Having a morning routine is helpful to kick-start the day. We are creatures of habit, so there is something about doing the same thing each morning that is both comforting and also helps us move more effectively into the day.
When I first started to implement a consistent morning routine, I misunderstood the concept. I was trying to plan out my entire morning. Wake up, read my Bible, exercise, etc, etc. I was constantly frustrated that I never really got into a regular routine, because every day seemed different. I didn’t really do all of that exactly the same way each morning. It was too elaborate. Too involved. Too unrealistic to be of any good. And sometimes (most of the time?!) my kids were up really early and my whole morning was thrown off.
I realized that I had a morning routine that was too complicated. I just needed a few simple things that I did each morning whether I got up at 5am or 7am.
Since I’ve simplified my routine I now do it every single morning. And it really gets me going and ready for the day. If I am up early (which I try to be these days), it gets me ready to do some work and have time to read my Bible. But even when it’s a later morning, I can still do this. I think that is one reason this has been so helpful for me. It doesn’t matter what time I get up, I still do these 5 things.
My simple morning routine
- Start coffee. (I usually have it ready the night before so it isn’t much work)
- Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for sustaining my family’s life and health through the night. (This helps my attitude!)
- Drink a glass of water.
- Do 15 jumping jacks or squats. This gets my blood moving to my brain.
- Put away clean dishes from the drainer.
That’s it. By the time that is done, my coffee is ready and I pour myself a cup and I’m off on my day.
If I’m up early, I usually follow that with reading a devotional, my Bible, and writing (this is when I do most of my blog writing).
If I’m up later or the kids are up early, I’m able to greet them without the groggy, half-asleep feeling.
It’s really amazing how doing these simple things every single morning helps me feel like I’ve kick started my day. I’m no longer wandering around the house not sure what to do because I’m still half asleep. Habit kicks in and I don’t have to think about it. I’m also in the kitchen the entire time so it helps keep me from getting distracted.
Once I’ve done all this and poured my coffee, I’m awake and ready to actually do something with my morning. Both the glass of water and the (very mini) exercise part of the routine really help to wake up my brain.
I’ve been able to both be more productive, and have a better attitude and spirit as I head into on my day.
If you’ve been having trouble maximizing your mornings (no matter what time you get up), I would recommend coming up with 3-5 things that you do all the time. Write it on an index card in your kitchen until it becomes a habit. Once it becomes a habit you will no longer have to think about it, and by the time you’ve done it, you’ll probably find that you are awake and actually ready to do something with your day.
And if it helps you greet your kids with a smile instead of a groggy, grumpy, half-asleep spirit, then it is totally worth it.
It still never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes it is the simplest things that help my days go smoother. Like a very simple morning routine that I do every day, 365 days a year. Almost, anyway.
Do you have a regular morning routine?
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