WHO doesn’t want that? Am I right? I mean, taking care of yourself is always so… I don’t know, hard, tedious, a full-time job? I’d say, all of the above. I have tried different morning routines but just recently found what works for me. I once provided a morning routine but it had at least 10+ steps which made it stressful even for me after 2 months so, I ditched it. However, I noticed that only 4 things actually work for me.
Realizing that, it’s not the number of things that make you feel better but specific things that help you feel better, it’s key. First, find out if you are a morning person or not (but honestly, who really is a morning person?). I, for one, can say that it’s definitely not my gig. Given the country I live in, the traffic I go through and the distance we drive to get to work, J and I always get up between 3:45 am – 4:00 am.
When I was looking for a morning routine, most of the people I got inspiration from was getting up at 6 and had at least 1 hour to prepare and no pets. Thus, my expectations were not realistic. I am the person to always snooze alarms, that’s why I use my Fitbit Charge 2 for different alarms and my phone without snooze on the alarms.
Aside from snoozing, I had the bad habit of scrolling through social media even before being completely awake and then reluctantly feeling overwhelmed by trying to follow all the steps of the previous morning routine that I had. This, obviously didn’t work and I felt worse for the fact that I was not able to complete it.
The key to a useful and motivating morning routine is knowing which good habits will make you feel more successful simply by completing them. You’ll have 15 ideas that I think are worth including in a morning routine and then, I’ll let you know the few that I actually do.
Before we get into it, you’ll be able to download a list of 25 ideas and to help you create the most productive and relaxing morning routine to follow. It’s important to understand that the right mindset will get you a long way any day. Even if you feel like absolute shit, you’ll be able to actually take your daily challenges head first. Remember, you don’t need to try them all nor doing a 1 hour morning routine. 10 minutes daily will go a long way. It’s your time and your pace, no one else’s.
Note: it works best to align your morning routine to your personal goals for the month or year.
Check the list below and choose the habits that make more sense for you.
- Practice Mindfulness
- Repeat a Mantra/Affirmation
- Visualize an ideal day
- Practice Appreciation
- Schedule your day
- Review your goals
- Wash your face
- Brush your teeth
- Listen to an inspiring Podcast
- Make your bed
- Do some Yoga
- Deep Breathing
*Yes, I included brushing your teeth and washing your face because it’s nice to take them into account for a morning routine. You’ll be able to adjust your time with the basics included.
Once you’ve decided on the list you’ll do, take the time to test out for at least 21 – 27 days and see if it’s the right routine for you. I’ll use mine as an example, so it gives you an idea of what and how you could use it or do it:
- Hydrate (1min or less)
- Practice Mindfulness (1min or less)
- Wash your face (2min)
- Brush your teeth (1min)
- Make Your Bed (1min)
- Schedule Your Day (3min)
- Meditate (5min)
As you see, it takes less than 15min daily to take care of me and set myself up to start a good day. My main goal is to do something productive, that’s how I aligned my morning routine to achieve my goal daily.
Grab the 25 ideas for a morning routine below!
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