While there's no 'secret' to a great productive day, a good morning routine is the closest thing to it. My flexible routine works on mornings that I have snoozed my alarm many times to mornings that I wake up on the right side of the bed. Before working on my morning routine, I always felt rushed in the morning and could never fit time into things I enjoyed.
I created this worksheet for myself to help create a routine that works no matter the morning and what time I woke up. After I've bored someone by describing every step of my morning routine, they're often surprised to hear that it only takes me 45-50 minutes. And when it's a busy day ahead, I can do everything I enjoy in 20-30 mins to get me energized, motivated, and centred for the day ahead of me. It's all about being intentional and efficient. Here are a few hacks to speed up your morning routine:
At the bottom of the blog, I have attached my worksheet and added my worksheet filled with my morning routine.
The snooze button can be a friend or your worst enemy. It is a common bad habit to press the snooze button several times just for a few more winks of sleep. However, even though you think staying those extra minutes will improve your day, it could make you more drowsy and lead to you wasting a lot of time lying in bed, not getting quality sleep, and not doing anything productive. So, here are some simple ways to get up more accessible and faster:
- Add your favourite song as your alarm.
- Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room, so you have to get up to turn it off.
- Add your morning podcast as your alarm (This is what I do, it helps me gradually wake up from someone else's voice which is relaxing and an excellent start to the day)
This is something simple you can do to make the morning easier, and as a bonus, it could help you get out of bed if you know that there is a lovely breakfast waiting for you. Of course, things like overnight oats are an obvious option, but you can also bake granola, eggs with veggies or fruit muffins.
However, for my morning routine, I give time to make breakfast, as it is important to do things that help me relax for the day. This leads me to my next tip.
The success of a good morning routine is making time around stuff you enjoy doing in the morning. For me, it's cooking my breakfast in the morning; when I have more time, I make my favourite blueberry pancakes, but when I have less time, I make simple toast with fried tomatoes and avocado.
For you, it could be reading your book, writing in your journal or taking time to water your plants and enjoy the outside.
Using the worksheet will help you find time to do things you enjoy any morning.
Find some way to make sure that your day is already planned out so that when you wake up, all you have to do is review your to-do list and prioritize. Otherwise, you might stare at a blank piece of paper, feeling overwhelmed.
Whether you plan your week on Sunday like me or write a to-do list every evening for the following day, make sure you wake up to a to-do list that only needs minor edits.
So if you're starting your morning routine, write it out somewhere, tape it to your wall, track it on a habit tracker - do whatever you have to do to ensure that you develop it into a consistent habit.