Routine Series Part 1: What Is a Morning Routine and Why Should You Have One

Morning routines are known to make you efficient and successful.

Mornings can be hectic, especially if you’re waking up early and preparing for the workday. Sometimes we’re tempted to hit that snooze button one more time or maybe stay in the shower for another 10 minutes because it’s warm and comforting. For most of us, we aren’t all rainbows and sunshine in the morning.

If you’ve been following my adventures, you know I have talked about making and teaching goals. One of my goals this year involved developing a morning routine. I’ve been known to rush myself out the door to start my day. From then up until it’s time for bed, I am mindlessly on the move. My anxiety was up and my brain was restless. It was time for me to do something about it.

So why develop a routine?

According to the dictionary, a routine is a series of actions regularly followed. Routines give us the expectation and our brains love it. Our stress levels and anxiety are down. We’re able to cope with change. Think about the routines you had when you were in school. You knew what was expected. 

What happens if we don’t have a routine?

Going back to the classroom…when the routine changes or a routine is not set, chaos happens. Chaos happens in our brain when we don’t have a routine. We forget things. We spend more time eating breakfast than taking a shower. We’re stressing out and we haven’t made it out the door yet.

Does having a routine make you successful?

Think about a successful person you look up to. If you have read a book they wrote or follow them on social media, they probably have shared their morning routine with you. Their reason: it makes their days productive. 

Routines take out the guesswork in what you need to do for the day. You’re saving time. You’re saving your energy for other tasks. Time is precious.

How do I create a morning routine?

Creating your own morning routine is based on trial and error. Stop and think about what you want to set aside in the morning and how long it’s going to take you to do it. I sat down and created a list of 3-5 things I wanted to do when I first woke up. Then I estimated the time I thought it would take me to do these things. After that I took action the next morning and reflected on my efficiency. If things went well, I continued using that allotted time. If things weren’t going well, I adjusted my time and tried again the following morning.

Routines are very helpful, especially in our fast paced world. Initially, it is hard to get things going. Once your routine is set, your tasks will come naturally. Plus your days will run smoothly.

Next time, I will share my morning routine with you. Let me know if you have planned on setting a morning routine or you currently have one. I would love to know!

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

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  1. Pingback: Routine Series Part 2: My Morning Routine | Arrows x Adventures

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