When I first started working on my blog, I didn’t even think about creating a routine to keep me on track and focused on what I needed to do. I had no routine. I had no idea how hard it would be to jumpstart my day without one and it affected my productivity. After some research and trial and error, I finally have a routine that works for me and helps me feel like my days are productive. Interested in learning how to create a morning routine? Keep reading to learn 5 easy steps to creating a morning routine that works for you.
How To Create A Morning Routine
Work On Your Mindset: Your mindset is the most important thing in creating a morning routine and sticking to it. If you don’t work on your mindset and “the why” part of your reasoning for doing this then you’ll most likely get off track. How do I know that? Because that’s what I did, pre-covid I had a morning routine, but I found myself having a hard time sticking to it because I wasn’t reminding myself why I wanted to do it in the first place, for me the answer was because I wanted to build the Sitting Beauty brand into something amazing and I couldn’t do that if I wasn’t consistent with my routine.
Stick To Your Sleep & Waking Hours: Setting yourself up in the best possible way to go after what you want requires you to stick to the bedtime you set so that you have energy the next day. If you know that you want to work out in the morning because it energizes you, then that means going to bed a half-hour or hour early for you. Decide that and stick to it. When you wake up, do no press snooze 5 times, get out of bed because before you know it, you’ll have wasted time and put yourself behind schedule leaving no time for your morning routine, particularly if you planned to be out of the house by a certain time or sitting in front of your computer getting to work.
Consider What Gets You Energized For The Day & Make Time For It When You Create Your Morning Routine: What gets you energized in the morning or gives your brain a few minutes to slowly come online? For me, that means working out or playing Animal Crossing for a bit since I don’t work out every day. When my friend told me I should start playing I finally caved and joined the Animal Crossing craze. It’s a great way to wake my mind up on days when I’m not working out.
Set Time Limits: When creating a morning routine, set time limits. I learned the hard way especially during the workout/ play animal crossing portion that it is easy to spend way more time than you planned on one activity. I’ve spent more time than I planned on working out because I was energized and more time playing Animal Crossing than I planned and if you play that game you know how easy that can be. Setting a time limit for each of the parts of your routine, except eating, keeps you on track for the day and lets you know how much time you need for each part of your routine. This helps if you have someone helping you in the morning or if you’re just starting out, it will help you figure out how long your routine takes to complete, telling you what time to wake up.
Have A Backup Plan or Be Flexible: Last but not least, be flexible creating your morning in your planning, things happen we know that, particularly if you have a disability that requires you to rely on someone else. Whether that means, planning an extra 5 minutes into each part of your routine or having breakfast alternatives you can eat on the go, be prepared. Have your routine, but be open to it changing.
A morning routine is such a simple thing, but creating a morning routine and sticking to it has helped me immensely. Your morning routine doesn’t have to be long to make a difference, but it should be something that works for you. Do you have a morning routine? If so, how do you like to start your mornings?