I never understood why my parents would get up an hour earlier to sit on the porch to read and drink coffee. I would always think about that extra hour of sleep that they could have gotten. Now I understand the importance of having a morning routine. There is nothing worse than jumping straight out of bed rushing, and it seems like the rest of my day is a never-ending rush.
Now some things are easier said than done. It’s easy to develop a morning routine, but it can be hard to stick to it. I know I’ve had my days where I made an excuse to not do my routine especially on mornings where I’m super exhausted. I do think I’ve been successful in sticking to my morning routine after I implemented a few steps to help me. Okay, I’ll stop blabbing on and on and tell you the five actions I performed to improve my morning routine and help me stick to it.
Five ways to Improve your morning routine
Prepare the night before
Whether I have work the next day or plan on working out, I always prepare the night before. I lay out everything that I will need for my early start. If its work, I will put out everything from my scrubs to my socks. I always have everything packed in my bag or within hands reach of my bag to make sure I’m not leaving anything. My coffee machine is set up so that all I have to do it press a button. I am no longer rushing to find my keys.
Wake up before everyone else
I can’t stand questions and requests being hurled at me when I first open my eyes in the morning. I like a peaceful start to my morning because I feel like it sets a precedent for the rest of my day.
Get straight out of bed.
When you wake up, don’t linger in the bed under the covers. You’re losing precious time that could be used to start your morning routine. Yes warm covers feel good but getting shit done feels good as well
Don’t look at your To-do list until your morning routine is complete.
Once you view your to-do list, you’re going to become obsessed with completing it. Your morning routine will go straight out the window, and the hustle and bustle will begin. Your to-do list isn’t going anywhere. There are 24hrs in a day, and you deserve a few for yourself.
No social-media or electronics
Don’t touch your phone or remote until your routine is complete. I’ve made it a habit to not go on social media until 11 am. By 11 am I have done my morning routine and gotten a lot of my to-do list done without any distractions.