The First Hour: An Effective Morning Routine

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If you’re reading this in a bleary-eyed haze wondering where the morning went, there’s a pretty good chance you need to rethink your morning ritual.

The way you spend the first 60 minutes of each day can have a profound effect on the rest of your day, as wonderfully explained in the book “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma. The book illustrates just how powerful your morning routine is by committing to a 3-step morning ritual that Robin created.

Starting this morning routine at 5 AM can benefit you, according to Sharma. However, you can obviously apply his three-step morning ritual to your preferred wakeup time. While this morning habit will make you more productive, it’s about so much more than that.

It’s about lowering your stress and maximizing your creativity, happiness, and growth.

05:00 – 05:20 AM – Move

The first twenty minutes of your day should be spent on intense physical activity. Do burpees, go for a short run – do any sort of exercise that would wake your body up, sweat and breath deeply. This will help cleanse cortisol, increase levels of serotonin and dopamine and will elevate your metabolism. By 5:20 AM, you’re no longer groggy, cranky, or longing to head back to sleep – instead, you’re ready to move on with the next 20 minutes of your day.

05:20 – 05:40 AM – Reflect

The next twenty minutes is all about reflection and re-connection. At this stage, it’s important to think about your values and goals. You can meditate, journal, pray or simply contemplate on your life. This exercise will boost your feeling of gratitude and rebuild the relationship with your truest self instead of your ego and/or your insecure self. Meditation cultivates mindfulness, and meditating during these times of the day can help you clear your mind. It also helps you relax and develops your focus.

05:40 – 06:00 AM – Grow

The last pocket of the 20-20-20 formula is all about growth. Sharma says it’s extremely important to dedicate time in the morning for personal development. You can read a book, learn a new skill, listen to podcasts or review your goals for the day. Dedicating 20 minutes a day for your personal growth can benefit your career, your income and much more. The goal is to stimulate your brain and improve your intellectual capabilities.

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