How to Create a Morning Routine to Start your Day Right

How to Create a Morning Routine to Start your Day Right

Recently, I was reading through some fellow bloggers’ posts when I stumbled on a post from Blissfully Brunette called 8 Small Improvements to Live a Blissful Life. Kiara posted a great tip about the importance of having a solid morning and evening routine. Reading her article made me realize that I have been slacking on my morning routine lately. And I am feeling it!

Life without a morning routine feels chaotic. I start my days hitting the snooze more than a couple of times and wake up sometimes almost an hour later than I intended. After that, I spend my morning rushing around, complaining to myself, and neglecting priorities. I get to work feeling frazzled and it takes me some time to calm down and settle into work mode.

I have made a lot of excuses for shrugging off my morning routine. But the truth is, life gets unnecessarily complicated without it. Kiara reminded us that a morning routine helps us to enjoy our mornings and be more productive. Today, you and I are in this together. I’m going to get back into my morning routine and I’m inviting you to join me!

Why do You Need a Morning Routine?

Having a morning routine means having consistency and predictability in your life. When you wake up, you can feel assured that you already know what the beginning of your day will look like. There are no surprises that will ruin your day. In my professional life, I recommend that everyone develop some sort of routine because it has a dramatic affect on mental health and wellness. Life can be crazy chaotic. The last thing you need is to wake up stressed!

How a Morning Routine has Helped Me

Since developing a morning routine, I’ve become a morning person. This is coming from the person who used to sneak down to the basement to play on the computer at 4:00 AM and whose mom would blast on the lights in the morning and practically drag her out of bed. Now, I prefer to get up three hours before I actually have to get to work. If you would have told teenage me that someday I’d prefer to get up at 6:00 AM, I would have laughed at you! Now, if I’m rolling out of bed at 7:30, it feels like I’ve wasted valuable time in my day.

When I wake up earlier, I get a chance to have a little “me” time. At the end of the day, I love to spend time with my husband. But if I’m not careful, that could mean that I neglect time to myself. As it turns out, the morning gives me an opportunity to practice some of  my favorite self-care ideas before I go to work. Then I’m going into work feeling like I did something nice for myself rather than beating myself up over rushing.

After work, how much energy do you have to do laundry for the rest of the night? The only thing I want to do after work is crash on the couch with my husband and binge watch Friends on Netflix. When I follow my morning routine, I get more done earlier in the day so that when I get home, I can actually relax. You will find that when you start following your morning routine, you’ll be motivated to get more done. You’ll also find you have a lot more time in your day than you thought you did.

How to Create a Morning Routine

Start with considering what you have to do. Showering and eating come to mind. Make sure you plan in enough time for the necessities. The last thing you want to do is stress yourself out because you didn’t get to shower in the morning! Schedule in the time in your morning to make sure you are meeting your basic needs.

Creating a fulfilled life is simple when you work from a mind-body-soul perspective. Try to consider how you might be able to take care of your mind, body, and soul when developing your morning routine.

Mind

Think about what write down on your to-do list that you have a hard time getting to. Think about the tasks that keep your mind busy at night. Instead of saying “I should have gotten ___ done” at night, you can get them done in the morning. Schedule out a bit of time to get some chores completed so you won’t be thinking about them all day! You can choose to do the same one every day, or pick a different chore and rotate through.

Body

Create a morning routine to take care of your body. This doesn’t need to be exercise, but that’s what I like to do. Do a 10-15 minute yoga circuit, take your dog for a walk, or even do some stretches before you get out of bed. Taking care of your body in the morning could also be eating a healthy breakfast. It’s up to you!

Soul

Lastly, take care of your soul! There are so many options to really nourish your spirit in the morning. Take some time to journal, pray, read, color, cuddle with your pet– something that makes you smile and feel at peace.

Schedule

Whatever you decide to include in your morning routine, it’s important to schedule it. Keeping a schedule means you’ll be more likely to stick to your morning routine. Think about how long you want to spend on your morning routine. Don’t set yourself up to fail. If you don’t think you can get up a whole hour earlier, try a half hour instead. Or consider replacing the time you spend lying in bed in the morning.

Write down all morning routine ideas and how long they will take you. Set reminders in your phone or keep a note where you’ll see it! Let me or a friend know that you’re starting a morning routine to keep you accountable. I’m sharing my morning routine with you here to not only give you an example, but also to hold me accountable!

My Morning Routine

6:00 Wake up

6:00-6:15 Listen to a morning meditation. I recommend the Insight Timer app. It has thousands of free meditations! You can find Christian meditations, mindfulness meditations, soft music, bird sounds, chanting– whatever works for you.

6:15-6:20 Make the bed. A made up bed makes my bedroom feel so much more comfortable and inviting, and it feels good to do something productive as soon as I wake up.

6:20-6:50 Have a cup of coffee and breakfast at the breakfast bar, and read or journal. Having my coffee and breakfast at the counter rather than down in the living room means I’m more mindful. In other words, I’m not zoning out into my phone which leads to wasting time. I’ll also feed my pets during this time as well.

6:50-7:00 Get a chore done. Favorites for me include throwing in a load of laundry, washing the dishes, and taking out the trash.

7:00-7:15 Take a shower.

7:15-7:30 Brush my teeth and get dressed. When I’m following a morning routine, getting dressed doesn’t take long because I pick out and iron my clothes the night before. If I’m doing laundry, I’ll swap out the load here.

7:30-8:00 Take my dog for a walk. If David and I have plans to take him for a walk after work, I’ll also substitute going to the gym, doing a yoga sequence, or taking a solo walk here. If I’m going to do something more strenuous during this time, I’ll wait to shower until afterward.

