If you are looking to make a morning routine that keeps you on track all day long, here are the tips for creating productive new habits.
I wake up at 4 am. It's a part of my Morning Routine.
Almost 2 years ago now, I realized that when I woke up early and did all of the things BEFORE everyone else in my house woke up, I was more productive the rest of the day. I felt better.
I moved more, I actually didn't drink as much coffee…
People think I'm crazy, but listen: I own and operate this blog, I am a mother, a wife, I manage a Facebook group, I write for another website etc etc etc!
My to-do list is never-ending and long. I need every minute of my 24 hours in a day that I can get. That's why I started my morning routine.
My day is hectic. From the moment my son wakes up until I fall exhausted into bed, I am on the move.
But all work and no play was starting to wear on me and I knew I needed dedicated time to just devote to me. Without anyone pulling on me, demanding answers to questions. Where I didn’t have to answer emails or stop and find a pair of socks or just TALK to anyone else.
I was finding that I was trying to squeeze healthy habits and behaviors into my day and failing miserably. I didn't have time for me and I was just off and overwhelmed.
Until I started my morning routine that changed my life. It has saved my sanity, made me more productive and just made me an all-around better person.
Here is how my morning routine goes! Scroll down for tips on how I created my morning routine and a FREE Morning Routine Checklist to help you make yours!
My Morning Routine
4am: My Morning Routine starts: My Alarm Goes Off and I GET UP.
I don't hit the snooze button. Studies have shown that it's better to just get right up.
4:10am: I Meditate and Affirm
After taking care of morning things, I head downstairs and meditate. This means different things on different days. Sometimes it's reading a meditation from my Power Thoughts app, or a lesson from my Daily Walk Bible
4:20am: I journal
4:30am: I Hydrate and Read
I get water, then give myself about 30 minutes for me. A lot of people ask me how I read so much, this is my secret. Every morning, I do this. This is my time.
5-6:30am: Ready to Work!
This is usually my administrative time. This is when I look over and prioritize my to-do list ( which I made the night before), answer messages on social media and get my inbox to zero. I start the day like this because it makes me feel like I got SOMETHING productive done right off.
6:30-7:45am: It's time for Motherhood
It's time to get my son ready for school! I start his breakfast( yes, I'm THAT mom) and then harass him into waking up( he's not a morning person)
After he is up, I finish making his lunch and get him out of the house and to school on time.
8-10 am: I Eat the Frog
One secret that keeps me motivated every morning is that it actually starts the night before. During my evening routine, I've looked over my to-do list and written down THREE things I want to get done that day.
At 8, I pick my frog. This is the concept that you do the most difficult thing first from the book Eat the Frog by Brian Tracy .
Some days that's the gym, some days it could be cleaning the kitchen, some days it's writing an article or an email. Whatever it is, I get it out the way and that makes me feel accomplished.
10am: I eat my breakfast
This is the end of my morning routine, because of all of that, I need food and I need coffee! I actually sit down at my dining room table and take 30 minutes to do this. It's my time to refuel and be ready for whatever the day is going to throw at me!
So How do you Make Your Own Morning Routine?
A morning routine doesn't mean that you have to wake up at 4 am like me. It simply means that you need to set aside a little bit of extra time every morning to wake up and focus on you!
Your routine can be as long or as short as you want it.
So why do you need a morning routine?
I get it, ” routines” can seem boring, stifling or just unobtainable! BUT Morning routines make your life easier. They reduce stress because you really don't have to think about what do before you've even had your first cup of coffee.
Routines put our brains on autopilot. They become like muscle memory. You don't have to think about it because it just is.
But if you are just starting out, you need help to get a better start on your day, and I'm here to help!
10 Things to Consider when Planning your Morning Routine
1.Plan Your Morning at Night
I plan out what I need to get done( including my top 3 things to get done) the night before. If I am working out the next morning after I drop my son off, I lay out my workout clothes. I iron my son's clothes for school, plan his lunch and meal plan for the next day.
2. Pick a wake up time
Mine is 4 am. Your's might by 5 or 630am. Whatever it is, keep it consistent and after a while, it will start to feel natural.
And when you get up, DON”T PICK UP YOUR PHONE! I switched my alarm to my Apple watch because when I used my phone, it was the first thing I reached for! And then I spent the next 20-30 minutes in bed mindlessly scrolling the internet instead of getting up.
If you have trouble with this, use one of these apples to block social media or limit it on your phone.
3. Devote Some Time to YOU and Hydrate
Meditate and affirm: Meditiation or morning affirmations are a great way to establish the tone of your day.
But also taking time for you: reading, journaling, listening to a podcast or watch Netflix. Whatever it is, take at least 20 minutes for you. Do it first thing so that even on a busy day, you feel like you did something for yourself.
Drinking water ( BEFORE coffee) helps to gear up your metabolism and your brain. It helps you to WAKE up!
4. Eat a Frog
Pick ONE thing to cross off of your to-do list right away.
As part of my evening routine, I usually write out my to-do list. In the morning, I look over what I need to accomplish and pick one of those to be my frog.
Your frog could be a difficult task, cleaning a bathroom, sending that important email , exercising or making a Dr's appointment. Whatever it is, doing that ONE thing that you want to put off helps you feel accomplished. Because it's before noon and you already got something done!
5. Have Breakfast
Didn't your mama tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Now I know with the advent of intermittent fasting and our busy lives that it can be hard to fit in breakfast or even want to.
But a person can't be fueled by coffee alone ( believe me I've tried)
Getting something in: a piece of peanut butter toast, a full meal from iHop, an apple, or avacado toast is important to make sure we can do what we need to do for ourselves and our families all day.
Morning routines take time and practice to perfect.
If it seems daunting, add a new element every week. Wake up 15 minutes earlier every week until you reach your ideal time. Take all of these tips and create your own morning routine and adapt as necessary. Just keep at it. And watch your days become more and more productive!