What To Consider When Creating A Morning Routine That Works For You (Part 1)
How often do you wake up and automatically reach over and grab your phone to scroll through Facebook for 15 minutes, subjecting yourself to depressing news from the day before or tragic events that unfolded through the night. You then hear “Mamaaaaaa” coming from your child’s room so you jump out of bed to get started on the 101 things that need doing before you head off to work? Which by the way is in less than hour! This was my morning most days until I implemented a morning routine for ME. Yes, for me – what a crazy idea!
When I look back to how I used to start my morning, no wonder my whole day felt rushed and at times stressful. I used to think I wasn’t a morning person, and I wasn’t because I had been telling myself that story for so long – I just had to change my story and I could be a morning person.
At some point I decided I needed to change how I started my day. I realised that I held the power to set the tone for the day ahead, and I could achieve this by waking a little earlier and gifting myself some ‘me’ time. By creating a morning routine that worked for me I could change my whole day.
It’s important to note that there is no point following someone else’s routine if it doesn’t work for you.
If you are a sole parent to 3 children and do shift work, then your routine will most likely differ to someone who is a student with no children other than the four-legged variety. You need to make it work for you! Here are some things to consider before creating your routine.
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What do you want to achieve by creating this routine?
For me it is about 3 things:
1. Consistency! By creating a routine I now that I have the framework for a great day laid out in front of me.
2. Creating a relaxed, calm yet productive mood for my entire day. This affirms that I have more time than I need in my usually full day.
3. Prioritising myself daily. By giving myself this 30-40min each day I am engaging in an act of self-love which in turn increases my self-worth.
What time do you currently wake and what time do you need to be out the door?
If you are already struggling to do everything you need to do between waking and leaving, then you need to wake earlier. I know, I know – you aren’t a morning person right? Or maybe you are and you just need to change the story you are telling yourself!
What are you doing, or what can you do, at night to help improve your morning?
In conjunction with my morning routine, I also have a very basic end of day routine to ensure I end my day the way I want to. Some things work better for others in the evenings versus mornings.