Beginnings – Create a Morning Routine That Works

 

 

 

Everywhere you look at this time of the year, there are signs of life.
New beginnings creeping into the world.
Spots of colour breaking through the brown.
Brightening our surroundings
Awaken our senses.
Signalling the seasons’ change.
Time moving on.
This time of year always makes me appreciate the time we have, the fact that the mornings are getting lighter, seeming to give us more time each day to get things done. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the getting things done that we forget to enjoy the time we have to ourselves, the time we spend with family and friends and the time we have to accomplish the jobs each day brings.
One way I’m finding I am making more time to spend with those I love and for myself is to start each day off well and with intention. I have always been a morning person, I just can’t lay around in bed when the day is calling me. Yet I seemed to waste those first few hours either checking up on social media or watching TV, neither are really productive or set me up for a good day ahead.
So, I started to create a morning routine that worked for me, helped me get my head straight and focused on what I want to achieve and also allowed me to fit in some of the things I love doing for myself but never seemed to find the time to do.
How did I do it?
Firstly, I sat down and thought about what I enjoyed and what I needed to do to make sure each morning went the way it needed to. I wrote a list of these things down in two columns, one side under the title Need and the other Nurture.
Then I made sure that I would have enough time to do these things. I usually get up around 5, this hasn’t really been intentional, it is just when my body decides that I should start the day. I do go to bed at a reasonable time, around 10 so I get a good nights sleep.
Once I’m up, I make a drink of lemon water and write for the first half hour. It will either be a blog post, something for university or something for myself depending on what is needed. I’ll  listen to a podcast, either something for leisure or something to grow my mind. I recently shared my favourite podcasts if you need some inspiration.
I’ll have breakfast, sometimes it will simply be a smoothie or a shake as I’m not always hungry at this time of the day but I know I need to eat.
Then the kids tend to get up and the morning routine changes into theirs.
To find a routine that will work for you, I suggest you make a list and choose a few things to do each morning, alternating for the first few weeks to see what works for you. Maybe you want to do something different every day or like me stick to the same things. Whatever you choose, make sure it is leaving you ready for the day ahead with a clear, focused mind. You’ll get so much more from each day this way.
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31 Comment

  1. What a wonderful post – I could do with some of this organisation in my life!

  2. I'd say I was pretty organised around the home, once I have to leave the comfort of it I'm a mess. Great post xx

  3. Spring is amazing for new beginnings isn't it – I have to admit we don't have a great routine, it is something I need to work on. x

  4. Bex says: Reply

    I need to get up earlier to get a good morning routine, ours tends to involve getting out of bed at 8 and being out the house by 8:40 for the school run, it is all very hectic!

  5. I have to admit i have the morning routine nailed (well i should have after 6 kids) but Eliza does her best to throw it sometimes, normally with a misplaced shoe

  6. Oh this sounds lovely! My evenings are my relaxing time at the moment though – mornings are chaos ha

  7. This is a really refreshing post, I'm going to rethink my morning routine. I do spend too much time on social media in the morning X

  8. Spring is my favourite time of year. Such beautiful photos in this post too.

  9. I agree that a morning routine helps. I can get so much done before everyone emerges from their tombs 😉

  10. I have a routine in a morning and I hate it when someone interrupts it and throws me off my plan, I find it really hard to then get going x

  11. I agree with having a morning routine and its something i need to work on as i function so much better when im up at least 30mins before the kids and have time for a quick coffee by myself first!

  12. I love the sound of 'need' and 'nurture' lists. I never manage to get up before my daughter so my morning is not my own until after she's gone to school, but I think I need to make that work better for me. Food for thought. x

  13. Brilliant post – I find that I waste a bit of time snoozing/trying to wake up properly on a morning and it is rubbish!! I'm getting better though, I start straight on some social media work, get a coffee and sort out the babies breakfast – way to snooze then! H x

  14. Gorgeous photos! I try to stick to my morning routine, though it generally goes out of the window if I'm off work! x

  15. Like you I am a natural early riser – and I like that that means I get a little time on my own before having to dive into dealing with the kids and school runs etc!

  16. A very positive post. We have our routine really strict to timings which in turn makes it so relaxed.

  17. Great idea to do a list of 'need' and 'nurture', so good to start your day off in the right way. I get frustrated with myself on the days I mess around for the first few hours, feel like I have wasted time.

  18. I love how you made your morning routine with "need" and "nurture". Sadly my girls are still too young to have a proper routine. They wake anytime between 5am and 9am! I think my routine will be a bit hit and miss for a while.

  19. lovely post. I do need to have more organisation in my life.

  20. As I have to get the kids to school in the morning my focus is on that. When I get back I'm a terrible time waster!

  21. Wow 5am, that is early! I hope that didn't mean you were up at 4am today? I also enjoy the morning and like to make sure I have some time to myself, I'm a much nicer person for the day when I do. Mich x

  22. what a beautiful post and with 6 children I agree a routine is so important to get the day off to a great start

  23. Even if I got up at 5am Maxi wouldn't be far behind me! It is really hard to find me time when you have an early riser

  24. I feel like theres not enough hours in the day to do everything i need to, the house is never tidy even though im always tidying/cleaning i think a list is a great idea not just for my morning but whole day. Thanks for the inspiration. Marie 🙂

  25. Great idea for Need and Nurture lists. I always work from lists, I am well organised though 🙂

  26. My morning routine is pretty hectic, it's all about getting up, having breakfast, getting change, putting on some make-up, making sure little man is ready, then off we go! 🙂
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  27. I'm definitely a morning person here too! There's nothing quite like the sense that you've achieved something before the rest of the family are out of bed. Great post x

  28. I too enjoy time in early mornings before anyone else gets up. Your routine sounds great. I also love all your photos so picture perfect.

  29. Mornings here are crazy – I have a tot to get ready and two teens to get to school, as well as setting up my blog work for the day. There is usually a meltdown – I love your ideas thank you, I am definitely going to plan a routine for after the school holidays. Kaz x

  30. I need to be organised on a morning or I'd never get us all out on time- I start my morning routine the night before by making sure everything is exactly where it needs to be for the following day x

  31. I need a better morning routine I need to start going to bed earlier so that I can be up before Blake is.

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