Do you struggle with creating a morning routine you love? Check out these ideas to help you get started and make mornings something you actually look forward to.
As much as I hate my alarm clock, there’s no denying the fact that waking up early and having a morning routine sets my day off on the right foot.
I’ve always prided myself in being a night owl through and through, so I saw no reason to set an alarm and wake up early if I didn’t have to. In fact, once I left the corporate world and started working for myself, I swore I’d never set an alarm again!
Oh, how wrong I was. I now wake up earlier than I ever have, and mornings are actually a time I look forward to.
I tell you that so you know I’m not actually one of those people who just likes mornings. It’s not natural for me to wake up before the sun. But, now that I’ve done this for awhile, I get it. There are a lot of benefits to having a morning routine, and I think most people can benefit from one.
The Benefits of a Morning Routine
Spending time alone in the quiet each morning gives you time to get your head right and really prepare for the day. I personally have noticed that my days go more smoothly and I’m in a better mood when I get this time in the morning. It’s become way more valuable to me than the extra sleep.
Waking up early and doing the same thing every day gives you the chance to get your most important tasks done, enjoy some quiet time, and prepare yourself for the day ahead. I no longer find myself scrambling to find time for everything each day, and I’m able to focus on the task at hand.
If you’re still not sure a morning routine is for you, check out this post. It outlines a lot of benefits most people don’t even consider!
How to Craft Your Perfect Morning
The beauty of a morning routine is that everyone’s is different. We all have different needs, so your morning will be unique to you. I think the biggest mistake we can make is to try and find an example routine from someone else and just adopt it as ours.
Because of that, I’m hesitant to share my own routine, because I don’t want you to try to force yourself to fit into this mold. But, since mine is still pretty simple, I’ll go ahead and share. Just know that it may not work for you. I’ve got a list of ideas later in this post, so you’ll get plenty of inspiration for building your own perfect morning.
After a few months of trying different things, this is what I have settled on for the time being:
- Wake up around 5 am
- Drink a cup of coffee
- Spend about 30 minutes doing a bible study
- Spend one hour writing and doing blog work
By that point, my kids are usually up and we move on to breakfast and get started on our homeschool day. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but that two hour window really gets my head in the right space. I used to wake up with my kids, but I’d spend the rest of the morning feeling one step behind.
Then, by bed time, I’d be frazzled and exhausted, but I’d be forced to stay awake and get some work done. It would take twice as long, too, because I was tired and couldn’t focus.
Now, I wake up and get all of my most important things out of the way, first. That allows me to really focus throughout the day.
Of course, my routine could still use some work. I’d love to find the time to add yoga and journaling first thing in the morning, but these things are gradual.
Morning Routine Basics:
There are a few things you should keep in mind as you build your own routine.
First, you should aim to wake up at the same time (or close to it) every day. If you are trying to wake up at 5 am throughout the week, and then sleeping until 10 on the weekends, you’re going to struggle. Our bodies like routine, so try to stay consistent as you build your routine. Before you know it, waking up early will be second nature.
It’s also important to start small. Don’t try to go from no routine, to a long, involved routine over night. Like I mentioned above, mine is still evolving, and I’ve been doing this for over 6 months. Try adding 1 or 2 things at a time, starting with the most important.
Ideas for your morning routine:
Not sure what you want to include in your morning? Here’s a list of ideas you can try to get started:
- write in a journal
- meditate or pray
- plan your day
- drink coffee or tea
- make your bed
- practice a hobby
- work on a side hustle or business
- read a daily mantra
- read an inspirational quote
- work towards a short term goal
- do a bible study or devotional
- drink a glass of water
- eat breakfast
- keep a gratitude list
- work on personal growth
- write goals for the day
- check email
- enjoy a long shower or bath
Of course, you don’t have to do all of these. You don’t even have to do most of them. As you can see above, I only do 3 right now, and I’m working on a fourth and fifth. I honestly don’t think I could fit any more into my morning, so this happens to be perfect for me.
Set Yourself Up for a Successful Day
Of course, I’ll always hate my alarm clock. By nature, I’m still not a morning person. In fact, I have to get a full cup of coffee in me before I can even think about starting my actual routine!
But at the end of the day, I can tell that having a morning routine has made my day more successful and less stressful. It gives me the time I need to focus on the things that are most important, so I don’t struggle to fit them in throughout the day.
If you’ve been struggling to find that balance you need every day, I hope this gave you some inspiration to try something new!