So, I do not press the snooze button, I know right! I’m one of these lucky people that when the alarm goes off, I’m up. When we start talking about incorporating a morning routine, the non-snoozers are probably more excited about this than our friends who love the extra Zzz’s. We all heard or read about the importance of a morning routine, how it can boost our mood, productivity, decreases stress, and even that we are less likely to forget things. Cool hey! I have been experimenting with a morning routine for a long time now, I like researching it, all these articles “Morning routines of successful people” “Why you should have a morning routine” “Life-changing morning routines” etc. Of course, I like all the ideas presented and want to try out all of the suggestions, but getting up at 4 AM, even for me, the up and go, person, is a big No-No.
The key to consistency
Over the years my morning routine has changed and to be honest, I think that this might be the success of a consistent approach. Let me explain. Each day is different, our energy changes over the course of the week, so why have the same routine each morning? Our priorities change, so our “tasks” should change too. Seasons change, so adjust your routine to make it convenient. Depending on my work schedule and the day of the week, my morning routine is different every day. While some parts of my routine stay consistent, such as having a cup of tea, my skincare routine, and having breakfast, others vary. You might think, don’t we have to do the same thing over and over for it to become a habit? I reframed this, Yes, I do a routine each morning which is my habit, but the elements are different which doesn’t interfere with my habit formation. Since I’ve allowed this flexibility within my routine I have been doing this consistently for a long time now. It makes me leave the house happy each morning and ready to tackle the day! Let’s see how I defined my morning routine.
Planning your morning routine
To create this consistent approach I sat down and planned my mornings ahead. I know, crazy, a planning session for the mornings? But believe me, planning ahead will make sure that you don’t run out the door without brekkie. 4 steps were created to define MY perfect morning routine, did you see I highlighted the word MY? It is important that you create your own, doing exactly what “successful” people do in the morning won’t make you successful. It might drive you nuts, just like it did for me. Running around, trying to do whatever Beyonce does in the morning just didn’t work for me. Basically, it added more stress to my day, yep the complete opposite of what it is supposed to do. You also need to be aware that you don’t add too many things into your routine, remember it is morning, *Yawn*! You still have your evening routine to achieve those elements you want to do daily.
The 4 steps for defining your morning
Firstly I chose 1 word to define my morning. What do I want to achieve before my day officially starts? This word can be different each day! Some examples are Calm, Motivated, Energised or Organised. Once you are aware of this you can go to the next step. No, not too fast though, you gotta really sit with this, it is important to identify what you want your morning to look like. Now, you can start thinking about the elements you want to incorporate. I’m talking about drinking a cuppa, meditation, workout, skincare routine, reading, etc. I have listed a whole bunch in my worksheet which you can find in my resource library. Now that you are aware of the wanted elements, you can determine a timeframe. How much time do I have in the morning? How much time do I spend on each element? Be realistic, don’t stress yourself out! Lastly, specify your morning. What elements will I do daily? What shall I do on my busiest day? Make sure that you keep your schedule and flow of the week in mind
Truthful Tea Talks morning routine
Sometimes seeing what other people’s routine looks like might inspire you to start your own routine. It is an inspiration, not a copy-paste! Honestly, it needs to work for you. To help you define your own routine, so you can be consistent, I have created a worksheet. It will guide you through the 4 steps with specific questions to ensure you find the answers true to you! For your inspiration, I will share my routine below.
Remember, a morning routine is a tool to help you feel in control of your day. Basically, it guarantees that you prioritize yourself, allowing you to spend ME time before anything else! Once you make self-care work for you, it will enable you to look after others. Often my evening routine doesn’t happen because work was stressful or something came up. But with my morning routine, it is ME time and NOT one person can take this away from me, #feelingempowered! What does your morning routine look like?
Wake up and make things happen!– unknown