Master Your Morning Ritual

Master Your Morning Ritual Guide

While in some circles, the word ritual has a negative religious connotation, others cringe at words like routines and habits because the thought of preestablished actions sounds like a cage to them. For others, these rhythms bring a sense of stability and structure that maximize your mental and emotional resources for what’s important. In fact, science backs up strategic ways you can begin your morning to make the most of your day’s potential.

After realizing everyone simply did what worked best for them, I gave myself grace to be flexible. One thing I knew for sure: having at least an hour of quiet morning time to myself is sacred to me. God help the person who intrudes on it too soon! In book-writing seasons, I would write in the mornings before doing anything else. In the winter, when my body would feel too stiff to write, I would put on one of Caroline’s yoga videos or go for a walk first. If you need the inspiration for a morning rhythm that excites you, explore some links and ideas below.

I’ve had many morning routines in the last ten years. After being inspired by Donna Jo’s story, I bought coloured pens and tried to journal my reflections on Bible verses every morning. But I had a one-year-old who somehow knew the moment I woke up, no matter the time. I read blogs about entrepreneurs who shared their morning rituals and how that gave them momentum for their goals and dreams.

– excerpt from Dare to Decide

A few morning rituals that have inspired me in different seasons of my life.

4 Rituals That Make You Super Productive

Michel Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller, “4 Rituals That Make You Super Productive” Lead to Win

5 Steps for A Purposeful Morning Ritual

Allie Casazza, “5 Steps for A Purposeful Morning Ritual.”

My Morning Routine in 10 Simple Steps

Jeff Goins showed me it is possible to get writing done in the early mornings with a baby at your feet in his blog post, “My Morning Routine in 10 Simple Steps” – an archive of 343 morning routine interviews with bestselling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and inspiring creatives living all over the world.