Morning Routine Ideas

Ideas to build YOUR best morning routine – win the morning, win the day!

Category: General

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed!

If you are having trouble getting started on your morning routine list, let me give you a quick start. Make your bed! Yes, every morning. Just this one thing will have a huge positive impact on your life. I resisted this advice for years (decades?) but when I finally started doing it, I noticed an immediate impact.

  • It only takes two minutes! And when you get really good at it you can get that down to one minute.
  • It’s a win first thing in the morning. Your first task is done. You are successful.
  • Good habits build on themselves and create a good life.
  • Studies show you sleep better in a made bed.
  • If you have a bad day you can at least crawl into a made bed!
  • The Wall Street Journal reports finding a positive correlation between wealth and those who make their beds daily.
  • Every time you walk past your bedroom you will smile at how great your bedroom looks!

If all that is not enough, don’t take my word for it. Here is what Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, has to say about making your bed:

Admiral McRaven went on to write a book about life lessons from SEAL training. Click the book cover to learn more:

Waking Up Ezarly

A Morning Routine is Not Always About Getting Up Early!

A common misconception people have when I talk about building a morning routine is that the goal is to get up before the crack of dawn. I’m here to tell you this is not true. It IS, however, about consistency and building a routine that supports your day – whenever that day starts.

I’ve taken an early retirement and have no need to get up before the sun. But I found after several months with no routine that I did need some structure to my day. A good morning routine provides exactly that. Previously, one day I would get up at 8:00 AM then the next day I’d sleep until noon! It sounds great but after a while, I just felt tired all the time. I was out of synch with my natural internal rhythms. I now get up at the same time every day and have a pre-planned list of things I know I’ll do first thing. I feel better, have more energy, and I get more done.

Morning coffee

How Will You Start Your Day?

So what should you put in YOUR unique morning routine? Well, that’s the purpose of this blog. I’ve poured through blogs, and books, and podcasts listening for options. Here are the ideas I’ve found – try a few and see what works. If you get a good routine then add to it slowly over time. I’ll add new ideas frequently!

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