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Creating a Morning Routine (You’ll Actually Do)

My morning routine has changed quite a bit over the years.  When I was working full time, in addition to full time blogging, I wrote a post that showed the structure involved in that season of my life.  Now, working almost 100% from home, my morning routine is all over the place.  I honestly frequently forget to change out of my pajamas until I have events in the evening or head to the gym later in the day.  (#Glamorous)

For whatever reason, I feel so much more productive when I get up, get ready for the day, and spend a little bit of time prepping before jumping right onto my computer.  I feel like I have more of a purpose, more relaxed throughout the rest of the day, and I have much more fun with the activities that follow.

This week, I tested out a new morning routine, to which I was interested in the effects.  While each morning looked a little different, the consistencies included:

  • slippers
  • tea
  • meditation
  • washing my face/brushing my teeth (fancyyy)
  • making the bed

I gave myself 30 minutes to do this and let myself see how I felt.  Would I feel more stressed with more work to do afterwards?  Perhaps I would feel more tired meditating just after waking up?  Would I feel lethargic with just “sitting” first thing?

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And here’s what I learned… when we’re looking forward to the first things we’re going to do, it’s easy to get out of bed in the mornings.

I’m not anticipating every morning looking the same, but I am going to be okay with some “free time” in the morning.  Taking the time to reconnect with our souls allows us to be more patient, loving, and present throughout the rest of our days.

So here’s my challenge, for both you and me.  Take the time to write out or think through what you’re ideal morning includes.  What do you love to do when you’re on vacation or have nothing urgent on your plate?  Then wake up early and fit those things into your day.  At least give it a shot.  Afterwards, if you prefer taking those extra 30 minutes to just sleep, then go back to that routine knowing that’s how your day is supposed to start.

I would venture to say that the mornings are the most important part of our day.  It is up to us to allow ourselves to wake up on the right side of the bed.  You are worth the time.


What does your ideal morning look like?

What do you struggle with in the mornings?

Create a great life!

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  • Reply Evan

    Love this! At 6 am, the morning routine is everything haha. Especially in the winter when you just don’t wanna go outside. I think one of the easiest helpers is to do as much as you can the night before. The easiest one is presenting the coffee machine and it’s amazing how much smelling the coffee brewing helps me get out of bed! Haha also, totally agree ab making the bed! Starts the day off organized! Xoxo

    December 12, 2016 at 5:36 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Definitely! It’s the little things that make such a big difference when it comes to the morning. And anything that allows our mornings a bit more space to start the days in the ways that we love the most is great to me. 🙂

      December 19, 2016 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Nichelle

    I love the idea that you do something you look forward to first thing in the day. I feel like commonly the advice that people give is to “eat the frog” or do your least favorite thing first. I already have a hard time leaving my cozy warm bed, so I should at least something enjoyable out of the whole thing!

    December 12, 2016 at 11:44 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Totally agree with you! I love the “eat the frog” advice when it comes to starting work, but I find that starting our days slowly seems to create more space in our lives.

      December 19, 2016 at 8:22 am

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