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My Energising Morning Routine

Did you know that, according to IDC research study, 80 percent of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up?

I don’t think that’s the sort of productive start to the morning that I’m personally looking for. And yet I know I’ve been guilty of checking my phone in the morning and doing the old “I’m trapped in the social media news feed scrolling”.

What I do know to be true is this, how you start your day determines exactly how the rest of your day will turn out. Wake up like a champion and you’ll likely have an amazing day.

Wake up and let others dictate your day by replying to notifications, emails and ‘urgent’ requests, before you’re even out of bed…your day will simply suck.

That’s why I want to share science-backed proven research around how make your mornings magical and why these new habits I’ve been implementing actually work!

My New Energising Morning Routine

I want to share with you my new morning routine that is leaving me energized, excited, happy and fresh faced.

I’ve actually put together a really beautiful pdf which shares with you not only the steps of my routine, but how you can create one for yourself, because I’m well aware that what works for me might not work for you.

Download my routine in a handy FREE checklist!

So here is my current morning routine (video version here):

#1. Wake up early

I am waking up pretty naturally around 5:30 AM. I always set my Fitbit Versa watch for 5:45 AM just in case. 

But typically for the last month or so, I’ve been waking up really naturally around 5:30, which is pretty awesome news for me because like many people, I’m usually a night owl so I can stay up pretty late.

I don’t typically work in the evenings as that’s my social and relax time. However I can work really effectively at night and I like staying up late. Even so I’ve been pretty good at getting up in the morning too.

I’d consider myself a night and morning person if that’s even possible?!

Once I became an entrepreneur and once I enveloped this freedom lifestyle – being able to do what the heck you want when you want, I did notice myself getting a little lazy on the early start time and expanding my work to fit the ample time I had.

So I had to nip that in the bud with waking up early and setting an alarm to develop a great early morning routine.

#2. Drink Water

The first thing I do, after waking up and doing a big cat stretch, is to drink a big glass of water. It flushes out the system and also it’s just like a really refreshing, beautiful way to start the morning.

#3. Move my body with Yoga

I roll out of bed and I literally have about three meters to walk to my drawer, where I pick up my yoga gear, which I’ve  preset out already, including the g-string for my yoga pants!

That’s easy people because it’s been proven, that if you have your exercise or workout gear right near you, you’re far more likely to kind of like fall/ roll or leap out of bed and get straight into it.

Therefore you’re more like to make the workout or exercise happen.

$4. Essential Oils

I then put on my lovely oil diffuser and I usually have put in a concoction of essential oils the night before that I really like.

One of my favourites is a refreshing, energising citrus mix of lemon and wild orange. Sometimes I go for the more soothing, calming, lavender and Frankincense essential oils. I get my oils here.

Grab my new routine in a handy FREE PDF!

I breathe that in deeply and then I roll out my yoga mat. If I’m honest, I usually have a little cuddle with my dogs who are like, ‘Is it yoga time yet Mum?’

They are pretty sleepy in the morning since Josh and I have changed to this earlier time. He and I typically do yoga on either side of the bed, which is pretty fun.

We do 15 to 30 minutes of Yoga with Adrienne, who is my favorite yoga goddess. She’s made home based yoga is such a pleasure. It means you can do it when you’re traveling. You can do it from home, you can do it from anywhere. 

Her free YouTube channel is fantastic. I’m also a member of her Find what Feels Good community. A little shout out to Adriene. She’s one of the most wonderful people on Earth and it’s pretty rare for me to say that.

I just find she is such a breath of fresh air, such a positive, refreshing, joyous, happy, positive person who also makes me feel like no matter what stage of yoga you are at, you can do it.

#4. Meditation

After I’ve rolled up my yoga mat and am feeling pretty good about myself, I sit on the comfy rug at the foot of our bed, and lean my back up against the bed, and I open up my insights timer app.

Not: This is the ONLY time I grab my phone.  I will choose somewhere from a 10 to 20 minute guided meditation, a chanting mantra meditation, or simply one that just plays a really beautiful chime or gong, when the time is up.

I’ll focus on my breath. But I’m more of a fan of the guided meditation because I still haven’t quite worked on the focusing the mind.

Depending on how excited I am about the day ahead, which is usually a lot, my mind can be wandering to some of those tasks and projects already. So I really liked the guided meditation. This app is free.

You can bookmark your favourites.

