The Importance of a Magic Morning Routine

Creating a life by design means owning your day – as the saying goes, either you run the day, or the day runs you. That means how you start your day is very important! Your plans and your actions immediately after waking up in the morning have a major impact on your whole day. A strong morning routine will set up your mindset, energy and give you a positive outlook for the day.

In this blog, I will explain the science and metaphysics why creating a magic morning empowers you to feel in control, improve your health and will increase your productivity. 

Tips for The Perfect Magic Morning

Drink Warm Water & Lemon Juice



Drink Warm Water & Lemon Juice




Listen to a Motivational Video


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Meditation is a very positive habit and an essential part of my daily Magic Morning routine

What Is A Magic Morning?

The term miracle morning was coined in 2012 by author and life coach, Hal Elrod in his life changing book Miracle Morning. A miracle (or magic) morning is a morning routine that is about starting your day on the right track and so you can take control of your day, be more productive and live a life-by-design.

Every morning I start my day with a 30 to 60-minute magic morning routine. Why? Because as the brilliant neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza points out in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, we need to be in control and decide how we want to feel and think, in order to shape our future. As he says, there is no better time to do that than just after you get up!

Everybody’s individual magic morning will be different, and it is important to make it work for you, but mine includes a drink of warm lemon water, meditation, a bit of journaling, visualisation and often a morning workout.

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“Having a strong morning routine empowers you to feel in control. Not just of your day but your life, goals and what you want to spend your time on and how.”

– Alice Dartnell

Magic Morning and Neuroplasticity

Until around the 1970s, neuroscientists believed that the brain’s structure and function was essentially fixed throughout adulthood. Now as psychiatrist and author, Norman Doidge explains in his book The Brain That Changes Itself, the brain actually changes from cradle to the grave, and that radical improvements in cognitive functioning – how we learn, think, perceive, and remember – are possible even in the elderly.

Remarkably, the brain can reorganise itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. As neuroscientist Dr. Lara Boyd explains in her fascinating TEDx Talk, in November 2015. “All our behaviours change your brain. The adult brain can reorganise.”

This means that creating and then practising an effective magic morning routine will enable you to create new habits and behaviours that will hardwire your brain to become more effective and enable you to become more organised and productive.

Tips for The Perfect Magic Morning

Your magic morning helps set up a positive intention and energy for the day – mind, body and soul. Most people have very busy mornings, but the time spent on your magic morning is a wise investment. Investing in as little as 15-minutes each morning will save you even more time later in your busy day because you will be more focused, in control emotionally, being more effective and productive.

So what should you include in your Magic Morning?

Tip 1: Drink Warm Water & Lemon Juice

The first thing I will do is have a mug of warm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice. As a rich source of vitamin C, lemon juice protects the body from immune system deficiencies and helps fight infections.

It also acts as a detoxifying agent and helps with maintaining digestive health.

Tip 2: Meditation

Every morning I do a 10 to 20-minute meditation. Meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress, control anxiety, promote a greater sense of well-being, increase focus and much more.

Lots of successful people include it in their morning routine. As author Tim Ferris explains in his book Tribe of Mentors, 80 percent of the successful mentors mentioned in the book have some sort of mindfulness or meditation practice first thing in the morning.

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Making exercise a part of your Magic Morning routine carries huge benefits for the whole day – even if it's just 10 or 15 minutes.
Tip 3: Exercise

I am to include a workout to get my body moving every morning. Twice a week I have a morning workout with my PT but on the days I am not seeing him, I’ll do some pilates or yoga in my living room. Even if it is just 10 or 15 minutes. A quick morning workout routine will boost your energy, wake you up, and release positive endorphins. The other benefit of a morning workout is it’ll kick start your metabolism ready for the fuel you’ll feed it for the day ahead, helping to promote a healthier lifestyle!

