How to Develop a Productive Morning Routine

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Perfecting a morning routine for me has always been a struggle, I will totally admit that I press the snooze alarm too many times or lay in bed just scrolling through Instagram during the week. The truth is, I feel so much more productive and focused in the mornings, so I want to take advantage of that! Lately I’ve been trying to perfect my morning routine and find something that works well for my schedule, so I figured I would share this with all of you to help you perfect your morning routine as well!

Here are some of the ways you can develop a productive morning routine that will help set you up for success throughout the day.

Wake Up Earlier

This is probably a pretty obvious one when it comes to developing a more productive morning routine! It is also one of the hardest ones to do, but once you get in the habit of waking up earlier it will become much easier. A quick way to get your body used to getting up earlier, is to set your alarm to go off 10 minutes earlier each day. Eventually you will find a time that works well for you and your productive morning routine 🙂
It is also very important to get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night, just getting enough sleep will help you be more productive and focused. There are many reasons why getting enough sleep is important, so make sure that you are going to bed early to get those Zzz’s in!

Get Your Workout On

When I first wake up in the morning, it can be hard to get up and go workout but I always remind myself of how amazing I feel after the workout. When you read about how successful CEOs and executives begin their day, many will say they attribute their success to getting a workout in before their work day starts.  There’s good reason for that. There are multiple benefits to getting a workout in during the AM. One major benefit is that it is a chance for you to gather your thoughts for the day.
Odds are you are more likely to workout in the morning than if you say you’ll workout after work. I know that I am 100% guilty of this. I will tell myself that I’ll get a workout in after work but by the time I get home, I just don’t have the motivation to work out. So making it a priority to workout first thing in the morning, I know I’m much more likely to get it done 🙂

Eat a Balanced Breakfast

I am definitely guilty of just grabbing whatever is available in the kitchen and eating that on the way to work or once I get to work. Lately, I’ve been working on actually sitting down and enjoying my breakfast before leaving for work! It has made a HUGE difference in my attitude heading into work, especially on those dreary Mondays. I feel ready to tackle the hard tasks and get started on combing through my inbox!

Set an Intention for the Day

I am a huge fan of inspiring quotes, even the background on my laptop is a motivational quote to always give me that extra inspiration I might need! Taking a few minutes in the morning to set your intention for the day and give yourself a mantra to follow will help you have a more positive outlook and will help carry you through the day 🙂

Listen to a Podcast or Read Something Inspiring

Listening to a podcast, especially in the beginning of the week can really set you up for a productive day. Make sure to listen to a podcast that will give you inspiration and help you walk into work ready to take on the day! I love listening to career podcasts for inspiration before I go into work in the morning. They’re perfect to listen to during your commute to work or even during your AM workout!
If you’re not into podcasts, then reading an article or a chapter from an inspirational book will also provide the same benefits as listening to a podcast!

Do you have a morning routine? Tell me your favorite part of your morning routine in the comments below! 

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  1. All of these are so true. Ever since I’ve delved into the blogging profession, a solid morning routine really sets the tone for your whole day. And when you are working from home with small kids, it’s really important to start it off right.

  2. I just got an elliptical for my house so I’m super excited to get in my morning workout daily, right from the comfort of my own home. I really feel like it will be a solid start to each day 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  3. For someone who loves sleeping, getting up early is quite difficult. I had to do it in really small steps (like 5-10 mins early after a few days), but I have to admit that sometimes I fail and I lay in bed until noon. I hate to skip breakfast, but sometimes I feel my body needs more rest.

  4. This is so great! I used to workout in the morning, but got lazy and switched back to working out after work. I really want to change this.

  5. I’d love this routine and once my toddler decides to sleep then I’ll be on it. Especially love the idea of a podcast, love podcasts. Although I listen to crime ones, may need something a little more uplifting in the morning.

  6. Even though I’d love to workout in the morning, that would mean I need to wake up at 5 A.M. and that’s WAY too early for me.

    I do a few easy morning stretches to ease myself into the day, I always drink water (sometimes with a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to help my digestion) and on my way to work, I listen to a podcast!! I was doing the 5-minute journal every morning for a while but then I would end up sitting on the couch for WAY too long … oups.

  7. I definitely need a better morning routine, I tend to roll out of bed at the last possible moment. Even though I know I’d feel 1000 times better after some breakfast and exercise….

  8. These are some great tips, thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to get into a more consistent routine again. Just had a baby a month ago and my routine is whatever baby wants!

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