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As I mentioned in the first post of this routine series, I love learning about people’s routines. I feel like you can learn a lot about someone by finding out what they do everyday. Plus, it always gives me good ideas for adjusting my own.
My routine didn’t happen overnight. It took time for me to figure things out and get into a flow. I’m usually guilty of trying to do too much. In the morning I generally don’t have a ton of time, so I had to be sure to focus on the things that would make the biggest impact. These had to be items that I would feel good about even if I got nothing else done that day.
I’m going to give you a glimpse into my morning routine and give you some ideas for creating your own. Take what resonates with you and leave the rest. And let go of the thought you have to get it right your first morning. This may take some time and that’s okay — you’ll learn along the way!
My usual morning practice
There are certain things I do each day that are mindless at this point. I wake up. I make the bed (if my husband isn’t still sleeping). I take my thyroid medication (this has to be taken on an empty stomach so I always keep water next to the bed and try to do this immediately). I go in the bathroom to do expected, brush my teeth, and wash my face. A workout is ideal in the morning, but sometimes it happens in the evening — I don’t stress it. I usually shower at night, but I’ll rinse off after a workout.
Now that I feel like an actual awake person, I can get into my routine.
Each day looks a bit different as far as wake up time goes. Some days we have a sales meeting, some days I do a 6am Pure Barre class, some days I opt to sleep in because I don’t have anything planned for the morning. I know this isn’t encouraged by sleep experts, but this is how my current season looks. It’s working for now, but I’m always open to change for the better.
Although the time I’m getting started with my routine varies, the length of time and items involved are the same. My routine takes just over an hour and there are six activities outside of my usual morning practice.
- Spanish lesson
- Write the Word journal
- Care for Stella
- Water plants (if needed)
I have a “Routine + Activities” note in my phone where I can check off the items as I do them. I also have my ideal morning written down for different scenarios which helps me know when I should wake up and where my routine fits in. This helped make it a habit because it was an internal accountability tool. If for reason something didn’t get done in the morning, I could refer to my list and do it at a later time. My morning routine isn’t always perfect.
Ideas for cultivating your morning routine
I would suggest you choose 3-5 items to be a part of your routine as you’re getting into the habit. You can always adjust this as needed. Your routine can be as long or short as you need to feel centered and ready for the day ahead.
- Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea
- Read the Bible
- Gratitude journal
- Listen to your favorite music
- Make a healthy breakfast
- Take vitamins
- Catch up on your favorite podcast
- Go for a walk
- Call a friend or family member
This list is certainly not exhaustive — use it to inspire your own morning routine. Choose things that make you feel energized, joyful, prepared, and productive. If you’re needing extra encouragement to create a routine, I highly recommend the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. His philosophy is “if you win the morning, you win the day.” Lets win the day, yall!
Tips for cultivating your morning routine
Keep your phone out of arm’s reach — We are all guilty of using our phone as an alarm. Our phone sleeps right next to our bed and we half-awake snooze the alarm three times. Whoops, there goes a lot of the morning. Or we wake up, but spend thirty minutes scrolling. That’s not good either.
Use an actual alarm clock — This will eliminate that phone issue we just discussed. I use a fancy alarm clock I found on Amazon that actually acts like the sun rising and plays sound that gradually gets louder. A basic alarm clock works just fine too.
Include things in your routine that you’re excited about — We can’t always do what we want. Sometimes the things that are best for us aren’t our favorite. But you should look forward to your routine. At least parts of it! Exercise may not get you out of bed in the morning, but if you love your relaxing coffee time after, that’ll encourage you to push through!
Attach a new habit to an already existing habit — Cultivating a routine may feel clunky at first, but this tip will make it a lot smoother! Lets say coffee is definitely a part of your morning and you’re trying to get into the habit of taking your vitamins. Pair those habits together: set your vitamins out by your coffee maker. Your existing habit will trigger your new habit which is much easier.
Be mindful of your plan for the day — Your day will affect your routine. I check my Simplified Planner the night before so I’m aware of anything important coming up (an early meeting, a workout class, an appointment, etc). This affects when my morning routine needs to start and end. It may also affect my mindset during my routine. If I know I have a stressful meeting ahead, I may choose a guided meditation specific to overcoming that.
Your morning routine is YOURS! Do what works best for you. Own it, but be willing to adjust it if you need to. Some mornings you’ll feel unstoppable. Some mornings you’ll feel like everything is out of control. No matter what, each day is a new day <3
Are there things you do each morning to set yourself up for the best day? I’ve love to read them in the comments below!