How you begin your blogging day dictates how your blogging day flows.
I have a lovely little morning routine that gets me going. Works like a charm.
But I resisted doing the blogging routine bit for many years because I did not know how to follow successful advice. I struggled. Big time. For a long time. All because I ignored millionaire and billionaire advice.
After listening to success podcasts I spied a pattern: successful people almost always follow a strict routine. Routines differ from person to person but all follow a habitual pattern to succeed.
Check my routine out.
Blogging Routine Morning
I wake up when I wake up. I never set an alarm because getting 8-9 hours of sleep energizes me to start my day and to persist through my blogging day.
After waking up – usually between 8 AM and 9 AM – I walk downstairs, fire up a K Cup of coffee, drink 24 ounces of water from my water filter jug, and clean the litter box. Yep; part of my morning routine.
I head upstairs to the home office, pull out the chair, and publish a video blog post. After light promotion I read and respond to comments on my blog. I hop on to a few sites where I guest post and write and publish some guesties. Then I check my email.
By the time I am done checking my email, noon has arrived. Morning done. I can get into my daily blogging routine for future posts.
Key Points to Make
Sleep is huge! Everybody wants to know how I remain energized and look to some morning routine. Nope. I get more than enough sleep nightly and stay in bed if I sleep poorly to be well-rested. Sleep is so important for your blogging day because well-rested bloggers:
- think clearly
- blog creatively
- become prolific
- become connected
- energize themselves for the full day
After getting sleep, blogging mainly for fun, generously, with love, sets the tone for my day. I do not check email on waking because I love creating a blog post for other people. Love. Fun. Generosity. Works well for me.
Diving into comments connects me with humans which feels good. Feeling good starts your morning on the right foot.
What About Yoga and Exercise?
I know you are dying to ask me: what about my 90 minutes of deep yin yoga and 90 minutes of power walking daily?
Deep yin begins at 1 PM to 2 PM normally. Power walking begins at 6 PM to 8 PM.
I vibe with doing this stuff later in the day versus on waking. But if exercising and doing yoga and meditating feels good on waking for you, follow your lead. Listen to your gut. Follow your intuition. Trust your inner pull. Honor it, and you will figure out specific activities and time frames work for you.
Be Flexible Not Rigid
Do not blindly follow my blogging morning routine without questioning yourself and analyzing what feels good to you. I am incredibly flexible. My routine may change tomorrow. I never know because I am open.
Be flexible, not rigid. Feelings change over time. Everything changes over time. I loved meditating on waking a decade ago. But over the years I shifted toward exercising then, doing deep yin yoga, on waking.
Now I realized that the actions or timing of the routines itself has no bearing on your blogging success. How you feel daily dictates your blogging success.
Do what resonates with you.
Make It Daily
Make your blogging morning routine a daily bit. See what works for you then honor the habitual patterns because humans need regular feeling and energy management on a day to day basis to allow habits to take root.
Most people do not follow any habitual, successful blogging routine. Then they wonder why they struggle so horribly with blogging when they mindlessly plow through the day wildly, with no awareness, no discipline, no sound strategy.
Follow some morning blogging ritual daily to feel good.
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging at Blogging From Paradise.