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Your Ultimate Morning Routine Checklist: Wake Up, Shake Up, & Level Up!

Ever wish mornings felt a bit... smoother? Let's make it happen! Our morning routine checklist is your friendly guide to transforming AM chaos into calm. Ready to change your mornings for good?
by Chris Allmer | Oct 2 2023

Mornings can be chaotic, but they don’t have to be. If you’ve ever felt like you’re missing that AM magic, you’re in for a treat. Why? Because we’ve got SIX game-changing book recommendations for you, straight from the wisdom-filled minds of the authors of My Morning Routine, Michael Xander & Benjamin Spall. Seize the morning hours and make them yours with these handpicked recommendations for your morning routine checklist!


7 Books to Revolutionize Your Morning Routine

1. Deep Work by Cal Newport: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Kiss those morning distractions goodbye! Newport’s 9-minute guide teaches us how to hone our focus, ensuring every second of your morning is pure gold with his actionable strategies for a distraction-less start.

2. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven: Little Things That Can Change Your Life

Beyond aesthetics, making your bed signifies discipline and commitment. Discover in McRaven’s read how this act can be a catalyst for greater achievements throughout the day.

3. Thrive by Arianna Huffington: Redefining Success

Arianna Huffington nudges us to reconsider success, veering towards well-being and inner fulfillment. Her transformative insights emphasize how to embed mindfulness and gratitude into your mornings.

4. 10% Happier by Dan Harris: Taming the Morning Monkey Mind

Morning jitters? Dan Harris’ 13-minute guide will be your antidote, helping you navigate those AM thoughts and start your day on a tranquil note.

5. Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz: Meditation 101

If you crave serenity in your mornings, Schwartz’s meditation guide is your answer. Learn simple techniques to weave peace into the very fabric of your morning routine.

6. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma

Sharma suggests that by implementing the 20/20/20 Rule, one can create a highly effective morning routine known as “The mother of all morning routines,” which involves dedicating the first hour of each day to activities that promote personal growth and productivity.

7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Habits govern our lives, and Duhigg’s revelation is a masterclass in forging habits that champion your mornings and, ultimately, your life.

And now, let’s transform all these insights into action:

The Perfect Morning Routine Checklist

  1. Visionary Vibes: Start with 5 minutes of daydreaming, envisioning the day you want to have.
  2. Deep Work Dive: Commit 30 minutes to distraction-free, meaningful work.
  3. Tidy Triumphs: An organized space ignites creativity. Start with that bed.
  4. Moments of Mindfulness: Embrace 10 minutes of meditation or reflection.
  5. Joyful Journaling: Chronicle three things that light up your morning.
  6. Energize & Elevate: Dance, stretch, move. Your body will thank you.
  7. Brain Boost: Treat yourself to a nourishing Blinkist summary.

Let’s be honest. Some of you may think, “Sounds like too much.” I get it; we often search for that single solution—a magic pill, a dream diet, or the one ritual that changes everything. But here’s the cool thing: we’re all unique, and what works for one might not work for another. That’s the beauty of it!

So, what about a sneak peek into how some of the best minds kick-start their day? We’ve handpicked 12 famous peeps and their morning routine, all shared in “12 Unusual Morning Routines Successful People Swear By

Remember, the potential of your day is often determined in the AM hours. So, embrace these insights, shape your morning with our book recommendations and your own morning routine checklist, and watch the morning magic unfold!

And hey, if you’re the type who loves diving into a good read with your morning coffee, explore our curated book summaries. They’re bite-sized, packed with knowledge, and perfect for your AM knowledge boost. Plus, here is a little treat for you: enjoy the first week with us!

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