How to Create a Simple Morning Routine in 4 Easy Steps

Today, we’re sharing how to create a simple morning routine in 4 easy steps!

Let me ask you 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?

Being a “Natural” Morning Person…

I don’t know about you but, I feel the most industrious first thing in the morning.

It’s the part of the day where I’m thankful for a fresh start and another chance to chase my dreams.

I usually wake up between 4 am and 6 am each day.

During that time, there is a small window when the entire house is completely quiet save for the sound of the coffee maker that I get to have all to myself.

It’s one of my most treasured parts of the day and one of my most productive too.

My Old Morning Routine Reality… 

While I feel like a morning person now, it hasn’t always been that way.

No playing, in the old days, I used to run around the house like a crazed squirrel every morning.

I would search the laundry room for the navy sweater that went with the only clean pair of plaid pants I could find.

Then 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.

It was bananas.

Next, 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!”

All while trying to balance 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.

Until one day, I sat in my driveway totally frustrated with myself and near tears because I felt so depleted each morning.

Time for a Change…

There comes a point when you realize you have to make a big change if you want to see big results and that definitely happened to me with regards to my morning routine.

Don’t get me wrong, it was hard to put all the pieces together at first.

I kept thinking, “I don’t have time to deal with this right now!”  But I knew deep down, it wasn’t about having the time – it was about making the time.

And let me just gently say, one friend to another, you are going to have to give up the things that are not working for you in order to fully embrace the things 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.

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

Step 1:

Decide how much time you have to devote to establishing a consistent morning routine even on the weekends. 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 or begin your workday.

This includes those things that will make you look and feel like a total boss to how long it takes your littles to get ready.

Step 3:

Designate time to complete several easy items on your daily cleaning schedule before you begin your work day or leave the house.

For example:

  • Make the bed
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Wipe down sinks/counters
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Check your daily calendar (notice I did not say check your email)

Step 4:

Devote time to doing something that is just for you, something that will help to set your day up for success.

For example:

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or hot tea
  • Devotional/meditation/quiet time
  • Read
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Make a green smoothie or healthy breakfast
  • Exercise
  • Write a letter, an email or send an encouraging text
  • Call your mom or your bestie

My Simple Morning Routine:

  • Wake up, brush teeth, wipe out sink and wipe down countertops
  • Drink a full glass of water while taking the dog out
  • Pour a cup of coffee (We make sure 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)
  • Devotional and quiet time
  • Work out
  • Shower/Make up/Hair
  • Open the blinds in the common areas
  • Enjoy a green smoothie or a healthy breakfast
  • 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)
  • Make the bed
  • Daily Cleaning Schedule Task (except check/sort mail, take out trash, 15-minute clutter catcher)
  • Weekly Cleaning Schedule Task (if there’s time)
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Light a candle if I plan to work from home
  • Begin the workday

The Secret Ingredients  

I know these tasks seem mundane and almost too easy.  In fact, you’re probably already doing a lot of these things every morning anyway.

But the secret ingredients to creating a morning routine in 4 simple steps that will last all year is that you have to be intentional and consistent in order to see results.

Keep in mind, if you’re new to routines of any kind remember to give yourself lots of grace along the way, forming positive habits takes a while.

While I’m not saying I don’t ever run around the house like a crazed squirrel anymore (I’m far from perfect) those days are definitely few and far between.

Since establishing a morning routine that works those hectic fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants and unproductive days are long gone which feels like the biggest luxury!

Let us know if you have any tips or tricks on how to create a simple morning routine so we can try them too.

A few other morning inspiration posts you might enjoy:

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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9 Comments

  1. 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. 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

  3. 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. 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

  5. I love your ideas, Coco. I don’t run around crazy in the morning, but I always feel that I could be more productive. My biggest challenge is reading ~ I love to read and sometimes I can’t stop myself from turning just one more page. I need to put a timer on and stop no matter what. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing at Tuesday Turn About.

    1. Speak to my heart, Carol, that’s the reason I only let myself read in the afternoon ha ha. I could get lost all day in a good book. Give me books over tv any day of the week 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet and kind words. I hope you have the best week, hugs, CoCo

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