Having a morning routine can be the secret to a successful day, every day. But creating a morning routine is so much easier said than done.
If you’re anything like me, it’s likely that you’ve tried to create a morning routine before but have struggled to wake up and follow through. Here are some tips that will help you know how to create a morning routine that you will actually stick to (and enjoy).
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Examine Your Current Routine
You’re more likely to follow through with your morning routine if it’s tied to your natural routine.
Everyone has a morning routine, whether they’re aware of it or not. If you pay attention, you’ll find that you probably do the same things when you wake up each morning.
Maybe you wake up, drink some water, watch the news, then eat breakfast. Or maybe you wake up, take a shower, put on your makeup, then head to work.
Over the next couple days, take some time to note what your current routine is. Write down what you do and how much time each task takes each morning.
Know Your Why
If you’re going to stick with your new routine, you’ll need to know why you’re doing it. In the morning when you’re struggling to get out of bed, it’s helpful to remind yourself why it’s important that you get up.
Maybe you want more personal time before the kids wake up. Maybe you want time to eat breakfast before you have to head to work. Maybe you want to start your day with meditation or prayer.
Take a moment to think about why you want to create a morning routine and what you’re going to get out of it. Then write down your reason.
Brainstorm the Possibilities
Here comes the fun part! Now that you know what your current routine is and why you want to create a better morning routine, it’s time to decide what your new routine will look like.
First, you should brainstorm what to include in your morning routine. Think about all the things you want to do during the first hour of your day and write down all the options.
If you need help thinking of things to include, check out this list of 27 things to include in your morning routine.
Create a New Morning Routine
Once you’ve come up with a list of all the things you might want to include in your morning routine, go through and write down what your new routine will be.
Try to build off of your current routine as much as possible. For example, if you normally wake up and shower right away, you might want to keep that the same but then add on to that by reading or eating breakfast right after you shower.
If you’re having a hard time deciding, you can create a few different possible routines and then decide which one will work best for you.
Create an Evening Routine
Congrats – you now have a morning routine! But you’re not quite done yet.
Have you ever tried to get up early and have a quiet, relaxed morning, only to wake up and be upset that you can’t find the shirt you want to wear and you still need to pack your lunch and now you’re going to be late and this morning is terrible?! (That’s my actual stream of conscious some days.)
That’s because every successful morning starts the night before. By doing the things that you can do the night before – especially the things you don’t really want to do – you free up time and mental energy to focus on the parts of your morning that energize you.
My evening routine includes packing my lunch, setting out my work and gym clothes, and placing a cup of water on my nightstand.
Take a moment to go through the steps above and set up an evening routine that will help you carry out your morning routine. Then follow through on your evening routine tonight.
Set Your Alarm
While creating a morning routine doesn’t have to mean that you wake up earlier, for a lot of people that’s part of the change they want to make.
If you’ve decided to have an earlier wake up time as part of your morning routine, take a second now to set your alarm for tomorrow morning. Then, tonight when you go to bed, make sure your alarm is across the room from your bed where you won’t be able to reach it easily.
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One Last Note
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to start a morning routine, tomorrow is it. This is me saying that the change has to start now. Don’t wait for the perfect moment because it won’t come.
Set your alarm for tomorrow and decide right now that you’ll get out of bed when it goes off.
If you’ve followed these instructions for how to create a morning routine and you take the first action by getting up tomorrow and following through, you’re well on your way to starting your days off right.