Create a Morning Routine

**This post was originally featured on Sweet Tea and Saving Grace**

You know that saying about the early bird? And how that bird always gets the worm? It’s partially true.

The thing is that you don’t have to be an early riser to get the worm- er…to be successful. But what really matters is routine.

And you’re over in your seat, groaning because you have so much to do already. You don’t want to think about routine! I get that. With everything that women have to do in their lives, coming up with a routine sounds almost impossible.

I’m going to do the terrible thing and say that not only do you need a routine but you need a morning routine. Like a routine for when you get out of bed. Please don’t throw tomatoes.

Here’s the thing: By nature, people are creatures of habit. We thrive on routine. And while some argue that routine is “boring” or “dull,” the truth is that your mind is wired to function more efficiently if you have some sort of routine in place. It’s like when you autopilot while driving to the grocery store. You can get there quickly and easily because you’re not constantly having to looking at directions on how to get there.

You know that saying about the early bird? It's partially true. But it's not about when you start your day, it's all about how your start your morning!
You know that saying about the early bird? It's partially true. But it's not about when you start your day, it's all about how your start your morning!

You’ve done it so many times that the drive is easy. There’s a nice flow to it.

{Which is why the occasional bout of traffic seems nearly life ending. It’s thrown off the flow!}

And friend, that’s what we’re truly in search of: Flow. Being in “the flow” allows us to be present and productive. And why wouldn’t we want to start our day with such an intention?

Now don’t get me wrong, your morning routine doesn’t have to be anything crazy. It doesn’t have to have 10 steps or some amazing new book or piece of technology. Your morning routine should be comprised of actions that are energizing and refreshing. No matter what you choose, that’s the most important thing.

But despite there being no real rules to how your morning routine should go, there are a few things that you should try your hardest to implement.

HYDRATE.

Do I sound like your mother right now? That’s okay! After sleeping all night, your body is slightly dehydrated. Not enough to warrant a run into the doctor, okay? This is normal “I’ve-had-no-fluid-in-hours!” dehydration. So the first thing you should do is reach for a glass of water. Before you eat, before you pick up a tube of chapstick, drink a glass of water.

And here’s a little tip for you: Cold water can be a little jarring on the system first thing in the morning. If you find drinking ice water makes you a little queasy in the morning, try drinking it room temperature.

ENJOY SOME QUIET TIME.

See, you like me more now, right? Quiet time is always a good way to start your day. Block off a chunk of time each morning to do something quietly. Whether you mediate, journal or even read your Bible, it’s good for you. It helps wake your mind up so that you feel less of that morning fogginess and more clarity.

PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY!

I know by now you’re wanting to check Facebook. Or maybe your email. Don’t do that. Wait until after your morning routine to pick up your phone.

Studies suggest that picking up your phone and seeing missed notifications or emails right away in the morning can lead to a serious case of FOMO. {fear of missing out.} That feeling often leads to feelings of stress, needing to do more and can totally derail your productivity for the day.

So wait until you’re more awake and aligned to check your phone.

You know that saying about the early bird? It's partially true. But it's not about when you start your day, it's all about how your start your morning!
You know that saying about the early bird? It's partially true. But it's not about when you start your day, it's all about how your start your morning!

EAT.

Maybe you’re not a breakfast eater. That’s okay! Just make sure you eat something. Whether it’s a piece of fruit or some scrambled eggs, you need fuel for your body. Avoid lots of sugars and heavy foods that will just make you want to take a nap.

And do your best not to “dine and dash.” You want to sit and eat your breakfast at a leisurely pace.

EXERCISE.

I’m not going to tell you to do a hardcore workout. If you don’t want to break a crazy sweat first thing in the morning, that’s totally fine. But get that body moving. Take a walk, do some yoga. Even a quick workout routine found on Pinterest.

Getting your body moving helps you wake up and feel more energized.

MAKE A LIST.

You’ve woken up your mind and body. It’s nearly time to start the day for real. Take 5 minutes to make a list of things you have to accomplish during the day. Once you know what you have to do, it’ll be easier to stay on task and get things done.

Who knows? You might even work ahead!

So do you have any morning routines? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until next time, Have a beautiful day!

You know that saying about the early bird? It's partially true. But it's not about when you start your day, it's all about how your start your morning!
You know that saying about the early bird? It's partially true. But it's not about when you start your day, it's all about how your start your morning!