Routine: a sequence of actions regularly followed.
Routines, when followed, ensure a certain level of self development and productivity each day.
I think the most important routine to have is a morning routine.
A great morning routine can set you up for a more successful and enjoyable day.
Throughout time, many very successful and influential people have spoken about their morning routines. According to Fast Company, these people include Mark Twain, Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour, Margaret Thatcher, and Benjamin Franklin.
Forbes goes as far as to pick out pieces of a good morning routine and compile a list of recommended routine elements. These include:
- Map out your day
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Make your day top heavy (doing the most important thing in the AM)
We each have a certain amount of will power, and it runs out as the day goes on. So use the mornings to get done what you want to get done, lifting that burden from your shoulders early on in the day.
I can speak to the morning routine and its efficacy as I’ve been using a morning routine with most of these elements for 10 months now. My routine sometimes changes as I aim to make it the best it can be. Right now, my morning routine looks something like this:
6:00 Wake Up
6:30 Exercise (run, yoga, or HIIT)
7:00 Meditate & Journal (includes planning the day and tasks to accomplish)
7:30 Make Breakfast
8:00 Work On Computer (projects, YouTube, blog)
9:00 Get Dressed, Makeup, Hair (while listening to a podcast or audiobook)
9:45 Prepare Lunch For Work, Catch Up On YouTube Videos
Leave for work a bit after 10.
Because my current job doesn’t begin until 11, I have the luxury of a spacious morning routine.
However, when I had to be at work at 7:30am, leaving the house by 6:15am, I still made room for a morning routine.
I woke up at 4:30am, squeezed in 10 minutes of exercise, 10 minutes of meditation, some journaling, and breakfast. This meant that I went to bed by 8:30pm, but I have to say it was worth it to have that time for self-care which helped me to work long days with children.
Getting in these practices each morning helps me to feel more mental clarity, more energized, more accomplished, and helps me to respond intentionally when things happen during the day, rather than react with less control and poise.
It’s practicing that self care that allows me to be the best versions of myself and feel confident and ready for the day.
Do you have a morning routine? If so, what do you include? I'd love to know!