I am a big fan of having a morning routine. I don’t think there is any better way to get your day started then to have a routine set of events to get a productive start to your morning. I have always been a big planner, from the time I was in elementary school and got my first agenda to plan out my homework assignments I was hooked, and I have recently heard a lot about the importance of having a morning “ritual” and how much it contributes to being successful in the rest of your life. Knowing how much better I feel about myself and how much more I am ready to take on the day when I’ve had a great start to the day makes me a firm believer. This is what my morning ritual looks like:
5:00 am. Wake up, do my Bible study and have quiet time with God. This is the most important part of my day. If I haven’t had my morning quiet time with the Lord, my whole day is off. I’ve tried all different times and ways of having quiet time with God, but have found over and over again that not only making Him my first priority in the day, but also being able to spend some quiet time before anyone else in the house is awake is the most impactful for me. I keep everything I will need next to my bed so I don’t wake anyone up but rustling around the house, and just enjoy this time of study, reflection, and prayer so much. (Tip: I have my bedside lamp on a timer that automatically turns on at 5am and goes off at 6, in this way, not only does the light help to wake me up, but since it’s on a timer it makes it impossible to be tempted to hit snooze and go back to sleep)
5:55 am. Get up, make my bed, wash my face, get on my gym clothes. I have to make my bed the second I step out of it. I can’t stand to see an unmade bed, and have even heard that making your bed first thing in the morning gives your brain a feeling of a “victory” and that starting every day off with a small victory helps you to be more productive. I can see this, because the feeling I get from seeing my freshly made bed just brings me a little extra joy and feeling of productivity. As soon as I’ve made my bed, I go in to wash my face, brush my teeth, and put on my gym clothes.
6:00 am. Drive to the gym. This is the least favorite part of my day, because my gym is just far enough away from my house that it feels like I am wasting valuable time driving. But I try to make the best of it by listening to some worship music to both get my heart in the right place as well as get me pumped to work out!
6:20. Gym time! Next to my bible time, this is my favorite part of the day! I became addicted to working out last year, and my day just doesn’t seem right if I haven’t had a good workout. I am going to be doing a post about my fitness journey soon, but I typically spend about 60-90 minutes at the gym each morning.
7:40. Drive back home. (more music!)
8:00. Take the dogs for a walk, have breakfast, tidy up the house, get showered and ready for my day. This is my hustle time. I try to get all the essentials out of the way so my day is free and clear to get what I need to get done done, and I like I see how fast I can get it all finished. Once I am ready to go, and I know everything on the home-front is taken care of I can get the rest of my day started, no matter what that looks like. Once I am all ready for the day I like to look at my to-do list, get them listed in order of priority, check email, check all my favorite websites, and make a plan of attack for my day. Once I have everything done, as long as I don’t have something I need to leave home for, I like to do some reading. If I do need to leave, I throw my current book in my purse so I can read it during any down-time throughout the day.
Starting my morning off in the same way every morning helps me to stay on track. It has taken me a long time to get into a routine I like, and honestly I still change it up because life is always changing. But even if the order or time changes, these are the things I always get done first thing in the morning. I have found getting them done makes me feel happy and more accomplished, and really sets me up for success in the rest of my day, no matter what it might hold.
What does your morning ritual look like? Is there anything you are trying to do everyday, or anything you already can’t live without? Comment below!