Having an early morning routine is a commitment to improvement. It means you will have time to yourself in a quiet atmosphere and gives you the opportunity to be more organized for the rest of your day, which cuts down on stress and anxiety.

Beginning your day with a positive routine can make your whole day more successful. Here are some ways to make the morning count for YOU.

  • Start your day with something that makes you feel good. This might be exercising, spending some spiritual alone time, meditating, journaling …whatever you will look forward to doing on a regular basis.
  • Make your routine fit your personality and your life. As long as you feel uplifted, it doesn’t matter what or how long. Choose what works for YOU at that time of day.                                                           
  • Adjust your bedtime to go with your wake time. If you are planning to rise a half hour earlier, go to bed a half hour earlier. Sleep is important and affects how you feel and perform during the day.
  • Write down your schedule for the next day before you go to bed. Then you don’t need to worry about what you need to do, or what you might forget during the night.
  • Don’t go too gung-ho out of the gate. Begin with something that doesn’t take too much time or too much energy.
  • You don’t need to commit long-term right away; give it a “trial run” for a week or two to see how this works out for you. Give yourself permission to change it up if you want to try something else.

Remember, a morning routine is an investment in yourself. If you don’t take some time in the morning, you may find you’ve put your personal well being on the back burner for the whole day.