Are you ready to stop having crappy days where you’re tired all the time and unmotivated?
Then you need to make sure you’re starting your day on the right foot.
And in order to do that, you need to create a morning routine.
But hold on, before you go searching on youtube for the “perfect morning routine”, you need to know that everyone’s morning routine is different.
And it has to be, otherwise, it wouldn’t be created with your unique circumstances and likes and dislikes in mind.
Obviously, you wouldn’t have the same morning routine as an Olympic swimmer or a mother with 2 toddlers. That just doesn’t make sense.
You have to create a morning route that’s curated to your unique lifestyle.
And that’s exactly what we’re gonna do today.
This blog post contains my five-step process to create a morning routine that you love and that works for you and your lifestyle.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Review Your Current Morning Routine
Before you can start creating your “perfect” morning routine you need to review your current one.
Believe it or not, you already have a morning routine. If you pay attention, you’ll notice you do almost the same exact thing every morning.
Hitting snooze every morning may be part of your routine. Not eating breakfast or running out the door could also be a part of your routine.
Let’s take some time to examine your current routine.
Ask yourself these questions:
- How early do you get up?
- Do you have enough time to get ready before work/school?
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- Do you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day?
- Do you eat breakfast every morning?
Step 2: Discover Your Why
If you want to stick to a new routine, you need to define your why. Why do you want to create a morning routine?
When you’re struggling to get out of bed, remembering why it’s important to you will be super helpful.
Maybe it’s because you don’t want to feel rushed out the door every morning. Or you want more time with your kids before they run to catch the bus. Or you want to start your day with some personal development time.
Whatever it is, write it down.
Why do you want to create a morning routine and what do you want to get out of it?
Step 3: Brainstorm the Possibilities
Alright, here’s where we have fun.
Now that you know your current routine and why you want to make it better, let’s decide what you want your new routine to look like.
Brainstorm what you want to include in your morning routine.
What do you want to achieve in your first hour of the day?
Write down all your ideas and how much time you would spend on them.
If you’re having troubles coming up with some ideas, check out this blog post for 20 Morning Routine Ideas that will Make You Want to Get Up
Step 4: Plan Out Your Morning Routine
Now that you have a list of things you want to include in your morning routine, write down what you want it to look like.
Try to build off your current routine if you can. That will make it easier to implement.
If you normally go straight to the shower when you get up, keep that the same but then add one of your new activities right after, like reading or journaling.
If you’re having a hard time deciding on your routine, make a couple of different possible routines.
You could try the first one for one week and then another one the week after.
And at the end of each week reflect on how you felt they went and if you need to change something.
Pro Tip: Most people don’t want to get up in the morning because they don’t have something to look forward to in their day. Include an activity in your morning routine that you love but don’t normally have time for during the day. This will motivate you to get up earlier so you have time for something you love.
Step 5: Create an Evening Routine
Congrats – you have a morning routine, but you’re not done yet.
Getting up feeling motivated and refreshed starts the night before so you need to create an evening routine too.
It doesn’t have to be as detailed as your morning routine, but pick a few activities that will wind you down before bed so you can fall asleep faster. And do a few things that will make your morning easier like setting out your outfit, or packing your lunch.
My evening routine includes a quick 15-minute clean-up, setting out my workout clothes, filling up my water bottle for the morning, and reading for 30-60 minutes.
Decide on the activities you will include in your evening routine that will help you carry out your morning routine.
Two Tips To Help You Get Up
Place your alarm clock across the room!
Yep, it’s as simple as that.
Many people have built a habit of grabbing their phone, pressing snooze, and rolling back over.
So put your alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get up to shut it off.
Stop using your phone as your alarm!
Another habit people have is shutting their alarm off on their phone and then scrolling through social media for the first half-hour they’re awake.
This not only wastes time but can also affect your mood and mindset for the rest of the day.
Instead, try this alarm clock.
This sunrise alarm clock is my favorite. I got it a couple of years ago and now refuse to use another alarm clock.
The alarm simulates the sunrise in your room. Using it has been life-changing because I get up way before the sunrises (yes even in the summer).
When you set the time for the alarm to go off you also decide what time to start the “sunrise effect”. You can choose to have it start 10-30 minutes before the alarm is set to go off. It will slowly get brighter and brighter throughout that time.
You also have the choice of alarm sounds that aren’t blaring and annoying first thing in the morning. I set mine to have birds chirping as my alarm.
With this sunrise alarm clock across the room, it lights up my whole room gradually to gently wake me up.
Now that you have a morning routine and an evening routine, set your alarm to do your first new morning routine tomorrow.
Start with your evening routine tonight and you should be all set to have an awesome and productive day tomorrow.
Don’t procrastinate until next Monday or next week. There will never be a “better” day than right now.
Set your alarm and start each morning on the right foot with your own personal morning routine.
For more inspiration on morning routines, check out these books:
The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
The 5 am Club – Robin Sharma
College Students: I made a morning routine blog post specifically for you. Go check it out!
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