How to Create Your Personal Best Morning Routine

by Brittany Risher
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How to Create Your Personal Best Morning Routine

There’s no shortage of articles telling you what successful people do in the morning, how early most of them get up and why meditation is the way to start a super productive day. What these articles don’t say is that there is no one perfect morning routine. “What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everybody,” says Nicole Bandes, a.k.a. the Productivity Expert. And what works for you when you’re single and can get up and out to the gym first thing doesn’t work years later when you have kids and have to get them ready for the day.

Rather than trying to force yourself to adopt practices just because a CEO or celebrity does them, use these steps to create your own personal best morning routine that will help you kick off a productive day with confidence and energy. “When we can stick to a morning routine, it’s an instant boost. Your morning starts off successfully, even if it’s as simple as one small habit. That’s a powerful way to start your day,” Bandes explains.

FIVE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR DREAM MORNING

1. DO ONE THING THAT EXCITES YOU

When she’s working with clients, Bandes starts by asking them to think of one thing they’re really jazzed about doing each morning. “The biggest saboteur to a good routine is when you dread doing it and sleep in instead,” she says. “Start with something that excites you.” This could be taking an indoor cycling class or simply getting up and calling a loved one.

2. EVALUATE YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

Are you the type who needs a quieter, slower morning and therefore something like meditation or journaling might be great in the a.m.? Or do you have lots of energy, making it a great time to hit the gym or do a 15-minute cleaning session before heading to work? Choose a routine that aligns with your energy.


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3. WORK BACKWARD

You know what time you need to be at work or wherever your first stop of the day is. From that time, factor in your commute and all the other things you want to do or add to your morning routine. “Between your wake-up time and leave time, figure out what are the most important tasks that must get completed so that you can have the best day possible,” says Helene Segura, author of “The Inefficiency Assassin.” Then add 30% more time than you think you need since we often underestimate, she adds.

4. START SMALL

“Don’t try to create the perfect routine out of the gate,” says Bandes, who recommends changing or adding one or two things at at time. And give those things a legit chance — commit to doing them and actually do them for 2–3 weeks.

5. REEVALUATE

After that time, reflect on how things are going. “Are you flowing each morning? If so, stay with your routine,” Segura says. “Were there any hiccups? If so, was it a one-time anomaly, or has life changed a bit?” Adjust things accordingly.

Don’t only evaluate your morning, though. Think about how your routine is affecting the rest of your day, since that is the goal. “After a few weeks, you should feel more relaxed, less hurried and calmer during the day, so you don’t react [to stressful things] like you used to at work,” says Susie Moore, life coach and author ofWhat If It Does Work Out?

In the end, it doesn’t matter if visualizing your day doesn’t work for you, but standing in a power pose like Wonder Woman for five minutes does. Whatever routine makes you productive and happy, do it.

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  • Kenric

    Thank you for compiling different thoughts together & provide suggestions of what could be done. I like your 2nd point of “evaluate your energy level.” I always have few things I want to do in the morning, but almost impossible to do them all before the workday begin. It is a good reminder to think of what thing should go first, and why according to different individual needs.
    I also find helpful for the conclusion – if the changing of routine make your life more productive, happier, and easier. Sometimes changing of routine makes life more difficult & become unsustainable. This remind us to go back to the motive & reason behind the changes.

    Thank you. Keep writing & look forward to see your next post

  • Meditation not Mediation

    The headline has a mid-spelled word

    • S

      No, she is absolutely right, mediation is not for everyone, sometimes arbitration is the better decision. 🙂

  • Timi

    This article is useless….
    Have something that excites you in the morning eg. Indoor cycling class???? I thought the article was about what other ways you can build a good morning routine when you don’t have time to do the fashionable meditate/yoga at home in the morning.. Or call a loved one (who’s morning routine is totally their business, let’s just interfere with that…)

    The best way to start your day is to have a healthy sleep, get up on time, have a small and healthy breakfast, and crack on with your day. Keep yourself on track.
    Doesn’t matter if you meditate in the morning or afternoon at home, in a class or just before sleeping. Doesn’t even matter if you don’t have time to do yoga and workout every single day. Try to keep yourself in track with everything, try to do some excercise every second day, eat healthily, drink plenty of water and GET OUT IN THE GREEN!! Being close to nature, inhale fresh air is more important than people think. Then is you want to boost it with fashion use your Fitbit to direct the rhythm…
    Don’t write your journal in the morning because some stupid article suggested it. Writing journal should be when you feel like it not when it’s ‘actual’.

    No matter what we do, there will be ups and downs, but giving yourself enough time and living, sleeping and eating healthy should balance you.

    Whoever wrote this article ticked a task on their busy list but didn’t really put any thoughts in it… 🙁

  • I agree with you that each person is unique and will want to adopt different ways to start a day. You are right in stating that it is necessary to start slow and do something that is in alignment to one’s energy levels. I would recommend that every person should invest, at least 15 minutes every morning in doing some simple stretches, or taking a brisk walk; doesn’t matter if it is done indoors. This will help in maintaining appropriate energy levels throughout the day, and also curb mental exhaustion and stress.