I’ve seen so many articles, studies, and books saying that one of the habits that many successful people have in common is a productive morning routine. They have time to journal, work out, work towards their goals, do whatever they want. Before the day even starts. Crazy, right?
So for the past month or so, I’ve been working towards creating my own productive, dream morning. Now I have time to practice gratitude, read, review my goals, and more. All before my husband even wakes up. 😉
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Related reading: How to Become a Morning Person
So, here’s how to create the morning routine of your dreams!
Step 1: What would you like to do?
Grab a pen and a piece of paper (or download the free worksheet from the end of this post). Go ahead, I’ll wait for you. 🙂
That was fast! Okay, now make a list of everything that you’d like to do in the morning. Include things like:
- The essentials (like showering and breakfast)
- Extra tasks you might want to do (like laundry or dishes)
- Things that make you happy (like meditation or reading)
Try to keep this simple and realistic, though. You don’t want to have to wake up 8 hours earlier to do everything you can think of.
Step 2: How much time do you need?
Now, next to every item on your list, write down approximately how long it will take you to do that task. Like, 30 minutes of reading, a 15-minute shower, etc.
If you can tell that you won’t have time to do everything, then prioritize your list. Remove unnecessary items and circle the ones that you’re definitely going to incorporate into your routine.
Now add up the total time it would take for you to do everything on the list. This should tell you how much time you need to dedicate to your routine, and roughly what time you should be waking up in the morning.
Step 3: Tweak it.
Now that you know roughly what time you’ll be waking up in the morning and how long it will take to complete your morning routine, write down the items in the order that you will complete them. Make sure that you complete the items in (pretty much) the same order every day.
This is essential! The whole point of a routine is that it’s, well… routine. Meaning, it becomes like a natural rhythm to you. This is what makes your mornings so much smoother/easier/better. Oh, and don’t forget to change the time on your alarm clock!
Step 4: Try it out!
You’ll probably need to do some more tweaking as you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. And that’s okay, no big deal. Just keep trying different things until you find a routine that sticks. It’ll be worth it, I promise!
Remember, when it comes to routines: Consistency is key! Like I said, that’s the point of a routine. 😉 Plus, it takes about a month to form a habit, so it’ll probably take some getting used to!
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What does your perfect morning routine look like?