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Morning Routine: Getting Creative with Ideas

Welcome back. You already have your vision for your morning routine, so in this second step, we're going to get creative and come up with lots of ideas.

You probably already have some ideas in mind, things that you want to include in your morning routine. But let's think about some others.

There are different ways to come up with ideas for your morning routine.

Firstly, you can make a list of anything you know you want to include in your morning routine, things that you had thought about before you started this course.

You can Take a few minutes to write these down.

Secondly, think about the vision you created in the previous lesson. Reflect on that. Can you think of anything else that you may want to include in your morning routine?

For instance, if your vision included something like creating healthy habits, what ideas could you come up with?

You could decide to have healthy breakfasts, or start your days with some form of exercise.

So refer back to your vision and see what other ideas you can add to your list.

Finally, you can do a fun exercise to generate more ideas, and this will help you think of things that may be a bit more different, more creative.

There is a technique called crazy 8s, and it's a great tool to come up with ideas that are a little bit different.

Here's what you are going to do.

  1. Take a sheet of paper and fold it in eight sections, which will give you eight spaces to write on.

  2. Set a timer for 8 minutes.

  3. Then write in each section of the sheet of paper one idea of something you could include in your morning routine to make you happier.

Make sure to come up with all 8 ideas, and don't worry if you think of things you haven't tried before, if your ideas are a bit ridiculous, or if they seem a bit too hard. This is called crazy 8s because it is designed to take you out of your comfort zone. At this stage, anything goes - as long as it inspires you.

And don't think about what you should do. Who cares if someone's morning routine includes swimming in a frozen river or spending an hour chanting mantras?

Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, but if these things don't motivate or inspire you, you're not going to do it.

Take a few minutes to try out this exercise.

Your task: to complete the second step of your morning routine, you should come up with a long list of ideas for activities that you can include in your mornings.

Some of these will be things that you already do and want to continue, some will bring you closer to your vision, and others may be things that you're not so sure about. That's fine, for now, keep all of them.

By creating this long list of ideas, you've completed the second step.

In the next lesson, we will take your ideas and start getting practical, setting specific objectives.

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Julia Barbosa