In this post I will talk about 5 positive changes you can make to your morning routine to improve your life. These 5 changes are irrespective of the time when you wake up or the season of life you are in. Taking into account these 5 things and making the required changes will definitely help.
On the blog, I talk a lot about the importance of having a morning routine.
If you have read any of my other posts, you know by now that I absolutely love my morning routine and swear by it. It helps me start my day right and in a productive way.
Also, whenever I write about making routines, I always say that one routine can’t be for everybody. And just because I am doing xyz in my morning routine or waking up at 5 AM, doesn’t mean you should too.
You need a routine that suits your life at the moment. No routine is perfect, the only perfect routine is the one that makes you feel good and helps you start your day right.
Having said that, there are still some things that I think everyone can benefit from, Especially while making a morning routine. And in this post, I am sharing 5 positive changes that you can make that will help you have a successful morning routine.
#1: Start the night before:
I always say that the perfect morning routine start the night before. You need to get proper sleep and be well rested in order to feel your best in the morning. No Routine can start when you are constantly sleep deprived, it won’t last.
Get enough sleep :
They key to having a morning routine is to get enough sleep. So you need to sleep at a reasonable hour if you want to start waking up early in the mornings. There is no way around it. And having a night routine that helps you relax and unwind and prepare for the coming morning is exactly what you need.
A night routine will help you de-stress and take the load of the day off. So depending on what time you want to wake up in the morning, make it a habit to go to bed early. I wake up around 5:30-6 A.M. everyday these days and I am always in bed by 9 PM.
So make a night routine accordingly. I usually have dinner around 7 PM as well, sometimes even at 6 PM. You need to factor in everything when you are thinking about your ideal routines. While making a night routine, here are some ideas that you could include:
- Declutter the house: I do a speed declutter, which takes about 15 minutes & I do this every night after dinner. It is the most important part of my night routine and the key to maintaining a clutter free home with 2 little ones. I pick up the toys and place things in their places. This helps me reset the house every night so that I don’t get overwhelmed by the clutter in the mornings. Here are 14 simple decluttering tasks that you can get done in 10 minutes!
- No phone/screens 2 hours before bed: We have a “no screen 2 hours before bed” rule in our home and we’re better for it. So we turn off all the screens before dinner. We don’t watch Netflix and I definitely don’t scroll Instagram reels for hours before I go to sleep. Not using screens(phones/laptops/tv) in late evenings helps you have a good sound sleep. And if you HAVE to use any screens, always use the night mode to limit the blue light (really impacts your sleep quality) and also invest in good quality blur light glasses.
- Light/easy to digest Dinner: For the night routine, make sure you’re having dinner that’s light on the stomach and is easy to digest. And make sure you have it at least 2 hours prior to bed time because no one wants to go to bed feeling extremely full, it’s just not good for sleep quality.
Get quality sleep:
As important as it is to get enough sleep, Quality sleep is even more important. Having had 2 babies in the last 2 years and feeding them multiple times at night, I understand it even more.
Even though on most days I slept for 7-8 hours, I still don’t feel so fresh in the mornings because I wake up to feed, multiple times every night. I haven’t had quality sleep in over 2 years, no kidding. And I realise it even more now, how much of a difference it makes.
And there are so many ways you can improve the quality of your sleep. Some of my favourite and most effective ways to get better sleep are:
Sleep around the same time every night:
Sleeping at the same time every night and waking up around the same time is one of the easiest and the best things you can do to improve your sleep quality. Let your body clock get into a rhythm and you’ll see that eventually you won’t even need an alarm to wake up. And it’s such a nice feeling. Waking up with your body clock and being in tune with your circadian rhythm honestly makes such a big impact.
Drink tea / Magnesium water:
Tea is a well known stress reliever. Sipping on a calming tea works wonders for better sleep. Avoid caffeinated beverages after 2-3 PM and sip on either chamomile or lavender tea for a sound sleep. If you don’t like drinking tea, you could try other beverages like turmeric latte (haldi doodh) or tart cherry juice.
