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This post is Part 2 of my 4 part series on Routines. The next 2 parts of this series will be about Evening and Study Routines.
Morning routines are something that we all have – in some way or another.
Whether it’s rolling out of bed at 7:30, throwing on your uniform and running to catch the bus, or getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning to have a slow start to the day, we all have things that we do in the morning because they are part of our routine.
In this post, I will share my morning Routine, as well as how to stick to a morning routine, and how you can build your own routine that works perfectly for you!
My Morning Routine
I want you to know that this routine will not work for everybody, and I do change my routine up every 6-8 weeks so this is not necessarily a long term routine. This is also only my routine for when I have school (on the day that I am writing this I was not in school, and so used a different routine).
On a school day, my first alarm goes off at 4:45am. This first thing I do after I turn of my alarm is turn on my bedroom lights. After that I will probably go back to bed for 10 minutes.
When my second alarm goes off at 5 am, the lights are already on so it is easier for me to get up. I then read a Non-Fiction book for 5-10 minutes, before sitting down on the floor and trying to meditate for 10 minutes. When I have finished meditating, it is normally around quarter past 5.
At this point, I sit down to do some writing for my blog (if you were to use this routine, you could use this time to study). At 5:45, I go downstairs to eat my breakfast and make my lunch for school.
After I’ve eaten my breakfast and made my lunch (which tends to be around 6:00), I brush my teeth and wash my face. I then continue down the skin care path by using my moisturiser, SPF and primer before I do my make up. After done my make up, I either get dressed or make my bed (if I make my bed first I’l get dressed straight away after and vice versa).
After that I spend some time practising French, and then I might do some school work, blog work, or, if I’m running late, I will go downstairs and get ready to leave. Whilst I’m waiting for everyone else to be ready to leave I read a bit of whatever book I’m reading at the time (Fiction or Non-fiction).
Wow, I just read that over again, and it is soooo boring to read. Sorry, but it’s the best example I could give, because I understand exactly how it works.
How to create a morning routine
Creating a Morning Routine is easy. Creating a routine that works well for you… well that’s a bit harder. But it’s not impossible, and once you know how to do it, it gets quite easy.
The first thing to do is define what habits you want to do in the morning. here are a few prompts to get you started:
- What habits do you want to keep? (e.g. brushing your teeth)
- What habits do you want to get rid of? (e.g. not making your bed)
- What habits do you want to build? (e.g. getting up early)
Those are only basic prompts, if you want more prompts click here.
Okay the next part is deciding what time you want to wake up at. As you already know, I get up at 4:45 on weekdays. This is because I want to get up at 5, but I know that most of the time I will have to go back to sleep for at least 5 minutes. So if you’re like me, you might want to get up 15 minutes before you actually want to get up.
When deciding what time you want to wake up at, you need to take into account how long everything you want to do will take. For example, when I was creating my current morning routine, I knew I would need at least 5 minutes for reading, 10 minutes for meditation, 30 minutes for blogging, 15 minutes for breakfast (and making my lunch), 45 minutes to get ready, 15 minutes for my language learning, and I wanted to have a good half an hour to spare.
If you do the maths, that means I would need 150 minutes ( 2 hours and 30 minutes). Considering I leave the house at around 7:40 each day, I did the maths which told me I should be waking up at around 5:10 every school day.
Now I know that I wake up at 4:45, not 5:10. This is because we have to take into account that things go wrong and sometimes we leave earlier than expected, or we discover we completely forgot about our homework that’s due first period!
These extra ten minutes that I’m fully awake (plus the 15 minutes it takes me to wake up) gives me enough time to get the emergency homework or revision done. Sometimes it’s not enough and I still fall behind!
Now let’s say you have completely different habits to me, and you have to leave the house at 7:30 to make it to school on time. Imagine that you want to do a 15 minute workout in the morning, you want to get 30 minutes of revision done, it takes you 30 minutes to get ready, 10 minutes to eat breakfast, and you want to have 15 minutes to spare.
This routine would take you 100 minutes (1 hour and 40 minutes).
You would want to be awake by 5:54.
This means you could easily add more spare time to make it so that you are up at 5:45, or take away 6 minutes of that spare time to wake up at 6:00.
I want to make on thing clear :
YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET UP THAT EARLY, AND THESE HABITS/ROUTINES WILL NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE!!!
Honestly, I would recommend getting up early, rather than staying up late because it works better with the education system, and it often tends to work in your favour. (Unless, of course, you get really addicted to waking up and going to bed early – like me – that you refuse to do anything that means you won’t go to bed until late at night).
How to stick to your new routine!
The absolute hardest part in any routine is doing it on repeat; every; single; day. That’s why it’s good to have a separate routine for the weekends (presumably with the same habits – but maybe in a different order).
It took me almost a year to find out what worked well for me. Now I know that I can only get up before 6 o’clock for two reasons :
- I either wake up naturally before 6am,
- Or I have somewhere to be.
This means that getting up early on the weekends looks slightly different to getting up early during the week.
It’s important that you figure out what makes you get up early. Maybe for you, it’s important to have two or three different routines, that you can use based on your energy levels.
The big thing to know when creating and sticking to a morning routine is your why. Why do you want to use this routine? Why do you want to get up this early?
For me, my why is that it’s the best way I can think of to fit everything I need to do into my schedule.
There are loads of things you can do to make your morning routine easier (and more enjoyable):
- Setting your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
- Throwing all you blankets and pillows of your bed as soon as you wake up.
- Washing your face with cold water to make yourself more alert.
- Include something fun in your routine
- Make it relaxing (or energising)
- Maybe a good coffee or tea wakes you right up, if so, you could use that to help you through your morning routine. (Coffee is NOT a long term solution though!)
You need to make your routine fun. If, like me, you just LOVE reading, then you should try out Audible’s 30 day free trial! This way you can listen to your favourite stories or self-help books whilst eating your breakfast or making your bed!
Sticking to your routine isn’t rocket science. Trust me, all you need to do is figure what works for you and you’ll have a consistent morning routine in no time!
So, in this post you’ve learnt (or should have learnt) how to build a consistent morning routine and stick to it! Stay tuned for my next post about Evening Routines. If you haven’t already, go read my last post about Habits. It’s the first part of this 4-Part series on Routines – and I’m sure it will be useful!
Thank you SO much for reading this post (which is definitely longer than usual – comment below whether you prefer long or short posts!). Don’t forget that I post every Wednesday and Sunday at 12:00. Don’t miss out!