How to Create a Morning Routine
My favorite time of the day is the morning.
That's why for the past 10 years I've been experimenting with morning routines. Before I became a mom my routine was pretty set. Wake up at 6:30 AM, meditate and journal. Drink my green tea, read some emails, and take a shower. By the time the clock struck 9 AM, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to greet my yoga students.
That was my routine for 3-plus years. Now that I'm a mama, my morning routine is more malleable - though no less hectic. I've learned that sometimes sleep is just more important than my morning routine. Some of my good morning routine habits have fallen to the wayside though and I feel ready to get back on the wagon.
What Is a Morning Routine?
A morning routine is what you do from the moment you wake up until the moment you start your work for the day (whether that’s inside or outside the home).
Examples of things you may do in your morning routine are: make your bed, drink coffee, work out, shower, pray, get your kids ready, or check your email or social media accounts.
Right now, you may or may not intentionally plan your morning routine, but one way or another you have one.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Why Should You Have a Morning Routine?
If you want to change your life, start by changing your day. And if you want to change your days, start by changing your mornings. If you want to change your mornings, start by changing your habits.
It’s the little habits repeated over and over that will be the difference between failure and success.
Your morning routines are perfect times for you to implement habits to promote your success.
For example, if you plan to read for 1 hours tomorrow morning (before the kids wake up), you will be much more likely to do it if you plan it ahead of time. If you don’t plan it, you could easily get side tracked and end up watching youtube videos of cats being cute instead.
How do I Plan to Use a Morning Routine?
During the month of April, I've committed to establishing these 5 habits:
- No Emails In the Morning: Inspired by a few articles I've read, I've decided to not look at any devices until after my kids have gone off to school. (Yes, a habit can be something you DON'T do.)
- Meditate: Lots of folks make a big deal about how well-known people meditate in the morning to clear their brains. My Headspace app will track how many days in a row I have meditated, which is a big motivating factor for me.
- Stretching: I actually love the way my body feels after just a few minutes of stretching, but I haven't done it in a long time. Now's as good a time as any to start.
- Read: I love to read in the morning because my mind is crisp and eager to take in new information.
- Write in my journal: This is another form of meditation that helps me center myself for the rest of the day. My morning pages habit came to an end after I became a mom because I told myself "I don't have time." Well, now I'm MAKING time!
Care to join me?