8:00-8:10 Complete another chore. This may be folding the load of laundry or tidying up around the house. I don’t spend a ton of time on housework in the morning as you’ll see. But I do try to get something done to help me feel productive!

8:10-8:25 Finish getting ready for work. I’ll put on my makeup and dry my hair if it isn’t air-dried by now.

8:25-8:30 Wrap up. I’ll grab my lunch which I packed the night before, pour myself a to-go mug of coffee, and put my dog to bed.

8:30-8:45 Drive to work

8:45-9:00 Settle into work. I’ll say hi to all my coworkers and head into my office. I usually start my morning by creating a to-do list for the day, but sometimes I’ll do that the day before. I like to give myself at least 15 minutes before work actually starts to get settled in because I don’t like feeling rushed. Have you gathered that yet? 15 minutes is a good amount of time to help me transition from home mode into work mode.

9:00 Start the day!

Now that you have seen my morning routine, I’d love to see yours! What are some of your favorite morning rituals? How has a morning routine benefited you? Let me know in the comments!

How to Create a Morning Routine to Start your Day Right

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  • I absolutely love this! Having a morning routine seriously helps me feel organized and that I’m starting my off on the right foot. Great post!

  • Jenna Urben

    This is so inspiring! I’ve been wanting to wake up a bit earlier to meditate and practice yoga before starting my day.

  • I seriously need to step up my morning game, haha. I always sleep in, as I’m not a morning person – the blessing and curse of working from home!

    • Oh I can imagine it’s hard to get in a routine when you work from home! I did homebased therapy for a while where I worked out of my car and did a lot of my work at home (I didn’t have an office) and it was so hard to focus and get things done.

  • Dapper House

    You know, you are so totally right. I find that when I have a routine, I tend to be more productive the rest of the day. These tips are on point!

  • Samantha Carter

    This is one of the best “Morning Routine” posts I’ve read – which is saying a lot, because I’m working on setting my new morning routine now and I tend to over-research things… LoL! But yours is the first I’ve come across that mentioned taking time for Mind, Body, and Spirit. For example, I was just complaining to my husband last night that I got a bunch of watercolor supplies a week ago because I want to learn how to paint cute flowers and such, and I haven’t had time to touch them. And a 10-15 minute yoga sequence is the kind of exercise I would actually do!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Learning2Bloom

    Yes! I have to keep a morning routine or I can’t handle much with my kids and end up having an awful day at work! This is so important. I also love to write everything down, which helps me stick to it every day.

  • love this! Creating a routine for the mind-body-soul connection is essential! and often over looked! I typically do more soulful things in the evening, but would love to incorporate something in the morning!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    Morning routines are so important! I’m a teacher, so I’m off for summer and it has seriously hampered my morning routine, I’ve had to adjust it a lot, but I’m finally warming up to the new routine!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  • What a great routine! I’ve struggled with this bit of self-care a lot lately. Most of the time I’m rushing around, or creating a needlessly complicated routine that I cannot stick to. Maybe I’ll give it another shot now using yours as a template!

  • Nakeya Fincher

    Routines are important for keeping everything in order. Without routines, life was be chaotic.. Great post and thanks for sharing your morning schedule.

  • Nicole Banuelos

    Yes! A morning routine is so crucial to my day as a stay at home mom. Without it, I might go crazy! lol

  • Samantha O’Brian Summers

    This is an area I know I’ve struggled with for years. I cannot fathom actually getting up and accomplishing what I need to get done for the day. I am working on it, this is an excellent post to try to implement onto my life.

  • I used to be more structured when I was a managing consultant. A morning routine was a must because my works days could be long and unpredictable. Now as a comedian, my day doesn’t start until I take the dogs to the dog park and watch Price is Right. Everything else is just a bonus. The old me would have never guessed I’d survive without a daily routine and yet the spontaneity is good for my creativity.

    • That’s great that you found something that works for you! A comedian, wow! Sounds like a fun job. A complete 180 from managing consultant eh?

  • Lisa

    Sounds like a great morning routine! Have you seen the Make Over Your Morning course? I loved it and it really helped me.

  • I find that having a routine keeps you from feeling stressed and helps to keep you from forgetting anything!

  • Melissa Blake

    I desperately need to stick to a morning routine! So often I’ll stick to it for a couple days and then get all off schedule again…thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

  • Nicole Condit

    Morning routines are key for me. If The kids wake up early and I don’t get to complete my routine, the whole day feels out of whack. Great reminder of how important it is to start your day right.

  • I find morning routines that involve waking up early are hard for me. I am a teacher and have to drive 30 minutes, one way, welcoming kids at 7:15am and need be to bed by 10 to make sure I get enough sleep. My only real “me” time is on the car ride home. Agh! :]

    erika || http://www.entirelyerika.com

    • Oh man that’s tough! Working that early must be pretty draining, but I’m glad you have your own time on your commute!

  • My husband works third shift and I work from home, so our schedules are the opposite of “normal 9-5” people. We go to bed around 5am or 6am. He wakes up before me, because he has to leave for work and he likes to do extra work before his shift starts. I work from home, so my schedule is really lax (except when I’m teaching). I’ve never been a morning person though!

  • Terryn Winfield

    You have a long, but thorough morning routine! I agree, a routine in the morning and at night is a must for our family!

    • My husband gets up at 4 am for work, so by the time he leaves I’m already starting to wake up. The animals are all awake at that point and I usually go to bed around 10 pm which leaves quite a lot of time in the morning to be productive 🙂

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