It has taken 28 years for me to fully realise and appreciate the importance of a morning routine. We are always told what we should be doing in the morning – the internet wants you to believe that most people with a morning routine will conquer more in their morning than you may in your entire day.
In order to create a morning routine that you will stick with, you need to be clear on the why? Why are you creating this morning routine….
For me, my mornings are generally one of the only times where I get a run at the day without being disturbed or can truly take some time to myself without panicking about anything work or study-related.
Secondly, to create a morning routine which will last you need to consider what works for you! Endlessly trying to follow a morning routine of all the top successful people in the world will not work if it’s not directed at exactly what you want/need to achieve with your morning. There are a number of things which you can try and include in your morning routine such as:
- Working out
- Ensuring you get a good breakfast
- Setting yourself up for the day ahead
- Listening to a podcast
- Getting some study in
- Create a to-do list and set yourself up for the day
- Give yourself a pep talk for the day ahead
- Read/Watch/Listen to the news
- Working on a side hustle or dream project
Creating a morning routine is not something which is going to happen overnight. When you get there though it will be well worth it. I found that creating a morning routine has become a crucial part of starting my day off on the right foot. A good morning routine can create a foundation of stability in your life, which in my opinion, is vital for everyone no matter who you are or what you are up against. On the other side of the coin, don’t kid yourself into thinking you will follow a set routine every morning – you will have off days, days when you want to and actually will hit snooze. Learn to be forgiving and flexible, especially as you start off! So why not set yourself a 30-day challenge and build upon your morning routine each day!
If you are a person who favours pressing the snooze button multiple times rather than get up and hop out of bed and leave it to the very last minute to get up in the morning – I would opt for easing yourself in by aiming to wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual in the morning and most importantly NO SNOOZING YOUR ALARM! Those 30 minutes can be built upon in the coming 30 days and will create some solid time to get something done in the morning.
One of my biggest learnings is that the bedrock of a successful morning routine is preparing for it the night beforehand. This usually involves prepping my lunch (or planning), picking out my outfit for the workday ahead, winding down and going to bed on time. Taking these little steps the night beforehand makes it ten times easier to get up in the morning.
In order to get up and stay up, the best thing to do first is to make your bed and get ready for the day ahead! If you want to leave getting dressed for the day ahead until later, simply get up and apply your make up for the day or develop a morning skincare routine or try do something new with your hair!
Tackle a task that you hate and one that you love! Start by putting on some laundry, pack away some clothes or do some dishes. You’ll feel great once its out of the way for the day and then you can go on and reward yourself with something you love afterwards such as reading a book or listening to a podcast. This is also a great way to avoid jumping straight to scrolling on your phone as soon as you wake.
Below is a look at my morning routine:
5.40am or 6.40am:
- Wake up (The time will usually depend on the day of the week)
- Make my bed as soon as I wake up
- Stick on some workout gear and head to the gym
6am or 7am:
- Workout for an hour (this will either be a PT session or circuits class)
7am or 8am:
- Come home, put my breakfast on (I usually aim to have some protein post-gym so it will usually be eggs) & head for a shower
- Get out of the shower, light some sandalwood incense, get dressed and do my skincare routine ahead of the workday
- Make tea or hot lemon water & Eat breakfast
- Go through my planner to check in on the day ahead and prepare a to-do list for the day ahead
- Read whatever book I am into at the time or do some reading for Inns
- Finish breakfast and wash up dishes/tidy room and brush my teeth
- Leave for work
So why don’t you try a 30-day challenge and set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than you usually would? Get up out of bed and challenge yourself to be as productive as you can in the morning!!