You hear a lot about how important it is to have a morning and evening routine. The evening routine, I get it: you have to slow down from your day to calm down to go to bed. Duh. But for a long time, my morning routine consisted of dragging myself out of bed, having a sip of water, and getting dressed for work. How exciting and inspiring, right? Then I realized that if I wanted to create the vision I have for my life, then I need to start my day in a more positive way. Although my morning routine is relatively simple, there are a few things that I can’t NOT do anymore, namely my Five Minute Journal!
For someone that doesn’t have a lot of time in the morning, the Five Minute Journal is a useful tool that I could easily include in my morning routine. It literally takes 5 minutes (unless I choose to spend a bit more time on it) but it really helps me focus my attention and energy on positive things. It helps me start my day on the right foot and reminds me what I want to achieve but to also enjoy every day, regardless of my current situation.
The Five Minute Journal is really straightforward. You do one page every day, the first part in the morning and the second in the evening, at the end of your day.
In the morning, you start by writing the date, which I like because it helps me keep track and see how often I’ve written in my journal. Then there’s a quote which have been well chosen – they are usually inspiring and ignite a little somethin’ somethin’ in me. And then you write 3 things that you are grateful for, which let me tell ya, sounds easier than it is early in the morning! But the amazing thing is that you are reminded of the blessings that you have in life and that even though in that moment, you are tired and don’t feel like going to work, things could be worse. Gratitude has been an important skill that I have developed lately which helps a lot with focusing on what matters most in life and not dwelling on what you don’t have or what you wish you had.
Then you move on to “What would make today great” – which again, can be hard to come up with when you’re still half asleep, but it’s great because it makes you think on what you really want from your day. As someone who loves setting goals, this is a wonderful way to set small goals for the day ahead, which helps me stay focused on what I want to accomplish, which are usually aligned with my overall goals.
Finally, you have to come up with daily affirmation, which I think is the hardest part. What I haven’t done is to repeat that affirmation throughout the day, but it’s a good way to re-direct your summarize your intentions for the day.
In the evening, I also take 5-10 minutes to reflect, not only by adding good memories in my Bullet Journal, but also filling out “3 amazing things that happened today” which gives you the chance to look for things that you might not have thought are ‘amazing’ to begin with, but in retrospect, are probably still noteworthy and relevant.
And finally the last part, “How could I have made today even better?” which I love because it focused on what YOU have control over rather than things that you can’t change (at least not yet). This also helps with setting your intentions the following morning.
I like to also review what I wrote in the morning to remind myself of what I’m grateful for and to go to bed with those positive thoughts in my mind.
Do you own the Five Minute Journal? Do you use it? What do you think of it? What are some other things that you do in your morning ritual to start your day in a positive and empowering way? Share your thoughts with everyone in the comments below or through social media! I’m always looking to connect with like-minded individuals.