Self care

  • How to rock your morning routine like successful people

    Morning routine for successful people

    I used to convince myself that being a night owl was awesome! It meant that I could work into the wee hours of the night, and not have to worry about waking up early. This all changed when I had my twins and realized that if I didn’t have a proper morning routine, I would never have time to myself. I indeed needed to rock my morning routine like successful people.

    When I started becoming more intentional with my morning routine, I noticed that I was sleeping earlier and longer hours. Overall I felt so much better about myself and had more energy throughout the day.

    It also meant that when the twins would wake up, I already had a headstart to the day. I get to spend some time with them before heading to my 9-5 office. So, I get to be present and in the moment with them without feeling overwhelmed that I haven’t gotten anything done or planned for the day.

    Being a corporate side hustler also means that you don’t have the whole day to work on your business. In fact, you only have a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night (depending on how tired you are after work) to make any progress.

    My morning hours are the most productive hours where I am also at high alert. Without a successful morning routine, I wouldn’t have an extra hour to work on my side hustle. This extra hour is literally how I have built my coaching business (and a few more hours on Saturday mornings too).

    If you are not yet convinced, here are other reasons why a morning routine is important.

    It gets me in the right mindset

    Mindset is everything if you want to be that 6-figure mompreneur. You need to wake up with the right mindset to handle the challenges of juggling corporate life + motherhood and a side hustle. The best way to do this is to create a solid morning routine.

    I get to have self care time

    I didn’t read as much before I started having a consistent morning routine. Since starting and being consistent with my morning routine, I have gone through at least 1 book a month, simply by spending 10-15 minutes in the morning to catch up with my reading. 

    Quiet time before the kids wake up! 

    I am sure you miss the days when you had peace and quiet for long hours. You can have that today! You just need to wake up and get your consistent morning routine before the kids wake up. 

    During my morning routine, I can think clearly and make some progress. Especially with the high-level tasks that need my full concentration, without a baby screaming for attention in the background.

    How to start a morning routine like successful people

    Getting into the habit of a consistent morning routine is not easy. But it’s definitely worth it once you start to do it and see how it makes you feel both physically and mentally.

    First of all, here are a few tips to help you wake up on time for your morning routine:

    Tip #1: Sleep 15 minutes earlier today

    I know you were probably wondering if this was a typo or not, but YES. The secret to a morning routine like successful people have consistently, is to sleep early. Sleeping earlier will give you enough hours of good quality sleep so that you are ready for the early wake-up call. Start by sleeping 15 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime, and incrementally sleeping earlier every week. Do this until you get to the point where you are getting 7 to 7.5 hours of good quality sleep.

    The work that you weren’t able to do the day before, can wait. You will get it done much faster and more efficiently if you sleep early and well enough. Just schedule it for your morning hours.

    Tip #2: Build on your morning routine incrementally. 

    If you have never had a consistent morning routine, don’t start with a 1-hour morning routine. Start with a 15-minute routine for 1 or 2 items from my 3G method below. Once you have consistently completed your routine for at least 3 days, you can start to increase the amount of time you spend on your morning routine. For every 15 minutes you sleep earlier, you should be able to increase your morning routine by 15 minutes.

    Tip 3: Work in small pockets of time

    I got this tip from the book, The 5am club, which you can get here.  The mistake we make as humans is to overestimate how much we can achieve in a short space of time. For example, instead of thinking about the number of pages you want to read in a day, think of the amount of time you want to spend reading. That’s a much easier and realistic way to set your morning routine goals and increase your time spend, as you become more consistent.

    All you need to do is devote 20 minutes to each pillar from my 3G method, which I have broken down easily for you below:

    Growth: 20 minutes

    This is the time you can dedicate to your personal growth and development. One of the things that almost every successful person I know of does, is to READ. You cannot pour from an empty cup, and you cannot share what you don’t know.

    If you want to be successful, then you need to commit to creating a morning routine like successful people do. Through my 3G method, I have been able to go through 10 books in the same year that I had my twins! Before that, I barely finished 3….

    The secret to this method is being consistent, committing to waking up early and getting your 3G’s done before the day begins.

    Gratitude: 20 minutes

    I can’t emphasize enough the power of prayer, meditation and journaling. I struggled with negative mindset and self confidence throughout my adulthood, and starting an online business from scratch only made it worse. 

    Once I started putting in the time to journal, do my daily affirmations and show gratitude for everything happening to me and around me, I started to show up for my business in a different way. 

    I cannot overstate how important it is to take time for gratitude, and the inner self work that is needed as part of a morning routine. 

    Go: 20 minutes

    Do your workout in the morning and forget about it. I don’t know if your 9-5 is as unpredictable as mine, but waking up earlier to do my workout has made me feel more energetic throughout the day.

