A strong morning routine can set the tone for a positive day.
It gives you the opportunity to reflect, breathe, think, and get organized.
But contrary to popular belief, your morning routine doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking to be effective.
In fact, I have mine down to an hour, and it’s just as impactful as when it was 2+ hours long.
So if you want to implement a morning routine that’s easy AND works, keep scrolling.
Below I’m giving you my simple morning routine for successful, positive days!
1. Fuel prep (5 minutes)
I spend the first 5 minutes of my morning routine prepping my fuel. I grab a glass of water, a cup of coffee (in one of my motivational mugs, of course), and a healthy snack to enjoy while I work through steps 2-4. The water hydrates me, the coffee wakes me up (and brings me joy, lol!), and the snack gives me energy for my workout (more on that in a sec).
2. Plan (5 Minutes)
With my fuel in hand, I nuzzle into a corner and plan my day.
I take a look at my weekly planner pad to get a high-level overview at what the day will hold and where I’ll need to be when. Then I use my daily planner pad to jot down my top priorities, gratitudes, and self care commitments.
Before it I was filling out a gratitude journal, self care journal, AND daily planner every morning. Each had its own set of questions and prompts to fill in and required at least 5 minutes of my time (so 15+ minutes total). I felt that was a bit excessive, so I took the impactful parts of these 3 pieces and put them on a tear-off notepad that only takes 5 minutes to fill out. And it takes up less space, too!
FYI: If you struggle with planning your days and weeks, the post How to Make a Schedule That’s Easy and Manageable will help!
3. Pray and meditate (5 minutes)
If you’re not religious, just meditate.
But I use both of these things to get me into a positive headspace.
For me, prayer helps me to focus on the things that I can control and let go of what I can’t.
As for meditation, it helps me to relax and focus, two things I really struggle with.
4. visualize (5 minutes)
Do you have a vision board? If not, I highly recommend you make one.
Claiming what you want in life mentally helps you to create those things physically.
So I look at my vision board every single morning. Then I close my eyes and pretend what’s on it is my reality.
I know it might sound corny, but trust me – it works! I chat about this more in the post How to Make an Online Vision Board in Minutes, so I’ll leave it at that.
5. Work out and stretch (40 minutes)
I wrap up my morning routine by strengthening and lengthening my body.
According to Healthline, morning workouts give you energy, increase your focus, and help you make healthier food choices through the day. Plus, they put you in a good mood!
I concur, but the key to keeping this part of my morning routine to just 40 minutes is working out at home.
I know that’s a struggle for some, which is why I mention it. But if you can motivate yourself to work out at home every morning, it’ll save you a ton of time in the long run. And, if you’re like me, it’ll also help you to work out more consistently.
I hope you read that and thought – “Seriously, Meach! That’s it?” Because that’s my point – morning routines don’t have to be complicated to work.
I was listening to a podcast recently where the host mentioned that he doesn’t connect with his team until around noon daily because of his morning routine. And that’s great for him, but that’s just not possible for many (myself included!).
So I hope this post gives you some peace of mind and inspires you to do what you can with the time you have.
Sixty minutes is PLENTY to jumpstart a healthy, happy day. My morning routine centers me, brings me clarity, and calms me. It allows me to run my day instead of having my day run me.
And it could benefit you in these same ways, too.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading. Don’t be a stranger!!