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October 05, 2013

How To Create a Morning Routine

Whether you're working from home or you have limited time in the morning before you run out the door, having a morning routine can make the difference between a good or bad day.

I'm not going to lie, I can be lazy and unorganized and if I don't have a clear goal for each day, I usually waste a lot of time going around in circles checking my email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc hoping that something will tell me what to do next. So having a morning routine to follow makes a huge difference for me (when I actually follow it)


One of the biggest things for me is creating lists. I love having something to go to and tell me what to do next and I feel really good about myself when I can literally cross items off my list.

I like to create a master list at the beginning of the week (Sunday night works best for me) and then either put numbers beside each item on that list regarding it's importance and work my way through the numbers or make mini lists off of the master one for each day of the week. If you're not sure what to put on your lists, start with the goals you want to achieve and then what you need to do to achieve those goals - continue breaking them down into bite size, under an hour type tasks.


Everybody could use a little motivation each day to get us going. I personally am a little too antsy to read in the mornings so I like to watch a YouTube video on whatever topic I feel I need some motivation on. That way I can multitask while I watch it and eat my breakfast at the same time :)

You can do anything that motivates you towards your goals. If your goal is to get in shape, then maybe a quick walk will do the trick. Or perhaps reading about someone who is currently doing what you want to do in the future will motivate you. Maybe it's a quick chat with a friend or partner who shares your goals or can give you words of encouragement - the point is to get into the right mind frame and get excited about doing something towards your goal today.


I personally feel all out of sorts if my home or work space is unorganized and messy. Then I procrastinate on cleaning and it gets worse and worse. The best way I've found to stay on top of it is to do 5-10 minutes of tidying/cleaning/tasking in the morning. Some days I have more time than others but even if it's quickly throwing the bed covers back in place, tossing the pillows at the head of the bed and throwing dirty clothes in the hamper while I brush my teeth, I find any little bit counts.


It doesn't have to be big, a cup of coffee or tea will literally get me excited. I always have one or the other in the morning and on the days I need a little more motivation, I'll treat myself to something a little more indulgent like a chai tea latte or something with whipped cream :)

If tea or coffee aren't really your thing, try and think of something that will pique your interest when you're hitting snooze and really don't feel like getting up. Try making some muffins the night before or have all the ingredients on hand to make your favorite breakfast so you don't have to think in the morning.

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