You’re probably realizing a pattern in my morning routine – that is to have stuff preset. I have:

  • The playlist of Yoga with Adriene ready to go.
  • My yoga clothes ready to jump into
  • My essential oils pre chosen the night before

All of this routine and this discipline gives you more freedom in the morning because let’s face it, even when you are jumping out of bed, you’re not always firing on all cylinders until you get really used to it.

So make your life easier by setting up everything in your routine beforehand.

#5. Hot and Cold Shower

After meditating, I jump into a nice hot shower. I’m actually a pretty quick showerer. Josh, however, on the other hand takes a long time in the shower!

Recently I have been finishing off with the cold water trick. I have it on nice and hot and before I even know it, my hand just turns it around to cold and it absolutely shocks my system into being awake!

So I enjoy the nourishing hotness of the shower. And then I have an instant wake up from the cold water. Thank you very much cold freaking shower.

It is also the fastest way to get out of the shower I can tell you that, but it absolutely wakes you up and livens your senses and invigorates your muscles.

#6. Get Dressed

Next I roll into getting dressed, doing whatever I need to look refreshed and feel ready for the day. As a minimalist I keep makeup light and cycle through my clothes regularly with favourite combinations.

#7. Hot Water and Lemon

I then go through to the kitchen, around 6:30am and I make a lovely warm water and freshly squeezed lemon drink to kickstart my metabolism in the morning and feel really cleansed.

Did you know that lemon in warm water has a bazillion benefits including:

  • detoxification – flushing out your system
  • antibacterial – they help you fight the common cold
  • hydrating
  • great for skincare and anti aging.

There are numerous benefits and I’ve popped them in a downloadable pdf for you that includes this energizing morning routine.

Get the FREE downloadable PDF routine checklist

From here I’m often just gazing out the kitchen window at that point at our beautiful view of nature and doing some deep belly breathing.

This is where I will verbally state what I’m grateful for, if I haven’t already.

#8. Daily Greens

I happen to use Dr. Libby’s Daily greens and Radiant reds powder that is is at least one of my servings of vegetables for the day. 

It tastes disgusting by itself, so I put it into coconut water and then it tastes so good. It’s like my way of cheating to get it in first thing in the morning, just in case I don’t get my salad or veggies intake.

I hope you have enjoyed my new, energizing, morning routine. It’s likely you are doing something similar already and I would love to see what the results are for you if you followed this or your own version of it.

Remember I’ve put this all into a really cool checklist laid out in a pretty PDF book for you to download. It includes more details about each of these routines and why they work.

Grab my new FREE routine checklist here!

In the comments below let me know what you liked about this, or share your own routine!

Get your evenings back with the power of this nightly routine

Setting yourself up for success and happiness doesn’t just start with a fantastic morning routine. You need to work on creating a powerful evening routine too! ​

Why? Well technology has made staying connected to those we care about easier than ever before, as well as being able to work 24/7, which in many ways is amazing.

The flip side of this is it keeps us permanently connected and chained to our devices, responsibilities and work, making it harder to wind down in the evenings in a way that enables us to perform at our best.

In this vlog I show you how you can reclaim your evenings and strategically disconnect from work so that your evening allows you to relax and recharge and prime you for peak performance the next day.

If your morning routine needs some work too, then check out my vlog on how to create the perfect one for you

A powerful morning routine

Everyday I get bombarded with stories about the power of a morning routine on Medium.

Yet I can no longer deny the research that says if you get up early and meditate then roll into focused work such as writing, painting or a creative activity, with no distractions, you’re far more likely to be a gazillion times more productive and successful.

Clearly that’s an accurate stat I’ve stated there, so you should take me very seriously.

The thing is it’s true.

The other thing that is true is that establishing the damn routine in the first place, is the hardest part!

Which is why so many people keep writing articles on why a morning routine, heck any routine that cuts out distractions and lets you set and act on your intentions for the day, is so powerful.

I should know. Back in 2004 when I was training to compete in my first ever Body Sculpting (Figure) competition, I had my entire daily routine down pat.

In this episode I talked about:

  • How to start a new morning routine without tying it to a big goal
  • The power routine I used while training for a competition that rocked my world
  • The new morning routine that is already making a difference in my life

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How to master your time

We all have 168 hours a week but do you still wish you have more time?

Do you still wonder where you are spending all your hours?

If so, you need a better approach to manage yourself and your time wisely.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What the 80:20 rule is and how it can transform your business and life
  • How to create an achievable routine that doesn’t leave you frazzled
  • One major thing you can plan a week in advance to be way more effective each day
  • How to use your calendar effectively so you control your time, not others

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Your Daily Freedom Routine

As my three month business sabbatical comes to an end, I’ve realized that you can have a little sabbatical every single day of your life by using your daily freedom routine.

