Do you ever wish your mornings ran smoothly… every day?
Sometimes, it feels impossible to get everything done and keep everyone happy every morning.
People are always asking me how I’m able to do everything I do – I work full time, run a business on the side, eat a vegan diet, stick to a budget, read, listen to podcasts, journal, maintain fulfilling relationships, and practice my faith.
I am not perfect, and I make mistakes often! But the way I manage to have the success I have is by living intentionally in the mornings and evenings.
The key is to understand that you do have a morning routine and you can shape it to get anything done you want.
What is a Morning Routine?
Your morning routine is what you do from the moment you wake up until the moment you start your work for the day (whether that’s inside or outside the home).
Examples of things you may do in your morning routine are: make your bed, drink coffee, work out, shower, pray, get your kids ready, or check your email or social media accounts.
Right now, you may or may not intentionally plan your morning routine, but one way or another you have one.
What is an Evening Routine?
Your evening routine is what you do in between your work and when you go to sleep. Your evening routine may include anything from cooking and eating dinner to reading a book or watching T.V.
It’s easy to let your evening routine just happen. But the more you plan your evening routine, the more you will be in control of your time (which is something you probably wish you had more of).
How to Create a Better Morning and Evening Routine
To get more time back and live intentionally (with meaning and purpose), you need to plan your morning and evening routines.
Here’s how you can plan your morning and evening routines.
1. Write down what your ideal morning and evening look like.
The first step to reworking your morning and evening routines is to know what your “ideal” looks like.
Ask yourself important questions, like whether you want to use this time for 1) personal growth and development, 2) cleaning and doing house work, 3) rest and relaxation, 4) health and wellness (or something else).
Think hard about what you want out of this time. Decide what habits you would like in place that would make you happy to have done them. It’s up to you what you want to use this time for in the morning and evening. The point is to be very intentional about it so the days don’t pass you by without you noticing. Also, make sure you actually write down these visions – it’s not enough to think about it alone.
I recommend using the following resources for this:
- Use a journal and planner from this list of 8 amazing journals and planners
- Read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (bestselling book)
- You also get a morning routine worksheet when you grab Dream Year, my goal-setting workbook
2. Evaluate what your mornings and evenings look like now.
Write down what you do during your morning and evening routines right now. List your activities hour by hour (or in even small increments like half hour by half hour). Do this for yourself and anyone else you help get ready in the morning (e.g.: kids).
Once you know what you’re up against, you’ll have an easier time changing your current routine to match what your ideal routine is.
3. Create an outline of what you want your mornings and evenings to be like in the future.
Write out an ideal schedule for yourself. Humans work really well on a scheduled routine, so make it easy for yourself and plan it out ahead of time. This won’t be realistic for you to do every day, but it will keep you on track most days. It will also keep you away from easy temptations and time sucks like TV and social media! 🙂
For example, it might look something like this:
- 5:30am: Wake Up
- 6:00am: Run
- 6:30am: Shower and get ready
- 7:30am: Coffee and breakfast
- 8:00am: Read and do misc work
- 8:45am: Leave for work
- 6:00pm: Get home, change, pack lunch for next day
- 7:00pm: Eat dinner
- 8:00pm: Clean and do house work
- 9:00pm: Journal
- 10:00pm: Bed
Decide on a plan that works for you. Everyone will have different wants and needs. The key is to plan ahead of time so you’re prepared and following a schedule.
You can use Dream Year to figure out exactly how you want to set goals for your own morning and evening routine if you don’t know how to set goals yet.
4. Implement your plan and monitor how it’s going.
Once you know where you are now and where you want to be in the future, the key to successful habits is implementation. You planned, you prepared, now it’s time to implement. I like starting cold turkey and just going for it. Otherwise, you will fall into the “trying trap” of saying you’ll “try to do this tomorrow”. There is no try, there is only do and do not. So, don’t try it. Just do it! Also, it’s really important that you evaluate how it’s going for you after some time. Is it meeting the expectations that you set for yourself? Are you happier, more fulfilled, and better off? If not, then adjust your plan.
When you create a plan for your morning and evening routines, you will accomplish more of your goals and live a life in line with what you want.
Why Planning Morning and Evening Routines is a Game Changer
If you want to change your life, start by changing your day. It’s the little habits repeated over time that will be the difference between failure and success.
Your morning and evening routines are perfect times for you to implement habits to promote your success.
For example, if you plan to read for 2 hours tomorrow night, you will be much more likely to do it if you plan it ahead of time. If you don’t plan it, you could easily get side tracked and end up watching two hours of T.V. instead.
No matter what stage in life you’re in, improving a small thing like your morning and evening routines can be enough to reenergize you and help you accomplish your goals. I know you can do it!! 🙂
A Final Note!
Creating a solid morning and evening routine can change the course of your life. You can become happier, less stressed, and live better.
You can take it a step further and use tools to help you accomplish this more successfully. I use The Five Minute Journal, the Productivity Planner, and Dream Year during my morning and evening routines to accomplish this, but there are tons of options out there. Another absolute fave of mine is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, where you can learn a specific strategy for how to create the perfect morning routine for you.
Whatever you do, do something! It’s worth it. 🙂
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