Creating a Morning Routine

Creating a Morning Routine

So lately I have been putting a lot of focus on creating a morning routine for myself. It is my goal for this year after all. Have I actually implemented my carefully crafted morning routine yet? Well, let’s just say it’s a work in progress. I have mastered the art of pressing the snooze button (except for those times when I unknowingly turn the alarm completely off instead…oops), throwing my hair up in a bun, and running out the door with coffee to go. I have managed to wake up 20 minutes earlier than usual though, so progress is progress.

I believe you should start out every morning with something you love. It sets you up for the rest of the day. Waking up early and establishing a morning routine instead of rushing around and hoping you have time to wipe off the drool from that night’s slumber makes you feel like you’ve got your crap together. It enables you to be in the moment instead of feeling like you are always one step behind.

Below I have described four components of the perfect morning routine. Obviously you shouldn’t include every idea I have listed out in your routine. Just craft your ideal morning, and put it into action! Your mornings should be simple, and perfect for you.

Something to Wake You Up

So your alarm goes off, you throw your head under your pillow and scream something to the effect of “I don’t want to wake up!” and your life slogan is “I hate mornings.” Well, you’ve definitely got to do something to get you going. Here are some ideas to get your mind and body ready for the day:

Do some sort of puzzle or brain teaser to wake up your mind, such as Sudoku or a crossword puzzle.

Go for a morning run to get your heart rate up.

Do some Yoga to get you focused and energized.

Take your pups for a walk, and breath in the fresh air.

I recently read a post that mentioned how a girl prepares a well insulated thermos of earl grey tea before bedtime and sets it on her nightstand, so it’s ready to sip on in the morning when she’s trying to wake up. Something about that just sounds so luxurious. The point is drink caffeine, so coffee of course.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Is it the most important meal of the day? I have no idea. That’s what they say. Is it awesome? Oh yeah. Food, I love food. Can’t say enough about it, so of course I feel that’s what you should start your day off with. Make it something you enjoy eating. If you hate oatmeal, then don’t eat oatmeal. If you like the way oatmeal makes you feel, then eat oatmeal. Pick a lovely spot like a clean dining room table next to a window, or a cafe table on your back porch.

If you want to start your day off healthy and feeling great, then prepare a smoothie or some healthy weird food I’ve never heard of that you’re really into.

If you’re more into a quick breakfast, but still want to keep it healthy, then have a granola bar and some yogurt.

 You could have the whole shebang, and make some eggs, bacon, and homemade pancakes or waffles.

Maybe keep it simple, and just have some fruit like a banana. This is my preference, because I’m lazy. And I really like fruit.

A tall glass of water is also a great way to start off your morning to rehydrate your body. It will give you a great boost of energy for the rest of the morning, and is great for your health. If you really want to kick it up, add some lemon juice.

Coffee, must have coffee. Or tea if you prefer, but yes, must have coffee.

Prepare for the day ahead

One of the best things you can do for yourself in the morning is get your head and your time in the right place. This is what really sets you up for the rest of the day, and causes you to stand in a superhero stance wherever you go intimidating people into giving you the last cookie. Here are some ideas of how to get yourself ready for the day ahead, but I’m sure you can think of a few more that would work for you:

Review your schedule for the day, so you are relaxed and on top of your game.

Spend some time meditating and clearing your mind or focusing on something specific. This is great to do, while eating breakfast.

Make a list of things you are grateful for. Sometimes we wake up and think of all the negative things we are unhappy with. Let’s fix our attitudes!

Get your spirit in order by studying the Bible or praying.

Make a list of things you want to get done for the day.

Complete some home chore, so you are already ahead of the game, such as emptying the dishwasher or preparing the veggies for that night’s meal.

Take a shower and do all that other stuff you have to do, so you aren’t stinky and scary looking.

Coffee, so you aren’t a dysfunctional lunatic.

Treat

One of the best ways you can get yourself out of bed in the morning is to have a treat planned for yourself, something you like to do. This is going to be different for everyone, but here are a few ideas:

Listen to a favorite podcast.

Watch the news. I used to be a weird Today Show fan girl… I love you Savannah Guthrie!.

Relax in a cozy spot, and read a good book.

Listen to some of your favorite tunes, while you are getting ready.

Eat the rest of that pie from last night. Actually maybe not… But yesss eat the pie.

Read your favorite blog, ahem.

Coffee. Get one of those fancy coffee makers that you can schedule to start brewing first thing in the morning, and let the smell lead you out of bed.

Morning Don’ts

Under no circumstances should you include the following things in your morning routine. No circumstances!

Don’t start the morning off checking social media or your email. You will waste a huge chunk of your precious morning time {“let me just check Facebook real quick” one hour later…. still on Facebook}, and all you will be doing is filling your mind with the negativity of people’s complaints and useless boring things.

Don’t hit snooze! Not even once! You’ll be heading down a slippery slope my friend.

Don’t forget to put on deodorant.

Don’t not drink coffee.

Steps to Make it Happen

It’s not always easy to establish a morning routine when all you want to do as soon as the alarm goes off is snore in peace until you just naturally wake up, so here are a few steps to help push you along to get that morning routine going.

1. Decide on when and what you want to do each morning, and write it out.

2. Estimate how much time you will need for each thing, and calculate what time you need to wake up.

3. Start going to bed earlier. It’s time to be old people.

4. Wake up ten minutes earlier every week (or month in my case), until you reach your goal wake up time.

5. Focus on one thing from your routine at a time until it becomes a habit, then add the next thing you want to include until your mornings run like clockwork, specifically a cuckoo clock, because they’re awesome.

TIPS

And finally here are some extra tips to enhance the whole morning experience:

Prepare the night before by laying out clothes for the next day or setting out stuff for your breakfast.

Open the blinds and a window to let in some sunshine and fresh air.

Have the “Circle of Life” set as your alarm tone.

Drink coffee.

My Routine

What does my perfect morning routine look like, you ask? (pretend you asked!)

1. I wake up at 5AM, and maybe have a banana and some coffee, while meditating and clearing my head.

2. I finish my breakfast, then read a few chapters out of my Bible.

3. Then I throw open the Yoga mat, and do some Yoga for about 20 minutes.

4. Next, I write for 30 minutes or more, because mornings are when my mind is at the top of its game.

5. And finally I get ready, and either listen to music or watch the Today Show.

Creating a Morning routine

Mornings are great. It’s a new day, your mind is clear and relaxed, and the light outside is gorgeous. With that said, they aren’t always easy to be in the mood for, so if all else fails just get a t-shirt made that says “I don’t do mornings” so people will know not to mess with you.

One thought on “Creating a Morning Routine

  1. I love this!! I also have been working on my morning routine. Sleeping late and yelling at everybody all morning long is just a crappy way to start the day. I do normally check social media first thing and accept your challenge to skip it! Great Post!! as always

Comments are closed.