before you start your work day. You’re not grouchy and fixated on however badly the day started.
You’ve set yourself up to hit the ground running and work on your Goals.