“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your morning routine.”– John C. Maxwell
When was the last time you’ve taken a good look at your life? Have you noticed that your house is always a mess? Have you noticed that you have little energy or motivation to do anything? Or maybe you need that little extra something to get you going in the morning? Either way, you might need to create a morning routine so that you can start your day off strong.
I use to be the person that slept in until 1 pm. It seemed like no matter what I did, I would never have enough time to do everything I wanted in a day. There were a million things on my to-do list, and I would only conquer a tiny portion of that. I wasted my day sleeping, mindlessly scrolling on Facebook, and being lazy. No matter how much coffee I had, I could never get myself going in the mornings.
Lately, that hasn’t been the case. I created a morning routine that worked for me. Something that I had never done before. How you create that perfect morning routine, it can be life-changing. Here’s how I did it:
1) GO TO BED AT A DECENT TIME
To have a great morning routine, you have to plan ahead of time. Do you think you’ll be your best self if you wake up 10 minutes before you have to be to work? I hope you would say no. I know it’s so difficult to get up in the morning, so going to bed early and getting the recommended eight hours of sleep is essential. The National Sleep Foundation guidelines state that healthy adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. People over the age of 65 should receive 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Trust me when I say that book, show, or video game can wait until the next day.
2) CHOOSE TO DO THINGS IN THE MORNING THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
Everyone has that one thing they look forward to when they wake up. Maybe it’s a delicious and nutritious breakfast, a cup of coffee or tea, exercising, meditating, or reading a book. Whatever it is, choose something that makes you excited. For me, my cup of coffee is what drags me out of bed. I’m a coffee fanatic, so having my first cup of coffee for the day is a particular time for me. I like to sit back and enjoy my drink without having to worry about getting ready. Which brings me to my next point…
3) GET UP A HALF AN HOUR TO AN HOUR BEFORE YOU WANT TO GET READY
I know this is easier said than done, but when you figure out what your special thing is that gets you out of bed, I promise it will be easier. Waking up a half an hour to an hour before you want to get ready will make all the difference. You won’t feel so rushed, and you will have already set yourself up for a great day. The time spent before you get ready is the time for you to relax and enjoy your morning.
4) MAKE A PLAN OF WHAT YOU WANT YOUR MORNING ROUTINE TO LOOK LIKE
This point is pretty self-explanatory. This is something you have to do on your own because it’s different for every person. Some people like to have a nice big glass of water, then make coffee, read a book for a half-hour and then begin to get ready for the day. For me, I wake up, make my coffee, scroll on TikTok, make a to-do list, and then start to get ready. Here’s a list of activities you can choose from to add to your morning routine.
- Make breakfast: Breakfast is an important meal, especially for people who are coffee drinkers. Having caffeine without food is a recipe for shakiness, stomach cramps, and dehydration.
- Exercise: I don’t have to explain the benefits of exercising, but here a few reasons why many people choose to exercise in the morning. Healthline states that people choose to exercise in the morning because there are fewer distractions, you probably won’t be exercising in the heat, you’ll make healthier food choices throughout the day, you’ll have increased alertness and energy, a better mood, and increased focus. Here I’ve written another post about things you don’t need to do in order to lose weight. Exercise because you enjoy it, not because you’re trying to put on muscle or lose weight.
- Meditate: Headspace says that meditating in the morning gives you time to be fully aware, awake, and alive before actually “doing” anything. Many people have fast-paced lives, and meditating to reduce stress and pressure that may accumulate over the day. Here’s a mini-meditation if you’re interested in adding this to your morning routine.
- Make your bed: Why make my bed, you may ask? Well, the book Make Your Bed explains how making your bed in the morning is the first task that can be completed in your day. Doing this one little thing sets your day up and ends it right.
- Drink water: USA Today states that drinking water right when you wake up in the morning can re-hydrate your body. After sleeping for so many hours, your body is deprived of water and is probably dehydrated.
- Read: Reading in the morning can bring a sense of inspiration and happiness to one’s’ day before it even starts. It can also get your creative juices flowing.
- Make a to-do list: Making a to-do list helps to clear your brain of all those thoughts you have flying in there. Writing everything down on paper or in your phone notes allows you to feel organized and like you have goals to complete for the day. I found that making a to-list keeps me on track for what I want to achieve instead of aimlessly just doing what I feel like.
5) FORCE YOURSELF TO STICK WITH YOUR ROUTINE FOR TWO WEEKS
I find that I engrain something into my schedule when I’ve been doing it for at least two weeks. Any less time, I start to fall off the bandwagon. If I find that I’m becoming anxious about doing something, I have to be honest with myself about why. If you’re trying to commit to exercising every day as part of your morning routine, but you find yourself dreading to wake up, you have to think about why you feel that way. Maybe exercising in the morning isn’t the right time, or perhaps you’re doing the wrong exercises. Don’t force yourself to do something you don’t want to do because that’s when you start to fall out of your morning routine. Either choose something different to do or cut that part out altogether.
Making a morning routine for yourself can be a game-changer. It helps to set your day up nicely so that you are your best self. I know that it can be difficult at first, but you’ll get used to it after a while, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy your new and improved routine. I hope that these tips have helped!