I’ve always heard that making your bed everyday can really jumpstart your day because you accomplished at least one thing even if you’ve done nothing else that day. While I agreed, I didn’t really jump on board until I read Katie Stone’s short book called “Morning Rituals”. In “Morning Rituals” Stone talks about the kind of things to add to your daily routine. I really liked the idea, but I didn’t go all in with it until I saw the similarities between Stone’s book and “Girl Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis. Hollis also talked about the importance of routine, and that’s when I decided to create my own routine.
Below I will outline Stone’s components for a morning routine, how I’ve used those components to change my daily routine, the differences between my routine on a work day vs non work day, how I’ve used Hollis’ book in conjunction with Stone’s to make the best routine I can, and finally how this routine has already affected me in such a short period of time.
Stone suggests adding the activities below to your daily routine.
- Taking the time to relax and clear your head.
- Visualizing Success
- Reminding yourself of your goals and imagining your ideal future.
- Work on personal goals
- Find time every morning to work on your personal goals.
- Make your bed
- Pick a designated time every morning to make your bed.
- Take time to read non-fiction books to increase your knowledge.
- Preplan your day
- Plan your schedule the night before, leave room for change.
- Working out in the morning gives you energy to start your day.
- Mindful happiness
- Find joy in little things and take the time to be happy.
- Healthy breakfast
- A healthy breakfast gives you the energy you need to get through the first part of the day.
- Practice gratitude
- Reflect on the little things you are grateful for throughout the day.
Since deciding to follow a daily routine, I have incorporated many of the activities above into my daily life. I started by making a list of daily activities that I would like to complete. The list has tasks ranging from “minute of positive thinking” to “prepare outfit for tomorrow”. After I created my list I began scheduling my day and incorporating the daily tasks I want to complete. Each day has other tasks thrown in depending on what’s going on. I typically put times and schedule hourly, but I always leave room for changes. The most important part is completing everything on the list, not necessarily completing it when you scheduled unless it is time sensitive.
One thing that is important when creating a schedule is to make sure your activities are specific. Layout exactly what you want to complete. Instead of putting “read” on your schedule, put “read a chapter”. If you just put a broad task on the schedule you leave room for interpretation and are more likely to talk yourself into being lazy about that task.
My work day schedule typically looks different than days I don’t work. My work day doesn’t have as many extra tasks because I don’t have as much time at home. I schedule only the hours I’m at home or at lunch. My off days I typically schedule every hour with specific tasks.
I am going to break my day down by activities done in the morning, mid day, afternoon, and before bed. After I breakdown the activities I will discuss some of them further when I talk about the impact this routine has had on me.
- My day always starts with the same tasks. I typically wake up around 6, make my bed right after I get out of bed, then clean the litter box, then have a minute of positive thinking. This is both on work days and off days.
- The next part of my day is typically workout, but that doesn’t happen every day. Next I will typically have breakfast and post something on Instagram. If I am working, I will add get ready for work then leave for work to the schedule.
- Mid day is very dependent on whether I go to work. If I’m working I normally just add lunch(typically around noon), post daily blog post, and post blog to Instagram.
- If I am not at work, I still do the stuff above, but I will typically work on blog posts, read, and do some cleaning.
- After lunch I may do things like shopping or running errands outside the house.
- The afternoon is typically the same whether I work or don’t work. I typically have dinner around 5:30, work on my blog, read, and reflect on my vision board.
- My routine before bed is the same whether I worked or not. I prepare the next day’s lunch and outfit(if I work the next day), think about 10 little things I am grateful for, then reflect on my life goals. Finally, the last thing I do is prepare the next day’s schedule.
Since starting this routine I have noticed so many changes. It has become easier to get out of bed. Also, I am less lazy at starting tasks. I used to struggle making myself make my bed and clean the litter box, but once I started doing it everyday it has become easy. Also, having a minute to think positive thoughts keeps me positive throughout the day.
By scheduling other tasks like my blog and reading throughout the day it forces me to get things done. It forces me to have set goals for my day instead of sitting around and binging on netflix. Preparing the day before also helps give me more time in the morning to do other stuff.
Reflecting on my goals helps me stay on track and keep pushing forward towards those goals. I am at the very beginning of my journey towards those goals so it is really hard to see towards that goal when I am nowhere near it.
I hope this post has encouraged you to create a routine in your life. How do you start your mornings?