Like I said in the post about being more productive it is important to plan your day and create a morning routine. But having a morning routine requires a bit more thinking. If you really want to be productive, you can’t just get up and start your day. So, let’s start and look at how to create a good routine in the mornings.
The first thing you need to think about is why you want to be more productive. Is it because you feel like you are not doing as much as you want to? Are you having trouble to do everything in one day? Maybe you are stressed because of the size of your to-do list? Or you are filling your time with things you know you shouldn’t do? When you know the reason why it is easier to create a routine around that.
Let me explain myself. When you feel like your to-do list is too long, you could try to spread some things over a week. Or when you feel like you are not productive in the morning, you might want to think about ways to change that. I always find it important to think about the reason why you do things. When you are feeling less motivated to get out of bed you can think back about the reason why you are doing this, and it can give you that little extra push to get up.
In order to make the right morning routine for yourself, it is good to set some goals. This doesn’t have to be a big list or a crazy goal. You don’t have to be done with all your laundry and ironing before sunrise!
For me, my goal is to have lunch and breakfast made and be ready myself before my husband leaves the house. This means I can adjust my routine to these goals and make it easier for myself.
So make sure you have some goals in mind. It might be something completely different. I know women who are happy to be even awake before the man leaves the house (maybe because he leaves super early, or just because you have a handful of kids and cannot be ready before 8am) and I know women who get up at 4.30am to go to the gym, get ready and work on a blogpost. Whatever you want to accomplish, write it down and work from there.
My morning routine
OK, I have to be honest here before you read my morning routine. I don’t do this every day. The last few days I just couldn’t make myself get out of bed, so it’s time to remember my reason why again! But I do love this morning routine I created and want to share it with you anyway. Now I just need to remind myself to do so in the morning, ha!
6.00 am. Alarm goes for my husband, I get up as well and get into the bathroom to shower/get dressed.
6.30 am. Do my make-up. Usually in the bathroom because my husband is reading in the living room.
6.45 am. My husband gets into the shower, so I make his lunch and prepare our breakfasts.
7.00 am. Turn on a load of laundry and empty the dishwasher.
7.15 am. Do some work. I either write a blogpost, do some Social Media or read/comment on blogs.
7.45 am. Breakfast with my husband.
8.00 am. My husband leaves for work. I either get back to work or get our little guy out of bed. I get him ready and fed.
Now, bear in mind that I have a little boy of nearly 2 years old. I am trying to keep this routine, but occasionally he wakes up before 8am and my routine changes. We have a really good sleeper, so we are very grateful and blessed. This is just a guideline for me to follow and I try to do all this as soon as possible.
So, now that you have seen my morning routine I am curious to find out what yours is! What is the biggest challenge for you to complete in the morning? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!
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