It's not a secret for anyone who knows me that I am not a morning person. Anything before 7am is torture and anything before 8am can only be managed with much planning. As of right now, I am lucky enough to have a schedule that allows me to get up past that dreaded 7 o'clock mark, but even then, if I don't stick to my pre-established morning routine, things can get quickly out of hand.
As a non-morning person, it took me years to acknowledge the benefit of having a set routine in the morning, but now that I have, I'm so grateful I finally took the time to make this happen. Here are the five steps I've followed to create my routine.
- STEP ONE: SET YOURSELF A GOAL
Decide why you want to be more of a morning person. Why you want to create this morning routine in the first place. Take the time to actually write it down. In my case, I wanted a morning routine to allow me to start the day on the right foot rather than rushing through the bare minimum because I snoozed for too long and got up at the last minute. I wanted to take and have the time to get properly ready and actually eat breakfast at the kitchen table rather than in the car. That is my goal. Yours can be different. Because copying someone else's morning routine will not work for you (trust me, I tried!). It has to become your routine, done for your purpose.
- STEP TWO: CHOOSE YOUR PRIORITIES
Health, Mindset, Productivity, Self-Care. You should prioritize one or two things for each of these categories. More than that will be too much and you risk not having the time to accomplish it all. In my case, for my Health, I make a point of taking my vitamins and stretching. For my Mindset, I take time to meditate (I just love this app!). For my Productivity, I take the time to make my bed and set myself three goals for the day (which can range from a reminder to text a friend to finishing that presentation for work). And for Self-Care, I make a point to put on make-up before leaving the house, even if it's just moisturizer and mascara! Again, those are the priorities that I chose for myself. Find the priorities that resonate and work for you!
- STEP THREE: CREATE YOUR PLAN
This is particularly important if, like me, you're not a morning person. I created my plan by making a very precise schedule in 5 to 10 minutes increments and working back from the time I have to leave the house. That way I know exactly at what time I need to get up in order to accomplish everything I decided to prioritize in Step two. Everything is scheduled, so that when my brain is still foggy in the morning, I still know where to go, what to do and when to do it. I don't have to think about it. And to have it written down like that allows me to visualize better that all that time is accounted for, I have no time for snoozing!
- STEP FOUR: ELIMINATE DECISION MAKING
Similar to Step three in the sense that you don't want to have your foggy morning brain make decisions. It's been told a million times before, but preparing the night before really is the key. Set out your outfit, prepare and pack your lunch, if you workout, have your workout clothes and gear ready to go. You get the point...
- STEP FIVE: DO IT FOR 7-DAYS
Now, establishing a new routine can sometime feel unsurmontable. But just take it one day at a time and push through for at least seven days (just one tiny week!). After one week, you will already be seeing benefits from following this routine of yours and having made it through that first week will give you a sense of accomplishment that will be a nice encouragement to just keep going.
I'm not on track everyday. But I can see such a difference when I am. It allows me to start my day in a much less stressful way and because of this, I can almost say that I enjoy mornings now!
I would love to hear about your mornings! Do you have a morning routine? Anything you think I should add to mine?