How to Design the Perfect Morning Routine

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Let me guess; you check the time on your phone, blurt out a curse word or two about how late you are, rush through a quick shower, put on the first outfit you see, and step out the door without even giving breakfast a thought— and if you’re like me, probably forget your phone.

Even if the above description is at an extreme, and does not in any way describe your mornings, you would probably not say that you enjoy leaving your bed, let alone your house in the morning. Now I’m not saying that with a morning routine you will be jumping with joy every time your alarm rings.

With a morning routine that’s customized for you, however, mornings will be something to look forward to— because it is what you do at the start of your day that determines how you’ll spend the rest of the day.

A well-tailored morning routine allows you to check in with yourself on a daily basis, and sort of gives you the power to decide what you will carry with you throughout the day. This act of mindfulness sets you up for a successful day, and essentially, life.

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Why You Need a Morning Routine

Reduces stress

Your stress levels are greatly alleviated when you have plenty of time to get ready in the morning and partake in activities that are not only pleasurable, but also soothing— in a way that relaxes both your body and mind.

Improves productivity

A morning routine defeats rush and puts you in a position to leave the house in a state of calmness and self-acceptance. Starting the day this way allows you to crush everyday tasks that come your way confidently and with a positive attitude.

Improves focus

A great morning routine entails activities that help improve focus, among other things (which we will get to in a while).

Additionally, the action of sticking to a morning routine not only makes you more disciplined, but a strong mind-body connection also synchronizes your thoughts with your body, helping you stay focused.

Provides mental clarity

Another major benefit of having a morning routine is the fact that you take time to stop and organize your thoughts. It is easy to lose yourself in the fast-paced noisy world that we’re currently living in. An ideal morning routine will not only help you shed mental clutter, but it will also provide you with a clear picture of where you’re going, and what you need to do to ensure that you get there— thus being in full control of your destiny.

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A Healthy Morning Routine Checklist

Like many things in life, one person’s morning routine will not work for you in the same way it works for them. This is because you are incomparable, ergo deserving of a routine that was created just for you.

In your quest to coin the perfect morning routine, you have probably come across titles in the lines of, “morning routines of highly successful people.” And in these, you might have been put off by, “wake up at 5 am.” Well, take it from someone who’s not a morning person— your morning begins whatever time you get your pretty self out of bed.

With that in mind, as I was creating my own morning routine, I compiled everything you need to consider when designing a morning routine, in order to come up with one that will foster you towards living your best life.

 

  1. Night routine

Yes, a successful morning routine begins the previous night. To curb morning rush and stress, plan out your day before you go to bed;

  • When you get home from work, empty out your purse and store everything in a specific storage location (including jewelry and other accessories). This organization technique will come in handy in the morning, especially if you change bags from time to time.
  • Have a healthy dinner. It is advisable to do this a few hours before you sleep, to avoid discomfort and indigestion. Use the time after dinner to prepare for tomorrow.
  • Lay out tomorrow’s outfit (and workout apparel alike). This will save you time in the morning and it will also ensure that you dress with intent. You can also use this time to pack everything that you intend to take with you the next day.
  • Take a few minutes to reflect on your day. Acknowledge both your wins and fails; be grateful for the wins, get over the fails and seek to do better tomorrow.
  • Plan out tomorrow’s schedule— write down your top priorities in a notebook/planner, so that you know exactly what to do the next day.
  • Get a restful slumber.

 

  1. Time conscious

Set a specific time to wake up, every day. This should be a time that you are comfortable with, depending on the time you go to bed— being a night-owl should not stop you from having a morning routine.

When setting a time, have in mind what your morning routine consists of and create enough time for that as well. The plan is to have a slow-paced intentional morning.

 

  1. Affirmations

Replace those morning curse words with messages of pure manifestation. Find words of affirmations that you want to tell yourself, and spell them out loud every day.

‘Words of affirmation’ are not a love language by accident; affirmations have the ability to reprogram the subconscious mind and encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves and/or the world— and our role and place in it. These utterances are therefore a way of speaking the life you want into existence.

 

  1. Self-care/self-awareness

The purpose of a morning routine is to better yourself. This is why you should not have one just because it’s a thing that everyone else is doing.

Your morning routine should be for spending time with yourself, while taking care of you. With that being said, if you live with other people, try not making the fact that you’re up a public announcement.

