Routines are important to our efficiency throughout the day, but there needs to be a balance.
If we take on too much, we get overwhelmed and the routine becomes useless.
Take on not enough, and there is the risk of not fully utilising your day as well as you could.
One issue we have with waking up is that we don’t view it as the start of our day. It is like the “pre-game” of our day. It’s there, it’s unavoidable but it isn’t part of the “actual” game.
In our minds, our days start once we are at work or the kids are at school.
If we shift our mindsets to see our mornings as an important part of our day, then the rest of our day will benefit from it.
It’s time to ditch the mentality of “I got something done before my day even started” and understand that our day starts the moment we wake up.
That is why I am here, to help you create the perfect balanced routine that will be easy enough to follow through as well as creating an effective set up for your day.
How to set up a morning routine
I am going to take you through some key steps, each section is one thing that will help you get more done with less stress.
To help you with this, I have created a set of worksheets to make this process even easier.
For each section I want you to only include one thing for that section into your routine. Adding too much can be overwhelming and make it harder to stick too.
Once you have the routine down-pat, feel free to add more if you feel you need or want to.
If you want to make the most out of your new-found routine, I also have a guide on how to set up a nighttime routine.
One thing that will wake you up and give you an energy boost
Before our days even begin, a lot of us wake up feeling sluggish and low on energy. It always seems counterproductive because we just woke up! (If you want help setting up a nighttime routine, you can check out my post on that here!)
So the first part of your routine will consist of something that can wake you up and give you some energy.
Some suggestions include:
- Do some stretches
- A few minutes of morning yoga
- Add some (diluted) peppermint essential oil to your skin
- Open the curtains and windows and take in the light and fresh air for a few minutes
- If you have the time, go for a walk or run.
One thing you can eat that will provide nutrition and energy
When you read “energy” you probably thought “Woo, coffee time!”. Try to avoid coffee if you can. If you can’t, make sure that you also incorporate something healthy as well.
Some of us aren’t morning people, which also means that we don’t like to eat first thing. I am definitely one of those people! I cannot stomach fruit first thing in the morning, and when I am making breakfast for my daughter I usually neglect to make myself anything.
However, in recent months I have slowly changed that. Now when I make Luna’s breakfast, I also make myself breakfast and we enjoy the start of our day together.
Here are some suggestions on what you can eat/drink to kick off your day in an energetic way:
- A bowl of wholegrain porridge
- A fruit smoothie
- Yogurt and fruit
- Eggs and avocado on wholegrain toast (yum!)
One thing you can clean
I know, I know. Who wants to clean as soon as they get up? The answer is nobody does.
Despite the resistance, if you can find one thing to clean first thing then it will make your life easier.
When I say “Something you can clean” I don’t mean go scrub the floors.
Make it something simple, that won’t take too much time but has enough of an impact that it sets you off on the right foot.
On the days I do this, I find that overall my day runs much more smoothly.
Some small cleaning tasks you can do:
- Unload the dishwasher
- Put a load of laundry on
- Pick up any clothes on the floor and put them in the washing basket (Or straight into the machine and you can then it’s like 2 birds with one stone!)
- Clear the kitchen bench or dining table
- Make your bed
(A lot of people recommend that you do this anyway, however, I know that not everyone cares about whether or not their bed is made. So it is entirely up to you if you want to do it or not!)
One thing that will help you keep everything under control
Ever wake up and think “Argh, I have so much to do today!” and then you rattle over a list in your head, just to forget half of it. Then by the end of the day, you are feeling stressed and miserable because you forgot to take the cat to the vet? We’ve all been there. In fact, it happens to a lot of us almost daily!
So let’s make our lives easier!
Find something that can help you get your day under control, something that can help take the edge off and ensures we get everything done that we need to.
Some ways to give you back the control:
- Write a list of things you need to do
- You can also keep a list on your fridge so you can add to it whenever something pops up, and then in the morning take the things off the list and add it to your daily schedule as needed
- Keep a diary or bullet journal and read over everything you need to do, and add as needed
- Look at your calendar and note everything that is due to be done
See how simple it is? I know, something so simple yet we often fail at doing it (Don’t worry, you aren’t alone!). This is something that will take a few minutes at most but can change the whole flow of your day (in a great way!)
One thing that brings positivity
This is the final section of our morning routine!
Once we have done everything else, it’s time to set up the positive mindset that we want to carry throughout our day.
Your to-do list may be massive, you may have a thousand errands to run, but if you can do it all with a light mind then it will help take some of the pressure off!
Some suggestions for the final part of your routine:
- Diffuse or topically apply some energetic essential oils – such as peppermint and wild orange.
- Take a moment to think of all of the things you are going to achieve today
(This is switching your mindset from “I have so much to do” to “I am going to get so much done!”)
- Use affirmations, such as “I am going to have the most wonderful day today!”
- Put on your favourite perfume/cologne
- Set up an upbeat playlist and listen to it on the drive to work/while working.
Examples of a morning routine
Phew, we did it! We go there and now our day is going to be A-MAY-ZING.
But you may still feel a little lost as to how you are going to layout our day.
Once you know what you want to add to your routine, your morning may look something like this (The bold text is what we have added from this post!)
6 am – Wake up and stretch
6:05 am – Have a shower
6:20 am – Get the kids up and get their breakfast ready, have a smoothie while they eat and write out daily to-do list
6:40 am – Make school lunches
6:50 – Unload Dishwasher
6:55 am – Pick today’s upbeat playlist
7 am – School drop off and work.
Obviously, it will be different for you. You may not wake up until 8 am or you may be up at 5 am. You may or may not have kids, etc.
This is just an example so you can see how easily you can fit these things into your morning without breaking a sweat!
And there you have it, you are all set to kick ass!