As Hal Elrod explains in the book Miracle Morning, “The benefits of morning exercise are too many to ignore. From waking you up and enhancing your mental clarity, to helping you sustain higher levels of energy throughout the day, exercising soon after rising can improve your life in many ways.”

You’ll often hear successful celebrities and business moguls stating the importance of morning exercise. Actress Jennifer Aniston loves a spin class, yoga or strength training before her day and often gets up at 4:30am to do it! Presenter and Entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey starts her morning with at least 15 minutes of exercise to improve her productivity and boost her energy levels.

Tip 4: Visualisation

Every morning, I visualise my day flowing with ease and achieving everything I have set out to. I will also do a visualisation of future goals too.

Visualisation is a powerful technique that can help you manifest and attract what you want, whether that is with the short-term goals or a situation in this particular moment, as well as being used for your long term goals that maybe a year or two or five years in the future.

In her article Visualize Your Way to Success (Really!), Marla Tabaka explains how visualisation works and how visualising success has been used by phenomenally successful people all over the world, from athletes and entrepreneurs alike.

See my blog, Harnessing the Power of Visualisation to Create Success to find out more on how you can use visualisation to create success by harnessing the power of your subconscious mind.

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Every morning I take time to do a visualisation of future goals too
Tip 5: Listen to a Motivational Video

Whilst getting ready, having a shower and putting on my makeup, I will listen to a motivational video on YouTube to lift my spirits and instil self-belief and a “I can do this, you’ve got this Alice” attitude.

Every day, it is important to listen to something that is going to help you take ACTION toward the person you want to become and YouTube is a fantastic source of these free videos.

Tip 6: Journaling

Every morning, I do five to ten minutes journaling because I found it has been beneficial in so many ways, including

    • Set my intentions for the day
    • Foresee any hurdles the day might bring so I can find a solution now (prevention is better than cure right!)
    • Iron out any kinks in my mindset that I might have woken up with!

I don’t think there is one set way to journal but some prompts I like to think about each morning include:

    1. How do I choose to feel today?
    2. What is my intention for today?
    3. How am I progressing on my long-term goals/life by design today?
    4. My positive affirmation/mantra for today is!

American artist and novelist Julia Cameron explained the importance of journaling in her book, The Artist’s Way. Julia calls her journal the ‘Morning pages’ and describes journaling as the most cost-effective therapy she has ever found.

Adapting the Magic Morning for You

No two people’s magic morning should be the same and there is no one-size fits all solution. We all have very busy lives and no two people are the same, so why should design your own Magic Morning. My circumstances are going to be completely different from yours, so this is not about copying my magic morning (or anyone else’s) minute by minute but being inspired by the creation of a morning routine that empowers you!

Also remember, something done is better than perfection not done! If you want to meditate for ten minutes but can only manage one, then that is good enough. If you want to spend fifteen minutes journaling but can only manage two, then that is better than nothing. Plus, over time, like me, you might find you naturally expand on it, so don’t put pressure on yourself. Start small. Take time everyday to build your Magic Morning routine into a life-time positive habit.

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Further Reading


Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique of time management? Read my blog Why Pomodoro Technique Increases Your Productivity, to find out how it will transform your time management and help you be more productive especially if you are working from home.

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What Does Your Morning Routine Say About You?

Everyone has a morning routine, regardless of whether it involves two steps or 20 steps. Having a morning routine is often an indicator of successful people, but realistically, we all have some form of a morning routine. Some start by rolling out of bed and heading straight to the coffee pot. Other morning routines involve rising with the sun and taking in the fresh morning air.

Maybe you haven’t thought about what exactly you’re morning routine is and what it says about you. That’s what this quiz is for! How many cups of coffee do you need before you’re fully awake? Do you even drink coffee, or do you prefer tea? Do you make time to meditate or exercise? Or, do you prefer to just roll out of bed and get right to your computer?

So, take this wonderful and informative quiz on the Bainfall Web Site  and figure out what your morning routine, or lack thereof, says about you!


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