If you knew me growing up, you would’ve known I was not a morning person.
It wasn’t until I moved to Colorado that I learned how to get up early routinely. It took self-discipline, knowing what I wanted/needed, and having a plan. Over time, I learned to appreciate and enjoy my mornings – now, it’s one of the most essential parts of my day!
Everyone has a morning routine despite what the specifics look like. We focus on and do what matters to us the most before heading out the door. Must-have coffee, makeup, or shower. Whatever it is, there are things we do every morning routinely before leaving our abodes. However, having an intentional morning routine sets you up for success for the rest of your day. Not only is it mentally stimulating and physically challenging, it is also a good practice for discipline.
Here’s why an intentional morning routine is essential to me…
An intentional morning routine gets my creative juices flowing. I love starting my day reading the Word because it inspires me. Sometimes I’ll work on a project or pick up an overdue book. Really, anything creative. Even if it means watching the sunrise. Doing something creative from the start helps me carry that creativity, determination, and diligence into the rest of my day.
Energy has a lot to do with our attitudes.
There are some mornings where I “get up on the wrong foot” and am slower than usual. Until I realize I’m Mrs. Grumpy-gills, I can’t expect to have a good morning, let alone a great day. Poor attitudes are draining for us and those around us. So, it’s essential to wake up and GET energized. I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps bring up the energy to carry into your day, whether you go to work or stay at home. Make a nutritious breakfast, physically (with food), and spiritually (with the Bible), do some stretching or exercising, and watch how your energy affects your attitude.
Mornings are the perfect time to get prepared for the day.
I’ve always been the planner-type, so this stimulates my morning drive more than anything. Not only do I feel equipped externally, like with daily projects and events, but also internally. The Bible reminds us of who we are in Christ, and God gives us wisdom generously for our everyday situations. I love getting ready to look nice for the day and getting prepared to be nice during the day. Genuinely loving nice. Spending a few minutes in prayer or meditation is a way to prepare spiritually; journaling or reading helps prepare us mentally, and exercise and breakfast prepare us physically.
Wake up & stretch: When I started stretching every morning, I noticed I feel less tense and more motivated to start the day.
Wash up & hydrate: After a few sips of water (still forming this habit), I wash up and moisturize my face.
Get dressed (makeup, hair, outfit): In no particular order, I give myself about 15-20 minutes for this. Sometimes it can be longer.
Cook breakfast & pack lunch: Ruvim will usually make coffee and start packing lunch, then I’ll cook breakfast for us and finish packing lunch. We tag-team here!
Eat breakfast & be creative: We spend a few minutes of eating breakfast and talking. Then, I take out a couple of journals and my Bible or book. My favorite part 😉 I also pray/meditate during this time.
Wash dishes & tidy up the kitchen: I do my best to get this part done quickly, 5-10 minutes. It’s a lot nicer to have a ready kitchen for lunch and dinner after work.
What you can do…
Whether you’re the planner type (or not), you can create a morning routine to set yourself up for success. To recap, morning routines are important because you’ll get your creative juices flowing into the rest of your day, you’ll be energized and in good spirits, and you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.
Get creative. What are some ways you get your creative juices flowing? Maybe it’s watching the sunrise, or journaling for a few minutes. It could be taking time to make a fun breakfast, or even just sitting on the couch with a great cup of coffee.
Get energized. Coffee, reading, exercise, etc. How do you get energized? What makes you happy? How can you wake yourself up physically and mentally? Stretching is a great start!
Get prepared. How do you like to prepare? For me, reading, journaling, and spending a few minutes in prayer gets me prepared. I also like to write out my to-do’s for the day or check my calendar. What can you do that helps you prepare?
As time goes on, I’m sure your routine will change and improve. Mine changes from season to season, yet these three reasons help me have an intentional morning! I hope this inspired you today!