So maybe you aren’t a morning person. In fact, maybe you hate mornings. I get it. Well, maybe I don’t completely get it…I tend to be a morning person. Even so, morning is what sets the tone for your entire day. What you do in the morning will ultimately impact your entire day. Creating a daily morning routine will help you become more productive, happier and more organized. I find that the more systems I create in life, the easier life tends to be.
How to Create a Daily Morning Routine
First, you don’t have to get up at 4 AM to be productive. I personally think that it helps to get up before the kiddos if you have children. (It is easy to get off track with those little buggers around.) Getting up even 30 minutes prior to the kids can help you organize your day and ultimately become more successful and get more done each day. If you are getting up 30 minutes before the kids, it may also help to establish some kind of evening routine (more on this in a later post).
I first started my daily morning routine in February of 2015 after reading a book called The Miracle Morning. I heard about the author, Hal Elrod from a podcast I was listening to and I knew I had to read the book. I read it in just a few short days and I loved every second of it. I started doing the Miracle Morning routine and I felt like my life had more direction and focus. I felt like I could accomplish so much more when I got up and had time to focus on the day.
Truth be told, I was a little extreme trying to get up at 4 AM to make the most of my day. I wasn’t going to bed until 10:30 or 11 at night so I had to alter the plan a bit. I now get up at 5 AM and have at least 30 minutes before my kids get up to really focus on me and my day.
The first 30 minutes of my day consist of:
Yoga- I do about 10 minutes of yoga each morning. It helps to stretch each morning to wake up and feel your best throughout the day
Read- I read my Bible for about 10 minutes each morning. I find it really helps me feel more gratitude throughout the day when I have read the Bible first thing in the morning.
Journal- I spend about 10 minutes writing in my journal and specifically, I write down things I am grateful for or things I need some clarity on. I love to journal and I feel it is a great way to get my emotions out. If I feel stressed, I write. If I am happy, I write. It is kinda fun to go back through and re-read them at a later date too.
If you read through The Miracle Morning, there are 2 other categories within the book. They are visualization and affirmations. I tend to say my affirmations in my head throughout the day. I don’t do the visualization part as much as I should because that one is hard for me. Crystal Paine also has a 14 day course on how to make over your mornings. You can access the first day of the course for free by clicking here.
My Daily Routine with Chores
Each night before I go to bed I start the dishwasher. In order to make time for myself, I don’t do chores first. I feel more calm and relaxed if I have just a small sliver of the day to myself so I allow myself that time each morning to just spend time praying and focusing on the day ahead.
When the kids wake up, I get busy getting them dressed, making breakfast and helping them brush their teeth. While I am making breakfast, I empty the dishwasher. I start a load of laundry every other day. I make sure to clean up any dishes from breakfast so I don’t have anything to deal with when I get home from dropping Joey off at school.
If I haven’t created my to-do list, I do it while the kids eat their breakfast. Most times, I do this the evening prior because Greg and I like to sit down and write out tasks together. It helps keep us focused on what must get done.
How to Create Your Own Daily Morning Routine
Start Your Own Routine
What makes you the most happy? Do you love to read? What goals do you have? What makes you feel like you have the most balance? When you start your own routine, keep in mind what you need to create a sense of balance in your life. I definitely recommend coming up with something that will help keep you focused and that gives you the sense of having you time. Having a little time for you makes you better and allows you to give more of yourself to everyone else. If you need help with other ideas on how to create a morning routine, check out Crystal Paine’s course on how to make over your mornings. You can get the first day of the course for free by clicking on my link.
Daily Chore Routine
Figure out what makes sense in your house. What absolutely needs to get done every day? What can you tackle first thing in the morning that will help you set the tone for the day? What will give you the most peace if it gets done first thing in the morning? Place the must do chores on your daily morning routine to get them out of the way so you feel productive first thing!
Your To Do List
This is totally up to you whether you do this first thing in the morning or at night. Most of us have some idea what absolutely needs to get done for that day. If things pop into your head at night, I suggest you write them down to help you stay organized and just get it out of your head. When you have your to do list in front of you, you can number the tasks in order of most important to least important if you would like. You can also cross things off your list when things are finished as it helps you feel a sense of accomplishment for the day. Crystal recommends doing a brain dump at night because it helps to have a clear mind to sleep and I don’t disagree. You can check out her course here.
Here are the things I love for my early morning routine:
No matter what you do or how you decide to spend your morning, it is important to create a daily morning routine to establish some type of balance and intent for your day. If you get a routine down, it will help you keep moving through your day and get lots of stuff accomplished!
What does your morning routine look like?
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