Through practicing what I talked about in Season 1, Mindfulness, Meditation and breathing – these things alone give you headspace and a beautiful perspective of space and ease in your everyday life.

I am studying these very things right now studying that through “The Science of Happiness” on edX, which is an awesome online platform of amazing courses from incredible universities around the world, many for free! I am actually going to be revisiting a lot of what I spoke about in Season 1 back before I knew so little and now I’ve learned so much.

It has absolutely opened my mind how every single day it’s the little things that you do in 10, 20 or 30 minutes of time that all radically change how you feel and how much more freedom you have.

In this episode, I am going to talk about your daily freedom routine because I think it’s really important.

Before I jump into that I just want to share with you a snippet from Hilary Rushford’s Elegant Excellence video series.

Hilary went on a sabbatical about a year ago for three months as well. She talks about the fact that there was never going to be another time like now when she’d have all this time to read, relax, chill out and learn.

And when I first listened to it I was like, “Yeah I think you are right!”, but now having been on a sabbatical when I have all the time to read, relax and learn you still don’t because it is a journey.

It is ongoing. It is an everyday commitment to being your best self, to giving yourself the space and time to be.

Here is the snippet and her insights are really valuable:

“I’ve now built what is now over a million dollar revenue a year business in the first five years. And for me, three months into my sabbatical I just realized, I am not doing the things that I wanted to do.

I am not changing in the ways that I wanted to change. There’s still those things on my list where “I am wishing that I have more time to do” things. And here I am on sabbatical, one of the most times ever.

So I really just started to dive in and explore why are we not doing these things?

And I think one big reason for me is that I have these visions of “It’s got to be done perfect. It’s got to be this epic change. It’s got to be hours of a week. I’ve got to commit to it now for every single day for eternity”.

That’s wonderful but it so rarely happens.

And so challenging myself to just take 10 minutes a day. Commit just 10 days and to not do things in some perfect epic change but just something, just take a step.

Make a small step towards what I think is the biggest game changer that not enough people talk about in business which is you as a CEO, your joy, your peace, your rest, your emotional health, your ability to make big decisions, your ability to tune into your gut and what you really want.

And I think the reality is that so many of us are exhausted, anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, unhappy. We want this to be just a little bit easier but we are not actually doing the steps to make the change.”

And then recently I received an email from Suzi Dafnis who owns herbusiness.com and she said this:

Since starting my business 23 years ago, I’ve been given lots of advice. And, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to hit the “pause button”.

What? Wasn’t I meant to be hustling?

Pushing? Striving?

Nope.

There have been times where what I really needed to do, was pause.

Pausing is not stopping.

Pausing is simply taking time to reflect, recharge and renew – free from distractions and free from the daily push and pull of commitments and catering to others’ expectations.

In his book Thank You for Being Late, the New York Times best-selling author, Thomas Friedman writes:

“… opting to pause and reflect, rather than panic or withdraw, is a necessity. It is not a luxury or a distraction — it is a way to increase the odds that you’ll better understand, and engage productively with, the world around you.”

‘When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops. But when you press the pause button on human beings they start,’ argues my friend and teacher Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN, which advises global businesses on ethics and leadership.

You start to reflect, you start to rethink your assumptions, you start to reimagine what is possible. And most importantly, you start to reconnect with your most deeply held beliefs. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to reimagine a better path.”

Choosing to pause has been hard.

Up front, it’s felt expensive and like an investment I couldn’t afford. I had so much to do, so many commitments and deadlines.

Looking back, I know that had I not made the investment in pausing, I would not be where I am today.

I would not have made important pivots and changes that have allowed me to stay in business, to continue to evolve, to keep loving my business — and to stay relevant and producing results.

This October I am taking time out to ‘pause’ once again.

Thank you Suzy for those wonderful wise words!

That’s exactly what I’ve found on this business sabbatical where little times business-y things would creep back in, where I am tempted to check on email or how things were going.

But when I wasn’t and when I was just being, enjoying and learning, I was back in my creative zone.

I have had so many wonderful thoughts, ideas and improvements that I want to make.

I’ve got my mojo back for my business!

I’ve also got a whole new perspective on it that I just couldn’t see before I took a break. Because I wasn’t giving myself space to pause, reflect and observe.

I recently spoke to my friend Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle, who like me for so many years has been location independent, and every three months lets his community choose where he is going to travel next.

