When we were kids our routines were everything, creating structure and discipline within our lives, but, as we grew older so many of us shed those routines. As we became older, we started taking things as they came, almost completely abandoning any sense of structure we had.
So many people these days tend to reject the idea of a routine, opting for more of a go with the flow and adventurous kind of approach, keeping their schedules open ended. This often leads to the feeling of not having enough time in the day or like the world is working against you.
However, there is something to be said about having a routine, especially in the morning even if you are a go with the flow kind of person. Having a routine can be the key to improving your productivity throughout the day and overall health and wellbeing.
So, how do we create this routine? Here are some tips!
1. Wake Up Early & Don’t Snooze Your Alarm
Routine is all about consistency and that starts with waking up in the morning. I’ll admit, this one was something I had to get used to, considering I used to just wake up whenever I’d naturally wake up and if I had to be up at a certain time in the morning I’d set about ten alarms all 2 minutes apart, snoozing every single one of them.
However, when I started consistently waking up early at the same time every morning and only allowing my alarm to go off once, I started feeling an immense sense of accomplishment as well as feeling incredibly energized and excited for the day ahead.
**Place your alarm on the opposite side of the room so you’re forced to get up and start the day!
2. Stay Off Your Phone & Social Media
It used to be so easy for me to roll over in bed and pick up my phone to start scrolling through social media, making sure to keep up with all the notifications I received and what everyone else had been up to while I was asleep. However, as soon as I decided to remove my phone from my morning routine, I felt so much better.
Our phones can be overwhelming at times, the images of others living their lives to the fullest sometimes creating a sense of defeat if we ourselves aren’t quite where we want to be in life yet.
Those really aren’t the thoughts I wanted to go into my day with, I mean, would you?
Instead I started to take that mindless time I would spend on my phone and dedicate it to more productive and mentally stimulating morning tasks. I have redeemed my wasted time and spend it on myself instead of focusing on others.
3. Open the Blinds & Make Your Bed
It can be so easy to roll over, sink deeper into your bed, pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep when your room is cloaked in darkness. And let me tell you, I’ve done so my self quite a bit.
The simple step of opening your curtains or blinds as soon as you climb out of bed, letting the light of day pour into the room, is an incredible mood booster and wakes your mind from its sleepy state.
Personally, I’ve started sleeping with my curtains open, so the refreshing light flows across my face as soon as I wake up, filling me with all the energy I need to spring out of bed and get started for the day.
Also, making your bed before you even leave your bedroom is a positive step towards an amazing day, It’ll be one less thing you have to worry about later and it sets the tone that you plan on accomplishing every task you set out on in that day.
Meditating is by far my favorite way to start off any and every day.
The practice of sitting down in silence every morning and mindfully turning focus into myself is so fulfilling. It helps to clear all thoughts and energies that no longer serve me. And on those days where I may not have a ton of time its good to – even if just in the car – for 5 minutes, to take a few deep breaths, close my eyes and focus on the good.
Sometimes all we need is a few minutes away from the chaos of life, to rid ourselves of the negativity and get into a positive mindset.
5. Drink Water
We all know by now that drinking water and staying hydrated has many benefits, however, there are days that we find we’ve gone the whole day solely in taking caffeine.
Every morning I make sure to drink at least one liter of water throughout my morning routine. During the day I also fill a reusable bottle and have it sitting in front of me, urging me to stay hydrated. When its there in front of us we’re reminded to keep drinking throughout the day, whereas if it’s not, out of sight out of mind, right?
If you’re not a fan of plain water check out some delicious infused waters here.
6. Journal/Write Down Gratitudes
Taking a little bit of time to sit down and reflect upon what is happening in our lives and what we’re grateful for, plays an important role in having a positive day, it reminds us of all the good in our lives and at the same time allows us to vent and let out all that may be bothering us.
Personally, I like to take 15 minutes out of my day, usually right after I wake up. Putting everything to paper is a perfect escape, creating blank slate for the day ahead.
7. Stretch Your Body & Do Some Yoga
I love morning yoga; it gets my energy flowing and boosts my mood. I mean yoga anytime makes me happy, but morning yoga, that s**t is so addictive to me.
Feeling the flow of the energy swirling through me as I move through poses that make both my body and mind feel at their best gives me that little boost that I need to wake up fully and get through the day ahead.
If you’re struggling with getting out of your bed and need a good stretch as you’re waking up, there are also some easy morning yoga poses you can do before you leave the comfort of your own bed.
8. Make a Nutritious Breakfast
Breakfast doesn’t have to be anything fancy or complex, however, it does need to be nutritious and be able to keep you fueled throughout the morning until lunch time without getting hungry between. I’ve found that throughout the morning I’m more energized when I have fueled my body with nutritious foods, it also prevents any snacking between or over-eating during lunch.
If you usually skip breakfast, this is another reason to wake up a little earlier, even if only a few minutes, it gives you time to make a healthy breakfast.
9. Morning Skincare Routine
I always feel best when I have that extra bot of time in the morning to pamper myself a little and that includes my skincare routine. A quick shower, using a coffee scrub or other exfoliating scrub, then lather on a moisturizing body lotion or oil and of course my face cleansing routine, because that is a must!
For me, a part of feeling good is having my skin feeling fresh and looking like its glowing. Especially since I rarely ever wear make-up, my skin is so important to me!
For a little extra boost of self confidence create a skin care routine for yourself that makes you feel amazing and practice it regularly!
10. Get Dressed
Personally, for me, as I’m creating my own company and of course growing my blog, I spend a lot of time working in my house, so taking the time to get myself dressed and feeling cute is a major need.
Without the action of getting dressed – even though it’s something so simple – I tend to feel like I’m all out of sorts and completely off my game. I tend to be way less productive and honestly, like I want to just crawl back into bed.
11. Start Checking Things Off Your Get to Do List
With your morning routine completed, all that is left to do is to attack the day ahead with love and light and to start checking things off your list.
You’re probably wondering what is a Get to Do List?
This list is a positive take on the traditional to do list, instead of a feeling of the tasks needing to be done and being stressed if it doesn’t get completed, this list is a way to look forward to the day ahead. It brings a feeling of gratitude and a sense of mindfulness, knowing that you are alive another day, able to go down the list with more passion for every task as well as less stress. If it doesn’t get finished today, that’s okay, it can be completed tomorrow.
Attack the day ahead with confidence and positivity!
These are just a few tips I’ve accumulated over the years as I’ve grown my morning routine and learned what helps me look forward to the day to come with great positivity. I hope you will be able to implement some, if not all of these into your own morning routine.
If you try any of these tips, let me know about it, I can’t wait to hear about your progress!
And if you have any things that you do in your morning routine that I have not mentioned but you think I may want to try, let me know in the comments!