Welcome to the 21 Day Morning Challenge!
I’m not really a morning person, although I really would like to be, so I came up with this challenge as a way to help myself work towards my morning goals. But I didn’t stop there. I knew I wouldn’t follow through if I just did the challenge by myself, so I got fellow blogger Nellé to help me create this challenge, and invited you guys to create your own perfect morning routines so we could all live our best mornings. And now it’s time! I’m so excited to kickstart this challenge to start forming great habits and achieve my goals! Are you?
If you haven’t yet read my post on morning routines, you should do so first to get some context on the challenge. There are instructions there on how to join, as well as useful freebies and downloads if you’re interested. I’d be so happy to have you along for the ride!
This post will be include my personal challenge journal (where I update you guys on my daily progress) as well as the Challenge Directory (where I will list everyone participating so you can go show some support to fellow challengers). In addition, I’m creating daily mini-challenges that you can target each morning to make the most of the challenge! These will be posted here and updated daily-so check them in the evenings to find the challenge for the next morning!
Okay, so I’m going to be 100 percent honest in this journal about each morning. And this one did not go according to plan.
Let’s talk about what went well first. I was able to introduce the new elements of my routine smoothly. I exercised, spent some time with setting my morning mindset, and overall went through everything smoothly.
Well, except for one thing. I went to bed late, so naturally, I could not wake up at the time I set for myself. I’ve learned that 1) it’s easier to wake up to your natural “alarm” and 2) you only get that natural alarm after you get enough hours of sleep. I found that I need about 9 hours, so I’m going to have to go to bed at 10:30 pm to wake up at 7:30 am this week. And next week, 9:30 to wake up at 6:30. So this is what I need to improve on for tomorrow.
I definitely improved and woke up earlier, although it was not quite my ideal time yet. The nice thing I wanted to mention, however, was that morning mindset and journaling really helped me re-align myself with my goals today. I felt more motivated to go achieve them!
I’m slowly making my way towards earlier mornings (not quite where I want them to be yet, but it’s getting there), and successfully completed the daily challenge too! Turns out I only used 10 minutes for my exercise routine (not the 15 I originally allotted). But since I’m probably going to switch up my workout routine once in a while, I’m going to leave the allotted time at 15 minutes.
What helped me most though, was listening to videos of Mel Robbins talking about the things you NEED to do in the morning to set yourself up for success. It was ultra motivational and I highly recommend it. Will be linking it in a future daily challenge!
I didn’t get a chance to fully go though my (hour long) morning routine today because I had a lot to do this morning, so I had to get to work right away. I’m feeling like these first 4 days of the challenge have been all over the place with me trying to figure out what I really want to do with my mornings, and how to best wake up, etc. I think I might extend the challenge for myself for an extra 4 days. But if I make it a habit by the 31st already, then I guess I won’t need those 4 extra days much.
I don’t have too much to say. It was about the same as the last few days.
I DID ITTT!!! Finally! I 100% successfully followed my morning routine plan. What’s even better is that I started stage 2 a day earlier (if you don’t know what I mean by stage 2, check my printable) and I got to go out for a run. So 3 wins in one morning!!
Sorry I wasn’t able to do a daily update. Got kinda busy with my piano exam. I’m thinking I might do updates every 2 or 3 days from now on, just so it’s a little easier for me, especially because I don’t always have new stuff to update you guys on. It’s been the same old. For these past few days, I haven’t really been able to get up at my 6:30 target, but now, after writing in this challenge journal I feel more motivated to work at it again.
Wow, the power of writing things down, hey?
So these days weren’t all that great. I woke up earlier than before I started this challenge, but it was off from my intended time. This challenge is actually SO HARD, especially when you have other hectic things going on on the side. Tomorrow morning, I will reinstall my routine again.
Just a note as I’m reflecting on past days in this challenge: I don’t think I’m going to tweak anything in my routine. That day that I successfully completed my whole routine was actually one of my best feeling mornings ever. And I cannot emphasize enough how valuable completing “morning mindset” is to my day. By following my morning mindset sheets, I was able to tackle many things I would have put off for later. This is how I stop procrastinating and it works like a dream.
I have a feeling this is going to be a long reflection. It’s basically going to act as my final reflection too. This is partly the reason why it’s taken so long to get up- I felt like this required some processing and time to best represent my experience with the challenge.
