Updated: Feb 9
Are you jolted awake by the alarm clock going off at 6 in the morning? Newsflash! The light from your phone screen no longer has to force blurry eyes open. Could you believe that three cups of coffee are NOT actually needed to get the day started? This isn’t heresy talking (I love coffee as much as the next gal), it’s a successful morning routine!
This article will take you through five easy steps to guarantee a successful morning routine. It includes a morning routine checklist with easy actions to jumpstart your own morning routine!
What is a Morning Routine
If this seems like a straightforward answer...it’s because it is. But, so many people get it wrong! There is this idea that if you have the perfect morning routine you’ll become a millionaire. Don’t get me started on all the blog posts titled, “successful entrepreneurs’ morning routines.” As if doing the exact same routine will somehow give you the same success that they achieved.
Key principle here: Copying someone else will not give you their same success.
A morning routine is not a monotonous set of activities you have to get through. It’s a morning flow that gives you peace, sets your mind in the right place, and IS FLEXIBLE.
Why do we Need Routine
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It’s a saying we’ve ALL heard. The main point people take away from this saying is that they should eat more apples. But what if we focused on the idea of “a day” instead of “an apple.” Maybe we should eat nutritious food every day, not necessarily an apple. The same applies with a morning routine.
The substance of your morning routine can be flexible, the idea is that you HAVE a routine. A morning routine does several things for you:
Establishes your goals
Gives your day structure
Gives you better sleep quality
Frees up time in the evening
Gives you confidence
Research shows that family routines are linked to the development of social skills and academic success in children. It’s not just the kids that benefit from routines, though. Observational research exists that shows individuals in good health engage in daily routines. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get into five steps that will help you find a morning routine that works for YOU.
Five Steps to Find a Morning Routine That Works for You
Choose a Consistent Wake Up & Sleep Time
Remember how I mentioned not letting your phone light be the vehicle that opens your eyes in the morning? Yeah, the best way to achieve this is by choosing a consistent time to go to bed and wake up.
Notice how I didn’t say, “wake up at 5:30a.m. every day to be successful.” It doesn’t matter what time you’re waking up, rather that it’s the same time. Similarly, it doesn’t matter what time you’re going to bed, as long as you’re getting the full amount of hours your body needs to function. Do this for a few weeks and you’ll notice yourself feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Find your Comfort Zone
There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and throwing on a pair of sweats and slippers - at least, that’s my jam! Maybe your morning comfort zone includes taking a hot bath or making a fancy coffee drink? It could be setting aside some time to journal and read a book or the Bible. Whatever gives you a sense of peace first thing in the morning, do it.
Serve Before you Work
This is a personal step and there are several reasons I mention it. First, establishing a successful morning routine is a lot about mindset. If you’re a health business owner you’ve got a lot on your plate, especially if you have a family to care for too! Oftentimes, the needs of our family and home can turn into a stressful nuisance. Intentionally include a moment into your morning routine to serve before you work. When you do, you’ll start your day with joy rather than feeling annoyed.
In my life, this looks like heating up some breakfast or blending a smoothie for my husband before he leaves for work. This may look different for you. It could be spending ten extra minutes in meaningful conversation with your barista before heading into the office. Whatever it may be, take a moment to serve the people around you before focusing on yourself.
Reduce Decision Making
Preparation, preparation, preparation! A successful morning routine is one you’ve prepared for. It may take five extra minutes at the end of the work day, but it’ll be worth it for the next. Before you leave work decide what it is you want to achieve tomorrow morning. Then, set your workspace up so that when you arrive it’s ready to go! Reduce the amount of things you have to make decisions on first thing in the morning. I promise you, if you do this you’ll speed from one activity to the next!
Utilize YOUR Most Productive Hours
A key aspect of a successful morning routine is knowing your most productive hours. The point of a morning groove is to get the work juices flowing. That means you need to know when you are most productive, and schedule work accordingly. For example, if you are not a morning person, don’t schedule thinking-intensive activities first. Spend a few hours going over administrative duties or returning phone calls.
On the other hand, does the afternoon slump hit you hard? If so, schedule your most important and intensive work in the morning. It’s as simple as that.
Final Thoughts to Guarantee A Successful Morning Routine
Here’s the deal, a morning routine is unique to the individual. If you struggle getting started each day, or feel like you’re juggling too many things at once, try setting a morning routine. I guarantee it will help you! And if you’re interested in other resources, you can follow me on Instagram! I share business, content writing, and productivity tips weekly!