When evaluating my goals, I knew there was one thing I had to do in order to kickstart my productivity and give me the motivation I needed to fulfill my vision for the year
As much as it pained this night owl to admit, the one thing I knew I had to do was to wake up early — 5:00 a.m., to be exact. In order to convince myself to start waking up early, I needed to create a morning routine that would make it easy for me to drag myself out bed in the morning
Becoming a morning person
I am not a morning person, so I knew this would not come easy. Setting my alarm clock for 5:00 a.m., meant I had to go to sleep by 9:30 p.m., to get an ample amount of sleep.
I would much rather sleep from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., but I have kids who wake up at 6:45 a.m. when school is in session. I chose to rise at 5:00 a.m., in order to give myself an adequate amount of peace and quiet before the kids wake up and the day gets hectic.
Incorporating the discipline of waking up early allows me to work toward the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year without distraction.
What I’ve learned
Waking up early has shown me that I have more time available in the day to check items off of my task list than I initially thought
I am able to read my Bible and drink my coffee in the stillness of the morning and take the time to plan out my day. Planning my day out ahead of time helps me to stay productive all day long.
How to create a killer morning routine
If you’re like me, and you struggle to get everything done during the day, I encourage you to try waking up early
It helps you accomplish more, yes, but it is also about nurturing your body and your soul. This is essential for busy women and moms.
Our lives are spent caring for others. You will quickly burn out if you do not learn to care for yourself as well
I’m going to give you a basic blueprint to make this as easy as possible. Below you will find my tips for developing a morning routine that makes you want to get out of bed.
1 // Start with something you love
Like I said before, I am not a morning person, so “hitting the ground running,” so to speak, does not entice me to get out of bed
2 // Be still and enjoy the quiet of the morning
Once I have my cup of coffee in hand, I grab my Bible and cozy up on the couch. I read for about 30 minutes, soaking up God’s word while sipping my coffee
You could also take this time to read a devotion, work your way through a Bible study, pray or just allow yourself to sit still and reflect
Give yourself a moment of peace before the day begins and change your whole outlook to start your day on a positive note.
3 // Plan for the day ahead
Sit with your day planner and review your to-do list. Write down what you must accomplish that day. Try to keep the list as short as possible. You can always add to it if you check everything off of your list.
Know what you must get done by the end of the day, helping you to stay focused and eliminat wasted time.
4 // Make time for self-care
I always seem to get more done during the day when I get dressed, put on makeup, and fix my hair. I like to get this done before the day begins.
Getting ready for the day makes me feel more confident, which in turn makes me more productive.
You don’t have to do this all at once. I usually run through my skincare routine right after I brush my teeth.
I use the 20 minutes before my kids wake up to put on makeup. After I wake my kids, I get myself dressed while they are dressing for school. Finally, I use the time between our two school drop-offs to fix my hair.
If you feel like it takes you too long to get ready each day, click here to check out my five-minute makeup routine.
5 // Work on your goals
The morning hours are perfect for scheduling dedicated time to work on your goals without distraction. This is especially helpful if you work full time or have kids at home who are not in school yet.
Working on your goals first thing in the morning ensures that you won’t put it off because you’re too tired at the end of the day.
If you have something big you want to accomplish, add it to your morning routine when your mind and body are fresh.
Now, it’s your turn
As a night owl, waking up early does not come easy. I knew I had to create a morning routine that made me want to get out of bed. Follow the steps below to create your own morning routine:
- Start with something you love
- Be still and enjoy the quiet of the morning
- Plan for the day ahead
- Make time for self-care
- Work on your goals