I’ll put my hands up and say “I’m so not a morning person.” I’d happily stay up to the early hours and stay in bed until lunchtime. Well, I’d get up feed the dog and let him out I suppose and make myself a cup of tea of course.
The reality is, midday lie ins are not an option. Well not very often.
I personally get up at 6.30am because this is the time that I need to get up to make sure that myself and my son have a calm and together (as in not running around like a lunatic pulling my hair out and yelling at my teen).
I know many of you get up earlier, but it’s not for me.
It doesn’t really matter what time you get up, what’s important when you need to have some sort of order in your life is having a good morning routine and sticking to it.
A few tips for a good morning routine
As I say in the video, we’re all different. Only you will know the things you need to do in the morning.
Do you need to have a shower? Yes/No
Do you need to take anything out of the house with you when you leave? Kids school bags/pack-ups/business files…
What about breakfast? I definitely recommend you make time to have a good breakfast.
Write down the things YOU want to do in the morning.
Here’s my morning routine once I’m out of bed
- Shower, brush teeth…
- Get fully dressed including shoes (or at least grab my flip flops)
- Feed the dog
- Have breakfast
- Put any washing in that needs doing that day
- Tidy up
- Leave the house
Do the same things in the same order each morning.
Keep your morning routine simple
Don’t over complicate your morning routine. Just keep it simple and then stick to it. When you stick to the same routine, things happen easier and faster.
For example. When my son doesn’t follow a routine and switches things around, which he does like to do now and then, he often ends up rushing around at the last minute. When he follows a routine, things run smoothly and he has time to do a check of his bag and leaves the house feeling calm and organized.
And that I think is the key to a positive and productive day. When you start your work day feeling calm, organized and in control then things will run smoother and you’ll be able to focus and get more done.
Get positive even before you get out of bed
I want to share a tip with you. Before I even get out of bed in the morning, I make sure I have time to just think about all the wonderful people and things in my life and also to think about what I’m looking forward to each day, how you want the day to be.
Taking even just a short time in the morning to focus on the positives in your life will set you up for a wonderful day. You will draw in more positives. That’s just a little law of attraction tip for ya.
Do as much as you can the night before
Seriously, do as much as you can the night before, prep pack-ups, have bags ready to go, know where your car keys are, have your outfit for the day ready…
Your time is always going to be limited in the morning so the less you have to do the better.
Add in some buffer time and adjust as you go along
Buffer time is simply a little extra time – You can read my full article on Buffer time
I like to aim for at least 5 minutes. So if I need to leave the house at 8am, I intend to be completely ready for 7.55am at the latest. This gives me time for any last minute things that come up or it means a calmer more relaxed journey…
If you’re always pushing it to the last minute or even running late, you’ll feel stressed and if something unexpected happens, then you have no time to accommodate it and you will start your day late. Not a good start to any day.
Okay, so they are my thoughts on creating a good morning routine.
Let me know about your morning routine. What works for you and what doesn’t?
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