How to Create an Amazing Morning Routine
Up until the point where I had my daughter I was always a morning person. I think it is based on the fact that I always got up when I wanted. Now I get up when she wants me to get up. I found myself being exhausted during the day. I got into this circle of going to bed early and needing too much sleep. To change this I created a morning routine.
I have organised to wake up before my daughter can wake me at 5.30am and I do this every day (except for Sundays which is my sleep in day). It is the best habit I have started in the last few years and has made me happier. A good morning routine will set the tone for your entire day so you should do it right and get ready for fabulous days!
To make a morning routine I did a bit of research about what you should do in the morning. A lot of what I read said don’t look at your phone, do some type of mediation and eat breakfast.
I think it is important to add – I have a three year old and so extended mediation is a fantasy. So I had to be realistic about what I would put into my morning routine. I think it is also important to add something in that will make you smile. Research shows that smiling can help lift your mood. So do it. Be happy.
Creating a morning routine
To start creating my morning routine I had to work out how long I had to get myself sorted for the day. I wake up at 5.30am and have to be out of the house by 7am so my morning routine would go for 90 minutes.
When you know how the first 90 minutes (or however long you need) of your day looks it helps you feel in control and that can help with stress. It also helps you be efficient and productive throughout your day.
So to create my morning routine I did the following:
1: Create a list of everything that you need in your morning routine.
2: Think about what you already do in the morning and what you need to add into your morning routine.
3: Decide on the order.
4: Write it down. This is the best way to get it out of your head. I put it in the front of my diary so that I knew what it was that I needed to do.
What my day looks like –
- Drink some water (2 minutes) – I usually put a full 600ml bottle next to my bed at night so that it is ready for the next morning. Remember we have to drink approximately 6-8 glasses of water a day and so you can get start first thing by adding it to your morning routine.
- Meditation (3 minutes) – I sit up on my bed, fold my legs and breath in and out for about 3 minutes. I think of something that made me smile the day before (to help me ensure I have something I complete one happiness challenge a day – you can join our Facebook group The Be Happy Team for happiness challenge ideas by clicking here) and then once I have the chance to smile about it I push it out of my mind and allow my head to clear. Some people listen to music or whatever it is that mediation is to them. You decide what fits you best. I need to note again I’m a mum. I don’t have that much time for meditation and my daughter usually wakes up between 5.30
and 6 but a short little burst is better than nothing.
- Stretching (5 minutes) – When I get out of bed I do some light stretches. Nothing intense. Just a way to get you feeling a little refreshed. I use the Stretching Sworkit app. You can chuck in how many minutes you want to stretch (I do 5 minutes) and it goes through a head to toe stretch workout.
- Good morning time (10 minutes) – By this time my daughter is usually awake so I go into her bedroom and say good morning and we read a story together.
- First breakfast (15 minutes) – Then we make our first breakfast – my daughter has a bottle and I have a strawberry smoothie. She usually watches a TV show while I pack my bag and grab out my clothes for the day.
- Shower time (5 minutes) – I try and make it kind of cold. I know they say that cold showers have lots of health benefits and makes you feel energized for the day but I think I would cry if I had to stand under a cold shower. Do whatever you think is best for you!
- Brush my teeth and get dressed (5 minutes)
- Second Breakfast (15 minutes) – Usually something simple like a poached egg on toast and I have a chat to my three year old about what she wants to do for the day. It is important to add in that time in the morning to spend with your children. I used to be all go go go and it was a quick kiss and cuddle as I ran around her but when I put together my morning routine I found that I could dedicate more time to her which made me smile more and therefore, made my day better.
This is when the working side of my morning routine starts…
9. Diary and to do list creation and review (15 minutes) – I have a physical diary. It is the one thing that I will not change to digital. It is my safety blanket. While there are thousands of different types of planners I just can’t seem to break away from my paper and pen when it comes to my daily planning. I have a look at my already organised appointments and then create my daily goals and to do list around these times. I never have more than one daily goal or put more than 5 items on my to do list – including my happiness challenge. If you are unsure of how to plan your day see my article here. I have everything written down and then I start the hardest task.
10. Getting my daughter dressed and out the door (15 minutes) – This is something that used to be a 5-minute task when my daughter was younger. It was dress, grab everything we need and go. Now, as she gets older, it has become what I can only describe as the highland fling (note my Scottish heritage). As she dances around the room and flings the clothes off that I just put on, I channel a crocodile hunter to get her dressed. The I quickly get her in a car seat so that she is strapped in and can’t pull any of her clothes off (Gotta love 3 year olds).
Then we are off!
I have found since I created my morning routine I don’t stress about looking at my phone. On the weekends when my husband is there in the early parts of the morning he has come to just slot into our routine and our family has a rhythm that is harmonious.
What I do for my morning routine is perfect for me. So take the time to work out what is perfect for you. You will probably change it up a bunch of times before you get to the exact routine you want but it will definitely be for the better.
I would love to hear what you do for your morning routine! Do you have a structure and do you love it? Do you need one?
Until next time,