The idea of having a morning routine sounds pretty dreamy, doesn’t it? Waking up slowly, while sipping your coffee and reading a book. No rushing to get out the door asap, just peace and quiet before the day even starts. It sounds pretty amazing. But unfortunately, it can be difficult to stick to a morning routine.
After a while, you decide to sleep in one morning, which means you have to skip your morning coffee and reading time. Next, you start rushing around the house trying to find everything so you can get to work on time. Then you eventually start to skip breakfast altogether.
Before you know it, you’re back to your old habit of hitting snooze until the last possible moment before you have to rush out the door while still brushing your hair.
There are a few reasons why your morning routine isn’t working and it’s not because you’re lazy or undisciplined. Once you know why this is happening, it’s easy to fix and I’m here to tell you exactly how you can create a morning routine that will not only stick but that you’ll love waking up to.
For years, I had the habit of hitting snoozing 3-5 times every morning, skipping breakfast, and running out the door. It was always stressful to start my day like that, so when I discovered morning routines and start implementing one into my day, my life completely changed.
Of course, it took some time to create a solid morning routine that I could stick to, but I learned a lot and now I want to share it all with you.
3 Reasons Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working
When I first discovered the idea of morning routines I was super excited. I watched tons of youtube videos on the topic and read so many blog posts. Then I got out a pencil and paper and wrote out my very first morning routine.
It included tons of things that other people had talked about doing in their morning routine like reading, journaling, meditating, yoga, a walk around the block, eating a healthy breakfast, and of course, some quiet time to slowly sip my coffee, all before heading out the door.
I woke up the next morning super excited to do all these things and to be honest, it went pretty well the first couple of days, but eventually, I realized doing every one of those habits in the morning was a lot.
I started sleeping in again, saying that I’ll just skip some of these habits and do the others after I get 30 more minutes of sleep. But then over time that turned into me completely giving up on a morning routine entirely.
So what went wrong?
1. You’re being too ambitious
I was being way too ambitious with my morning routine right away. If you want a new routine or habit to stick you have to start small.
This was a tip that took me a long time to learn, unfortunately, but once I learned it, my morning routine journey started to take off.
So if you’re trying to start a morning routine, start out by first picking one thing you want to focus on for the first week or two.
Maybe that’s waking up 15 minutes earlier to actually have time for a healthy breakfast or time to make a delicious cup of coffee or time to just play with your furbaby before heading off to work.
For the first week or two, pick just one new thing. Then once you’re feeling comfortable with that, set your alarm back another 15 minutes earlier and pick another new habit to add to it.
It is much easier to start with one 15-minute habit than to start with a whole hour-long routine. You can build up to that over time.
2. You’re trying to copy other people’s morning routines
Another mistake I made early on in my morning routine journey was that I was trying to copy exactly how another person did their morning routine. If this is also you, you’re not alone.
There are many people who post what their exact morning routine looks like on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, but you should not use those as exact plans for your life. Instead, you should be using their content for inspiration as you are planning your own routine.
Take note of the things you like and don’t like about other people’s morning routines and then take that into account as you decide what habits you want to include in yours.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t watch other videos on morning routines or anything like that. I watch so many of those videos, it’s actually insane. All I’m saying is that you watch it with a curious mind instead of taking it so literally.
3. You’re still hitting the snooze button
There is a reason why I am so adamant about the first step on your morning routine journey being to break your snoozing habit. I believe that the snooze button is the very reason why it took me over a year to finally stick to a morning routine.
Like I mentioned earlier I used to hit snooze 3-5 times every single morning without even thinking about it. It was so easy to roll over and hit the snooze button in my sleep that trying to have time for a morning habit other than just getting dressed and running out the door was near impossible.
So if you are also a snooze-aholic like I was, then this should be your first goal, to break your snoozing habit.
Check out this blog post to help you get started >> How to Stop Hitting Snooze | 5 Smart Tips for Breaking the Habit
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Final Thoughts on Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working
Most people when they start a morning routine fall into these 3, or even all 3, of these groups. So before you go, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are so many people starting morning routines every day and you can do it too. And because you found this blog post, it won’t take you as long to create one that sticks.
Morning routines make for a great way to start your day. No more jumping out of bed and frankly running around the house trying to get out the door asap. You can have a calm, relaxing morning that actually prepares you for the day.
If your morning routine isn’t working, these tips should help you figure out why and how you can tweak your morning routine to make it stick.
As always, remember, you can do anything you put your mind to.
Have a fabulous day!
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