    Whether you workout plans get derailed or not, you know that at least you have gotten 20 minutes of exercise. Imagine how fit you will be by the end of the year, if you got 20 minutes of daily exercise, that’s 7300 minutes of moving your body!

    What makes a morning routine successful

    • Plan the night before, so that in the morning you are all systems go
    • If you have a workout, remove your clothes so that you see them when you wake up
    • Prepare your breakfast the night before (smoothies and overnight oats have been my go-to breakfast on-the-go)

    In conclusion, 

    My morning routine has completely changed my way of life, for the better, I

    • Complete 1 book a month just through my morning routine
    • Got disciplined in getting my kids to sleep early, and sleeping early myself
    • Wake up feeling much more refreshed and ready to slay the day
    • Get 20 minutes to work on my business before I start my 9-5
    • Get some quiet space to meditate, journal and visualize the success I want to have
    • Feel better about myself because I have my workout, and a good breakfast to start the day
    • Have some (actually, lots of) peace and quiet before the kids wake up!

    Do you have a morning routine? What’s your favourite part of your morning routine?

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  • 10 Budget Friendly Self-care ideas in quarantine

    Self care ideas that you can try out while in quarantine or self isolation

    So, you are probably tired of going through social media a lot more than before, scrolling through posts that overwhelmingly remind you to learn something new, and be productive with your time while we are in self isolation mode. As much as we have all been involuntarily given the rare gift of time which we should definitely use wisely, it is also important that we get through this season with our mental and physical health in check. So here are 10 budget-friendly things you can think of for self-care while in isolation.

    1. Create a vision board

    While this seems like a lot of work, all you need is 1 or 2 magazines, a pair of scissors, a few pens and paper and a list of your dreams. I am a strong believer in the power of visualizing in manifesting dreams and aspirations, and a vision board somehow gives me clarity as to why I wake up to hustle and work hard everyday.

    2. Read a new book

    If you are not an avid reader, now may be the time to get something to keep your spirits up. Plus, there are apps like Audible for you to listen to the audio version of the book if reading is really not your thing.

    Check out this post that shows my all-time 10 most inspiring motivational books.

    3. Do a body scrub

    If you haven’t done a body scrub in a long time, the most likely reason is…not enough time. So now that time is abundant, take a little extra 30 minutes to soak up in a bath tub, and then do a full body scrub. You don’t need to buy one to do this. I use 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of olive oil to start with, and continue adding oil to the mixture until I am happy with the consistency. Your body will thank you for this afterwards!

    4. Do a DIY facial at home

    You do not need to wait for the spa to open up again before doing a facial. All you need is your current skincare routine products, and a basin with hot water. Steam your face first, and then proceed with your usual skincare routine. You can use this opportunity to do a facial mask for a change.

    5. Detox from social media

    Social media usage has increased significantly since the global pandemic started spreading widely. My average phone hour useage has also increased by more than 25%, yikes! Stepping away from social media for a day or two might be just what you need for a refreshed mind. Plus, it will keep you away from all then negative news about what’s going on, that you shouldn’t be consuming anyway.

    6. Play your favorite tune…on loud

    If you last played your favourite tune in your car, which you probably have not used for a while, then now might be a good time to put your tune on loud, and sing along if you wish!

    7. Put away your work for 24 hours

    Yes, even though we need to keep focused on our goals and plans, some downtime never hurt anybody. Pack your laptop away and unplug for a day. I personally switch off my whatsapp as well if I need to fully unplug. The time away from your work may even give you time to think of some awesome ideas on a problem that you have been trying to solve. Self care in isolation also means being intentional about your working hours and having time to unwind from it all.

    8. Dress up!

    While dressing up may seem too much of a hassle since you are not going to be going anywhere anyway, it can definitely lighten up your mood. So get those stunner heels out, and wear one of your favourite outfits. You could even take a few photos with your phone as a memoir of how stunning you looked, and a reminder that things will get better soon.

    9. Declutter your room

    This might seem like a lot of work for self-care, but a decluttered and organized space might be what you need for a refreshed mind and body. Just the thought and awareness of a congested and untidy space could have a negative impact on how you are feeling. You will definitely feel like you have accomplished a lot by decluttering your room, and more than that, this might also resemble the turning of a new leaf in your life. So let go of things that you have not used in the last 6-12 months, donate what you need to donate, or if you are looking for some extra cents, put these old items on sale online.

    10. Light up some candles

    My favourite are the scented candles from Mr P Home, they are budget-friendly and smell amazing! You can light them up in your bathroom too, before soaking up in a salted bath for an extra rejuvenated feel. This is a simple thing to do, but will make you feel pampered at a very price-friendly cost!

    I hope you have found this post useful in giving you a few tips for self-care this season of isolation. Take care xo

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