It is a common belief that in order to have a successful morning routine, you first need to get up early. However, I’m here to tell you that you can still have a successful and productive morning routine without getting up at 5:00 am. It’s no secret that I take my mornings very seriously. From the cup of coffee I have in the morning, to my workout, everything is already planned for the day ahead. Today, I’m going to share with you a few steps to help you create a morning routine that works best for you. Who knows, you might just become a morning person too!
Create a Morning Routine
Decide what your Ideal Morning Looks Like
The first step in creating your morning routine is to map out what your ideal morning looks like. This is the starting point when planning your mornings and figuring out what things you need to change in order to make your dreams a reality. Start by thinking of a few activities you would like to get done in your ideal morning. Grab a sheet of paper or open a word document on your computer and start making a list. Don’t think of your current schedule or any time constraints you currently have. Just start by making a list.
If you’re feeling stuck, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Do a household chore
- Eat Breakfast
- Tidy your Home
- Work on a Side Hustle
- Write in a Journal
- Listen to a Podcast
Next, take the list you’ve made and go through and star your top priorities. These should be the things that are most in line with your goals.
Map out your Morning
Now you need out how much time in the morning to dedicate toward your morning activities. It’s okay if you realize you only have five minutes to work with, five minutes can completely transform your day! Figure out when you need to get out the door, or when the requests and demands of your day start. This will determine your end time. Once you know your end time, work backwards to figure out what time you need to get out of bed each day. If this means waking up earlier than you do currently, make sure to be reasonable and consistent with your wake up and bed time. Take out your list of top priorities and write down how much time it will take each morning.
Create your Morning Routine
Once you have your priority list, wake up time, and end time, it’s time to put together you ideal morning routine! It’s important to look at the amount of time you have available, and the amount of time each priority will take. Based on your list and the time for each, create your morning schedule. List your daily habits such as brushing your teeth and getting dressed, and then create your morning schedule.
Here is what my current morning routine looks like:
- 8:00 am- Wake up
- 8:05 am- Check email and social media
- 8:20 am- Help Mr. Penny Pincher get out the door
- 8:30 am- Start working on blog posts or hourly client work
- 9:50 am- Get ready to head to the gym
- 10:00 am- Go to the gym
- 10:40 am- Shower
- 10:50 am- Get dressed
- 11:00 am- Get to work