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How I Failed at Creating a Morning Routine

Last month, I tried to create a morning routine I loved…. and I failed miserably. While I think it’s important to celebrate and learn from successes, I also think it’s important to learn from our failures. That’s why I want to share with you how I failed at creating a morning routine.

Morning Routine

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What the Plan Was

When I set up my goals for May and decided to create a morning routine, I made a plan. And, let me tell you, it was a great plan. I wrote out what my ideal morning routine looked like and what my morning routine was already and then I wrote out a five-week plan that gradually changed my current routine into my ideal routine. It looked something like this:

Week 1:
The night before:
Set out clothes
Pack lunch
Asleep by 10:30

Week 2:
The night before:
Set out clothes
Pack lunch
Asleep by 10:15

In the morning:
6:15 – Wake up
6:15-6:30 – Take care of the dog
6:30-7 – Shower/get dressed
7 – Leave the house

Week 3:
The night before:
Set out clothes
Pack lunch
Asleep by 10

In the morning:
6– Wake up
6-6:15 – Read the Bible/pray
6:15-6:30 – Take care of the dog
6:30-7 – Shower/get dressed
7 – Leave the house

Week 4:
The night before:
Set out clothes
Pack lunch
Asleep by 9:45

In the morning:
5:45 – Wake up
5:45-6 – Read the Bible/pray
6 – Eat breakfast
6-6:15 – Work on the blog
6:15-6:30 – Take care of the dog
6:30-7 – Shower/get dressed
7 – Leave the house

Week 5:
The night before:
Set out clothes
Pack lunch
Asleep by 9:30

In the morning:
5:30 – Wake up
5:30-5:45 – Read the Bible/pray
5:45 – Eat breakfast
5:45-6:15 – Work on the blog
6:15-6:30 – Take care of the dog
6:30-7 – Shower/get dressed
7 – Leave the house

Related: How To Turn Long-Term Goals Into Short-Term Goals

What I Did Wrong

As you can see, this was a solid plan. I even planned out what I needed to do the night before in order to be successful. However, I made a number of mistakes along the way that ultimately led to my failure:

1. I Didn’t Start Small Enough

My plan started with waking up at 6:15am each morning for the first two weeks because that’s the time I had been waking up when I initially created the plan. However, by the time I started the plan, I had moved to waking up closer to 7am. I found out quickly that the leap from 7am to 6:15am was just too much, so I was already behind when I started. This was probably the biggest hindrance to accomplishing my goal. I spent the entire month trying to catch up and was never able to. Looking back, I should have adjusted my plan when I realized that the time I was waking up had shifted.

2. My Morning Plans Weren’t Achievable

Another mistake I made was setting unachievable morning goals. A huge part of my plan in waking up early was to spend time working on the blog. However, we don’t have internet at our house, so working on the blog in the morning was really difficult. When it came time to wake up, I knew I wouldn’t be able to work on the blog, so I felt like there was no reason to get up earlier, and I ended up sleeping in. It’s really important to make sure your morning plans are actually achievable in order to motivate yourself to get up.

3. I Didn’t Realize What I Would Have to Give Up

Waking up earlier means going to bed earlier. If you want to wake up earlier, you have to be willing to give up some of the things that used to fill your evenings in order to be home and in bed by 9-9:30pm. I didn’t realize this at the beginning of the month and really struggled with making decisions to go to bed instead of staying up late or going out. Going to bed earlier – and, therefore, waking up earlier – definitely requires commitment.

4. I Didn’t Get My Husband on Board

While I certainly don’t expect my husband to wake up at 5:30am with me, I failed to recognize the importance of talking to him about my plans to wake up that early. In order to wake up at 5:30am, I have to be asleep by 9:30pm. But I ran into trouble last month when my husband wanted to stay up late watching a movie or spend time together after he got home from work on Wednesdays at 9pm. It became clear that I needed to tell him my intended bed time each night and plan ahead in order to spend time together before that time.

One Last Note

I hope the mistakes I made are helpful for you to think about as you begin to plan your own morning routine.

Even though I failed at creating a morning routine last month, I’m not giving up. I’ve decided to learn from my mistakes and make creating a morning routine one of my goals for July. Hopefully, I’ll be sharing a post about how I succeeded at creating a morning routine soon!

Update: After failing my morning routine goal again in July, I decided it was time to enlist some help. I invested a little in Make Over Your Mornings  and am now working through it for the second time. I love it! The course even has a day titled “What to Do When You Fail (Because We All Do)”. Perfect, right?! If you’re interested, you can get access to day one for free.

How I Failed At Creating A Morning Routine

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