My morning routine was shot when the world stopped in the 2020 Coronavirus shutdown. I went from waking up early and taking my son to school and working as a waitress to unemployed and actively trying not to lose my head at home with two restless kids. But, I know I’m not the only one who struggled to fill my days.
What was the point of waking up early every day? Or taking a shower because no one was going to see me anyway? Forget about shaving my legs or doing the dishes. What was the point of going on like life is still the same? But I learned a kick-ass morning routine, and I’ll share it with you.
Why Do You Need A Morning Routine?
A morning routine can increase our productivity by controlling our time and what we do instead of the day owning us and how we use our time. Another way it motivates productivity is because a good morning routine can decrease stress. After all, you will not stress over your schedule due to running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
Let’s review life without a morning routine:
You wake up right on time. But you’re convinced that working out, cooking breakfast, and showering won’t take that long. So you lay in bed for an extra 30 minutes than you’re supposed to, and now you realize that none of your clothes fit, you can’t find your keys or shoes. You’re panicking, stressed, and tripping over yourself, only making the situation worse.
Next thing you know, you’re an hour late to work and have still not done anything genuinely productive in your life besides the BARE MINIMUM. You’re late to work and blaming all of the misfortunes that just occurred instead of taking responsibility for not controlling your time.
Life is out of our control. There’s no telling what the world will throw at us, but if we can just get our sh*t together, be aware of where our time is going and then harness it, we will be much better off.
So now, let’s look at a productive morning routine that can set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
My Morning Productivity Routine
Everyone’s daily routine will be different and I understand that. I am the type of person that needs multiple planners, clocks, and timers to do simple tasks because I get so distracted by my kids and pets that I had to include them in my morning routine. This morning routine is in no particular order; move it around how it suits you.
- Drink Water. There is proof that drinking water on an empty stomach can boost metabolism. Aside from that, water is just a good healthy way to keep your skin, hair, and nails hydrated.
- Take Medications. With your water, take any necessary morning medications before you forget.
- Make your bed. Making your bed helps you feel accomplished because you did something small and giving your encouragement to do more and more. Plus, it’ll feel so great to climb into a made bed at the end of the day.
- Brush Your Teeth, and Wash Your Face. For the betterment of your health, keep your mouth and face clean. When you have clear skin and pearly white teeth, you will be more confident in other parts of your life.
- Exercise. Not gonna lie. It’s super hard for me to find the energy to do this in the morning. But it’s better to ‘eat the frog’ instead of spending the whole day dreading my workout after a long day.
- Shower, Hair, and Makeup. It makes sense to put these after a good workout. Start your day off fresh and with confidence when you know that you’re looking good!
- Read or Journal. Personally, I’m a nighttime reader, so I use this time to journal and manifest, do affirmations. Nothing sets the tone quite like when you’re literally putting out positive energy.
- Wake up the kiddos! Now that you’re ready to go, it’s time to wake up the kids, get them dressed, and help them brush their teeth.
- Breakfast and Coffee. The best time of your morning routine. It is time to EAT.
Then you’re ready to go and start off your day knowing that you did everything that you were supposed to do.
Some other things you can add to your routine are:
- Walking your dog
- Reading to your kids at the kitchen table.
- Read the bible
- Start a load of laundry
I also have a night routine available so that your morning routine can be a bit more streamlined and rest peacefully knowing that the next day will be a breeze.
If you’re ready to start using a morning routine, I created a free printable just for you. It includes all of the activities listed above to get you moving and start your day on a positive note.