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November 13, 2019 4 min read

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. – Marcus Aurelius

The morning routine is one of the most important parts of the day for highly successful people, as it allows one to start the day with intention and mindfulness.

A morning routine isn’t about setting up a list of checkboxes you need to get done. Instead, it’s about taking time in your day so that you can set intentions for the day, and start the day off with peace, a clear head, and an eye towards productivity.

What is your morning routine?

Insights About Morning Routines

My Morning Routine is a book and online community that explores the importance of each step people take in the morning before they start their day. They interviewed 343 successful people to find data on what constitutes their morning routine and found some interesting insights:

  • The average wake-up time is 6:23 am;
  • 73% of people use an alarm, with 35% of people press the snooze button;
  • 63% check their phone immediately, while 50% check email immediately;
  • 63% meditate or practice yoga, while 79% exercise

The authors of My Morning Routine, a book that includes the morning routines of 64 prominent and successful people, state, “much like a Jenga stack is only as sturdy as its foundational blocks, the choices we make throughout our day depend on the intentions we set in the morning. Like it or not, our morning habits form the stack that our whole day is built on.”

Everyone Needs A Morning Routine

So why is a morning routine so important?

Morning routines help us instill good habits in our lives while helping us intentionally break bad habits. Morning routines also add structure to what can turn out to otherwise be a chaotic day. They help us plan our day, which in turn helps us save time, which is our most valuable resource (you’ve heard the wise say, “one hour of planning saves three hours of work”, and it’s actually true!).

Most importantly, morning routines help us build up the self-confidence to take on all challenges of the day with momentum.

Here are some of the ways some of the most well-known and successful people in business execute their morning routines:

  • Oprah wakes up without an alarm and performs 20 minutes of meditation before she begins her morning workout and has breakfast;
  • Jeff Bezos avoids early morning meetings like the plague, opting instead to stay home in the mornings to spend time with his family;
  • Anna Wintour starts her mornings with an hour-long tennis match;
  • Former boxer George Foreman III used to wake up and perform 3 hours of exercises, before going back to sleep and rising again to take care of business matters;
  • Ariana Huffington takes 20-30 minutes to meditate before 30 minutes on her stationary bike

Many cite the importance of listening to your circadian rhythm as a means to not have to wake up to an alarm in the morning.

Meraki’s Founder: Jordan’s Morning Routine

Meraki’s founder Jordan Seggman uses his morning routine to drive the intention of his day and wake with gratitude.  Beginning his days at 5 am, Jordan avoids his phone until he’s completed his morning tasks. After drinking a tall glass of water, Jordan reviews his annual goals, which include his personal goals, financial goals, career goals, exercise goals, and relationship goals.

Gratitude is the name of the morning game for Jordan. He practices gratitude towards all aspects of his life, from his personal life to his career and relationships, dedicating 5 minutes of special time for each.

An incredibly important part of Jordan’s morning is to perform Reticular Activating System (RAS) exercises. Our RAS is an incredible system in our brain that helps us sort through information to help determine what is useful, and what can be discarded. It’s also a powerful problem-solving tool, as when you ask yourself a question that needs an answer, it’s your RAS that kicks in helping you in the problem-solving process. The RAS is also a validator of your beliefs and seeks information from your internal and external worlds to validate your beliefs.

Jordan engages in RAS exercises by repeating positive mantras, out loud, at least ten times each morning. These mantras are something simple, such as “I am tenacious”, to something more specific to his mindset such as “Things happen for you not too you”.

Finally, Jordan wraps up his morning routine with 5 minutes of meditation followed by making a to-do list for the day.

By completing his morning routine, Jordan stimulates the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual side of his well-being, and in turn, he can approach his day with a calm mindset and clear thought process.

Defining Your Morning Routine

The plasticity of our brains is what allows us to develop routines so that they become natural parts of how we start our mornings.

When defining your routine, always do what’s best for you, and explore activities that will help you get the best out of your day. Be kind to yourself as you find what works, and what doesn’t.

Huffington, of her practice, told The Morning Routineauthors: “Being committed to a routine is, of course, what makes it a routine. That said, on some days life intervenes or we get off track. And when this happens, I try not to judge myself or let it negatively influence the rest of my day.”

Get Into Morning with Meraki Tips

Is cannabis a part of your morning routine? For many users, taking time to sit with the plant in its preparation and consuming intentionally is a regular part of their day. Meraki has designed terpene-infused cannabis crutches to add a little “extra” to your herb.

Start your day with Meraki’s Peaceful TIP, which is infused with a proprietary blend of organic food-grade terpenes that are meant to consistently curb the unwanted anxieties associated with a particular herb.  

If you feel anxious about the day ahead, or your to-do list, Sayonara TIP is meant to consistently boost the relaxing properties of a particular herb.

Embrace the importance of the morning routine, and use some of these examples we’ve shared as a way to define what works for you, and never have a “bad morning” again!