How to Create a Morning Routine


I’ve been focused on my habits a lot lately. It started when I decided to challenge myself to an eating and exercise plan for 21 days. I learned a lot about myself during that time. I learned I needed accountability to meet hard goals and enforce habits. I learned I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was and I learned that my self control is a lot higher than I give myself credit. From those 21 days, I have built a few habits that I now cherish: I work out 6 times a week, I eat healthy through the week, which includes clean eating and seriously limiting my sugar, 2-3 treats a week max, I feel great, my clothes fit better and bonus, people are also noticing my healthy changes. Habits are important and this new eating and exercise plan I’ve been working on has helped me look at other areas of my life where I can strengthen my habits. One area is my morning routine.
A successful morning routine is a combination of two things: the stuff you have to get done and the stuff that makes you feel good. My morning routine does a good job of combining the things I have to do; get my dog outside and eat breakfast and the things I want; to feel energized and move in the morning, bond with my dog, hang with my husband. The most import thing about my morning routine, or any morning routine is that it is non-negotiable. Even on mornings
morningroutine1 I have to be out early that walk with Harry is happening. The other items on my list help me focus and get ready for the day ahead. The benefits of exercise are great, I don’t have to harp on that, breakfast is a necessary and I find the shakes work for me because I am full, it’s healthy and it’s portable, which I need many mornings. Of course, you should kiss those you love as early as possible as often as possible!

So, how can you start a morning routine that will set your day off on the right foot? Start by noticing what you already do every morning. Do you get right out of bed and brush your teeth, get dressed and have a cup of coffee? You already have a morning routine started. Now think about the things you would like to do in the morning. This is a great time to squeeze in exercise, reading, time with your kids, a walk outside, a catch up on the news, listening to a favorite podcast. Whatever it is that you can include in your morning routine to bring a little happiness first thing, is good! In fact, it’s great and you will notice an boost in your overall mood over the rest of the day.

Determine how much time you need to complete your morning routine. Are most mornings a race to get out the door? Are you constantly behind and catching your breath as you lock the door and leave each day? An important part of a routine is leaving enough time to complete it. Time yourself tomorrow. How much time does it actually take from the moment your feet hit the ground until you are in your mode of transportation for the day? Add 10 minutes and you can start to implement a routine with time on your side.

Think about a small collection of things you can do to start your day off right. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but make it something you enjoy, give yourself enough time and do it everyday, non-negotiable.

Share some of your morning routine success in the comments below.

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