The best thing I ever started doing is a specific morning routine. Really! I believe every music producer should follow this morning routine (or a variation of it) to kick start their day.
Being totally honest, this morning routine literally changed my life and my entire outlook on mornings.
Instead of waking up groggy, tired, stressed out and in a hurry, I wake up actually excited for the day!
Not only that, the morning routine makes my entire day better by making me more productive, creative and energized.
Sounds like an infomercial? Hah! Bare with me.
Now, I’m not talking about the usual morning routine we’re all familiar with: Snooze for 30 minutes, go to the toilet, drink coffee and hurry to work. Those mornings suck (for me at least).
I’m talking about The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (highly recommend it!).
It’s a set of personal development exercises that you practice first thing in the morning. It gets you ready for the day and also makes you focus on improving yourself so you can learn and grow to become successful.
After all, your outer world improves only after you improve yourself.
“Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” -Jim Rohn
The morning routine I’m about to tell you is a modified version of the original The Miracle Morning. You can do these exercises in any order you like to. I listen them in the order I personally do them.
Let’s get right into it!
1. Drink Water (Seriously!)
So, the first thing you should do in the morning is as simple as it gets. Drink water!
It’s ridiculous how many overlook this.
When you wake up, your body is already dehydrated. You need to drink water to make it function properly.
Feeling fatigue in the morning may simply be because you need water.
Instantly after you wake up, grab a huge glass of water and drink it at your own pace. I usually jug about 0.5 liters instantly and another 0.5-1 throughout the morning.
2. Write 3 Things You’re Grateful For
We all want to wake up and feel happy right? No one can say they aim for having a horrible day! Let’s start the day on a positive note.
After you wake up and have done the usual, write down 3 things you’re grateful for today. It can be anything, small or big, silly or serious. By doing this you’re focusing on the positive things in your life the first thing in the morning. You can’t be grateful and anxious or angry at the same time. You just can’t.
Here’s 3 things I’m grateful for today:
- Having the freedom to do what I want every single day.
- Being healthy and being able to move my body.
- Coffee, the magic elixir!
Even a simple exercise like this has a big impact on our mind.
If you really want to step it up I highly recommend getting The Five-Minute Journal. It’s an amazing journal that you fill every day.
3. Read A Book
To be honest, I’ve never been much of a reader. I never even finished a book before I was over 20!
But, after implementing reading into my morning routine I’m actually excited about reading every day. It has really become my favorite thing to do.
After writing the 3 things you’re grateful for, grab a huge cup of coffee (or tea) and sit down to read for about 15-30 minutes.
I recommend books about personal development, business or music production. Any book that teaches you something or inspires you. We want to focus on improving ourselves in the morning by learning.
Here’s few of my favorite books I recommend:
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
- Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
I used to neglect meditation for a long time, even after reading The Miracle Morning. I just didn’t find the benefit of doing that. On top of that, it was super difficult to keep the mind calm while meditating. How frustrating is that!
But, eventually I started meditating every day and I’m glad I did!
Meditation really helps to calm your mind and reduce any anxiety or stress. Read this article about why every musician should meditate.
Often you may wake up in the morning and be already stressed because of all the things you have to do. Am I right? I know I am because I used to be that way too. Meditation has made a huge change in that for me.
To start practicing meditation, I highly recommend trying the HeadSpace app which is an guided meditation app. It’s really easy to get started with that!
5. Visualize The Day
After I’m done meditating, I may sit still for few more minutes and visualize what the day look likes. I’m going to paint a picture in my mind what’s going to happen and how I want to feel during the day. What can I do to make it a successful day?
Visualization is a very powerful way to influence the mind. In fact, it’s proven that top-performing athletes perform better when they visualize their performance vividly before actually doing it.
When you visualize what you want to do and how you want to feel during the day, you’re giving your brain a framework it will follow sub-consciously.
If you want to feel energized in the morning, exercise is the #1 thing to do.
By moving your body even for few minutes in the morning can have a huge impact in your energy-levels. Exercise gets your heart rate up, blood flowing and fill your lungs with oxygen. It will literally tell your body to boost your energy levels.
A morning exercise can be as simple as:
- Jumping jacks
- Push ups
- Shadow boxing
Just do as many as you can. Done!
Final Words About The Morning Routine
You may think to yourself:
“Who has the time to do all this in the morning?”
That’s a valid question and I used to think that. But, this routine really doesn’t have to take long to get the benefits from it. I personally use about an hour for my morning routine, but you can do it in less time if you want to.
To be honest, if you don’t have 30-60 minutes a day to focus on yourself, you need to start thinking about your priorities.
This morning routine is so effective for your overall well-being that it’s only a wise time investment for you, even if you had to wake up a bit earlier.
Did I convince you to try it? Let me know in the comments 🙂