For morning self-care;

  • Limit distractions and take this time to do things that you love. Journaling is one way to increase self-awareness by expressing your thoughts and goal setting.
  • Avoid surfing through social media as soon as you wake up (you have the rest of the day for that) — this not only wastes time, but could also affect your mental health, negatively.
  • Do your hair and makeup without having to rush.
  • Do something creative.
  • Listen to some feel good music.

 

You might also like: 50 journal Prompts for Self-discovery and Reflection

 

  1. Mental wellness

Seek to learn something new every morning by indulging in activities that grow your mind. Do not underestimate what 5 minutes of learning can add to your life and overall well-being.

You can never go wrong with a book, podcast, TED Talk or even an article that teaches you something new.

 

  1. Physical wellness

I know that exercise is not for everyone, but tell you what— do whatever feels right for you. If you’re not into intense workout activities, maybe a calm yoga session is exactly what you need. The good news is that as little as 5 minutes of a physical activity of your choice is enough.

A healthy breakfast also falls in this category. I take this honey and lemon elixir in the morning that jump-starts my day in a healthy way.

 

  1. Mindful practices

To maintain a healthy work-life balance, you should make mindful practices a part of your morning routine. The bulk of your morning should be centered on mindfulness— a very important part of this process is being present.

Living in the here and now can only be achieved when you make a conscious decision to let go and drop past frustrations (yesterday fails).

Try meditation as a technique of controlling your thoughts and channeling all your energy to the present moment.

What does your morning routine consist of? Let me know down below.

55 Responses

    • Marion

      Haha… I understand this more than you know 😅
      This is why I am trying to change this.
      Thank you for clicking through.

  1. Meilifisayo

    As a mum I have to stick to my morning timescale else I will be late to everywhere. Up at 6am get ready for work get little one ready after and out the door by 7:30. Night get prepared for next day really hehe

    • Marion

      Wow! And you do this every day?
      Quite commendable 😊… But I guess that comes with being a mum.
      Thank you for giving this your time.

  2. Shari J

    I especially love the tip on being time conscious, it’s super easy to lose track of time in the morning, especially when you have outside distractions such as having the television on, making breakfast or lunch, and even talking with family. Great tips

    • Marion

      Yes, for me, that distraction is mostly social media…
      Thank you so much for stopping by.

    • Marion

      Couldn’t agree more. It really does have to start the previous night.
      Thank you for engaging 😊

  3. Keddie

    Laughed out loud at the beginning because I AM THAT PERSON lol. I like that these tips are soft and tender and are not calling me to be brute with myself, like the ones that demand that we wake up at 4am and do a bunch of crazy difficult things so that we’re ‘highly successful.’

    This post said YOU’RE ENOUGH AND WHENEVER YOU WAKE UP IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR YOU.

    I love it babe ❤️

    • Marion

      Awww ❤️
      I think everyone has potential to do and become so much, if only they could be themselves. I’m so glad you related with this read.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Lana

    I think having a routine is so important. It totally sets you up and puts you on the right path for the day. I’d be so lost without a routine of any kind!

    • Marion

      I’m just getting into routines myself.. I find them invaluable, especially as a way to keep track of your progress.
      Thank you for the read.

  5. Kelvin

    This post comes at the perfect time. I really need to get a hold of my mornings. Thank you for the great tips, I’m going to work on them. I don’t want to be waking up everyday rushing to catch up with lost minutes/hours.

    • Marion

      Great stuff!… And that is how you claim your mornings.
      Thank you for the read.

  6. Ann Tolman

    Mornings are always so hectic for me with so much going on. It’s helpful to get some tips on how to establish a routine to make them less stressful!

    • Marion

      I understand… And I also think the opposite of this can easily be achieved. I hope you find a morning routine that’s ideal for you 😊

  7. Yaya

    This is such a great post. It’s so true, a good morning routine is so vital. Being self employed I’ve learned this the hard way, but there’s still so much here that I can apply.

    • Marion

      You don’t need to tell me twice. Especially when you work from home, it’s easy to find yourself making a mess out of both your nightly and morning routine… Which could hinder your productivity in a notable way. Thank you for clicking through.

