What does your morning routine look like? If you’re like many people, you hit the snooze button, fall back asleep and fight the reality that, at some point, you have to get up. Then, you scramble to get ready and out the door on time. Mornings can be chaos. But with the right tips and tricks, you can create and learn how to stick to a killer morning routine that will help you start your day off right.
How to Stick to a Killer Morning Routine
Sticking to a morning routine isn’t easy – especially if you love to hit that “snooze” button. But if you can create and stick to one, you won’t find yourself panicking to get out of the door on time in the morning. Once you get into that habit of waking up early and accomplishing a few important things, your routine will become second nature.
But how do you reach that point? Here are a few simple tips.
Create a Plan
You can develop a routine if you don’t have a plan. Sit down and create a list of things you want to accomplish in the morning.
Be realistic when creating your list. What can you accomplish without getting too overwhelmed or stressed? If you put too much on your plate, it will become increasingly more challenging to stick to your routine.
If you have a long list, narrow it down to the most important things. You can always build on your routine over time by slowly adding a few things to the morning. But don’t overwhelm yourself at the start.
Having a realistic plan will help you feel more confident about starting and – most importantly – sticking to your morning routine.
Get Started the Night Before
Once you have a plan, set yourself up for success by getting started the night before.
Let’s face it – no one likes waking up early. And life is unpredictable. You may have days where you feel absolutely exhausted or maybe the kids are sick. Things like this can disrupt your routine and make it harder to stick to your plan.
Getting started the night before can make your day a little bit easier.
For example, before bed, you can:
- Pick out and lay out your clothes for the next day
- Get your lunch ready for the next day
- Have your bag ready to go near the door
It’s the small things that can make a difference in your morning routine, so do little things the night before to make it as easy as possible to stick to your plan.
Get to Bed Earlier
If you’re having trouble getting up on time in the morning, go to bed earlier. Research shows that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep, so aim to get this much shut-eye every night.
If you struggle to get to bed early:
- Create a nightly routine. These rituals will signal to your body that it’s time for bed, making it easier to fall asleep.
- Ditch the screens. The blue light from smartphones can disrupt melatonin production. Melatonin plays an important role in your sleep-wake cycle.
- Consider meditation before bed to put yourself in a more relaxed state.
We all want to soak up as much free time as possible after work, but getting to bed earlier will help you feel better and make it easier to get up in the morning.
Get Up with Your Alarm
How often do you hit the snooze button? I’d stay in bed all morning if I could, but getting up with your alarm will save you time. And that’s time that you can use to tackle your morning activities and get on with your day with confidence.
Commit to waking up with your alarm. As soon as the alarm goes off, throw your legs off the side of the bed. You’ll be halfway to waking up.
If you’re struggling to get up, remind yourself why you’re doing it and how it will make your life less stressful.
If your goal is to wake up earlier, do it gradually. Set your alarm for 5-10 minutes earlier than your usual time and do this each morning until you reach your ideal wake-up time.
Alternate Routines to Prevent Boredom
For some of us, it’s hard to stick to a routine because we get bored. We don’t want our mornings to be mundane.
To prevent boredom, try alternating routines. For example, maybe you do yoga one morning and go on a hike another morning. If you want to read or journal in the morning, try taking this activity outdoors or to a park from time to time.
Switching things up can help you feel excited about your routine and give you something to look forward to. This alone can give you the motivation you need to hop out of bed and get started with your day.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. If you aren’t doing intermittent fasting, make sure that you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast each day.
Healthy foods will help you feel energized and ready to tackle the day. Here are some ideas for balanced breakfasts:
- Oatmeal with fresh fruit
- Eggs or egg whites with sauteed veggies
- Smoothies or shakes
- Yogurt and nuts
Set Yourself Up for Success
Learning how to stick to a morning routine takes practice. Set yourself up for success by celebrating the little victories and not overwhelming yourself. If you managed to stick to your routine most days in a week, then you’ve come a long way from where you started and should be proud of your accomplishment.
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