I’ve been working from home for the better part of a decade now, and I have to admit I didn’t originally create a morning routine. When I started my business at 16 my morning routine looked like stay up late doing homework and wake up at the last possible second for classes. That “routine” carried me through college too. I give myself a lot of leeway for that time because my business wasn’t my priority. Once it became my priority I knew I had to create a morning routine that worked for me and got me excited to get out of bed. Remember I like to stay up late and sleep in! Now that everyone is working from home I think it’s more important than ever to have a clear morning routine because it will help set some boundaries!
Why I Love My Morning Routine
If you had asked 16 year old me if I’d be voluntarily getting up at 6:00am every morning I would’ve laughed. But 25 year old me find comfort in knowing that I have a plan for my mornings. I start the morning with a cup of tea in bed. That will be particularly easy when we set up our tea station, but we just bought a house so I’m taking things from boxes for now! Getting up earlier just allows you to have time to prioritize what’s important to you! I learned this trick from Jon Acuff who would wake up before anyone else in his home in order to work on his novel. It also sets aside time to set intentions for the day. That means you tell your day how you want it to go… it’s kinda like Dave Ramseying your time instead of your money!
How to Start – it’s Easy!
The first thing to remember is to start small and add things a little bit at a time. One of my friends recently said to me; “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” and I’m using that as my 2020 mantra. I hope you do too. Practically, that means that if you have been waking up with just enough time to get ready then you probably won’t suddenly journal, work out, and make breakfast. THAT’S OKAY! Start small and work your way into it.
1. Write a list of what your priorities are. These are things that would get you excited to get out of bed in the morning! Some examples include reading, journaling, meditating, eating, working out, etc.
2. Estimate how long it will take to get it done. This is where the “you can do anything but not everything” advice comes in. For me, I knew I wanted to work out with JT, but my sweet husband gets up for work at 4:45. We’d have to wake up at 4:00 just to get a 30 minute workout in. No thank you. So we exercise in the evenings instead of the mornings. Will making breakfast take 30 minutes or an hour? Do you want an extra 15 minutes to do your makeup? Is running first thing in the morning for 20 minutes going to get you hyped for the day? You get to decide!
3. Write out your numbers crunched priorities list backwards from when you need to leave for work. So if you leave at 8:30 that’s when your at home morning routine would end and you’d work backwards from there. That will let you know when you need to wake up.
Here’s My Morning Routine:
6:00 — Alarm Goes Off
6:00 – 6:10 — Back in bed with a cup of tea and my journal*
6:10 – 6:30 — Journal, Pray, and Set intentions for the day
6:30 – 7:00 — Get Ready to go to work (shower/eat/dress/etc)
7:00 — Leave for work (I nanny some weekdays, so I made my morning routine end at 7:00 every day for the sake of consistency)
7:30 — Work day begins
So you can see my morning routine is really simple, but by setting up just an extra half hour in my morning for myself my entire day goes better. You notice I don’t do a big breakfast or anything really crazy. Usually I do something super simple like toast and sausage you can microwave. The point is just to do something that puts you in charge of your morning instead of your alarm clock being in charge of you!
*I switch which journal I use a lot, so I like 90 day journals. I’ve used Project Evo, The High Performance Planner by Brendan Burchard, Golden Coil Planners which let you completely customize them, and right I’m waiting for my Faith & Focus Planner. The most important thing to me is that it asks the question “what is today’s priority?” So when I get out of bed to start the day I know what I want the day to look like. You might also notice I don’t pick up my phone in the morning. This also lends itself to me deciding what’s important instead of the world telling me what’s important like emails and social media notifications.