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I discovered Miracle Mornings during an interview with Hal Elrod on Entrepreneur on Fire.

Hal has an interesting story. I encourage you to check out both podcasts here:
http://www.eofire.com/podcast/hal-elrod/
http://www.eofire.com/podcast/halelrodfreedom/

In a nutshell, Hal developed a morning routine after finding himself in massive debt and no perceivable way out. A friend encouraged him to take upon self-care through exercise. Hal built upon that and created a routine that is now dubbed The Miracle Morning. He was finally able to get out of debt, and rise above the spiraling depression that was plaguing his life. Hal is now a successful author and speaker inspiring people around the world to live better lives through The Miracle Morning.

Why It Works

I was skeptical at first. What does waking up early and exercise have to do with getting out of debt?
On the surface, nothing.

But thinking bigger picture, when you’re taking care of yourself, your mind opens yourself up to possibilities. You gain clarity, and with clarity, wisdom.

The morning is the best because you haven’t been around any distractions. You can focus a lot better.

It’s also not just *one* routine you do in the morning. It’s a combination of routines; and each routine is a force multiplier – making all the other routines *more* effective.

For example, let’s say you’re trying to lose weight.
– Exercise alone is good.
– Eating health is good.
– Exercise AND eating healthy is *really* good

Same thing with miracle morning. It’s a combination of six things, cleverly spelling out S.A.V.E.R.S.

Silence
Affirmation
Visualization
Exercise
Reading
Scribing

How It Works

The Miracle Morning book describes this in way better detail, but I’ll post a short description here.

Silence is meditation and quiet that allows you to think without distraction.

Affirmation is affirming positive beliefs.

Visualization is picturing your day happening how *you* want it to happen.

Exercise is moving your body to allow oxygen to flow through you.

Reading helps stimulate creativity.

Scribing (writing) helps you take those thoughts out of your head and onto paper.

“What does this have to do with productivity?”

For me, the visualization and scribing are key to productivity.

Visualization helps me see what it is I need to do before I do it.
Instead of frantically trying to complete an endless to-do list, I imagine exactly *how* I’m going to do those things. Even more, I picture *what time of day* I’m going to accomplish them.

The interesting thing is that I’m able to rearrange my schedule in my head, rather than going about the day and figuring this out in the moment.

Scribing (writing) is used for day planning.
I love this because *I* am in control of my day. *I* say what is going to happen. I do this before checking emails or social media, which can often dictate our day for us.

Based on my visualization, I write down *when* I plan on doing everything. I create a calendar for my day. I also check the monthly and yearly calendar to see what I’m doing in the future so that I ensure my actions *today* are going to further the goals that I have planned out.

Essentially what I’m doing is time blocking; scheduling blocks of time to accomplish a task.

“What about the *other* S.A.V.E.R.S.?”
Silence, affirmation, exercise, reading? What about those? What do they have to do with productivity?

Like I said before, those things are *force multipliers*.
Silence and affirmation help enhance visualization. Exercise helps oxygen flow through your body and your brain allowing you to think clearer. And reading helps stimulate ideas and gets creative juices flowing.

Can I really be a morning person?

Miracle Morning is one of the best things that has happened to my productivity.

I *thought* I could accomplish my to-do list at night, after the kids have gone to bed. But it turns out, I’m *extremely* unproductive at night. It really takes me 10x as long to do something than it does in the morning, especially anything creative.

IF you *feel* more productive at night and find yourself getting more done at night, then keep at it. I’m all about doing what works for you.

BUT if you’re reading this post, you’re probably struggling with productivity, so I encourage you to try waking up an hour earlier to complete this morning routine and get stuff done in the morning.

Personally, I wake up TWO hours before. One hour for Miracle Morning (sometimes it’s between 30-45 minutes), and the rest of the time to get stuff done.

It takes practice and discipline.

Start off by waking up 30 minutes before your normal wake-up time. Increase to 45 minutes, then 60, then more as you get comfortable.

You can even start off with 6 minute miracle mornings!
http://halelrod.com/6-minute-miracle-morning/

So there’s really no excuse to not get started.

How do I go to bed earlier when I’m usually a night owl?
Again, start by going to bed 30 minutes earlier.

One thing that has helped me A LOT is that I get ready for bed about 1-2 hours before my actual bed time. Being in my pajamas and even just lying in bed with a book (okay, Netflix on my iPad) helps me relax and start to fall asleep faster.

I’ve been doing it so long now that I really don’t really have the energy to watch Netflix before bed anymore.

Join the Community

Joining the community is the BEST. Hal has an amazing Facebook group that is encouraging. If you really want to see results, join the group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyTMMCommunity/

Get the Book

And of course, make sure you pick up the book here.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKKS278/

PS. I don’t get any affiliate commission. I truly believe in this book and how much it has changed my life in terms of productivity and clarity – and yes, even weight loss. Productivity AND weight loss, heck yes, sign me up! ♥