Morning Routines FTW

Here at TSU we want you to live your best librarian life. 

A morning routine can make your whole day better, some people even consider it life-changing. One method to establishing a morning routine is from The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrond and I recommend it. It’s based on the SAVERS routine: Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading, and Scribing (Writing).

You can spend as much or as little time on each as you want, but most people have found it worthwhile to get up early and devote time to each.  There is a six-minute version if you are really pressed for time. Those of you who are parents or otherwise caregivers may find the time to yourself in the morning as valuable as I do.

Silence

This can be prayer, meditation, mindful breathing or whatever works for you. If you’d like to try mindfulness the Calm and Headspace apps have some free content to get you started.

Affirmations

Affirmations get a bad reputation from silly versions, but positive self-talk can be helpful and choosing affirmations can set what you want to focus on during your day. Affirmations are positive statements based on what you want to be or do. It’s a bit of “fake it until you make it.” 

Affirmations can be personal:

  • I am intentional about how I spend my time. 
  • I am a patient and playful parent.
  • I make healthy food choices.

Or professional:

  • I create a welcoming space for all teens.
  • I am a bold advocate for young people in the library.
  • I match readers with the right books.
  • I am making a difference in my community every day.

Visualization

Mental imagery, the kind where you imagine success, has long been used by professional athletes to improve performance. Anybody can benefit from preparing mentally for their day or future. Take a few minutes to imagine going through a perfect day. A day where you handle patron problems with calm and expertise. A day where your programs are at capacity and community partners are lining up to work with you.  Now that you know what that looks like it’s that much easier to take the steps to make it happen!

Some people find it helpful to create a vision board of their long term goals and put it in a place they see it every day. You can find many examples of vision boards on Pinterest or even use it to make a virtual one.

Exercise

This one is entirely up to you, but exercise in this context could be as easy as some simple stretches or putting on a favorite song and dancing around the room for a few minutes. The idea is to get your body moving to start your day.

Reading

We all read, but I encourage you to use this reading time for something just for you. A personal development book, nonfiction on a topic of personal interest, or even an adult book you’ve been looking forward to. If you’re not sure where to start with personal development books try Austin Kleon, Gretchen Rubin, Brene Brown, or if you don’t mind a bit of swearing Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass.

Scribing

The writing portion is one the most customizable parts of the routine. Some people journal, some do Morning Pages, others use the time to write blog posts or work on novels or other  creative writing projects.

The best thing about a morning routine is that you can change it to fit you. Plan your day, track your food, check your budget, do something creative, take a walk. Anything that would make your life better by doing every day is a good candidate for your morning routine.

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