How To Create Your Morning Routine
Are you fed up of rushing around in the mornings trying to get ready? Then maybe it’s time you tried a morning routine.
A morning routine can prepare your mind for the day. And it’s especially helpful when you work for yourself as it gives you structure. It can also help you get things done that you might forget or neglect if you left them until later in the day.
Morning is the time between waking up and 12pm. And a routine is when you do things in a certain order at a certain time. So we can see that a morning routine means you do activities in a certain order between when you wake up and 12pm.
Morning Routine Examples
There are a variety of morning routines you can do. Here are some great routines and examples from entrepreneurs.
The miracle morning routine can be done in as little as 6 minutes (1 minute for each section) or as long as you have time for. But it is often done for 1 hour.
- Sit in silence
- Pray or meditate
- Say your affirmations
- Visualise your goals or day
- Jumping jacks or other form of exercise
- Read personal development book
- What you’re proud of
- How you want your day to go
- Write your thoughts
The 3 minute morning consists of 3 sections: God + Plan + Move. You do these for 30 days, which will build a habit, and then when you feel ready, scale it up (e.g. add a workout or run into the ‘move’ time).
- Pray Psalm 143:8
- Review your calendar or plan for the day
- Drink a glass of water
- Wake up at 6am
- Go for a walk
- Eat breakfast
- Write a gratitude list
- Watch TV, video’s or read
- Make bed
- Track money
- Get dressed & apply make-up
- Wake up 5-5:30am on weekdays
- Drink a 16oz glass of lemon water
- Skincare routine
- 30-45 min workout
- Fake tan maintenance
- Write her affirmations
- Write morning pages
Morning Routine Ideas
Here are 20 ideas for you to use for your morning routine. There are health based, personal growth and other ideas.
- Do something creative
- Drink a glass of water
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Listen to a podcast
- Listen to music
- Make your bed
- Plan your day
- Plan your lunch
- Play an instrument
- Read a chapter of a book (fiction or nonfiction)
- Review your goals
- Tidy up
- Watch a Youtube video
How Long Does Your Morning Routine Take?
It’s up to you how long your morning routine is. You may want to have a 3-hour routine between 5am and 8am or you may want a 30 minute routine between 8am and 8:30am.
Your morning routine may vary from day-to-day if you’re really busy or you have different schedules. It’s important to re-evaluate it when your circumstances change.
A quick tip to stay consistent is to create a normal morning routine and a pared back routine for when you’re rushed.
How Do I Become A Morning Person?
Becoming a morning person is not an overnight change. It takes time. And some days you’ll sleep in and won’t have time to do a morning routine and that’s ok.
Here are some tips on becoming a morning person.
- Do something you really want to do when you first wake up (e.g. read your favourite book, listen to music)
- Get up early on weekends
- Move your bedtime & wake time back gradually (e.g. if you go to bed at 11pm, then try going to bed by 10:45pm)
- Open your curtains or blinds or turn on the light
Morning Routine Hacks
Here are some great morning routine hacks that’ll help you have the best morning. And make your mornings easier.
- Roughly figure out how many hours of sleep you need or want (e.g. 8.5 hours)
- Then count back from the time you want to get up (e.g. wake at 7am so 10:30pm sleep time)
- Then allow an extra ½-1 hour to get ready for bed and fall asleep (e.g. 9:30pm-10pm = bedtime and lights off)
Make Mornings Easier
- Plan what you’re going to do in the morning (e.g. if you want to read 1 chapter, choose what book you’ll read from)
- Choose your outfit the night before
- If you’re working out, choose the workout the day or week before & lay out your workout clothes & shoes the night before (e.g. if running, choose how long you’ll run for, where you’ll run & lay out your running kit)
- Have a list of 5-10 quick breakfasts you can make in under 10 minutes, so you don’t have to decide what to eat in the morning
- Avoid your phone when you first wake up as it’s easy for 1 quick check to turn into a 1-hour long check and then you’ll end up rushing to finish your morning
- Prepare your breakfasts and freeze or refrigerate them at the beginning of the week and then defrost & reheat in the morning
How Do I Start A Morning Routine?
Here are the four simple steps to creating your morning routine.
1. Figure Out Your Sleep & Wake Times
Here are 4 questions to ask yourself:
- What time do I want to wake up?
- What time do I want to start work?
- How many hours of sleep do I need?
- What time do I need to go to bed?
2. Pick Your Essentials
Your essentials are the non-negotiables that you need to do each day.
- What do you need to do before you start work?
- What makes you feel like a human in the morning?
3. Choose 1-2 Habits To Start With
Start with small activities to add to your morning routine. And choose just 1 or 2 to start with so you don’t get overwhelmed and lose consistency.
- E.g. read a chapter or make your bed.
4. Choose How Long You Want To Try The Routine
Try the routine for a set period of time and see how it goes. At the end of the time period, review how it went and see if you want to change, remove or add activities.
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 90 days
There are many different morning routines you can do. Try following one of the examples above or create your own morning routine.
Your 4 simple steps:
- Figure out when you want to wake-up and go to sleep
- Pick your essentials
- Choose 1-2 habits to start with
- Choose how long to try the routine
Make your mornings easier by:
- Having a bedtime
- Choosing what you’ll do in the morning
- Avoid your phone when you first wake up
- Planning your breakfasts
- Choosing your outfit and workout clothes the night before