Perhaps you’ve read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. If so, you already know a lot about the morning routine I’m about to describe. I’ll confess that I haven’t read the book, but I’ve heard enough about it from people online who I see crusing it every day, that I decided to investigate a bit further. I visited Hal’s website and downloaded the free resources, and I began using the routine with great results. If you could use a new framework for your day, setting your mind, body, and spirit in the right direction, read on…
The Miracle Morning
In a nutshell, the Miracle Morning routine is a simple, 6 minute, 6 step process that addresses everything from your mind to your body. It sets you up to have a productive day, knowing that you’ve already accomplished several things from visualizations to exercise before you ever brush your teeth in the morning. The steps are as follows:
- One minute of silence, meditation, etc.
- One minute of affirmations.
- One minute of visualization.
- One minute of writing.
- One minute of reading.
- One minute of exercise.
Sounds easy, but as advertised, it can be miraculous. I’ll show you how I do it.
My Miracle Morning Routine
So I follow the above routine pretty much as is, with a few minor tweaks of my own. As a Christian, I’ve always wanted to develop a daily quiet time with God, so I’m using the routine to build some of that into my life. Here’s what it looks like for me:
- One minute of prayer. Usually for guidance in a particular area. I also spend some mornings simply listening for His still small voice to speak into my life.
- One minute of affirmations. Sometimes I read scriptures stating God’s promises for believers, and sometimes I do my own version, telling myself “I am…(smart, honest, productive, etc.),” “I can…(be successful, build a business, etc.),” or “I have…(abilities, talents, love, etc.).” This has been powerful for me.
- One minute of visualization. For now, my visualizations are all mental. I’m planning to put together a vision board to help with this and to help with my mindset for the whole year. Right now, I visualize myself having a productive day at work, or having a successful Etsy shop, or having positive interactions with people in my life. This has also been a powerful piece of the puzzle for me.
- One minute of writing. I just pick up my pencil (my writing implement of choice in my bullet journal), set my timer for one minute, and write out all the things I’m grateful for. I’m seeing a pattern in my writings – most of them have to do with the people in my life who have shown me love and compassion during my difficult season. My heart is full thinking of them.
- One minute of reading. I use my Women’s Devotional Bible, turn at random to a devotion labeled with that day of the week, then read it and think about how it applies to my life. It’s been amazing how spot-on these readings have been for me.
- One minute of exercise. Usually I do some back stretches to help with the pain I’ve been experiencing lately. I do a few shoulder rolls, and then the timer dings and it’s time to begin the day.
I’m really settling into this routine and seeing benefits from it throughout the day. A situation will come up, and I’ll think “I’ve already visualized this. I can handle it.” Or I’ll participate in a conversation, and an idea from a devotion I’ve read will come to mind, and I’m able to speak into the person’s life. I’ve known for a long time that a morning routine would help me to have less stressful days, and now I’m actually experiencing that very result.
Bullet Journaling the Miracle Morning
I decided from Day One that I would use my bullet journal to document this new habit. I set up a very simple two-page spread for the week, and I add to it each day. I think this will be useful to look back on and see which areas of my life are improving, where I’m still lagging, and where I can see growth and change in my walk with God.
If you’d like to try it, I’ve created a free printable you can use to begin tracking your Miracle Morning routine. It’s sized to fit the Moleskine Cahier notebook, but you can size it up or down before you print to suit your needs. Download it here.
So how about you? What morning routine do you use to set yourself up for a productive day? If you don’t have one, are you thinking of starting one? Come share in the Facebook group or comment below.