4 Tips for Creating Your Perfect Morning Routine
How we get started in the morning sets the tone for the remainder of our day. So, having a solid morning routine can make a big difference in our productivity level for the day. If you've been trying to develop a good morning routine, but haven't been successful, here are eight tips for creating your perfect morning routine.
#1. Set Your Intentions The Night Before
One of the best ways to start your morning off is by setting your intentions the night before. Before you go to bed at night, have a plan for what's on the agenda for the next day. That will not only keep your day organized but will give you a reason to want to get up bright and early the next day. I try to set my weekly intentions at the beginning of the week. If you do this, you won’t have to worry about doing them every night.
Our free planner sheets are a great way to plan our day. Each one has space for you to set your priorities, plan your schedule, celebrate your wins, and features a calming affirmation.
#2. Find Your Rhythm
Decide at night what time you will be up in the morning. Try to wake up around the same time every day, even if you have to set an alarm clock. That helps your body establish a rhythm and will make it easier to get up in the mornings.
Once you know what time you want to wake up, decide what time you plan to go to sleep. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep. Track your sleep habits and mood to help you figure out how much sleep you need to feel well-rested (trust me, sis, hustle culture and #TeamNoSleep is not the move in 2021). Typically, about 30-90 after you wake and the drowsiness has worn off is a good time to evaluate your mood and how rested you feel.
If you’re having trouble feeling rested, give our Pillow Talk spray a try. We use calming oils like lavender, bergamot, and chamomile to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
#3. Know What Not To Do
Remember, what you do in the morning sets the tone for the remainder of the day. So as you're considering what you will do, also make note of what you won't be doing. For example, if your phone is the first thing you typically reach for but you want to undo that habit, have boundaries in place.
One thing I’ve found helpful is setting my phone to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb for the first 3-5 hours of my day. This way my attention is only focused on the things that I intentionally want it to be on.
If you’re easily distracted (hi, that’s me!) I also recommend utilizing the Downtime feature for the first couple of hours of each day. Having this set limits the apps that I have access to during a specific time period and can be used on my phone, laptop, and tablet.
#4. Make It Your Own!
So many people will tell you what you need to do, what time to wake up, etc. but in order to create your perfect morning routine, it has to be right for you!
Waking up at 5am may not be necessary if you don’t clock in until noon (or doable if you don’t get off until 3am). You may not be a workout-in-the-morning type of person or enjoy coffee. That’s okay!
The most successful morning routine is one that you wake up excited about, not feel forced or pressured to do.
One of my favorite perspectives on this is from Amy Landino’s class, Master Work (From Home) / Life Balance. In this class she offers three main categories of activities to focus on implementing in your morning routine to start the day on your terms: movement, mindfulness, and mastery.
What’s your perfect morning routine? Let us know in the comments!