A successful morning can mean a lot to many different people. For some, a successful morning could be as simple as being able to enjoy a entire cup of hot coffee/ tea, or getting a little bit of self-love in before work (yoga, meditation, work out, journaling). For others, a successful morning is measured by making it out the door 5 minutes early to leave for work (because we all know that rarely happens).
What if I told you that you can have 2 cups of hot coffee, 15 minutes to journal, get a 30-minute yoga flow, meditation or work out in, make breakfast, have your homemade lunch packed, take the cat litter out, get ready for work and leave for work 5-10 minutes early?
Are you ready for the secret?!
I’ve created a system where I’m able to get the absolute most out of my mornings. I get as much self-love as I possible need (and more), as well as all of my morning chores compete & leave for work 10 minutes early at 7:20am every morning. I’ve tried and tested this system myself for over 6 months now and the result is pure bliss. AKA, more time and setting my entire day up for success, not just my mornings.
What’s the system? Before I tell you, I want you to know that this has to be something that you really want in your daily life. So, ask yourself right now, “do I want to feel good every morning?”, “do I want to take care of myself every morning?”, “do I want to be stress free in the morning?”, “do I want a hot cup of coffee without the kids waking up first?”, and lastly, “Do I want to have a successful day?”.
If you answered “yes” to any of those, I want you to pick up your phone right now and open your alarm clock app. This is where the system starts and its time for you to set your first alarm. You’re going to start waking up earlier to set yourself up for a blissful morning. Trust me, it’s worth it.
So what time should you set your first alarm? Well, that all depends on how much you want out of your morning and how much you have to do before work. I want you to set your first alarm at the time you’re willing to get up. So, if you set it for 5:45 am (and you leave for work at 7:30 am) then that’s the time you need to be out of bed. If you know you’re the type of person that snoozes the alarm, maybe set two before that. Or keep your phone in another room so it forces you to get up, and out of bed (I personally had to put my phone in a different room) drastic measures – but worth it.
Your first alarm is set for 5:45 am. Next to your alarm I want you to right a loving message. Something that will make you feel good and Want to get out of bed early. Something like: “Rise & shine beautiful, it’s coffee and journaling time”. Your first alarm wants to be something for YOU. So maybe you get up and peacefully enjoy your tea/coffee, or maybe a warm bath/shower with peaceful music playing.
Next you need to think about how much time you want to give your self to be able to enjoy that hot coffee or bath. I personally give myself 15 minutes for coffee and journaling and that means my next alarm goes off in 15 minutes, at 5:50 am.
Second alarm 5:50 am: The second alarm should be something that requires you to get active with your body, to let the old energy out from last night’s slumber weather it’s a home work out, yoga flow, meditation, light stretching, playing an instrument or dancing.
I set the most time aside for this, 30 minutes. This is the most important alarm because you are releasing yesterdays negativity and filling yourself up with energy and self-love for the new day. Remember to write that loving message for when the alarm pops up. “Time to flow goddess”, “Make today count”, “Today is mine”, “I create my future” – just a few examples of some that I personally use.
Third alarm 6:20 am: This alarm will your food alarm. AKA it’s time for a healthy, yummy breakfast and to make your lunch and/or your families lunches. I set aside 20 minutes for breakfast and lunch packing.
If you don’t do a home packed lunch, you just get to enjoy you breakfast for that much longer!
Don’t forget to write you’re message for when the alarm pops up. These messages are also the reminder to let you know what you’re doing next and the most helpful part of this system!
Fourth alarm 6:40 am: 1 chore to do every morning. It can be the same core every day or feel free to mix it up! I give myself 10 minutes for this one.
For me personally, my chore is to clean the cat box every morning – because I use to be horrible at it, so it was something I kinda needed to force myself to do to become better at it. So maybe you have something similar in the sense of needing to get something done, but procrastinate with it.
Fifth alarm 6:50 am: This alarm is specified for the amount of time you need to get ready for work. I give myself 30 minutes to get ready in the morning.
Something that personally helped me throughout this when I was in the trail period was that I was more successful showering at night then in the morning. Showering in the morning caused me to run late.
Last alarm 7:20 am: Is the time you want to leave for work. So think about if you want to be 5 or 10 minutes early.
Below is a photo of my personal weekly alarms that set me up for success throughout my day and week.
Make sure your alarm is on loud, so it can wake you up and so you can hear it if its in the other room while you’re doing something else.
It took me just about a week to figure out the length of time I needed to set a side for each alarm. Where I wanted to spend more time, and where I needed to spend less. So if you know you love to shower in the morning, you’ll have to set a side more time for that and take away time in some other area.
This alarm system that I described above is built to wake up 2 hours early – you don’t have to follow that by any means. Maybe you wake up 1 hour early and that will able you to get enough time for hot coffee, maybe read a few pages or get a gentle stretch in as well as making breakfast for yourself.
The point of this system is to give you that “Me Time” , to center yourself before you enter into a morning rush.
There are going to be days where you are just to tired to get up that early – and thanks OKAY! You don’t have too. Just remember to set your alarm to get up at least an hour early before work so you don’t feel to rushed.
Give yourself the weekend off – you deserve it.
I wish you well mornings and blissful days!