When your alarm goes off in the morning… are you jumping out of bed and ready to take on the day or are you the person that snoozes a million times? Does your morning routine set you up for the day or are you busy running out the door forgetting to grab your keys? What if your morning was relaxing and calm and put you in the right mindset for the day?
You might have heard about the ”Miracle Morning” or have watched interviews that ask CEOs and Millionaires about their morning routine. I think we try to find this one answer to the perfect morning that will make us successful but I’ve come to realize that each person needs to design their ideal morning to fit their needs.
Why Routines are important –
Having a routine allows you to save your brain calories. Research shows that our brain can only make a certain amount of decisions in a day without feeling fatigued. Having a routine takes out the guess work in the morning. Save your decision making for tougher decisions throughout the day. Rely on your routine to make it easy on yourself.
Having a routine will also help relieve stress and increase productivity. Instead of running around trying to find your shoes as you are running out the door because you are worried that you’re going to be late, you will be able to get ready with intention.
Steps for your ideal morning routine –
01 // Take Inventory of Your Current Morning Routine.
Do you already love your mornings? Do you have a routine setup that puts you in the right state of mind? Do you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day? What are things that you do that make you love your morning? What things do you wish were different?
.02 // Make Your Morning Yours.
Don’t worry about everyone else’s routine. Their routine doesn’t work for you. What is going to make you feel good about taking on the day? Maybe you love your coffee or like to workout in the morning? Does waking up before everyone else and having a few minutes to yourself give you a moment of peace?
Decide what your goals are. If you have no reason to wake up early, then you won’t have the motivation to get out in the morning.
.03 // Experiment.
Below is a list of things you can try in the morning. We usually recommend to only try one thing at a time to see if it makes a difference in your morning routine. Does it make you feel better? Do you think consistently doing it will make a long term difference? If some of these things sound miserable or will make your morning worse, then cross those off the list.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO ADD ENERGY TO YOUR MORNING –
- Wake up without snoozing
- Make your bed
- Open the curtains
- Stretch or do yoga
- Take a cold shower
- Go on a walk
- Keep your phone in another room
- Make yourself tea or coffee
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO ADD SELF CARE TO YOUR MORNING –
- Brush your teeth
- Skincare routine
- Drink a glass of water (bonus points if you add lemon)
- Have your morning tea/coffee
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Do your Makeup
- Change out of pajamas
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO IMPROVE YOUR MINDSET –
- Meditate (You can try out the app headspace or calm to help you meditate)
- Take deep breaths
- Practice gratitude
- Listen to music
- Repeat your affirmations
- Read a book
- Listen to a positive podcast
- Don’t open social media apps
IF YOU WANT TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE –
- Review your to do list and set 3 priorities for the day
- Read a non-fiction book
- Review your Goals
- Get Ready for the Day
- Put your Phone on Do Not Disturb until you are finished getting ready for the day
.04 // Adjust and Repeat
Make adjustments and repeat until you get your ideal morning. You’ll discover things you like or don’t like or things that might take a long time. I recommend trying it out for 1 week to see if you like the outcome. Track what works and what doesn’t work.
The other recommendation is to have two versions of your ideal morning. One that you can do when you have plenty of time and one that you can do if you are pressed for time. Sometimes we miss an alarm or sometimes we just can’t pull ourselves out of bed in time to get ready. But having a shortened routine that you can still run through and still accomplish your morning will help you not feel flustered. Maybe you don’t have time for a full exercise routine but you can do a quick 10 minute HIIT Workout.
Set your morning up for success –
In order for your mornings to work you will need to consider your full day. What is going to help you accomplish your morning goals? The more you have ready to go the night before, the more successful your mornings will be.
Things to consider the night before:
- Set up a specific bedtime every night.
- Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep.
- Lay out your outfit or your workout outfit for the next morning.
- Know what you’ll have for breakfast.
- Prep your top three priorities the night before so you know what you can start working on right away.
My Current Morning Routine –
I know that when I don’t do my morning routine, my day is not the same. If i am running late, or if i don’t wake up on time, then it has a domino effect on the rest of my day. When you are ready for the morning then you are calm and at peace and usually have more time so you aren’t in a hurry anywhere.
I started having a morning routine in high school. I have made plenty of adjustments but high school was when I found out that I enjoy having a routine that I stick to. I notice right away when my routine goes off schedule and then everything else gets away from me.
• Wake up at 5:30am without snoozing. I will check any text messages but I don’t look at my emails or my social media.
• I brush my teeth and change into workout clothes
• I do a 30- 45 minute workout depending on the exercise
• I will drink from my Hydroflask as I get ready for the day. I’m the person that gets fully ready for the day no matter if I’m leaving the house that day or working from home. I will do full makeup and my hair. This is actually the main part of my morning routine that I enjoy the most and it is the most calming part of my routine. I love taking my time to get ready. While I’m getting ready I will either watch YouTube video, listen to a podcast, listen to music, or listen to an audiobook. I choose to listen to productive podcasts and youtube videos or business audiobooks. I want my time to be useful and positive in the morning and no negative thoughts.
• After getting ready for the day, I change into an actual outfit instead of sweats or pajamas.
I will make myself breakfast, take my vitamins, and make myself coffee and then sit down for work for the day. I lay out my to do list from the night before so when I sit down at my desk I know what I am working on.
Things to Note –
We believe in morning routines that is why most of our planners include spreads that will help you with your morning routine. Most of our planners include habit trackers, a page for your routines, gratitude/journaling, exercise trackers and meal planners.
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