If your house is anything like mine then mornings are hectic. You have a 1000 things you want to get done by 8AM and 9/10 you end up rushing out the door leaving a half drunk cup of coffee behind. It’s time for change don’t you think? Having a solid Morning Routine is the way forward!

It can be daunting at first trying to figure out what you need to get done in the morning, what time you need to get up and even go to bed the night before! Perhaps it’s something you’ve been putting off because come the evenings, after a long day at work or running after the kids, you just want to chill.

Coffee During morning Routine

I COMPLETELY understand. With 3 under 5’s I am constantly on the move during the day. Often my evenings end up herding the kids into bed and then collapsing on the sofa, absolutely shattered; unable to drag myself away from nothing particularly interesting on TV.

DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR?

Having a solid, dependable morning routine can change all of that for you. Not only will you feel more energised & productive after waking up, you’ll also end the day feeling more relaxed and satisfied. However, taking that first step into creating a routine which works for you can be a challenge. So I’ve broken down my Morning Routine planning into 5 easy steps to help you create your very own stress free mornings!


5 STEPS TO YOUR PERFECT MORNING ROUTINE

STEP 1
BRAINSTORM

Brainstorming is letting your mind flow with all the information that’s bubbling around, and writing it down without judgment or order (don’t worry! we’ll organise your thoughts later).

So first step, right now is grab a pen & paper and write down EVERYTHING you need/want/would like to get done in the mornings. Don’t leave anything off, even if you think it seems really obvious. Include essential tasks like brushing your teeth and getting dressed as well as self care items such as exercising or reading that book which has been sat on your shelf for the past 6 months! Oops! Guilty!

I’ve actually made this really simple, lovely printable to use as my brainstorming page. I love it, and use it, because I enjoy it visually and it works for me! There is plenty of space on the page to scribble everything down without it being too restrictive and structured; the brainstorming step needs to allow you the freedom to just release all your thoughts onto the page!

Note my scruffy handwriting and disorganisation. That’s because I’m getting everything out of my head and onto the page.

Once you’ve cleared your head fo everything your want to get done in your morning routine, we can move on to sorting through those thoughts!

MY EXACT MORNING ROUTINE BRAINSTORM

STEP 2
TIME ALLOCATION

With your brainstorm list next to you, it’s time to work out just how long each task takes. This is really important for the coming steps and as before, don’t be tempted to skip an item because it only takes a minute or two. When it comes to creating a morning routine that really works for you, the devil is in the detail. Every second counts.

Once you’ve allocated some time to each item, you’ll have an idea of exactly how long it will take you to do everything you want to in the morning.

Including some buffer time is also key. I don’t know about you but I’m quite groggy when I wake up so everything takes that little bit longer to do. I use the same brainstorm page and write times next to each item, totalling it all up at the bottom.

Morning routine Step 2

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You might well find, like me, that once you’ve totalled up all of your morning routine ‘to dos’, you end up with a total estimated time of over 4 HRS! Yes, seriously, that’s how long it would take me to do EVERYTHING I brainstormed. Ouch!

As much as I’m up for getting up early and making the most of my day, this would mean I’d have to wake up about 3:30AM (more on that later). That’s a big NOPE from me! Speaking of getting up early, this is a huge benefit of your morning routine. Rising before everyone else in the house, I’ve found that I have time to mentally settle into being awake. I’m better able to prepare for the day, feel happier and end up being more productive!

YOU CAN BE TOO!

Being willing to make a positive change like rising early and making the effort to will potentially change your life! You can read more about that in another post coming soon! But now, back to our Morning Routine!!


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STEP 3
ORGANISE & PRIORITISE

Evidently from my list, I need to jig things about a bit.

First, I organise everything into a logical order from the time I wake up right through to leaving the house.

I also make note of which items need to be PRIORITISED. By that, I mean things which have to be done each morning – without fail. It might take you a bit of fiddling about to get an order which works for you. I start by numbering items in order on the brainstorm page, then list them (like I have below).

