The benefits of creating a morning routine for yourself will do so many good things for your life.
Working from home is a beautiful thing. It allows you to literally run your day how you want. You can choose to do something or not do something.
But depending on your personality, it can be so tempting to skip the shower or stay in bed until the last moment possible. Taking a slow morning is ok every once in a while.
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But, doing it too often will slow you down both mentally and physically and lower your self-esteem. If you take the time to make yourself feel good to YOU there will be a massive change in your mood and even what you get done throughout the day.
Now I know what you might be thinking… “I don’t have time to deal with all of that”.
Trust me, your life and business won’t fall apart because you take a little time out for self-care every morning. It does not have to be long. But having a routine will help you get more done around the house and in your business.
Alright, let’s get into the details.
Get Up At A Set Time Every Morning
This one is hard and I struggle with it myself. I don’t “have to” be up at 6:30 every morning but I am because it allows me to accomplish so much during a workday. I could go right back to bed after my husband goes to work.
I also have the goal to turn work off when my husband comes home from his day job so I need that extra time in the morning to get tasks done.
You don’t have to get up that early but I encourage you to choose a time so you are not randomly waking up at all hours of the day.
When You First Get Up
There are a few things that you should do depending on your lifestyle.
Drink a glass of water
If you are a coffee drinker then most of us go for the coffee. But before you drink your first cup of kickstarter I want you to drink one cup of water before you take in anything else. It is amazing how refreshing this is and even wakes you up better than the coffee.
I am not saying you need to give up your coffee. I love it just as much as the next person. My point is to start flushing your system with something your body needs.
If you are a person of faith then you would do your morning devotions. If not then you can do some journaling or think about what you are grateful for.
Also, do a brain dump of any new things that have popped into your mind. I will get into the power of planning your day in a little bit but just get the things whirling around in your mind down on a piece of paper for now.
Get Dressed For The Day
This is a point I feel so strongly about and I give a little tough love on this point.
Get out of your pajamas. Put on clothes that you would not be embarrassed to be seen in by someone outside of your house. Don’t stay in clothes that do not give you the motivation to get work done. There is so much power in feeling good about yourself and the way you look even if no one else is around.
Like I said before. Feel good for YOU!
I have even stopped wearing slippers even though I was dressed because I was still feeling not as productive as when I had on my slip-on shoes.
Something that can be helpful is setting your clothes out the night before. That way you don’t have to think about what you want to wear in the morning. But for me, I like to choose my clothes according to the mood I am in. Whether I want to be comfy or dress up a bit.
Getting Ready Helps You Feel Beautiful
Do what makes you feel beautiful and ready to take on the world.
Shower, put make-up on, do your hair or anything else that makes you feel accomplished. For me personally, I like to have a shower with my hair washed every single day. It is dried a few hours later and I am dressed in normal everyday clothes. Nothing fancy but enough to make me feel like a human.
You might be thinking what is the point of giving time to your appearance when you are creating your morning routine? Sure, you might not be seen by anyone that day. But you know how you looked for the day and that will affect what you think of yourself.
Go the extra mile even if it is just for yourself.
Plan Your Day With Intention
Have a plan for every single day. Whether it is a simple list written out on a piece of scrap paper or you have a strategic plan in your beautiful paper planner.
If you have nothing to guide you through the day it will be much easier to avoid the things you should be doing. Having a short planning session in your morning routine will help you know which task to do next as you go throughout your day.
This is a planner I love to use because it focuses on your top three goals or tasks for the day. As well as gives you the hourly markers for your day so you can time block your tasks.
To decide which tasks you should focus on each day, write out everything you can come up with that you need to get done. List those things in order of importance to the least important.
Now, this can be tricky because some tasks might seem important but are not the things that will actually get you closer to your goals.
An example would be for a blogger to choose updating an old post over engaging on Instagram. Both are important. But one will be more likely to bring long term results and income.
I challenge you to get ready every day for a week and see the difference it will make.
This post will help you plan a to-do list and have a more productive day.
Do you have a morning routine? Tell me about it in the comments.