It’s a brand new year, and you’re ready to finally make the most of your morning hours. You don’t have to get up early to have a successful and productive morning. The secret to being successful in the mornings is to create a morning routine that sets you up for success for the day. Here is how to make your own morning routine.
Prepare for your day the night before
Are there any tasks that you can do the night before that will make your mornings run smoother? This could be everything from packing lunches to preparing your dinner by taking the meat out of the freezer.
Embrace the early morning
If you want to start your morning on the right foot, that means getting up early in the morning! You will likely need to get up earlier than you usually do if you want to get things done in the morning.
Make a list of things you want to accomplish in the morning
Make a list of all the things that you want to be able to do during the morning. This can be anything and everything that you can think of. After you’ve made your list, ask yourself if all of these tasks really need to be in the morning, or if they can be done the night before.
Put them in order based on priority
Now that you have your list ready and finalized, it’s time to prioritize what you want to do. Which tasks are going to be the most important and make the biggest impact on your day? If you are running late or need to speed through your morning routine, these tasks will be the ones you get done first.
Assign a time slot to each task
Assign a time slot to each task. This is going to ensure that you don’t spend too much time on one activity and that you are keeping a good pace throughout your morning. If you don’t set a specific time slot for each task, you’ll end up spending your morning on one task!
Work backward to identify your bedtime and your wake up time
Based on your time schedule, now it’s time to figure out what time you need to wake up in the morning. Once you know what time to wake up, figure out what time you need to go to bed each night. If you’re not sure when to go to bed, count back 8-9 hours, and give yourself about an hour extra to fall asleep.
Be consistent, even when you’re on vacation
The key to a successful morning routine is to stick with it! You need to be consistent about doing it every day, even if you’re not at home. While it’s okay to sleep in on weekends and during vacations, make sure you’re still following the same routine.
No matter what time of the day morning starts for you, hopefully, this will help you create a better morning routine to set you up for success during the rest of the day.