If I find something doesn’t fit where I want it to (e.g I like to workout or work on the blog before the kids wake up, but I’ve ended up listing that after doing the kids breakfast) I have a look at where I can bump things down.

Eventually, My List ends up looking like this with my ‘must do’s’ in bold.

  • Brush Teeth – 2 mins
  • Yoga/Exercise – 30 mins
  • Shower – 15 mins
  • Check To Dos & Appointments – 2 mins
  • Skincare Routine – 15 mins
  • Hair Styling – 20 mins
  • Make Up – 15 mins
  • Get Dressed – 10 mins
  • Coffee – 10 mins
  • Breakfast – 10 mins
  • Read – 30 mins
  • Feed Pets – 5 mins
  • Blog – 30 mins
  • Morning chores – 15 mins
  • Check News – 5 mins
  • Kids Breakfast – 15 mins
  • Children Dressed – 20 mins
  • Make Lunches – 5 mins
  • Dinner Prep – 20 mins
  • Read with Fred – 15 mins

Looking at this list, there’s a lot I’m trying to fit in before the children wake up. You can see that some things aren’t priorities for me like putting on make up or styling my hair. Most days I go make up free and let my hair dry naturally.


STEP 4
REDUCING & BUNDLING TO DOS

For me, I reduced my routine time by alternating days that I workout/read. I like to fit in some self care & development before the kids wake up as I don’t get time to do it otherwise.

I bundled together coffee & breakfast as I tend to do these two together anyway. Don’t we all?! Plus having an Amazon Echo makes it super easy for me to check whats going on in the world without getting sucked into my phone.

I decided to remove the ‘Blog’ to do as I find I generally get more focused on writing and organising the website after the kids have gone to school and all my ‘TO DOS’ are done!

I also removed my dinner prep from this list as I felt the time could be better utilised by other things.

This leaves me with the list below, Ordered logically in a way that works for me. Play around with your list to find whats best for you!

  • Brush Teeth – 2 mins
  • Yoga/Exercise OR Read – 30 mins
  • Shower – 15 mins
  • Check To Dos & Appointments – 2 mins
  • Skincare Routine – 15 mins
  • Hair Styling – 20 mins
  • Make Up – 15 mins
  • Get Dressed – 10 mins
  • Coffee & Breakfast plus ask Alexa for the Headlines– 10 mins
  • Feed Pets – 5 mins
  • Morning chores & Kids Breakfast – 15 mins
  • Children Dressed – 20 mins
  • Read with Fred – 15 mins

STEP 5
WORKING OUT WHEN TO RISE

And so we have my final list! All 3 lovely hours of it! And do you know what? It makes me feel blooming awesome having a plan in place which means that before my day has even really started, I’ve already done so much for myself; never mind ticking off some of the housework too! Winning!

The great thing about taking the time to lay all this ground work & put the planning into place is that I can now work out when’s the best time for me to get up.

For me, on school days, I leave the house by 8:20AM. My to do list, including things which can be skipped if I need to eg styling my hair & putting make up on, is just under 3 Hrs. Include a 20 Minute buffer and that means my ideal wake up time is 5AM.

Now that may seem early to some but actually its a great time to be awake in my house for one big reason!

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That means I have nearly 2 hours peace to get stuff down, work on my self love, self care and be mindful; to really wake up and prepare for the day. All before my kids have even opened their eyes!

So thats how I create a Morning Routine that works FOR me; and thats the key. Remembering that this routine isn’t there to be a burden or to dread. It’s to help you get stuff done and feel better in yourself. Why not try having duplicate routines – one for school days, one for weekends – if you’re feeling really organised?


Whatever your Morning Routine ends up being, remember that its all in YOUR control. If you find after a few days that its not working for you, just go back and revise it. Have a look again at what you can shift til later in the day. Perhaps you need to readdress the time you wake up; or if you’re struggling to wake up in the morning, maybe you need to take some steps around your evening routine & how to get a good nights sleep.

I love hearing from you so let me know how you get on! Just drop me a comment below or visit my contact page instead.