Do your mornings feel rushed? Are you going into your day feeling unprepared? Do you wish you had more time to accomplish your goals? If this is the case, it's time you created a morning routine.
Outlined below are the 4 steps to designing your routine. As well as the tips and tricks to stick to it and how to make your mornings run smoothly.
Morning Routine Ideas
To give you inspiration for what you can include in your morning routine, here is a list of 20 activities you can do.
When choosing what activities to create your routine, think about what makes you feel like you'll have a successful day and what will bring you closer to your goals. (Want more information on how to achieve your goals? Read my other article...)
- Do something creative
- Drink a glass of water
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Learn a language
- Listen to a podcast
- Listen to music
- Make your bed
- Plan your day
- Make your lunch
- Play an instrument
- Read a book
- Review your goals
- Tidy up
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 if you have different schedules. A quick tip to stay consistent with a varied schedule is to create 2 routines for different types of days. You can also create a simplified routine to fall back on if you're rushed.
How Do You Start A Morning Routine?
A morning routine prepares your mind for the day ahead. It can also move you closer to your goals if you choose to include a goal-related activity in it.
So, over the next 4 steps you'll create your morning routine.
Step 1: Figure Out Your Sleep & Wake Times
The first step is to decide when you need to go to bed and when you need to wake up. These questions are fundamental to your morning routine. Below are the 4 questions to figure out what your ideal schedule is.
- What time do you want to wake up?
- What time do you start work?
- How many hours of sleep do you need?
- What time do you need to go to bed?
Step 2: Pick Your Essentials
Next you will determine what your non-negotiable activities are. They might include eating breakfast, styling your hair and following your morning skincare routine.
- What do you need to do before you start work?
- What activities are required before you can leave the house?
Step 3: Choose 1-2 New Habits
As your 3rd step, you're going to choose 1-2 new habits to include in your routine. You'll want to start with small activities that take 5-10 minutes each. This will ensure that you don't get overwhelmed.
- What skill do you want to develop?
- What activity do you want to incorporate in your life?
Step 4: Try The Routine
Finally, it's time to choose a time-frame for the length of time you'll try your new routine before reviewing it. You could review it in 2 weeks or 4 weeks. At the end of the time period, review how it went and see if you want to change, remove or add activities.
- What activities did you enjoy?
- What felt like a chore?
- Were you able to stick to it?
- What worked well?
How Do You Become A Morning Person?
Becoming a morning person is not an overnight change, it takes time. Some days you’ll sleep in and won’t have time to do a morning routine and that’s ok. Just follow it the next day and try not to miss 2 days in a row.
Here are some tips on becoming a morning person:
- Do something you love when you first wake up (e.g. read your favourite book, listen to music)
- Get up early on weekends
- Move your bedtime back in 15 minute increments
- Open your curtains or blinds or turn on the light
Morning Routine Hacks
There are more hacks you can use to make your mornings run smoothly. Using these alongside your routine will help you to succeed in the mornings.
Add It To Your Planner
- Write your morning routine in your weekly planner (download your free weekly planner)
Avoid Your Phone
- Avoid social media & emails
- Only use apps relevant to your morning routine
- Use an alarm clock instead of the alarm on your phone
Have A Bedtime
- 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 Breakfast Simple
- Have a list of 5-10 quick breakfasts you can make in under 10 minutes
- Prepare your breakfasts and freeze or refrigerate them at the beginning of the week and then defrost & reheat in the morning
Plan Ahead For Your Morning Routine
- Choose your outfit the night before
- Plan when you'll do each stage of your routine
Plan Your Workout
- Choose the workout the day or week before
- Lay out your workout clothes & shoes the night before
To make your mornings effortless and bring you closer to your goals, create a morning routine that serves you. It only takes 4 steps but it will transform your life. You can also take steps to ensure it runs smoothly by planning ahead.
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