How to Create a Simple Morning Routine in 4 Easy Steps

Let me ask you guys something, do you have a morning routine?

It’s been my observation that people usually fall into two camps…you’re either super excited to wake up and start the day OR you’re hitting the snooze button for the 5th time wondering how it’s even possible the alarm is going off already. Am I right?

I don’t know about you but I feel the most industrious first thing in the morning. It’s the part of the day I’m thankful for a fresh start, I have another chance to chase my dreams and I feel like I can tackle anything that comes my way.

It probably won’t surprise you to know that I have a morning routine. Depending on what time I wake up usually before 6 am there is a small window of time that I have all to myself. The entire house is completely quiet save for the sound of the coffee maker. It’s one of my most treasured parts of the day and consequently one of my most productive too.

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You may be reading this right now (LiLi) thinking well good for you, you’re a morning person with a morning routine, I’m excited for you but that’s just not me. Well, here’s the thing…it hasn’t always been me either.

I used to run around the house like a crazed squirrel every morning, no playing. I would be searching the laundry room for the camel sweater that went with the only clean pair of plaid pants I owned and once I found those, I would race to my disorganized closet to search for the animal print flats that I swore I had put in the shoe cubby the night before.

Then I would race out the door, usually muttering (read: screaming) something like, “Why are you telling me this now! You know I’m late for work!” while balancing a bagel and a cup of coffee in one hand and my purse and work bag in the other. By the time I would get to the office, I would be a total mess on the inside. On the outside, I was attending team meetings, generating reports my colleagues depended on and encouraging others like I had it “all together.” Every day I would keep the façade going (I was a professional after all) until one day, I sat in my driveway totally frustrated with myself and near tears because I felt so depleted.

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There comes a point when you realize you have to make a change. I hear, “I don’t have time!” WAY TOO MUCH now days and I just want to gently tell you one friend to another, it’s not about having the time – it’s about making the time. You are going to have to give up that one thing that is not working for you in order to get that one thing that will work for you.

After a bit of soul searching, I realized if I could make my mornings more efficient I could make my entire day more efficient. It took a little bit of tweaking but I was able to create a simple morning routine that changed everything.

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Here’s a look at how you can create a simple morning routine in four easy steps…

Step 1 – decide how much time you have for a morning routine. It can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 60 minutes.

Step 2 – determine the tasks you need to accomplish each day before you leave the house. These are things that will make you look like a total rock star (brush teeth, shower, get dressed, makeup/hair, make coffee)

Step 3 – designate time to complete several EASY items on your Daily Cleaning Schedule before you leave the house that will make you feel like a super productive “mover and a shaker.” Things like: make the bed, unload the dishwasher, wipe out sinks/counters, sweep/vacuum floors if needed, take out trash if needed, check or sort mail, 10-minute clutter catcher, complete a load of laundry-wash, dry, fold, put away)

PLUS one item on your Weekly Cleaning Schedule depending on how much time you have. Keep in mind some of these items may be completed as part of your nightly routine. You can find out how to create a nightly routine here.

Step 4 – devote time to doing something that is just for you (have a cup of coffee, devotional/quiet time, read, listen to a podcast, exercise, write a letter/email/encouraging text, call your mom or your bestie, enjoy a healthy breakfast)

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Here’s a look at my morning routine:

  • Wake up, brush teeth, wipe out sink (because toothpaste bits in the sink are super gross but then again so is bad breath)
  • Make the bed
  • Open the blinds in the common areas
  • Light a candle if I plan to work from home
  • Have a cup of coffee (the coffee maker is completely set up and ready to go the night before. It has an automatic timer so we wake up to the scent of coffee brewing almost every morning)
  • Quiet/devotional time
  • Work out
  • Shower/Make up/Hair
  • Unload Dishwasher (we load and run a fully loaded dishwasher at night so it’s ready to be emptied the next morning. All day long we’re putting our dishes DIRECTLY into the dishwasher so there is nothing piling up in the sink)
  • Daily Cleaning Schedule Task (except check/sort mail, take out trash, 10-minute clutter catcher)
  • Weekly Cleaning Schedule Task
  • Start the work day of the BEST JOB EVER!

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Who would have thought it would have been that simple, right? I’m sure you’re already doing a lot of these same things anyway. The biggest difference is that now you’re being intentional about them. Remember to give yourself lots of grace if you miss one or two things on this list at first. Forming a new habit takes time and consistency.

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I’m not saying that I don’t ever run around the house like a crazed squirrel anymore, I’m far from perfect. That being said, I can definitely tell you that since I’ve been using a morning routine those hectic fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants unproductive days are few and far between. It feels like the biggest blessing.

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See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share an easy to make breakfast sandwich that is packed with good things to start your day. Until then, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

  1. says

    So inspiring Coco! Some days my morning routine is spot on and other days it goes off the rails. I think the biggest thing that makes or breaks my morning is my weekly routine of doing laundry, ironing what I’m going to wear, and hanging it in my closet planned out for the week.
    If I don’t do that I end up doing your old morning routine of finding something to wear and then it throws the whole thing off. Thanks for reminding me to keep to my routine to bring peace into my home.

    Nancy

    • says

      I can so relate to you, Nancy! It is hard to get all of the laundry done sometimes but you are so right when you have your outfits lined up and ready to go for the week it makes a huge difference in how the morning runs. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  2. sarah says

    I wake up in the mornings pretty easily because I know there are so many things I need to get done but once I’m up I feel like I’m running around without any direction. It’s like I’m running on autopilot.

    • says

      Sarah, once you’ve decided which items on the morning and nightly routine you want to do – write them down. I know that seems kind of 101 but it really helped to keep me on track when I was first starting out so hopefully it will help you too. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Melva says

    Hi Coco. I just wanted you to know that after reading your post last night I was inspired to do one thing to help my mornings. I ironed my clothes! It made a big difference in the morning not having to rush as much. Tonight I want to also prepare my lunch. In the morning I just have to toss into my bag & I’m good to go. Thanks for the helpful tips.

    • says

      You’re melting my heart, Melva! ! I’m really proud of you. Making both of those changes at night will definitely go a long way in helping to make the mornings not feel as rushed. I’m so excited for you! Hugs, CoCo

  4. bonnie says

    I don’t have a morning routine either, I think you may be getting too organized for me. I’m just trying to get out of bed on time most days. I know this works for you so I’m willing to try it.

    • says

      ha ha I can totally understand that sentiment Bonnie, I feel that way myself some times. You do what is best for you and works the best for you ok? These are just tips and tricks I’m passing along. They can all be customized to fit the way you live, I promise. Hugs, CoCo