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.