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March 25, 2018: Morning Routine

This week, we’re talking about creating a morning routine that will make the start of your day more efficient but, at the same time, more energizing and inspiring.

What is a Morning Routine?

A morning routine is whatever you do in the morning, from waking up to getting on with the bulk of your day, whether it’s work, errands, housework, or school. We all have some type of morning routine, although you may not know it. Maybe it’s hitting the snooze button before you go put your contacts in and shower. Maybe you start the day with a cat yelling in your face for food (me). Humans are routinized, so we like to have predictability.

Most of us haven’t put in the effort to create a helpful morning routine. Yep, it takes some planning, but it can make your whole day go better and make you happier!

Why Create a Morning Routine?

Your morning routine sets the mood and tone for your entire day. Picture this: You start your day with a little quiet time, and then you peacefully get ready and leave the house on time. You’re not stressed. You aren’t wondering if you unplugged your flat iron in your rush. You are in complete control of your day.

Are mornings a struggle or are they the best part of your day? Well, a little planning can make a difference between those states. With a routine, you can make your mornings useful kick starters for your day.

What Can You Do in the Morning?

Let’s start by thinking about your current morning routine:

  • What time does your alarm go off?
  • What time do you actually get up?
  • How do you usually feel?
  • What is the first thing you do?
  • Then what? Add the rest of your morning steps.
  • How long do you need to get ready? Is this different than the time you currently allow yourself?
  • What’s for breakfast?
  • How do you feel by the time you leave/get on with the day?
  • What tends to get in your way of a peaceful and on-time morning?

Now, let’s think about how you’d prefer your morning to go (be realistic):

  • What time does your alarm go off?
  • What time do you actually get up?
  • How do you feel?
  • What is the first thing you do?
  • Then what? Add the rest of your morning steps.
  • How long do you need to get ready?
  • What’s for breakfast?
  • How do you feel by the time you leave/get on with the day?

Let’s step through your preferred morning list. Go through each item on your list and estimate how much time each part of the routine will take. Compare that to the amount of time you will give yourself in the morning, keeping in mind that most people will not be waking up at 4:00am to fit in their perfect morning routine of working out, meditating, cleaning the house, doing photoshoot-worthy makeup and hair, and leaving with enough time to stop for coffee.

Do you need to cross of some steps in your preferred morning routine? Don’t worry. Save those for later, as you may find you have more time in the mornings as you make the routine into habit. Remember, the goal is to have a happy, productive morning, not an even more stressful one. Keep this simple.

Write out your new routine. Select one or two items from your routine to begin adding in. Do not add everything at once!

If you’re stuck, here are some ideas for your morning routine, in no particular order:

  • Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than usual
  • Open the curtains/blinds right away
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Stretch or move a bit
  • Eat breakfast
  • Read or watch the news
  • Clean up after yourself when getting ready
  • Set a goal for the day
  • Review your calendar/day’s tasks
  • Make your bed
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Meditate or pray
  • Think of 3 things you are grateful for
  • Wash your makeup brushes after using them
  • Wipe down your counter
  • Clean up anything out of place
  • Play with your pet
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea outside or by a window
  • Warm up your car
  • Mini dance party
  • Listen to a podcast or audiobook

Making it Work for You

You can design the most perfect, jam-packed morning routine, but if it doesn’t fit your reality, it won’t stick. Then, you’ll feel like you failed, which is even worse than how you felt without a routine. Ugh.

If you aren’t a morning person, that’s cool. Focus on what you can do to make your morning better and not a struggle (we’ll talk next week about your evening routine which will set the non-morning people out there up for even more success!).

Focus on your strengths instead of trying to work on your weaknesses. Select a few steps in your morning routine and see how they go. This will take some experimentation. Maybe you add more. Maybe you subtract. Play around. The point is to design a morning routine that you’ll actually keep doing and that will eventually become habit.

Next Sunday, we’ll talk about your evening routine. I’ll give you some ideas for winding down, sleeping better, and setting yourself up for a better morning.

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I hope you have a wonderful week,

Kelly

Kelly Morgan, Ph.D.

Tsirona - www.tsirona.com

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