Morning Routine 101

You’ve heard me talk about my personal goals and my morning routine.  Perhaps you are interested in having a morning routine, but you just don’t know how to get started.

 I know I love it when someone just tells me exactly what they do! Not so I can copy them verbatim, but rather so that I can be inspired. It gives me a starting point for ideas of my own. I can try a few things, and then customize it to fit my needs.  Like my good friend likes to quote, “Eat the meat and spit out the bones.” I would hope you wouldn’t try and do my morning routine exactly as I do it. I would love it if you read it over and simply just pulled a nugget or two from the routine and implemented it into your own.

I feel like first I should clarify,: What is a morning routine?!

Morning Routine is the time between when you get up &  the rest of your family awakes. It’s what you do to personally set your mind for the day.

Whatever you decide to do, I would suggest that if a morning routine is new to you,  don’t start your first dive from the highest platform at the pool.  Start small.  A toe dip to test the pool temperature is in order, perhaps.

When I first began a morning routine I started with 15 minutes. I woke up 15 minutes before my little blonde headed early bird.  I picked the thing that was most important to me and I practiced that. For me it was prayer and reading the Bible.

If you’ve grown up in the church like I have, there can be some shame around the fact that as a grown adult I didn’t have that already established. BUT, I didn’t. Not because I hadn’t tried.  I had tried SO MANY times. And I also failed SO MANY. I’m not sure what made that attempt different other than when it got hard I didn’t quit.  Even if I skipped a few days because of sickness I would be back to the routine when the dust settled.

It’s been 5 years since then. 5 years since the days of dragging myself out of bed and pacing my living room while I’d pray because, if I sat on my couch, I’d FOR SURE fall back to sleep! My routine has grown and 15 minutes just isn’t enough time.  This life long night owl now looks forward to her morning routine. If could have told my 2014 year old self what I know now about the 15 minutes of work I was putting in then and what an impact it was going to make on my 2019 year old self I know it would have helped me on the hard days

So here’s my routine. Monday – Friday, rain or shine:

  • 6:30 Alarm {I usually don’t need it now, but it’s still set} NO SNOOZING
  • Drink a glass of room temp water while making coffee{room temperature helps it go down quickly}
  • Journal: Day One App a recap of the previous day & include a photo taken from that week.
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Read: the Bible (Search the Scriptures is what I’m currently using to study the Bible}
  • Meditate: Calm App {this is a newer addition & it’s not easy for me. I’m easing my way in and I do it 4x a week for 5 minutes}
  • Pray: Val Marie Paper Prayer Journal

My kids’ alarms go off at 7:20 and they are usually joining me in the living room at 7:30, when my Morning Routine is completed.

One day a week I rise at 5 am to write my weekly blog post.

Saturday is the same routine as the weekday, but I don’t set an alarm.

Sunday is my “day off” from Morning Routine.  This free spirit needs one day with no set schedule in the morning! I love my weekday routine, but I also love slow Sundays before church!

This routine will eb and flow as my life changes and grows. Regardless of what it looks like I do feel confident that I’ll always stick to an intentional morning schedule that gets my day started in a positive direction.  The benefits outway sleep. Which is really hard to believe for this sleep lover, but it’s true!

I’d love to hear about your morning routine.  Is there anything you do that has been a game changer for your day?

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