I had emailed him about my Suitcase Entrepreneur book and updating his story in it since the third edition is coming out in September. Woohoo!

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Colin told me what he’s been up to and I was really really blown away that he had just taken a year out from it all:

“I’ve been meaning to learn to cook for years, and finally got around to doing that; I have made every meal for almost a year and am loving it as a craft. I’ve also wanted to learn to play the piano, and to learn some music production skills to go along with the guitaring and singing I’ve always done, so that’s also been quite rewarding.

Beyond that, I wanted to do really, truly boring things, like buy furniture, because I haven’t done so since 2009.

I haven’t owned a car in all the time, and I was curious how I would use such things, and live such a life, now that I’ve done so many other things and been so many other places.

Getting mail is a novelty, as is having reliable and consistent internet access and electricity. So bizarre how much cultural understanding is dependent on having these things.

So many things I could understand intellectually, but not really get. I do get them now, though, to some degree.

I’m sure you can relate to that — do anything long enough, and it becomes a little bit predictable.

And the one thing I kept coming back to that scared me a little was holding still in one place for a bit, buying my own furniture, and owning a car. Weird, but the concept was mildly frightening to me. So, of course, I had to do it :)”

I just love that people around me are doing what they need to do to pause, to reflect, to recharge, to re energize, to take these many sabbaticals from not only their business but their everyday life.

So if you are like, “Natalie, I can’t take three months off!”

Well, first off, I challenge you, you should be able to. It’s your life. You get to choose.

And I appreciate other things get in the way, you might have commitments and family but instead today I am offering you up a few doses of daily freedom routines that you can include to have a more simplistic, beautiful day and those little moments to yourself.

I got some of my freedomists and my Freedom Plan community to share some of their daily freedom routines.

Daily Freedom Routine Ideas

The first is from Fiona Hall:

“My freedom chores in the morning I journal three questions. This helps me get my mind see it really fresh and ready for the day. The first question I ask is what am I curious about?

That’s from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic”. I love that question. It gets my mind into problem-solving mind and I always come up with something new and exciting for myself.

The next question I ask is how am I feeling? Because if I don’t acknowledge how I am feeling and I am not feeling that good. It really impacts on my productivity, on my fun, on my ability to deal with my children first thing in the morning.

And then the last question I ask is a productivity question it is what actions am I going to take today? And because of those first two questions I find the action one as really simple. I’ve worked through what am I curious about, what am I feeling and process anything that I need to process until I am ready for the day and my mind is how I need it today, and the other things I do in terms of exercise as I try to is 30 minute walk 3-4 times a week.”

This next one is from Ricardo Ferreira:

“I ride a bike everywhere.I think it’s one of the ultimate expressions of freedom. You can go almost anywhere on a bike.

You can be fast or take your time and you’re free to stop whenever and wherever you wish. It’s on a bike that you start thinking more about enjoying the journey and concerning less about the destination.”

What about this one from Sif Traustadóttir:

“Working in my little garden. I love to take a break from the computer and go outside work in the garden, dig in the dirt, rearrange things, plant seeds and watch the flowers and the vegetables grow.

I really love the feeling of growing some of my own food which makes me feel extra free. And this is what I do to be calm everyday because you have to work in the garden everyday.”

Here’s Stephanie McGuirt freedom routine for her inbox:

“My daily productivity tip or routine would be to use an extension, it’s a Chrome extension by Baydin called Inbox Pause. That actually does like it says it stops messages from coming into your inbox until you unpause your inbox or unless you have them scheduled to come in at certain times.

So I know that at 9am and 3pm everyday, I will get all of my messages that have been sent outside those times and I can focus on them for the next 30 minutes or hour. And outside of 9am and 3pm, I am focused on other tasks. So it has really increased my productivity and I highly recommend it for anyone that is overwhelmed by their inbox.”

I hope that you learned a lot from these lovely people who offered up simple, little tactics related to business and life that they are doing to create more time, space and freedom.

Of course I have a ton more of my own I talk a lot about them in the Freedom Plan.

On my business sabbatical, I thought of so many improvements to my signature program and just how much more amazing I can make it for you to really truly learn how to reclaim your time, make more money, work less, earn more and be free.

I hope you tune in to the next episode we are still on a digital sabbatical and the business sabbatical theme and how you can incorporate this in your life.

I am going to share the results of my business sabbatical essentially as come into first of July when I am officially back on board for business.

Tune into the next episode by subscribing in iTunes and Stitcher.

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