You may have seen my morning routine post from a few posts back – if not check out my productive morning routine!
The point is, I love mornings and routines so I want to help you create the perfect morning routine for YOU.
I am a firm believer that it doesn’t matter if you wake up at 5am or 11am, it is still important to have a morning routine that allows you to start the day off right.
Step 1 – Choose Your Wake Up Time
This is probably the most obvious step but you’re gonna want to choose a time that you can consistently wake up at.
I recommend choosing a time that lets you have at least 30 minutes to yourself before starting your ‘normal’ day.
You will need to work out how long your morning routine can be so that later you can plan accordingly.
Step 2 – Choose Your Bed Time
To be able to wake up at your chosen time, you will need to go to sleep at the right time too.
Everyone needs different amounts of sleep. I know I need around 7.5/8 hours but you may need more or less!
I recommend using a sleep calculator to work out the right time to go to sleep for you. I like using the start sleeping calculator but you can find loads online.
Step 3 – Why?
There’s no point setting up a morning routine if you don’t know why you’re doing it.
Everyone has a different reason for wanting to create time for themselves in the morning.
I have a morning routine as it helps my mental health, others might do it for their physical health.
For some people, their morning routine is the only time they get to themselves all day.
Once you have the ‘why’, you will be more motivated to get up and follow through on your routine.
Step 4 – What?
Step 4 is my favourite part. Deciding what you want to do in your morning routine. Do you want to get your workout done? Do you want to read for pleasure? Or maybe you want to meditate?
Whatever it is you want to do, make sure its because YOU want to do it. Don’t get caught up in the idea that you need to copy a CEO’s morning routine.
I would choose 1-3 things you would like to do to start with. Below are some ideas of what might like to do:
- Enjoy a hot drink
- Make a fancy breakfast
- Study/Learn Something
- Spend time with family
- Spend time with pets
- Skin Care
- Self Care – shower, face mask etc
Step 5 – Finalise Your Perfect Morning Routine
Now you know what time you want to wake up, how long you have for your morning routine AND what you want to do, you can finalise your perfect morning routine.
I suggest working backwards from the time your routine should finish to when it starts.
Work out how long each thing will take you so that you can divide your time between the activities.
For example, if you have an hour for your routine and you know you want to read for 20 minutes; you will have 40 minutes to play with.
Download this FREE morning routine planner to help create your perfect morning routine
- Don’t make your morning routine too complicated – stick with 1-3 activities at first
- Don’t be disheartened if something doesn’t work – you can always change things up
- Remember, not every morning will be perfect – that’s okay try again tomorrow
- If your morning doesn’t involve an hour workout or becoming fluent in a language that’s also okay. If you got out of bed this morning, you’re doing great!
- I recommend reading ‘Good Morning, Good Life’ by Amy Landino – it is an amazing book about starting the day on your terms. I included it in my top 5 personal growth books post!
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to create your perfect morning routine! What will you include in your routine? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading!