How To Create A Productive Morning Routine You Will Love

January 8, 2019
how to create a productive morning routine you'll love

If I were to define what a morning routine is I’d say that it is the way you consistently start your day every day, whether or not you have a “morning routine” plan in place. We may all be in different time zones, have different schedules, and wake up at different times, but we all start the day at some point. And however you chose to start your day everyday, that is your morning routine. So with that in mind, how do you like your current morning routine? If you love it, keep doing what you’re doing. However, if you don’t, it’s time to change up your morning routine. Below, I will be helping you create a productive morning routine that you will absolutely love. Are you ready to start optimizing your mornings? I am!

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IMPORTANCE OF A PRODUCTIVE MORNING ROUTINE

Regardless of the time that you choose to start your day (early or later than most), it is crucial that you start the day on the right foot in order to ensure a productive day. While mornings may be the worst time for some people, they are the best time to prepare for the rest of the day.

There is no better time to start, plan, or prepare for the day than in the morning.

Is it delicious to sleep in? Yes it is! I’m an early bird, but I do enjoy my sleep in the mornings.

However, if you’re trying to have a productive day, you have to aim for a productive morning first.

CREATING A PRODUCTIVE MORNING ROUTINE

Since the way you start your morning can either make or break your entire day, I want to help you build a productive morning routine that will help you have more productive days, optimize your mornings, and live a better life. One productive morning routine coming right up!

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how to create a productive morning routine you'll love

HOW TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE MORNING ROUTINE: 

1. PLAN WHAT TIME TO WAKE UP EVERYDAY

Whether you’re a student, a stay at home mom, an employee at a company, or a business owner, choose a time that you want to wake up everyday. Well, at least from Monday to Friday (let’s not be completely insane now, haha!) It doesn’t matter what time you choose to wake up as long as you can stick to it. There is no point in waking up at 5am for a few days only to go back to waking up at 11am after! So, make sure to choose a realistic time to wake up every day. Consistency is key here! If you can stick to 8am every single day, then choose that time for yourself.

2. FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH TIME YOU HAVE

How much time do you have in the morning before your first major obligation? So, if you’re a student, how much time do you have before your first class? Or if you’re working a 9-5 job, how much time do you have before your first shift?

Do you have an hour, two hours or three hours?

Before you can create a morning routine, you have to be aware of how much time you have available for yourself.  

3. IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES

Are your priorities health-related, hygiene-related, motivational-related or work-related?

Your priorities can be as simple as brushing your teeth or as complicated as getting a workout in. 

What are the things that you believe are a must everyday? What are some things that you believe are important to implement in your routine?

Please take a moment to brainstorm. 

4. CREATE A LIST OF YOUR PRIORITIES

After identifying your priorities, make a list!

List all of the things that you would like to do every morning.

For example,

  • check emails
  • drink water
  • do a mask
  • read a book
  • go for a walk
  • workout
  • make a healthy breakfast

If you’re looking for healthy morning habits to add to your morning routine, check out this post for 30 great morning habits!

5. DISTRIBUTE YOUR TIME WISELY

Now that you have your list, divide up the time that you have (from Step 2) and assign a certain amount of time to every task in your list.

So, you can ask yourself how much time it takes you to shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, check emails, or anything else on your list. Write down the minutes it takes you to complete every task on your list.

6. CATEGORIZE MORNING TASKS

Once you have your priorities set straight, the tasks you want to accomplish, and the time it takes you to complete every task, it’s time to categorize your tasks. Categorize all of your tasks into categories. My printable includes space for up to 6 categories, but you can create more.

e.g: my getting ready category would include tasks such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, doing hair and makeup.

7. CREATE THE ROUTINE

This is where my printable (free printable attached below) comes into play. 

Print out this printable and start filling it in. I have provided 6 slots for 6 different categories. Based on the list you created above, the amount of time you have assigned to each task and the categories you have created, fill out this printable. 

FREE PRODUCTIVE MORNING ROUTINE PRINTABLE  

I have created a fun printable to help you create a productive morning routine. If you want to download this free PDF, enter your email below and you’ll get access to this printable and my entire resource library! Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email with the password to my resource library! Just enter the password and you’ll be able to download this workout challenge and anything in my resource library.  

Morning Routine Planner Printable

HOW TO FILL IN MORNING ROUTINE PRINTABLE:

Fill in the title of the category on top of each slot, the things you will do in each category and from what time to what time you will complete the tasks in each category. Here’s an example of how one slot can look like:

8:00 A.M

8.20 A.M

INSPIRATIONAL

  • Watch motivational videos (10 min)
  • Journal (7 min)
  • Write Down Affirmations (3 min)

8. SET UP ALARMS *OPTIONAL*

Alarms can be so helpful when it comes to accomplishing tasks on time!

So, if you want to ensure that you will complete every task at the assigned time, add an alarm for every category.

 Once you have completed these 8 steps, you are ready to follow your morning routine the next morning! 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

 Whether you already have a good morning routine or don’t have one yet, I hope this post was of help to you. What are some productive morning habits in your morning routine? Share them with me in the comments below!

Until next time,

Gabby Abigail

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