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When people hear the phrase Morning Routine, often times they think this means having to wake up extremely early or needing to do a multitude of tasks or intense workouts. In reality a Morning Routine is all about creating more time for yourself to do what’s most important that you might be missing later on in the day.
Often times we wake up and just get ready and head off to our jobs or chores, and when there’s something we want more of in our life we always say we’ll get to it later in the day but often times we are totally drained by then, and then we never get to it.
The first piece in creating a Morning Routine is figuring out what you need more of, and what you’re wanting to accomplish. Maybe you want to learn a new skill so you should make time to read up on it, maybe you want to simply learn more about what’s going on in the world so you can listen to a podcast or read your favorite news source, or maybe you simply want to move your body more since you aren’t able to get to it later in the day. Whatever you want more of is the key to being motivated to get up just a little earlier in order to do this.
Once you know why you want to create a Morning Routine you can plan around this. If you’re wanting to read about a new skill or subject start by getting up 20 minutes earlier than normal, and then once that’s not difficult, bump it up to 35 minutes, and then keep doing this for whatever you’re comfortable with. If all you want to do is read news so that you’re more informed for the day, then maybe you really only need an extra 30 minutes, if you’re wanting to do more like both reading and exercising, maybe you’ll need to wake up an hour earlier.
Here are the categories that I like to hit each morning, and different things that may be helpful for you to test out as you’re creating your morning routine.
- Journaling | This can be as simple as writing how you’re feeling
- Writing 1-3 things that you want to focus on for the day
- Gratitude | Get a guided journal here if you’re not sure where to start
- List out people you want to reach out to that you haven’t connected with in a while
- Stream of consciousness | Simply write whatever comes to mind
- Bullet journal | My favorites Bullet Journals are Scribbles That Matter & Archer and Olive
- Doodling & Hand Lettering | Click here for my favorite hand lettering pens
- Walking your dog
- Strength Training
- Core Workout
- Simple Stretching
- Bible & Devotionals | I recommend The Bible App for daily verses and plans, and The Daily Grace Co. for Bible study plans
- Fiction & Non-Fiction Books | I use a Kindle and use a local library card to check out eBooks to save some cash, but you can also click here for a free Kindle Unlimited trial period
- Listen to an audio book | I recommend audible (free trial), but you can also use a local library card to check out audio books as well
- Online News Source | Unless you still get a physical newspaper, you can get news from your favorite sources online, or sign up for a daily email such as The Daily Skimm
- Favorite podcast
- Skincare Routine | As you’re perfecting your morning routine now is a great time to test out what skincare works best for you in the morning as well
- Jade rolling
- Dry Brushing
- Taking a bath | Light some candles & get some bath bombs
- Facial Steaming | This is newer to me, but I love opening up my pores and using my favorite skin oils afterwards
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I hope this has helped give you some motivation and ideas in starting and creating your own morning routine!