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My morning routine is critical to a successful day, it primes the pump for everything I will take on that day.

Quickly describe your morning routine.

I’m awakened around 4:30-5:00 AM by the sound of my TV automatically turning on and the light next to my bed doing the same.
I quickly grab my phone, open up my YouTube app and type “motivational video.”
Using my google Chromecast I send that quick video to my TV and watch while awakening fully.
The morning routine continues with making my bed – 5-Minute Journal – meditation – visualization – reading of goals and then off to the gym.

How often do you change your morning routine?

My routine changes as my life shifts. On some mornings, it’s easy to jump out the bed and get started.
On mornings when I’m out or up the night before it takes a bigger push, that’s where the morning YouTube addition came from.
I’m constantly looking for new additions based on conversations with friends or through blogs similar to this one.
No morning will ever be perfect and there is always a way to improve.

Do you use an alarm or a specific app to help you wake up?

I do have an alarm set, but it’s only needed for those days when I’m thrown off my normal sleep schedule.
Due to my body being on a set routine, it wakes up automatically. This can be frustrating on some weekends when you want to catch a few more hours!
I recommend putting your alarm as far away from your bed as possible if you have trouble getting up.
You want to force yourself out of bed, if you get back in after fetching your phone, you’ve made a choice.

Do you eat breakfast in the morning, if so, what do you typically have?

I eat breakfast following my workout. It’s the same every day and rarely changes.
It consists of four eggs with spinach and some turkey sausage.
On a good day, I’ll throw some shredded cheese in those eggs (lol).

What is the first drink you have in the morning, and at what time?

First drink is a glass of water. You can either keep a water bottle near your bed or in the bathroom if that’s the first place you go to brush your teeth etc.
I add a few drops of orange essential oil from doTERRA in most of my water bottles.
It makes me feel better mentally, at least that’s what I convinced myself.

Do you exercise in the morning and/or meditate in the morning?
Yes, I try to exercise at least 4 days a week. It’s my favorite part of my morning routine.
I do meditate on most mornings using YouTube and typing in “5 minute guided meditation.”
I like guided as it walks me through exactly what I should be doing. On days when I have more time, I increase the number of minutes.
My Google Chromecast is my lifesaver as I’m able to stream anything from my YouTube app straight to my television.

How soon after waking up do you check your phone? [Check/send emails, social media]

I’ve been working on this!!
When I first started my #miraclemorning I would avoid social media until I got back from exercising,
I have started slipping back into the habit of checking upon waking up.
This is one thing I’m working on currently, and will have to adjust and leave in the first quarter (Jan.-Mar).
Second Quarter we’re going back to no social media or email until after exercising.


What are the most important tasks you complete in the morning?

When I was writing my book, it was writing.
Every day is different, but the key is getting your MOST important task done first thing.
Brian Tracy has a great book called “Eat That Frog” which is an excellent read on getting things done.
If I get my most important task complete, the rest of my day is easier.

What is your bedtime routine?

My bedtime routine is more important than my morning routine as it sets you up for morning success.
I go to bed in my gym clothes for the morning with my gym gloves and earphones together by the door.
My phone is set to do not disturb from 10 PM to 4 AM, so no calls will come through after 10 PM unless someone calls twice.
This prevents late night phone calls that can wait until the next day.
Just as my TV has a timer that comes on in the morning, it also shuts off at 10 PM, signaling it’s time to shut down shop.
Night time routine also consists of setting up water for next morning (sometimes), 5 Minute Journal, and drifting off to sleep thinking about my next day priorities and gratitude.

Are you able to keep the same routine when you’re traveling or in a different environment?

This is my struggle. When I’m away, it’s a lot harder because I’m thrown off my routine.
I don’t have my Chromecast, my regular gym, and my Dreamboard for visualization.
Over time, I have found ways to adjust, but I’m still working on traveling and maintaining my regular morning routine.
With everything we do in life, it’s a choice. I need to make my Miracle Morning a definite when traveling.

Do you stick to your routine on the weekends or do you tweak it?

On the weekends, it depends on what projects I’m working on.
Some weekends I’m up the same time I am on a weekday, especially if there’s something that needs to be done.
On other weekends, I’ll spend a few more hours tossing and turning before getting up.
What’s great about a morning routine is your body gets used to the time.
Your body is used to getting up at that time, so jumping up on a weekend is easier when you have a consistent morning routine in place.

Do you see a change in your day if you forget/don’t to follow your morning routine?

Yes!! My day is totally different if I miss my Miracle Morning.
My morning routine is critical to a successful day, it primes the pump for everything I will take on that day.
It also provides me a chance to focus my thoughts on what’s important to me and my goals for the day, week, quarter, etc.
My morning routine is addictive. If I don’t have it, I will start having symptoms that will affect my day.

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Darryl is the founder of Bellamy Inspires, author of Waking Up Chase, speaker, an avid reader, early riser, gratitude king, risk taker and Mindset Revolutionist with a passion for Freshmen and Student Leader Success!

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