A morning routine is something that many successful people swear by. One person’s morning routine may be different from another’s, but that’s okay. The main point of a morning routine is to help set yourself up for success for the rest of the day. It can be the difference between having a productive day and not having a productive day.
If you’ve never thought about creating a morning routine or have had trouble doing so in the past, I’m here to help. Here are four tips to help you create a morning routine that works for you.
1. Don’t go from zero to 100
It’s tempting to just implement a ton of changes and create an entire morning routine from scratch. After all, like with any change, we just want to get over it. However, trying to go from zero to 100 with your morning routine can make it more difficult, if not impossible to keep those changes. It can cause you to feel overwhelmed at just the thought of creating a morning routine.
That’s why you’re genuinely better off creating new habits that you can implement into your current habits. For example: swap scrolling through your phone for journalling, or practice breathing exercises when you wake up as a way to build up towards meditation. It’s all about making small changes that can eventually lead into bigger, more permanent changes. That can then lead to a morning routine that is easier to stick with.
2. Use the night before to prepare
Depending on what you want your morning routine to look like, it may be helpful or even necessary to do certain things the night before. If you want to work out first thing in the morning, have your work out gear prepared beforehand. If you know you have somewhere to be the next day (i.e. school, work, etc.), have your skin and makeup products out, and even pick your outfit out the night before. Doing this can keep you from rushing around and lead to your morning routine going smoothly.
3. Change your morning routine as needed
As I mentioned before, everyone’s morning routine is different. It can vary depending on your job, your significant other’s life, whether or not you have kids and/or pets, and more. It can even depend on whether or not you’re a morning person. All of that is okay!
The best part about creating a morning routine is that you can tailor it to fit your lifestyle as needed. If you want to work out but hate getting up early to do so, then work out in the evening. If you need to account for tasks such as taking the dog out or getting the kids ready for the day, then by all means do it. Your morning routine is yours and yours alone, so it can be however it fits you best. That way, it can set you up for success in the best way possible.
4. Stick to it!
Like with anything else you try to change in your life, it can feel impossible to stick to it. Even the pressure of trying to stick with the morning routine you created can make it difficult to do exactly that. You may either get tired of it, stressed out by it, or both.
As frustrating as that may it, the most important part when you create a morning routine is to stick to it. It’s said that one of the best ways to speed up the formation of a habit is by committing to it, no matter what. It can feel hard and even like a waste of time, but remember- it will be worth it in the long run. Sticking to your morning routine will be something that you’l thank your past self for.
Those are four ways to create a morning routine for your lifestyle. What tips do you have for creating a morning routine? Let me know in the comments, or hit me up on social media!