How to Develop a Killer Morning Routine
I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "I wish I had a morning routine that made me feel excited to get out of bed." An overwhelming amount of people have told me that they don't feel they have time to develop a morning routine, or can't bring themselves to wake up any earlier. Well my friend, it is time to squash that belief! You don't have to have a long, elaborate routine that sacrifices hours of sleep. You can create a killer morning routine that fits into your life and even motivates you to roll out of bed a bit earlier. Fearing monotony? It doesn't even have to be the same every morning! The key is to make your morning routine work for you.
Having a morning routine that makes me feel energized, inspired, and ready to take on the day is a crucial part of my personal well-being. When I've fallen out of sync with my routine, I end up having to force myself to get out of bed (after snoozing several alarms, by the way). I usually check my emails immediately (while still in bed), skip breakfast, and move right into working. Sound familiar, anyone?
This type of routine doesn't work because it gives me no time to wake up, set my intentions for the day, or take care of myself. My mind is thrown right into work-mode as soon as I pick up my phone to check that inbox (whose else hates those little red bubbles?).
If I have a routine full of habits that make me feel like a productive, healthy person, I notice that my mood improves, and I feel more inspired. I believe that morning routines are what ultimately set us up for success on any given day.
A morning routine that works for you
It is important to ask yourself several questions when you are developing your morning routine. Ask yourself how much time you are willing to devote to your routine. Are you okay waking up an hour earlier? Would 20 minutes work better? These types of questions are what will really set you up for success. Be honest with yourself. Don't jump in head first if you know that won't work for you.
For those of us who love sleep and don't want to sacrifice it, a shorter routine might be the best option. Your routine might take ten minutes, and that is totally okay!
If you'd like to get up earlier to fit more into your routine, simply go to bed a little earlier. It is up to you to decide if late night Netflix marathons are more your thing than getting up 30 minutes early for a longer routine. Either way, put your wellness first and you'll find you're more productive. That means more time for date nights and catching up on your favorite shows. Trust me.
You'll also have to decide what you want to incorporate into your routine (I list some ideas and resources below to get you started). It is up to you to decide what you will do during your morning routine. Everyone should have a unique routine, don't adopt someone else's routine. What works for them may not work for you. Be sure to choose actions that are important to you, make you feel inspired, or help you set your intentions for the day.
Remember that your routine doesn't have to be the same every day. If you have a varying schedule, get bored, or just want to do certain things on certain days, then mix it up! Make it work for you. I can't stress this enough, people!
What should I incorporate into my morning routine?
Good question! Like I said earlier, your routine should get you excited to get out of bed. What is important to you? What makes you feel energized and motivated? I'll bet it isn't checking emails, running errands, or catching up on social media. It's more likely reading, drawing, or meditating, am I right?
Need some ideas? I've listed a bunch of healthy, fun, or motivating actions you can easily incorporate into your routine below.
Great habits to incorporate into your morning routine
- Read or listen to an audiobook
- Journal and gratitude
- Make a to-do list or set your daily intentions
- Recite affirmations (I have a post on how to do this effectively here)
- Have coffee or tea
- Breathing exercises
- Yoga or stretching
- Walk your dog
- Drink warm lemon water
- Eat a healthy breakfast
Apps and resources
- Withings Aura Smart Sleep System (wake up at the best time for your body)
- Rodney Yee's Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief (I LOVE Rodney!)
- Audible* (sign up using this affiliate link to get two FREE audiobooks!)
- How to use affirmations
- Instant Happy Journal (really cool concept)
- Daily To Do List Planner (this super cute daily planner has room for your top three priorities, other to do items, meals, and more)
Do you know of other kick-ass resources? Share them in the comments, I'd love to hear about them!
Making it actually happen
Now, this is all good information, but how do you actually make it happen? I suggest getting your routine down on paper. Writing it down makes it more likely that you'll actually do it. The same goes for having an accountability buddy! Why not start by sharing what you plan to incorporate into your morning routine in the comments below?
If you're the type of person who doesn't adapt well to change or gets overwhelmed easily, take baby steps! No one says you have to wake up tomorrow and instantly master a whole new routine. Try getting up ten minutes earlier for some meditation. After a week, add in a glass of warm lemon water and five minutes of stretching. You don't need to do it all at once, this isn't a race. Developing a morning routine is all about doing what makes you feel healthy and energized.
Are you ready to get started? Drop me a line on Instagram and let me know you're in for the challenge. I can't wait to hear about your killer morning routine!