When I first came up with the idea for the challenge, I was really pumped up. And when so many bloggers got on board, I had a feeling that this challenge would be AMAZING. This was going to be it: the chance to finally fix all my life problems. Well, kind of. To be honest, I think I needed a bit more preparation and focus going into the first day of the challenge. I’m the type of person that has to start doing something from day 1, so the 2 stage thing I created was hard for me to actually execute successfully. I was also busy with a big exam coming up that I wasn’t able to give this challenge my full attention.
Nevertheless, I still believe that this challenge was successful for me. The main reason I created this challenge was so I could love mornings more and actually wake up early, without hitting snooze at all. Even though I did not exactly wake up according to schedule during the challenge, a lot of the habits and mindset I practiced helped set me up for success in the school year. I was able to wake up at 6:30am every day for (so far) 5 days straight, no snooze button required. And I woke up happy and ready to conquer each day. While I did put exercise and news time into my morning routine, I often times wasn’t able to dedicate the full time I allotted. I did do my best to incorporate them whenever I could, even if it meant completing them sometime later in the day.
I hope, gradually, I will be able to live out my ideal routine exactly as I planned it. This challenge has been such a great experience learning and connecting with others. It really couldn’t have happened without each and every one of the amazing bloggers and participants who joined in. I read all of your challenge journals, and learned so much from everyone. I am ever so grateful and amazed at the wonderful #21daymorningchallenge community we built up, and hope that this community will continue to thrive and grow. I am confident that this is just the beginning of a wonderful new journey to self-fulfillment, self-improvement, and self-empowerment. I cannot wait to see you all in my next challenge.
Day 1 (August 11)
For the first challenge, plan out exactly how you are going to tackle the 2 stages laid out in the schedule printout. When you have a detailed plan, it’s easier for you to take action and stick to the plan.
The “go with the flow” mindset does not apply here. In fact, we’re going to eliminate that mindset right now and replace it with a go-getter mindset. Go-getters plan their method of action, and then they TAKE ACTION.
Get ready-we’re going to implement our plan tomorrow morning!
Day 2 (August 12)
Your challenge for day 2 is to stop snoozing! The moment you hear that alarm or wake up naturally, jump right out of bed and get moving. Don’t sit or stand still-you’ll be prone to feeling more lazy and will want to lay around for a couple minutes longer.
Tip: try splashing some cold water on your face right away. You’ll instantly feel more awake and energized.
Day 3 (August 13)
Put away those devices! Don’t look at a screen 2 hours before you go to bed, and at least 1 hour after you wake up.
The first thing you do in the morning should definitely NOT be checking your phone.
Day 4 (August 14)
Try putting on some music before you go to bed, and when you wake up. Check Spotify-they’ve got a whole load of playlists for both the morning and night.
Of course, it might be hard to not use a device for this. What I really mean by “no devices” is to not get distracted by social media, checking emails, etc. Ideally, use an old school radio to play music. But if you’re using your phone to play music, then ONLY use it for music. Resist the temptation to check in with how others are living their lives before you check in with yours.
Day 5 & 6 (August 15-16)
Day 5’s challenge is to watch a video! In this video, Mel Robbins (motivational speaker extraordinaire) explains how to skyrocket your morning productivity, and essentially your productivity for the day. If you’re looking to beat procrastination, this is a good video to watch too.
For this challenge, all I’m asking is for you to watch the video. That’s it. Bite sized pieces. If you’d like to get a head start on the challenge for day 6 (wink wink), you can start implementing what you learned from the video right away. Or just watch the video, and get ready to implement the day after.
Allot some time in your morning routine or day to watch the video-it’s worth your time! It’s only 10 minutes long if you start at 4:35 and watch until about 15:35 (that’s where the key content I want you to watch is). Here it is below.
Day 7 (August 17)
Schedule your day. It may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s really important. Here are some tips below.
Are you familiar with the time-blocking method? Essentially you set aside a block of time for each task you do-and then focus on it for the whole period. For example, 1 hour will go towards writing a report, then you have 30 minutes to take a break, then 1 hour to work out at the gym, etc.
Typically it is most effective when your time blocks are not too short-try to keep them at least 30 minutes long. This is because it always takes a bit if time to settle in after you change tasks. So if you allotted 15 minutes and took 5 minutes to transition, 1/3 of your time would be gone!
Below is a list of participating challengers. This list will be updated regularly, so if you’d like to be added to the list, drop a comment or contact me. All you need to do to be added is have a do-follow link back to the main challenge page on your post! I’ll provide a do-follow link to your post here. Alternatively, if you have social media, post about this using the hashtag #21daymorningchallenge and tag me @happilyhedy. I’d be happy to repost and add you onto this list!
Take some time to check out how other bloggers and challengers are doing with their morning routine challenge below!