7 Benefits of Creating a Morning Routine

Creating a Morning Routine that works for you and your family will eliminate stress from your mornings and help you take control of your day and your home from the very start!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Creating a Morning Routine is one of the most important things you can do for your home (and your sanity).

I guess that makes this a thousand and one times.

I really do believe that having an effective Morning Routine is so incredibly helpful that it just might be the game changer you’ve been searching for. I know it has been for me!

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As a matter of fact, when I’m NOT following my Morning Routine on a daily basis, it shows in a big way. And believe me – it’s not pretty.

My family runs out of clean socks, my bathrooms look icky, my kitchen becomes a chaotic mess, and my plants start to die. (Well, my plants would probably die anyway, but it happens much faster when I’m not following my Morning Routine.)

How to Survive Your Busy Mornings (Without Going Crazy)

If you’re like most people, your morning time already feels hectic and filled to the brim. You may even be thinking that it would be impossible to set up any sort of routine or add any extra tasks when you’re already stretched so thin.

But the thing is, you already have a Morning Routine…you just don’t know it!

Maybe your routine starts by hitting your snooze button three times, racing through a shower, throwing the kids into the car with half a bagel in each hand, and racing to work while you mentally flip through all the things you probably forgot at home.

Or, maybe your routine starts with a toddler yelling your name, a not-so-relaxing cup of coffee, a sink full of last night’s dishes, and a pile of guilt as you search through the laundry pile for a pair of clean-enough socks for your husband to wear to work.

And even if your morning time isn’t quite so harried, it still probably slips away much faster than you realize, and you’re left feeling like you spent too much time doing who-knows-what and not enough time doing the things that would make you feel like you accomplished something – anything – in your day.

I get it. Whether you stay home most days or head out the door to work, have young kids or are retired, wake up at the crack of dawn or sleep until your alarm forces you out of bed, the morning rush is universal and the struggle is real.

But your Morning Routine doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s simply a checklist of tasks or actions that you do (or want to do) every morning. It could have basics like “take a shower” or “pack lunches,” and it might have some extra things like “start the laundry” or “water plants.”

Your perfect Morning Routine can contain whatever YOU want and need, and it will be as unique as you are!

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Why Creating a Morning Routine Will Change Your Day

1. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel every morning, since you’ve already figured out what works (and what doesn’t).

Following a Morning Routine isn’t about having a set of rules to follow or a list of impossible tasks to complete in your already-busy morning. Not at all.

It’s about being able to look at a list and know exactly what needs done, instead of having to strain your brain every single day (and then living with that nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something). As a matter of fact, it’s freeing once you figure out a routine that works for YOU!

2. You can stop stressing about the important things you might forget to do.

Creating and following a Morning Routine allows you to prioritize life’s necessities so nothing important falls through the cracks…again.

Not only can your routine help you do the ordinary basics like packing lunches or starting the dishwasher, but also it can help you remember to do tasks like putting water bottles in the fridge, watering the plants, or feeding the pets before you run out the door.

3. You can stay on top of your home tasks and chores.

As you get used to following a basic Morning Routine, you can add in some extra items that will help you stay on top of your home tasks and chores, like making your bed, starting the laundry, wiping the bathrooms, or tidying up the kitchen.

Just be sure to start small – really small – when you’re adding extra tasks to your list. Add one or two chores at a time and give yourself a week or so to adjust so you don’t get overwhelmed by a jam-packed routine.

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4. You can (finally) plan for self-care.

Maybe you want to start your day by reading your Bible, exercising, drinking a bottle of water, or eating a healthy breakfast. Doing those activities first thing in the morning is the best way to ensure you make time for the things that are important for your mental, physical, and spiritual health.

You might even start looking forward to those early morning moments. Consider that time spent on self care as a gift you’re giving yourself.

5. You’ll always know what to do next.

When the stress of the day begins to build – usually 48.382 seconds after waking up in the morning – it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and like you’re running in circles. With a Morning Routine, you’ll always know what you need to do next.

You can work to find the most logical order for your morning activities and then just repeat the same schedule every day. It’s a relief to have one less thing to figure out in the day.

6. You can decide exactly how much time you actually need to start your day right.

You might have family responsibilities you need to make time for like getting the kids ready for school, packing lunches, taking care of the pets, or preparing meals and snacks for the day. You also might have extra things you’d really like to do each morning, such as reading a book, prepping for dinner, or throwing in a load of laundry.

Once you have your list of things you need (or want) to do in the morning, you can add up the time those things will take and set your alarm accordingly. You also may find that you have a few too many things to fit into a reasonable morning and need to cross some things off your list. That’s okay, too.

7. You’ll look and feel like you’ve got your stuff together, even if the rest of life seems to be spinning out of control.

Honestly, my Morning Routine is my secret weapon. When I’m following my list, I feel like I’m in control of the basics, and my family has confidence that I’ve got them taken care of. (They have no idea I’m hanging onto sanity by a thread. Shhh…that will be our little secret!)

Your Morning Routine is your cheatsheet…your magic wand…your new BFF. Yes, I really do think that creating a Morning Routine that works for you and your family will make a HUGE difference in your home. You’ll be able to make progress in your home like you’ve never imagined!

Make Tomorrow Morning Your Very Own Fresh Start

Give yourself a fresh start tomorrow morning – and every morning. Stop wishing you could stay on top of the laundry or get to work on time. Stop wondering where the time went and wishing your home wasn’t such a mess.

Take control of your day and your home from the very start by creating a Morning Routine that works for you!

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