We’ve all read the articles or watched the interviews of successful people sharing what keeps them at the top of their game and that is carving out time in their morning before work to meditate, read, journal or plan out their day. Inspired by this I created my own morning routine. But my the end of 2015, I stopped doing my morning routine. Between the shop, the holidays and life slowly I fell out of my routine.
It’s now April, and I can say that I’ve finally created a morning routine that I love and look forward to each morning. If you’ve been trying to create a morning routine for yourself but don’t know how to get started, I’ve got 5 helpful tips that were beneficial to me when I needed to jump start my morning routine and I hope they’ll help you too.
Decide What Your Morning Routine Will Look Like
Like anything in life, when we make a plan things work out so much better that if we don’t make a plan. When I first thought about setting a morning routine for myself, I thought about what I wanted to do with this time. I knew I wanted time to meditate, bible study and read or journal. By deciding how you want to spend this time, you can then think about how much time you need in the morning from 20 minutes to an hour each morning. Knowing how you will use this time will ensure that you stay committed down the road.
Know Where You Struggle
I’m a morning person, so getting up early is easy for me, but that may not be the case for you. If it’s hard for you to wake up early in the morning or you can’t function let alone do anything like read or meditate without coffee, embrace that struggle and plan for it. If you’re in the middle of a juice cleanse, the last thing you’re going to do is meet up with friends for brunch. By knowing what could be a potential downfall to your morning routine, it allows you to plan for it and give yourself room to work on that struggle.
For example, if your struggle is getting up early in the morning, think about what prep you can do the night before like planning your lunch, laying out your outfit and even going to bed earlier.
About a year ago, I signed up for hot yoga with a friend and was so excited to take this class. I bought all the things one would need to do hot yoga (and more). But by the 3rd class, I realized I didn’t like yoga (hot or otherwise) and I had all this yoga gear I knew I wouldn’t use again. It’s easy to be excited when we’re starting something new, but sometimes it’s better to calm that excitement and start slow and small.
Instead of starting with a jam packed morning routine, slowly build up to where you ultimately want to be. Start first by waking up early and doing a meditation or bible study and gradually add activities to this time. What I noticed from slowly adding to my routine, I didn’t have this feeling of overwhelm to get everything done and I could ease into the routine on my terms.
Test Everything Out
Give yourself a trial run for a week and after that week make adjustments. Maybe your morning routine only needs to be 30 minutes instead of an hour. Maybe you want to just want to journal and do a bible study or read a book. Maybe you just want to spend the morning meditating or planning out your day. Test it out and find what works best for you and do it.
Another tip is if you want change up what you do in your daily routine each day it will keep your morning interesting and productive.
Give Yourself Time
Starting a new routine isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen overnight. Use these tips as a guide to start a morning routine that will work best for you. Allow yourself time to figure out the type of morning routine that works best for you from the duration and what you do with that time each morning. There will be days that everything will work and days when you could care less about a morning routine. Allow for that shift and change. Starting something new and creating a new habit is an adjustment. Over time as you practice this morning routine, you’ll start to see how beneficial that time in the morning will carry you throughout your day.
I hope that as you read through these 5 helpful tips that you can create a routine that works best for you and everything you’ve got going on in your life.
Happy Monday to you!