Follow these steps to create your perfect morning routine, but be sure to enjoy the process, go at your own pace, and pick one strategy to work with at a time!
I haven’t always been a morning person, and in fact, I’d still consider myself quite the night owl! But over time I’ve developed a morning routine that I really love and that I look forward to each day.
Mornings are wonderful times of day as they’re new opportunities to reach our goals, design our days, and create the life we want to live. Each day is a brand new fresh start, and having a consistent morning routine is a great way for us to wake up less stressed and ready for the day, beginning with some YOU time.
To help guide you, you can download my free Morning Routine Worksheet PDF!
5 STEPS TO CREATING THE PERFECT MORNING ROUTINE
1. Know your why
Knowing your why is essential for reaching any goal, making any new lifestyle change, or developing any new habit. But keep it simple! Just think of 1-2 reasons why you want to become a morning person and create a morning routine for yourself in the first place.
Is it to get more work done? is it to enjoy extra time alone before everyone else gets up? Is it to have a more peaceful, productive or nourishing morning? These will act as your motivation.
2. Visualize Your Ideal Morning
Visualizing your ideal morning can drastically help you get clear on how you want your morning to feel, to look, to unfold.
Do you want to feel more calm, productive, energized? Be specific!
A good morning routine often begins the night before. This is different for everyone, but select a few things that you can prepare the night before that you think would help you have a less rushed or hectic morning. Packaging up your lunch, putting clothes aside, or knowing what you’re going to make for breakfast can be helpful ways to make morning time a little less stressful.
4. Create Enjoyable Rituals (aka always have something to look forward to)
The key to becoming a morning person and creating YOUR perfect morning routine is to always have something to look forward to. This is truly what gets me up most mornings: I really look forward to my little self-care rituals and habits.
Have things you do each morning that make you feel good:
- Drinking a big glass of water
- Sitting outside with coffee or tea or while it brews or steeps
- Journaling or reading a few pages of a book
- A few minutes of deep breathing, stretching, meditation, or yoga
- Listening to an inspirational podcast or audiobook
- Having a roster of favourite breakfast recipes you can choose from
5. Be Realistic
The truth is that waking up at 5am every day may not be realistic for you, so pick a time that is perfect for YOU! You can make getting up earlier more attainable by going to bed and waking up 10-20 minutes earlier every few days, so you adjust gradually.
Remember that changes take time and that’s totally fine! Find what works for you, what habits feel best for you, and make changes at your own pace. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but consistency will help you always know what to expect in the morning and have things to look forward to, to start your day off on the right foot.
I’m curious – are you a morning person? What’s one of your favourite morning habit or rituals?