Unless you’re on vacation or have the day off work, following a morning routine can be a great way to start your day the positive way.
How you start your day can have a huge impact on the remainder of your day.
If your morning routine is smooth and organized, you’ll probably have a less stressful day than if you started your morning disorganized and rushed.
My morning routine begins before my kids wake up- I spend the first hour of my day enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, making my bed, eating a healthy breakfast and meditating.
Your morning routine might look completely different! If you don’t have kids, then you can solely focus on yourself in the morning. You might take a shower, enjoy a healthy breakfast and read a newspaper or magazine. Or if you’re active, you might enjoy a morning gym session before getting ready for work.
If you don’t have a morning routine and the thought of creating one from scratch seems too hard, the following blog shares some ideas and suggestions to help you plan a morning routine.
How To Create The Perfect Morning Routine
We’ve already established that morning routines can be different for everyone, and so there isn’t one set “perfect morning routine”.
My advice in creating your routine is to think about the kind of person you are, and what’s important to you.
The idea of a morning routine is to put you in a position where you are going to be your most productive for the remainder of the day. It’s the chance to do those things that make you feel good about yourself, so that you start off feeling refreshed, positive and ready to move on with the day.
What Makes You Happy?
Write down a list of things that you like to do to make you happy. Some examples could include reading, having a relaxing bath, eating a delicious meal, writing in a journal or taking your dog for a walk.
How Much Time Do You Have?
Once you’ve got a list of things, think about what time you wake up and how much time you have from when you wake to when you need to officially start your day (ie. When you need to go to work or wake the kids up etc…). It’s important to set aside an amount of time for your morning routine, before you create your actual routine.
Your Draft Morning Routine
Now that you have your list of happy things and know how much time you have available, create a rough draft of your perfect morning routine. Take into consideration how much time each part of your morning will take, making sure you don’t run over time or you could be late for work!
Time For A “Test Run”
Do a “test run” of your perfect morning routine. Choose a day that isn’t your typical day- it could be a weekend, a public holiday or a day off work. As you trial your morning routine, make note of what works well and what could be improved on. Adjust your routine and try it again another day.
Make A Commitment
Make a commitment to trial the morning routine each day for at least 30 days. It can take up to a month to create a new habit, so don’t give up after only a few days!
Remember, if something isn’t working with your routine, change it! It’s up to you to make it work.
My Morning Routine
Here’s my typical morning routine- it can differ depending on what day of the week it is and whether the kids are at school or on vacation.
5.30am- I wake up, have a stretch and put the kettle on. While the kettle is boiling, I make my bed.
5.45-6.15am- I spend half an hour enjoying a healthy breakfast and cup of coffee or tea. In the summer I like to eat fresh fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, or toasted paleo bread topped with sliced banana and peanut butter. Yum!
6.15am-6.30am- I meditate for 15 minutes. I usually follow a guided meditation on Youtube.
6.30am-7am- Depending on how I feel that morning, I will either read a book, write in my journal or write a to-do list for the day. I usually play soft music in the background to keep me feeling relaxed.
By 7am, my kids wake up and demand breakfast!
Do you have a morning routine and how have you found its impact on the remainder of your day? What do you find the most challenging about having (or trying to have) a morning routine?