All over YouTube are videos about healthy morning routines – and I must admit, I’m always curious to see how like-minded people kickstart their day.
No matter the specific activities, people often include these four steps in their morning routines:
Tend to spiritual health.
Tend to physical health.
For years, I was a night owl, convinced I could never be a morning person. But within the past year, I have been transforming from night owl to early bird (you can read more about that here).
And I’ve actually been loving it.
Mind you, the new schedule took a bit of tweaking. At first, I woke too early, and I didn’t get enough sleep. As well, I over-estimated what I could accomplish in the early morning hours.
Fortunately, I feel as though the adjustment period is over. I’ve settled into a reasonable routine that has allowed me to take more time for myself, as well as give more time to the Lord, my family, and my responsibilities. I am happier, healthier, more productive, and more loving than I ever was as a night owl. And my family is loving me more, too.
If you’re not a morning person, I encourage you to make the metamorphosis! Here’s how I do it every day.
Go to bed early! For me, that’s 10:00 p.m. Having a set bedtime was a difficult habit to establish, as I tend to be a workaholic. But I have learned that my unfinished tasks will still be there the next day (unbelievable, I know), and I’ll be able to tackle them more productively if I get a full eight hours of sleep.
Don’t hit the snooze button. As soon as the alarm on my tablet goes off around 6:00 a.m., I begin my first task, which is to…
Dedicate the first moments of the day to God. As soon as I’m fully alert, I pray, referring to a prayer list on my tablet. Then, I read my Bible and an online devotional, both of those also accessible on my tablet. The convenience of having everything I need on one device ensures that I won’t fumble around in the dark or accidentally wake my husband.
Dedicate the next moments of the day to yourself. For me, that involves exercise, coffee, and neatening up my bedroom. My daughter and I work out together every day (you can read more about that here), and about an hour after I work out, I drink a half-caff coffee with cream and a little coconut sugar. That most delicious beverage keeps my energy stable as I make my bed, pick up laundry, etc. What a pleasure it is to walk into a clean, serene bedroom that night!
Plan a reasonable to-do list, and don’t deviate from it.I prioritize tasks by asking myself what absolutely must be accomplished that day; of those tasks, I put first those things I enjoy the least, to get them out of the way! (That’s why you might find me cleaning bathrooms early on a Friday morning.) If I have to go somewhere that day, I try to prepare early in the day for that appointment, – getting myself ready, setting out what I need to bring, packing the car, etc. Otherwise, I tend to rush around at the last minute and arrive late.
And to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. – I Chronicles 23:30a
I hope these morning routine tips have been helpful! What’s your morning routine like? How do you ensure a productive day? Do you think it’s important to rise early? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.