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 or needed, and having a plan. Over time, I started to appreciate and enjoy my mornings – now it’s one of the most important parts of my day!
I low-key think 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 manage to do every morning routinely before leaving our abodes.
Here’s why morning routines are important to me…
I feel productive. Proverbs 31:15
Productivity in the morning sets me up for the rest of the day.
There are certain things I do better in the mornings than evenings. Like reading the Bible; I’m more focused. 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 that means watching the sunrise. Doing something creative from the start helps me carry that creativity, determination, and diligence into the rest of my day.
I get energized. Psalm 143:8
Energy has a lot to do with our attitudes.
When you adjust your attitude, your energy will change. There are some mornings where I “get up on the wrong foot,” am slower than normal. Until I realize I’m Mrs. Grumpy-gills, I can’t expect to have a good morning. So, it’s important to wake up with a thankful heart! Along with that, 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. Making a good breakfast, physically (with food) and spiritually (with the Bible), is important!
I’m ready (or equipped). Proverbs 27:19
Mornings are the perfect time to get equipped.
I’ve always been the planner-type, so this stimulates my morning drive. Not only do I feel equipped externally, like with my 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 daily situations. Additionally, I love getting ready to look nice for the day as well as getting ready to be nice during the day. Not fake-nice, but genuinely, loving nice. Spending a few minutes in prayer or meditation is the way to do it! (Psalm 88:13)
Wake up & stretch: When I started stretching every morning, I noticed I feel less tense and more motivated to start the day. #energizing
Wash up & hydrate: After a few sips of water (still forming this habit), I wash up and moisturize my face. #energizing
Get dressed (makeup, hair, outfit): In no particular order, I give myself about 15-20 minutes for this. Sometimes it can be longer. #ready
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! #ready
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. #productive
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. #productive
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 be more productive, energized, and ready for whatever comes.
Find what’s most important to you. What are some things you need to accomplish and what are some things you want to accomplish? List it out, prioritize, and create your routine.
Find what gives you energy in the morning. Coffee, reading, exercise, etc. What makes you happy? How can you wake yourself up physically and mentally? Stretching is a good start!
Find something that equips and motivates you. For me, it’s reading something, journaling, and spending a few minutes in prayer. What can you do that stimulates you?