How to make the perfect morning routine that works! Check out these 9 morning habits for a more productive day!
If you’re anything like me, sometimes the day feels like it controls me instead of me controlling my day.
I felt behind all day and would drop so many plates as I juggled trying to serve my family well and make time for myself while still feeling connected to the world outside of my home.
Everything felt overwhelming.
That was until I started implementing these 9 daily morning habits.
Don’t start them all at once. When I tried, I failed and it made me not want to do any of them. Start one, then we that becomes a habit, add in another one. Hang in there. You’ve got this!
Most of these are pretty simple but when we try to start something new, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. That’s why I call these morning habits. They are daily tasks you can add to your morning rhythm that will lead to a more productive day with less stress.
My Morning Routine
Do you struggle with being productive and getting everything on your to-do list done during the day?
I did too!
As a mom of four, I felt like I was running from one thing to another putting out all the fires but not accomplishing much. I was frustrated and just plain tired!
That’s when I started doing these 8 things before 8 am and they changed my life. The great thing about many of them is that they can be done with children underfoot or when they are occupied doing something else.
Of course, these 9 daily morning tasks are flexible. The key is more about consistency and planning rather than a time schedule.
Why Do I Need a Morning Routine?
As an Enneagram 9, I don’t like boxes. Routine is not something I tend to gravitate to and yet, I will be the first to admit that morning routine makes your life easier. Creating those morning habits is key to a less stressful day.
Daily habits will help reduce decision fatigue as you start your day.
Having a routine means you don’t have to think about what to do before your feet hit the floor and you have had your first cup of coffee.
Routines put our brains on autopilot. One less thing to have to think about.
Need help creating a routine? Here are 7 Questions to Ask Yourself to Create a Routine that Works.
9 Daily Morning Habits For A Less Stressful Day
The first daily habit to add to your daily tasks starts the night before.
Before you go to bed, write everything down. Do a brain dump.
Write down everything you need to accomplish the next day and pick three things from that list.
When you wake up in the morning, you know the three most important things that need to get done.
Don’t just write them down. Actually, do them.
Also, run the dishwasher. You’ll thank yourself in the morning!
2. Drink Water
While you might be tempted, like me every morning, to start with coffee, it’s best to have water before coffee.
You can heat up hot water, add some lemon juice, and drink that before coffee. Yum.
Why lemon juice?
Drinking lemon juice with warm water every morning helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body. Lemon juice is also very effective at cleansing the liver as it promotes the liver to flush out toxins.
Perfect for first thing in the morning.
Infused water is the perfect way to drink more water if you don’t like it plain.
3. Empty The Dishwasher
While simple, I promise that it’s a very important step.
When the dishwasher is empty first thing in the morning, you can put in the dirty dishes throughout the day, keeping the sink empty of dirty dishes.
One less thing to add to the stress of the day.
This is of course contingent on you remembering to start the dishwasher the night before. Sometimes I forget. It’s okay. It just means dishes from breakfast and usually lunch pile up until I can unload the dishes after the cycle. It’s not the end of the world.
4. Start a Load of Laundry
Laundry never ends.
It’s a given. There is no changing that fact. But there are ways to stay on top of laundry, which is why it’s part of the 8 things to do before 8 am.
As a family of six, I’ve realized that I need to do at least one load of laundry a day.
We’ve tried waiting and doing it all on the same day, and that doesn’t always work. We’ve even taken the laundry to a laundromat so more loads can be done at the same time.
Instead, start a load of laundry in the morning. Before you add the next load, dry, and put away the first load.
This assures you don’t leave a load in the washer and forget it.
While I have run an empty washer, since I started this routine, I haven’t accidentally left clothes in the washer for days without realizing the mistake.
That’s a win on so many different levels!
Remember that we are human and can’t do it all, even though we try. Sometimes we have to ask for help and that’s okay!
I recently learned about SudShare, and while I looked into it as a way to make money, I would have totally used this service when my kids were little, and thinking about one more thing like laundry felt overwhelming.
5. Know What You Are Having For Dinner
The best way to plan meals for the month is to write down meal ideas. It doesn’t have to be 31 different meals. Even meals you are going to eat out and pizza night can be included. Then you can move them around depending on how the month plays out.
My favorite meal-planning resource is Amiyrah Martin from 4 Hats and Frugal. Here are her tips for meal planning for the month in three easy steps.
If you can’t bring yourself to plan for the month, try for the week and see how that goes!
6. Stretch and Move
This will look different for everyone. You might even have children underfoot at this point. Let them join in!
Stretching your body is an important part of the 8 things to do before 8 am as it can help wake up your body. Consider trying yoga if you are looking for a structured way of stretching.
Try a workout routine either on Youtube, or a Beachbody subscription, or go outside for a walk or run.
This part of your morning routine will change as your season of life changes.
Check Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for people selling their exercise equipment!
Spend time reading and writing out Scripture.
Enjoy your coffee or tea.
Sit quietly and breathe before the crazy part of the day begins.
Create a morning rhythm that works for you.
Are the kids already awake? That’s okay. You can give them a quiet activity to do while you prepare yourself for the day ahead.
While they might resist at first, eventually, it will become routine to them as well.
You might need to change the order of these 8 things to do before 8 am, and that’s okay.
Make it work for you.
8. Don’t Look at Your Phone or Check Emails
That might mean you need to put your phone across the room if you use it as an alarm. Maybe you need to buy a Hatch alarm clock and set your phone outside of your bedroom.
Break the habit of checking your phone first thing while you’re still in bed.
You already have your list of what you need to accomplish for the day. Checking social media and email will only be a distraction.
Set an alarm on your phone to check your email later in the morning.
9. Get Dressed For the Day
Have you noticed a correlation between your productivity and what you are wearing?
On days I stay in pajamas, I’m not quite as productive as on days that I get dressed and am ready to tackle the day.
One of the best things I started was buying a few dresses. They don’t have to be fancy. Just something that makes you feel put together makes a difference.
Try it and tell me how it works for you!
Struggle With Getting Up Early?
If you struggle with getting up early, there is hope!
Try waking up 15 minutes earlier every week until you reach your ideal time. I promise it works!
Your Morning Routine
Do you already have a morning routine and morning rhythm that you follow?
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I do hope you find it helpful in having a more productive day!