7 Steps To Building Your Morning Routine And Being More Productive Even If You Are Not A Morning Person

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You often end up with more unproductive hours than necessary because your morning routine consists of hitting the snooze button four times before getting out of bed at the last minute to throw on your clothes and hurry to work. You feel rushed and in total chaos. That feeling doesn’t just end because you made it to work. You carry that chaos into the entire day feeling like you are in a hurry without enough time to get the important things done. If this sounds like you, it’s time to implement a morning routine.

morning routine making coffee with plan

Starting your day with a positive routine can help you be more confident in all aspects of life, from work to family time. A morning ritual is just one way that we’ve found success at tackling daily tasks while maintaining peace within ourselves and feeling energized throughout the whole process!

The morning routine is one of the most important routines to have. It sets you up for success, helps you achieve your goals, be more productive, alleviates stress, and gives you the confidence to take on the day.

You can build your routine by following these steps:

Don’t Hit Snooze

woman hitting snooze on phone alarm clock

Do you always find yourself hitting the snooze button in the morning? Well, you’re not alone. In fact, many people find it difficult to resist the temptation to sleep for a few more minutes. However, doing so can actually be harmful to your health.

When you hit the snooze button, you’re disrupting your sleep schedule and throwing off your body’s internal clock. This can lead to fatigue and other negative effects, such as a disrupted metabolism or energy levels.

Instead, try getting up as soon as your alarm goes off and immediately start your morning routine. You can also leave your phone on the others side of the room so that you have to walk to turn the alarm off.

Whatever you do, don’t use the snooze button as an excuse to sleep in. Getting up early is hard, but it’s worth it in the end.

Set a Reasonable Time to Wake

woman waking and stretching in bed

You may find yourself wanting to start off strong and trying to get up much earlier than usual when you first start your morning routine. Start off small and work your way up as you start this new beneficial habit. It will be easier to implement in the long run. You can always add more time and tasks as you go. Also, set your alarm for the time you actually need to wake up and stick to it. This way, you’ll be less likely to hit the snooze button and you’ll be able to start your day feeling refreshed and energized.  Just be sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to set yourself up for success.

Don’t Complicate It. Just Get Started!

Start

The first step to a successful routine is establishing one. In order for your new habit or morning ritual to feel natural, it needs the support and repetition that comes from consistency over time!

Pick one to three things that you want to do in the mornings and work up from there! You will find yourself getting more comfortable as time goes on and can add more tasks from there. Just focus on making the routine a habit and gradually increase it.

Fuel Your Body With Something Healthy

fruit and granola in a bowl

When you wake up in the morning, your body is hungry and needs food. It’s important to fuel your body with breakfast foods that are nutritious and will give you sustained energy throughout the day. Some good breakfast ideas include oatmeal with fruit, eggs with toast, yogurt with granola, or a protein shake. These meals provide complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, which are essential for keeping your body running at its best. Skipping breakfast can leave you feeling tired and sluggish, so make sure to take the time to eat something healthy in the morning.

Exercise (Stretching, Running, Yoga, etc.)

man jogging

One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to add exercise to your morning routine is by stretching. Taking a few minutes to stretch every morning can help increase flexibility, improve circulation, and reduce tension. Additionally, running or another form of aerobic exercise can help get your heart rate up and your body moving first thing in the morning. This can help improve energy levels and mood for the rest of the day. Finally, adding a few minutes of yoga to your morning routine can help center and energize you for the day ahead. Yoga is a great way to start your day because it combines both physical and mental stimulation, which can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day throws at you.

Add Stillness Time (Prayer, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, etc.)

man meditating

Practicing stillness can help us feel grounded in the present moment which is key to successfully prioritizing tasks before taking on new projects or managing other aspects that come up throughout a busy workday.  Practicing stillness, or even doing meditation and breathing exercises, helps set the tone of the day to help you feel calm, relaxed, and in control.

Prepare Nightly

clothes hanging in a closet

While we’re talking about developing a good morning routine, one of the first things you should do is set your night-time habits. If there are any steps or rituals that will make it easier for you in the mornings go ahead and execute them before bedtime so they become second nature by tomorrow morning! A simple idea could include laying out your workout clothes near where you’re sleeping.

You don’t have to be a natural morning person. Just ensure you get adequate sleep and if there is anything you can set in place to make your morning easier do it before falling asleep. Comment what items you have in your morning routine.

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