A few months ago I was struggling and feeling out of sorts. My schedule had changed and I just felt like I was in continuous busy mode. Because of the changes in my schedule, I was trying to adjust everything in my life around that change and was always tired. My mornings were rushed, which in turn made the rest of my day rushed.
Then one day I just stopped. In part, out of exhaustion but mostly out of necessity. I sat down and listed what I was doing before my schedule changed and what I was doing now. I looked at my list and started to see the reason why I was feeling so frazzled in the morning and instantly knew it was because I abandoned my morning routine.
I was trying to get myself adjusted to a new schedule and getting up and out of my house every morning that I let go of one of the key parts of my morning that allowed me to embrace the day. If you’ve experienced change that has caused you to skip or stop your morning routine, here are five tips that helped me to restart my routine.
1- Review Your Existing Morning Routine
One way to re-start or refresh your morning routine is to take a look at what you’re currently doing in the morning and take note of what’s working or what’s not working. Let go of things that you don’t enjoy so you have more time to do those things that will get you started in the morning.
2- Embrace Change
Life is continuously changing. The best routines embrace those changes that come in life and adjust. When my schedule initially changed, I didn’t make any adjustments. I stubbornly continued to power through my morning routine, which is why I eventually stopped doing it all together. Allow your routine room to shift with all that life throws at you. This is one key component I forgot. Shift the time you do your routine. Do only one or two parts of your morning routine until the parts of your life that have changed have settled.
3- Start Small
Starting back into a morning routine, is going to take time. If your new morning routine means you get up earlier than you do right now, then start first with just going to bed early so you get enough sleep. Then start setting your alarm 15 mins earlier than you currently wake up and do one part of your morning routine. If schedules, kids or work in your life means you have to move your routine to later in the morning then, slowly add your routine into your day piece by piece. Over time all those pieces will come together and your routine will be where you want it to be.
4- Do What You Love
I love journaling and praying in the morning so these are two key parts of my morning routine. I don’t like working out in the morning so I don’t and I moved that out of my morning routine. When it comes to a morning routine, there are no set rules. You can do what you love and create a routine that gets you excited in the morning. Over a year ago, I blogged about how much I loved the Miracle Morning. I still think this book and method are great and still recommend this book to anyone. With the shifts in my own life, I had to make some changes and currently have a different morning routine. Creating a routine you love should make you excited to start the day and not feel like a chore. If you’re thinking about refreshing or restarting your morning routine, keep what you love and let go of the rest.
5-Break it up
One of the biggest things I realized with my morning routine is that I was packing a lot in to a short amount of time. Instead of trying to do everything in the morning, I split my routine in half and created a morning and evening routine. This way I wasn’t stressed out by trying to get everything done and my routine moved from feeling like an obligation to something that was getting me started in the morning and relaxing me in the evening.
Do you have a morning routine? Looking to re-start or making a change to your routine? This article inspired my current morning routine.
Whether you’re life is in a season of change or you’re trying to get back on track, I hope these tips offer some inspiration in creating or re-starting your routine.