It’s that beautiful time of year when kids are back in school and all is right in the world again.
If you have ever had the joy of living through this wonderful time of year as a student, parent or school employee, you know what I’m talking about.
When I worked in education, my summer routine was very different than during the school year.
But now that we are in the second half of our lives, we get to take this concept and use it as a second chance to get ourselves in order. Almost like starting another New Year.
And with a new year, comes new resolutions.
Not major resolutions, just tweaking.
If there are things in your life that you want to improve or change, start with your morning routine.
Having a set morning routine will help you conquer your goals and get you started on the right foot each day.
Here are a few steps to creating your morning routine.
Write down your priorities. Your priorities determine what you value most. If getting in shape is high on your list, then carving out this time to start your day will make you feel like you accomplished something even if it’s the only thing that happens that day.
You may have spiritual, healthy or learning goals that you want to focus on.
All great options for adding to your morning routine.
Decide how much time to spend on your routine.
Some of us can get up 30 minutes early and some are willing to invest up to 90 minutes if your goals are important enough.
Experiment with the activities. Experiment with the time you spend on the activities. Experiment until the routine is right for you.
Examples of Activities
Everyone has different priorities. Here are a few activities for a morning routine:
- Drink a bottle of water
- Brush and floss your teeth
- Exercise (indoors or outdoors)
- Read a devotional book
- Study a second language
- Read an educational book (self-help, personal growth, topics you want to learn about, etc.)
- Write in a journal
- Write thank you notes
- Write letters and actually send in the mail (who does that?)
- Start writing that book you have rattling around up there
- Start a blog
- Eat a healthy breakfast
My Morning Routine
Now for the sake of full disclosure, I have been working on my morning routine since January. I am STILL in the experimental phase.
I started with Step 1. I want to be healthier so I wrote exercise, healthy breakfast, drinking water and taking vitamins down as being important.
My momma is a fantastic example of starting her day out with exercise. I want to be like her. 🙂
I also want to look better so I wrote down hair, teeth, skin to create small steps in the right direction. For example, put on a mask while going over the tasks for the day or adding an exfoliating scrub to my shower.
I am always thinking about this website so I wrote down writing, reading, researching and social media.
I like to start my day with a cup of coffee and read the news on the Internet.
Here’s what always seems to happen.
I blow off exercise, showers, masks and jump straight to coffee and news.
I work at home so I set my hours. I almost think it was easier when I was working for someone else to follow a morning routine. Now, I am way too easy on myself.
But I keep experimenting anyway.
I have goals I want to accomplish.
I don’t want every day to be one big task of working on this website.
Don’t get me wrong. This is my passion.
But I have to have a morning routine that doesn’t have anything to do with work. I think it’s important to stay balanced.
So I separated out my physical goals from my work goals and have created this morning routine:
- Get up and take vitamins
- Brush my teeth
- 30-minute exercise
- Coffee, review tasks for the day, read news
- Healthy breakfast or skip
So, this is the morning routine that I am experimenting with and time will tell how permanent it is. 🙂
Your Morning Routine
Sometimes it’s better to forgo a little sleep to get yourself started on the goals you want to accomplish.
When it seems like there is no time in your day, consider getting up a little earlier and work on your plan to improve your life.
Now if you have the privilege of working at home, are retired or able to spend every day doing exactly what you want, you might not have to get up earlier.
But get up and get your routine going.
You will live a more fulfilled life. I guarantee.
Share Your Routine
Do you have a morning routine? What do you do?
Are you interested in starting one?
What do you want to include?
Let me hear from you below.
Happy New Year – Part 2.