It’s no secret I’ve been on a podcast kick in recent months. On two separate podcasts I have heard about how wonderful and life-changing this Miracle Morning thing is.
Miracle Morning is the idea that you get up about an hour earlier than you normally would and fill the time with those things that you know you should be doing & want to be doing but have a hard time making time for in your day. It’s about creating a productive routine in a time of the day that most people are still fighting for those last few minutes of sleep.
So last Sunday night I mapped out my first Miracle Morning agenda.
- Wake up at 5am
- Drink water
- Wash face & brush teeth
- Eat breakfast
- Journal what I’m thankful for
- Light exercise [something like this, I’m saving my runs for the afternoons]
- Learning [read/watch/listen]
- Get ready for work
- Drive to work
I knew it wasn’t going to be the perfect agenda. There would be tweaks, omissions, additions. It was going to grow with me and eventually be come the Miracle Morning I wanted it to be.
Hal Elrod claims that every Miracle Morning should be like waking up on Christmas morning. The things you do, and the progress you make only adds to your day and overall quality of life.
Okay. So here’s how it happened. I’m laying it alllllll out there. Failures and all.
Woke up at 5 am. Went through the agenda I had created. Felt pretty good about life by the time I had washed my face and brushed my teeth. The rest was easier than I had anticipated. Overall, it was a successful morning and it really set my day off great.
And then I checked my phone at 5:45 am and saw that our school district had delayed school for 2 hours. HA! No complaints, though. After a minute of debating, I had decided that I was going to take advantage of my time by returning to sleep for an hour. And I did and it was lovely. Obviously, the best Monday I had in some time.
After Monday’s delay and successful MM I considered moving my 5 am alarm to 5:30 am hoping that an extra 30 minutes of sleep would be just as good for my body. Unfortunately, I discovered that because I am now showering in the morning, I do need that extra time to get my hair dry and looking like a normal person [or else my children will say things like this.] Overall, it was still a good morning but was a little more rushed at the end than I would have liked.
Alarm back to 5 am. Crawled out of bed at 5:05. Still impressed my body was able to wake up an hour and a half earlier than I used to. What I loved the most was getting to work at 7:15 and feeling like I had already been able to process my day mentally. It was so much easier starting our school day. Because let’s be real, if I have an off morning, we all have an off morning in Room 400.
I decided the night before that I was not going to be getting up at 5 am because I could feel the sickness&allergies&drainage creeping into my body. Instead I showered the night before and slept in as late as I could. Definitely the best thing for my body.
I had every intention of having a MM. But when I woke up at 5am, I checked my phone to see that the school district had canceled school for the day. Again, no complaints here. After showering and watching an hour of Friends, this girl was back asleep. I used the snow day as an excuse to go full-on introvert and stay inside all day.
So I'm essentially 3 days in and I’m actually still a fan. Though this week was very off due to winter weather, the days I did have my MM I felt calmer in the morning and set a productive tone for the rest of my day.
I know that the longer I practice MM my agenda will evolve into something that is perfect for that specific chapter of my life. Right now I’m not having an official MM for the weekends because right now there isn’t a strong need to get up at 5 am on a Saturday. But I know that there will be eventually, and I’m not only okay with that, I’m excited.
So. What do you think? Wanna join me in my quest to take back mornings? The only way you can mess it up is by sleeping through your alarm.