How Having a Morning Routine Impacts Your Day


By Staff Writer Published on February 8, 2018

It seems like the world is moving faster all the time. It also seems like there is more to do during the day than there was the day before. Fitting it all in can be difficult and stressful. So when someone tells us that we ought to set aside time for a morning routine, the first thing that comes to mind, of course, is “Who has the time for that?” The fact of the matter is that the people who are the busiest are exactly the people who need a morning routine.

The first thing you need to do when establishing a morning routine is to list the things that you would like to accomplish that you just can’t seem to find the time to do. Do you have a creative hobby that you want to pursue? Do you wish you had more time to read? How about exercise?  These are important things that we all need to do to stay healthy and happy. Making time for these things will give us the energy and drive we need to accomplish other tasks throughout the day.

Once you list out some of your morning routine priorities, make a plan, ease into it, then stick with it. Check out this article by Cathryn Lavery for some specific ideas for creating your own routine. For added motivation, here are some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy when you consistently set aside time for yourself to start your day.

Reduce stress

When you feel like you just can’t quite get it all done, you also can’t get away from the stress. There’s a great deal of uncertainty and lack of control that comes from a hectic schedule. Taking time in the morning to read, meditate, exercise, or plan out the day will give you the peace of mind—as well as the energy—you need to take on the day and show it who’s boss.

Gain time

This might sound like a contradiction, but it’s true. When you take time, you make time. A major benefit of a morning routine is that you gain time for the things you need to do. Part of your morning routine should involve planning your day. Once you clear your head with a calm hour to yourself, you can plan your day. This will help you organize and get things done more efficiently.

Close the cracks

Things will stop falling through the cracks when you have a morning routine. When you have a clear head, you can list what you have to do and then be sure you get it done throughout the day. Honestly, you will be shocked by how much less you forget when you have a consistent morning routine.

Remember yourself

Your morning routine helps you get things done. But it’s about more than that. It’s about you. Taking time to drink water in the morning has proven health benefits. Taking time to meditate reduces stress. Exercising is the obvious thing we all need to do more. Reading sharpens your mind, gets your creative juices flowing, and gives you ideas while calming you for the day. In sum, your morning routine makes you healthier, which will help make you happier and more productive.

Accomplish major life goals

A consistent morning routine will get you organized to finally take on the big goals you have always had in mind. If one of those nagging priorities that you have always wanted to take care of is getting your degree, take a look at these options. When you have your day in order, so much more can happen.

To get your morning routine rolling, you need to get your nighttime routine in order. You don’t want to sacrifice sleep to get up early, so you need to get to bed. A lot of our evening activities involve sitting around and recovering from our day. Instead of staring at a screen for another hour, get to bed and use that hour more productively in the morning. You will get your day started right and feel healthier.

With more energy and clarity, you will get more done during the day. And once the day is over, you won’t have that nagging feeling that you should be getting more done. You won’t feel like you need to read more or exercise more. You will be doing all of that already. And when you start the day taking care of yourself, you will automatically have your priorities in order.