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We’re at that time of the year where things are ramping up with the holidays and before we know it, we’ll be in 2021!  

It’s so easy to wait until the new year to start reflecting on what you want to do differently. Which is why I want to really encourage you to get in that reflection mode early so that you’re not just focused on starting the new year strong, you’re finishing out the year mindfully.

One of the ways to get into that reset mode is by creating routines that will bring you closer to living your best life. Having a morning routine may not seem like a big deal when it comes to resetting your life. But starting your day with purpose is a small yet significant way you can set yourself up for success long-term. 

Why do you need a morning routine?

I’m all about having routines in as many areas of your life as possible. Routines keep us grounded and focused no matter where we are or what’s happening in our lives. Having a morning routine is one of the easiest ways to bolster productivity in your day. It saves you loads of time, too. With a plan already in place, one that brings you energy and joy, it’s one less thing you have to decide on first thing in the morning. We have enough decisions to make in a day, deciding how to start off the day shouldn’t be one of them. This kind of focus in the morning helps you stick to the important things – like what needs to get done and how you’re going to accomplish it. 

But Tasha, I’m NOT a morning person

And you don’t have to be! You can have an effective morning routine no matter what time “morning” is for you. It’s not about when you start the day, but how. So even if you’re someone who gets the most done at night, you want to build habits that help you get the most out of that productive space later in your day. And that starts with how you show up for yourself first thing.

Does your current morning routine need improvement?

Quarantine life was a major disruption to the motivation I usually have in keeping with my routines and rhythms. My energy and overall productivity from day-to-day really took a hit. I had to re-evaluate how my days would start given our new normal. 

Maybe you have a morning routine that started as a result of covid life that feels more like a chore to complete than an intentional practice. Some things to ask yourself if you’re not sure whether your current routine is working for you:

  • Is there an order to how I do things, or is it constant chaos as soon as I roll out of bed? 
  • Do I feel motivated before starting on the day's agenda (whether that’s work, personal projects, caring for littles)?
  • Have I showed up for myself in any way – big or small – so I can give graciously to others today? 

Ask yourself these questions frequently. If the answer is unclear, consider what needs a reset. What needs to be moved around at the start of your day to make it successful? 

Steps for creating your perfect morning routine

Building a new routine takes focus. It also takes intentionality. There are thousands of examples out there of what you “should” do at the start of your day. But if running 3 miles or meditating for 30 minutes aren’t your thing, no need to force them to be. This is your time, no one else’s. 

  1. Evaluate your current morning routine. Ask those questions from above to get a good sense of what needs to change in your morning. 
  2. Start with your ideal week. What do you want your week to look like? What does your week need to look like in order for you to accomplish your goals?
  3. Set your intention for your morning routine. What purpose is this time in the morning serving? What do you want your routine to help you accomplish? Having your why front and center as a reminder will make it more likely that you will stick with it and see the results over time. 
  4. Decide how much time you want to spend on your routine. This will tell you when you need to wake up to make it happen. 
  5. Make a list. Write down all the things you’d like to test out in your morning routine. See what other people are doing and test them out over time until you find a routine that’s uniquely yours. 
  6. Add your routine to the calendar. It takes time for routine to be so solidified in your daily rhythm that you no longer need the reminder. At first, having your morning routine plugged into your calendar will keep you focused on that bigger why behind your actions. 

2020 may not have been the year you thought it would be. Keep in mind that covid life is not going anywhere soon. Focus on what you can do, no matter how small, to work on living your best life even when (global) curveballs are thrown your way. 

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