  8. Janessa

    I love this. I’ve added a lot of these practices into my routine since the start of the new year and I’m definitely feeling the benefits! I’m using a gratitude journal each morning and night, waking about an hour early and starting my day with music and affirmations. I have a stressful job and I definitely think I am showing up more present and calm.

    • Marion

      Wow! This is so great to hear.. I love that despite the fact that your job is stressing you, you have chosen not to let that dictate your vibe.
      A gratitude journal is one thing that I don’t overlook… Even if one doesn’t fancy writing down things, just the very action of being grateful goes a long way in one’s mood, self-esteem and mindset.
      Thank you so much for taking your time on this piece.

  9. Shara

    Being conscious and self-aware are the things I struggle with the most! And lacking a plan though most of my days start out similarly. This is definitely a goal for me to start working on!!!

    • Marion

      I wish you all the best in that endeavor. Don’t expect to change your entire mindset overnight.. Baby steps and patience… You’ll get there.
      Thank you for the read.

    • Marion

      Thank you for giving this your time. I hope you come up with one that’s perfect for YOU. all the best, Adam.

  10. Ellie

    These are great tips. I’ve been forced to become a morning person since starting med school and the transition was quite hard! I esp like the part about how your morning routine always starts the night before. I think it’s a tip a lot of people don’t realise!
    Ellie x | elliekblog.blogspot.com

    • Marion

      I agree, It surely is…when you sleep right, you wake up right.
      Thank you for stopping by😊

  11. Darceline

    I love this. I always say your morning starts with your night, If you develop a good night routine, then your morning will be much easier.

  12. Sarah Mark

    These are great tips! I definitely need to work on my morning routine there are so many great benefits to getting up earlier and being productive before going to work!

    • Marion

      I’m glad you found this helpful helpful. Good luck on your morning routine, and thank you for clicking through 😊

    • Marion

      Me too. I relate my real life to some lyrics sometimes 😀
      Thank you as well for clicking through

    • Marion

      Haha 😀
      This was me a while back. The good thing about a morning routine is that it doesn’t have to take long. As little as 20 minutes is enough.
      Thank you for the read

    • Marion

      They sure are…I’ve found that morning rush really ruins my day, because I almost always forget something 😆

  13. Samantha Esquivel

    This post is so helpful! I’m a morning person but I’m also a slight workaholic (I own a business) so I tend to wake up early, go downstairs and start work for the day without any kind of relaxation period before. I’ve been looking into how I can create a morning routine so I don’t drive myself crazy with all the work I have! I will def be applying some of these tips to my daily life! Thank you so much for the great post!

    • Marion

      I am glad you found this helpful. I see where you’re coming from. It is so easy for solo-preneurs to forget about themselves and drown in work.
      I hope that you come up with a way to relax before you dive into work. Thank you so much for giving this a read.

  14. Jessie

    I need to implement this! I’m the worst at rolling over half asleep and looking at my phone then dragging myself out of bed. Not the best morning routine haha

    • Marion

      Haha😀. I know that all too well. Trying to change that inspired me to write this post.

  15. Amanda Kerr

    Morning routine is so very important to myself and my husband! It’s really good to have your own set routine. Thanks for the great read! 🙂

    • Marion

      Thank you as well for clicking through. It’s great that you have a routine as a couple.

  16. Nicole

    I love this soooooo much! OMG that terrible description is me. I was just saying I need to get it together. Our mornings are stressful. Thank you for all the amazing tips, love!!

    • Marion

      Haha 😀
      At least that description fit someone else other than me a while back. I am so glad that you found this post relatable and helpful. I hope you coin a morning routine that’s perfect for you. Thank you for reading.❤️

  17. Adriana

    I’ve been trying to leave my phone farther so when the alarm goes off I’m forced to get out of bed rather than scrolling like you said. It’s worked so far when I remember to!

    • Marion

      I’d say that is also my biggest struggle. Especially in my line of work. All you think about are your digital sites… Your technique is worth the try.
      Thank you for the read

  18. Emily

    This is such a good idea! I have a nighttime routine, but absolutely no morning routine! I guess my “routine” in the morning is just rushing out of bed and trying to start my day ASAP aka in a rush. So these tips are so helpful and I hope I can create my own perfect morning routine for me so I can be productive and happy- throughout the day! Thank you for all of the ideas! I’ll definitely be using them! <3

    Emily | http://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

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