The Case For a Morning Routine
When I was first an independent little woman, I had no set values of a morning routine. I remember trying so hard to wake up and get a workout in (because that seemed to be the case for successful people). Yet, everything was off. I’d stay up late, sleep in, or stay up late, and get up super early only to be groggy. I tried going without coffee some mornings, then end up drinking five cups before 11:00. I had absolutely no clear idea what a solid morning routine was. Fast forward years later, and I’m a stickler for that time. I crave it, actually. It’s like the “energizer bunny” (one of Sam’s many nicknames for me) comes out and I can’t seem to keep up with my own self.
I’m always shocked how some can wake up whenever they please, skip breakfast, or essentially have no routine at all. But to be honest, I sometimes envy those people.
It must be great to have that laid back of a personality (because I certainly don’t). But now that I’ve grown accustomed to my own habits, the routine I have doesn’t even cross my mind like it used to. Waking up early, breakfast, workouts, all come naturally at this point. Clearly it came with some efforts, but also having a solid case to go off of on why it works. There’s countless ways to set yourself up for a morning routine- and I find that when you stick to it, the rest of the day continues on in a gentle flow. Finding ground rules are probably the most important factor. I’ll practically bend over backwards to ensure they stay in place- especially while travelling. Ask yourself; What will get me energized? What do I want to knock out first thing? Exercise? Coffee or tea? Breakfast or no breakfast?
And if you’re curious what a typical morning routine looks like for me, here goes…
- Wake up, throw on some workout clothes, stretch, and drink a BIG glass of water.
- Kiss Maggie and Sam then head to the workout room.
- Do some type of movement (HIIT, yoga, pilates, strength, barre, running, etc.)
- Shower, brush my teeth, get dressed, put on a little makeup and do my hair.
- Make my smoothie.
- Start the work day.
Simple. Effective. The perfect way I like to start my day. After years of consolidating the right routine for myself- scroll on for few reasons why I make the case for a morning routine..
No. 1 To Stay Productive
Rather than hitting the couch first thing in the morning, I get busy working out, making breakfast, getting ready, and basically just moving. A LOT. I have tons of energy going forward after these tasks are done. Plus, my days run smoothly, and are much more productive.
No. 2 “Motivation” Becomes “Habit”
Every now and then we get a spark of ambition towards something (to workout, crush something at work, eat healthier, etc.). Although that “motivation” comes and goes, it’s the habit that really comes in to play to keep it up. I’m not always motivated to workout in the mornings, but if I’m dragging, I know that a little bit of movement will always help me be more operational. You definitely won’t see progress (or a routine) by relying on motivation all time. Sometimes it’s just not there when we need it most, so falling back on a habit is sensational for the long run.
No. 3 To Feel More Energized
I know that for me, if my sleep schedule is out of whack (i.e. going to bed at 11:00 one night, then 8:00 the next) I will feel it. Motivation definitely won’t be there, I’ll have the tendency to sleep in a little longer, which then means my morning routine will be cut short of something. I try my best to keep a similar sleep schedule during the week, ensuring I receive around 8 hours. Of course it’s not perfect all the time (dang Schitt’s Creek keeping me up!) But my main priority is to make certain that I always wake up early, at the same time.
No. 4 For the Feel Good Accomplishment
Who else has had those wake up calls at 4:00 am or 5:00 am, and actually love the feeling knowing that you’re awake when maybe the rest of the world is still sleeping? The air is calm, the sun’s just barely coming up, and you get to sip your coffee in peace. Sam and I were just talking about this recently when he had to get up at 4:45 for a work project. I giggled when he told everyone that day “oh man I’ve been up since 4:00, it’s been a long day” but secretly he was feeling pretty stress-free, because of how productive he was! I applaud him for that (and make fun of him) but don’t we all just want to feel like we did something to challenge ourselves at the end of every day?