Adding a morning routine to your day can really set you up for success! So, if you’re thinking of starting one, it’s a bawse move that you should try to stick to. Routines are so helpful. They make being consistent with other goals easier, but first, you have to learn to be consistent with your routine. Use these tips to help make your morning routine stick.
Consider the benefits and your Why. Really think about how having a morning routine can help you. In 2019, when I started getting up at 5:30, I expected this new routine would help me get more accomplished before I get to my 9-5, but I never expected that it would help me become more consistent with my workouts. And in a ripple-effect, being consistent with my workouts helped to improve my sleep. I couldn’t have predicted these benefits!
Because it can take up to a month before you see results from your new routine, I want to give you 5 tips to help you ease into yours and make it simpler.
1. Start from the night before
When you start from the night before, you shave off time and leave fewer decisions for you to make in the mornings. Pick out outfits, prep your lunch and/or breakfast, pour out your pet’s food, tidy up and do whatever you can the night before. I leave a glass of water on my nightstand at night and in the morning, before my feet even touch the ground, my day is off to a better start. Your morning routine will run smoother and you’ll feel motivated to take the next healthy step when you start from the night before.
2. Stack your habits
Right after drinking water, I meditate in bed. By drinking water before or after I meditate, I’m doing what’s called “habit stacking.” Habit stacking is adding a habit to an existing one, and it’s an excellent way to help you remember to do all the things in your stack. One stack can add up to a big chunk of your morning routine, making it go by easily.
3. Use the KISS method
While you might want to transform your life ASAP, it’s not a good idea. You don’t want to start with a lengthy or complicated morning routine. A simple manageable one that you slowly and deliberately add new activities to (over time), will increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to it. Yes, you’ll have better luck if Keep It Simple, Sister!; use the KISS method.
4. Make it beneficial to you
If the activities in your routine are things that will benefit YOU personally, you’re more inclined to stick to them. That glass of water that I drink every morning (usually with ACV or lemon), kickstarts my sluggish metabolism. The exercise I do at the gym is good for my under-active thyroid, helps to stabilize my mood and keeps my weight in check. Because these are all benefits I really want, I’m inclined to stick to my routine—even when I don’t have time!
5. Get outside
Getting outside within an hour of getting up. Not only will this help to give you more energy for the day ahead, the outdoors has habit-forming benefits too. The natural light of the outdoors cues our brain to shut off melatonin production, which makes us less sleepy during the day. Being less sleepy and tired means we will have more energy to get things done and feel accomplished.
Christine is a lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles. Using systems, routines, and some psychological trickery, she can help almost anyone hack their mind and life for greater productivity. Email email@example.com to find out if she's available for one-on-one work.