Everyone has a morning routine of some sort. Some morning routines can set your day up to be positive and productive while others can set you up for one disaster after another. How does your morning routine stack up?
The time between when your alarm goes off and when you head out the door or get started working is some of the most valuable time in your day. If you hit the snooze and go back to bed you could end up rushing and stressed.
If you have the right habits first thing in the morning you can end up with a positive start to your day. Here are the important elements on my daily morning routing checklist to make sure that I start my day off on the right foot and be more productive.
First- Put your feet on the floor and GO!
One of the worst things you can do in the morning before work is hit snooze and go back to bed. Failing to get out of bed when you plan to can tank your motivation for the entire day.
You are already partly awake, you had a reason to set your alarm at that time in the first place, so sit up, get out of bed, and get going!
My daughter has a difficult time getting out of the bed in the morning. Trying to get her up is one of the hardest parts of my day so I am trying to teach her to get herself up and moving. Her alarm is set to the song “”Party Starter”” by Will Smith. It helps get her excited and moving instead of hiding in bed all day.
If that doesn’t work I’m going to buy her this robotic alarm clock that runs and hides when it goes off. It could end up under your bed or in your closet- it keeps going off until you get up and find it. Genius idea! Click the picture for more info & to buy!
As soon as I get up I do the essentials- start my husband’s coffee, put in my contacts, brush my teeth, and get into work workout clothes (or at least put on shorts because I just sleep in a t shirt). Then I’m mostly awake and ready to start the rest of my routine.
The rest of the items on my list can be done in any order. Some days I eat breakfast first, some days I workout first, and sometimes I get my head in a positive space.
Fuel Your Body
After sleeping for 7-8 hours your body needs energy to help wake up and work efficiently. That’s why breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ve exhausted last night’s dinner and need energy!
There are so many breakfast options to choose from, just avoid processed sugars like donuts, sugary cereals, soda, juices with added sugar and jams. They can cause you to crash a short time later and feel even more tired.
I usually have a super food shake packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Or I’ll make scrambled eggs, a banana, and half an English muffin. Oatmeal with berries is another quick, energy filled breakfast.
If you’re short on time you can prepare your breakfast ahead of time with overnight oats, baked scrambled eggs with veggies and meat, homemade breakfast cookies, or homemade energy/protein bars.
Wake Up Your Body
One of the best ways to wake up your body is to do a workout in the morning. It gets your blood pumping and boosts your energy so you are awake and ready to focus. 10-15 minutes is enough to get you going.
Some mornings I walk my dogs around the neighborhood- a brisk 15-minute walk will get your heart rate up. Other days I do 10-15 minutes of Yoga to stretch and energize my body. A Sun Salutation Flow is a great way to wake up!
If you are able to get in a full workout in the morning you will be ahead of the game! My favorite workouts include Country Heat, T20, 21 Day Fix, and PIYO. They range in length from 20-40 minutes and are total body workouts that can be done at home. Check out my Beachbody On Demand Review.
The last part of my daily morning checklist is making sure that I get in the right head space to start my day on a positive note. Before I head off to work, out to run errands, or start on whatever I need to get done for the day I take 15-20 minutes to put positive thoughts into my head.
I ALWAYS make sure I get my positive mindset (and sense of calm that comes with it) before my teenagers wake up. To me, this is one of the most essential aspects of my routine because once my kids are up… well, the meme on the left perfectly describes it!
Some days I meditate and use mantras to help me focus on being efficient, happy and positive. See my post What is Mindfulness for more info on meditation and mantras.
I also regularly read motivational and self-help books to help motivate me. I usually come across one positive thought or quote that I can focus on for the day. My post Top Personal Development Books has my top 5 list of self-help and inspirational books.
Another option is to listen to a podcast while getting ready or even on your drive to work. There are many positive, inspirational and motivational podcasts out there to choose from.
There are lots of apps for podcasts. Two of my favorite are SoundCloud and Castbox. Both are free apps with ads, or you can upgrade for ad free. I also listen to mindfulness and meditation on SoundCloud.
Other ways to start your day off on a positive note, if you are religious, would include prayer and scripture study. You can also find a thought for the day or inspirational quote daily calender.
Your Morning Routine
Now that you know the essentials of my daily morning routine, take some time to develop a routine individualized to your routine. The specific order you get these items done in and how much time your spend is totally up to you.
My routine runs smoothest when I have a plan of attack every day.
When I work full-time this is my routine:
5:00 am- wake up, get dressed, brush teeth, put in contacts
5:15 am- press play on 20-30 min workout video OR walk dogs around neighborhood
5:45 am- cool-down while drinking a super food shake and reading a self-improvement book.
6:00 am- shower & get dressed for work
6:45 am- pack lunches for kids, husband and self
7:00 am- wake-up teenage daughter
7:30 am- leave for work
Sure, it’s a 2.5 hour routine from wake-up to leave for work time, but it helps my day run smoothly. Bonus: no matter what else happens during the day I have eaten a healthy breakfast, completed a workout, and have a positive mindset.
Did I miss anything that is essential to your daily routine? What helps you start your day off best?