#2: Focus on how you feel in the mornings:
If you do not like getting up early in the mornings or you are not a morning person in general, ask yourself why is that. What is it about your mornings that you don’t like. Are you always rushed in the mornings? Do you barely have the time to have breakfast each morning?
Or do you, like the past me, always wake up grumpy or tired?
Try and get to the root of why you don’t like your mornings. And you will find the answer in “how do you feel in the mornings?” When you focus on the feeling, you can modify your morning routine to include more activities that make you feel a certain way.
Let’s say you want your mornings to feel more relaxed and slow and cozy, but you’re trying to get your HIIT workouts in, that’s going to be a bit difficult. You should probably include workouts like Yoga and rituals like meditation, journalling, reading a book to really take your mornings slow.
Or, if you are someone like me, who likes being productive in the mornings, then your morning will look very different. You could probably include things like workouts, meal prepping, planning the day, organising your space, and getting your most important task of the day done.
You know how you usually don’t have any difficulty in waking up before you have to catch a flight for a holiday? Why is that? Because that makes you excited to wake up. Having something to look forward to is the key. And I know we can’t be hopping on planes every morning, so figure out what makes you happy in the mornings and try to include that in your morning routine. Maybe you love making coffee, so that can be something to look forward to.
I love getting my workouts in and it’s something I look forward to. It can be making a new breakfast recipe or trying out a new meditation, a new yoga flow. It could be anything and only you know what it is for you.
#3: Don’t be productive:
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be productive just because everyone is doing so. We see a lot of morning routines online and So often you will see people being super productive in the mornings. They’d get done with workouts, meditation, journalling, laundry, load and unload the dishwasher, cook breakfast, prep for lunch, get work done and the list goes on.
But you don’t have to be productive. At least you don’t have to be productive in the same way like everyone else. Because your life is different. Your priorities and your goals are different. Maybe you are a new mom who barely gets the time for herself, and if your morning routine only includes drinking your tea/coffee while it’s still hot and relaxing or sitting with your thoughts for 10 minutes, I’d still consider your morning routine successful.
Don’t compare and see where you need to put in your time and what needs. your attention at the moment.
#4: Carve out time for Personal development:
Mornings are sacred because you get to be with your thoughts (if you are not using your phone and scrolling of course). And when you do that, you get to go inwards and work on yourself. That’s why it is important that you make some time for your personal growth in the mornings before the chaos of the day starts.
We are usually always receiving information from one source or another. Either you are watching Reels or youtube videos, listening to podcasts, reading blogs, watching Tv shows, listening to music, or you’re in the office and receiving emails, going into meetings and calls throughout the day.
You never really have the time to completely cut out all the external noise and focus inwards. And that’s why it is even more important to do so in the mornings.
Now, everyone’s Personal development plan looks different, but I highly highly recommend you to give meditation and journalling a try before anything else. Both such underrated tools that can help you become a better version of yourself and get in touch with your inner self. And they don’t require a lot of time as well, which is a plus.
#5: Take some time to be organised:
You don’t have to be a cleanliness freak, but getting organised will help your day go more smoothly. It’s okay of you don’t have a home that looks like a Pinterest board, you need functionality and you need your home to be organised.
So take out some time in the mornings to organise your home. Put things back in place, make your bed, clean kitchen counters etc. I have a EVERY DAMN DAY LIST that helps me get all the ESSENTIAL things done every morning.That ensures that I always have a calm, relaxing home and that’s so important especially if you have kids.
Apart from home, you could also take out some time to get organised in other things like meal prepping to help you eat healthy balanced and home cooked meals.
Mornings are also a great time to get your day ahead organised. So, go over your agenda for the day and note what meetings and appointments you have. Also take a minute or two to go over your to-do list for the day and be more organised and ready to take on the day.
There you go. 5 simple changes, that don’t take a lot of time and make such a big impact on your morning routine. I hope you found this post helpful and that you take out the time to make a morning routine that works for you. Mornings have been the most favourite part of my days since years and I hope you will be able to find similar kind of magic and joy from your morning routine.