Before we get into all the details, I must admit that I was slightly hesitant to write this post because it seems like there is a mountain of articles, blog posts and videos online about the ‘ideal’ morning routine. However, I want this post to be more realistic and provide you with some practical advice on how to improve YOUR morning routine. So, if you’re ready then let’s get to it!?
Review your current routine.
You can’t improve something that doesn’t exist or that you don’t know. Write down the main things you do every or most mornings and next to each item, label whether it’s something that’s necessary , important or useful, enjoyable or something you’d rather stop doing. Hopefully, you should be able to visually see which parts of your morning routine you appreciate and which parts you can remove.
Write a list of all the activities you would like to do every morning.
This could be doing something you already do for a longer period of time or starting something completely new. replace the things you would like to remove from your routine with the new additions or extensions to your current routine. It could be that you would like to add 15 minutes of reading to your morning routine instead of something else which currently takes up the same amount of time. Remember to make it specific and easy for you to follow!
Wake up an hour before you have to do anything.
I was advised by someone to try this and it can be quite revolutionary! If you have to leave for school at 8am then try to wake up by 7am. The purpose of this isn’t necessarily to do more work but actually to make time for activities you enjoy. If your favourite meal is breakfast then ensure that you have time to make yourself a nice breakfast in the morning. If you love to dance then schedule perhaps 20 minutes in the morning to start learning a new dance routine.
Have some screen-free time.
Try to keep at least 30 minutes of your morning routine free from screens or social media and instead use this time to do your favourite morning activities
Plan your day.
I can definitely say that the days I don’t plan or outline how I want to use my time tend to be the more stressful days. If you know that planning your day in the morning might not work well for you then try doing so the night before. You could time-block how you plan to use your day, make a to-do list or write down the top 3 things you’d like to do.
So, I hope you’ve found this useful and the final point I’ll leave you with is to remember that this is your morning routine. Feel free to craft it according to what works for you, whilst also remembering that what works will probably change as you go through different seasons. On that note, feel free to leave a reply and let me know if you want to change something about your morning routine and which changes you’ll be making!
Written by Kofo
Kofo is a gap year student and tutor, one of her goal is to develop her writing/publishing skills. Kofo loves to read and write, taste desserts and encourage other young people to dream (cheesy, I know!). Kofo will be writing on topics including academic and personal growth and of course, reviewing the best books in town!