How can such a simple concept as having a morning routine have such an impact on so many aspects of your life?
Beginning each day with a purpose and a focus on reaching your goals will help you become more productive, accomplished, and happier.
Finding it hard to believe that a morning routine can do all this?
By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll be wondering how you’ve ever gotten along without one.
“Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” ~Daniel Handler
Following a morning and night routine are excellent ways you can practice self-care.
Having a routine helps you to focus on what is important to you and the steps needed to reach your goals.
Without a plan, you waste precious time just trying to figure out what you should be doing.
The routine keeps you on task, which will make you more productive, which, in turn, will allow you the time needed to focus on your well-being and happiness too.
Some of the most successful people follow strict morning routines and swear by them.
- Benjamin Franklin was an early riser who spent this time planning out his day
- Oprah meditates and does yoga each morning
- Jennifer Lopez works out every morning
- Tony Robbins makes time for himself every morning
A good morning routine will include the steps needed to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.
The routine should help you achieve a combination of three things:
- Make you feel good
- Prepare you for the day ahead
- Help you in attaining a goal
Sounds great, right?
But how do you figure out which actions will help you achieve any of those things?
To simplify things, let’s put them into actionable steps.
This will also make it easier to follow along and know when it’s time to move on to the next step.
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4 No-Fuss Steps to Figuring Out Your Morning Routine:
Step One: Decide What Your Goals Will Be
I recommend you start by asking yourself a question.
What goals do I want to achieve?
Dig deep and really think about what you want to accomplish in your life. These can be short term or long term goals.
They don’t all have to be grandiose, but some of them should be.
A great way to begin is to categorize what’s important to you. Actually put them into categories.
Here’s what I mean.
For me, my family, my overall well-being, and my business are all important and these are areas I definitely have specific goals I want to reach.
Some goals I have for my family are:
- Connecting with my teenagers every day
- Making my husband feel loved
- Checking in with my family members who don’t live with me, such as my mother
My goal of achieving an overall sense of well-being is pretty broad and includes both physical and mental wellness.
If this is a goal you want to reach, yours should include both too.
Mental health goes hand in hand with physical health. You need to nurture and feed both to truly be happy.
Examples of goals for well-being can look like this:
- Workout every day
- Clear my mind and refocus my thoughts
- Learn something new every day
- Build up my confidence
- Floss my teeth daily
By now you should have a clear understanding of how to set your goals and some things you can do to meet them.
Step 2: Figure out the goals of your morning routine
Your morning routine is a tool for you to use to help reach your goals for your life.
Getting up earlier and working on your goals will in itself make you more productive by keeping you focused on them.
Over time, working on attaining your goals will become second nature and before you know it, you will exceed those goals.
But first, you need to decide how your morning routine is going to help you get there.
For example, the goals I have set for my morning routine are the same as the ones I mentioned earlier.
Step 3: Plan out the steps that will help you reach these goals
Be sure that each and every step of your routine serves a purpose.
Take note of what that purpose is.
At first, you might want to categorize the steps so you know exactly how that step is helping you reach a specific goal.
A great way to do this is by color-coding your steps.
Start by listing off the steps under each category using either different colored pens or highlighters.
When you go to write them into your routine, use the respective color.
You can easily do this on the computer too if you prefer that.
You’ll want to be specific with these actionable steps, they should be things you can do each morning.
Let’s go back and take a look at the goals I mentioned before.
For my family goals, my action steps might look like this:
- Eat breakfast or dinner as a family every day – this allows time to check-in with them and lets them know I am interested in and there for them.
- Leave love notes or encouraging notes in my husband’s lunch box
- Sending quick hello texts to my other family member’s and making sure I respond to their texts
Then for my overall well-being goal, my actions steps may include:
- Do 30 minutes of yoga each morning
- Keep a brain dump journal
- Keep a journal for daily thoughts and dreams
- Sign-up for an online course(learn a new language, how to garden, or cook)
- Being using daily positive affirmations – put them on your mirror, at your desk, anywhere you need that boost of confidence.
- Put flossing into your morning or night routine and check it off each day
Keep in mind that you will likely need to start waking up a bit earlier in order to get through your new morning routine, but that’s okay.
I know sleep is important for your health and happiness.
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you get less sleep.
I’m telling you you’re going to also have to work on setting up and following a nighttime routine so that your morning routine works.
I can help you figure out a simple but effective nighttime routine too. You can read all about it right here.
Step 4: Organizing it all into a nice little plan of action
I am old school.
I get an unnatural amount of satisfaction when I handwrite my plans, lists, or just about anything really.
Are you like this too?
For those of us who love to write it down on paper, you’re going to need a journal to keep everything organized and easy to find.
That’s why I created our very own Self-Care Planning Toolkit where you can make your own morning routine as well as a nighttime routine and much more. It comes in two styles and sizes, Sassy and Floral. If you’d like to check them out you can learn more about them in our shop.
You can pick one up from Erin Condren over on their website here.
Also, these soft-colored markers are great for color-coding anything.
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If you’re more into using tech to keep you organized, then you should use an app on your phone or tablet.
There are tons of apps available to help you set-up any kind of routine you wish.
The layout of your routine can be anything you like.
I prefer to keep it pretty simple.
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Having and following a morning routine is an essential part of being more productive and attaining your personal goals.
Your morning routine will help you keep those goals in mind and allow you to continuously work towards reaching them.
Setting up a no-fuss morning routine is as simple as following four steps.
Those steps are:
- Decide what your goals will be
- Figure out the goal or goals of your morning routine
- Plan out the steps that are needed to reach these goals
- Organize it all into a plan of action that you can track
Your next move should be to set-up your night routine. I can help you with that too.
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