Productive Morning Routine: Powerful Questions You Need To Ask

A Productive morning routine can set you up for the rest of the day.  Before you launch right in, consider these five questions:

  1. What’s the tone you want to set for the day?
  2. What are the key elements of your day?
  3. How can you slow down?
  4. What do you need to prepare the night before?
  5. How long does your routine need?

The internet is awash with examples of good morning routines.  One trend I’ve seen is to get up at 4.00 a.m. to start your day.  Imagine what you could get done when every other sane person is asleep.  But, if you’re not a morning person, this will not work for you.

The only way to create your own productive morning routine is to take into account your personal needs, and that’s where the power of the five questions come in.

Before We Start, What’s Your Current Morning Like?

How do you start your day? Are you out the door, full of energy, ready to face the world? Or are you more likely than not scrambling at the last second, having skipped breakfast, and thankful to have gotten through what you consider the worst part of the day?’

If the second scenario sounds familiar, there is help. It’s time for a productive morning routine to come to the rescue, setting your day up for instant success from the moment you open your eyes. Sound hard? It isn’t, really.

What’s the Tone You Want to Set for the Day?

Every person needs their morning to suit them perfectly. What about you? Are you looking to start your day with a lot of energy, or are you hoping to feel more serene and at peace as you begin your day?

If you want more energy, you could start the day with a vigorous exercise routine.

Or, for a more peaceful start, how about starting off with a meditation session and perhaps some yoga.  Or how about a daily walk to benefit both your health and confidence

A productive morning routine has an intention to the day

Plan in advance how you want your day to look

For A Productive Morning Routine, Ask What are the Key Elements to Your Day?

Do you:

  • Work from home
  • Need to get children to school
  • Commute to work

Whatever your situation, think about the specific steps you need to have a productive morning routine.   I like to think of these as essential building blocks.

If no two days are the same, consider different routines for each day.  You could easily create the same morning structure, just adding or taking out elements that don’t fit on that day.

How Can You Slow Down?

Mornings can be manic. 

If you have a busy day ahead, the last thing you want to feel is rushed.  Include something to help you feel more centred and less stressed.

What about journaling or some deep breathing exercises at some point?

I journal every morning; it allows me to prepare for the day in a positive frame of mind.  Is there something that I’m not looking forward to?  If there is, I reframe it to make it more positive and exciting.  For more guidance, have a look at my article How To Turn Negative Thoughts Into Positive Thinking.

a productive morning routine starts the night before

Get your clothes out the night before and save time scrabbling around in the morning trying to decide what to wear

What Do You Need To Prepare the Night Before?

You’re going to be more likely to succeed with your productive morning routine if you have everything you need ready before you even wake up.

If exercise is something you want to include in your routine, but you struggle to make it a habit, why not put your exercise clothes out the night before.  Then, the first thing you see is a visual prompt of your first action.

At times in my career, I had to commute into London.  Because the train I got was super early, I found it easier to put my work clothes out the night before. Another benefit to this was that I didn’t have to decide when I was still half asleep in the morning.  Goodness knows what I would rock up in if I hadn’t planned it.

A colleague I worked with many years ago used to plan everything for the week on Sunday night.  One thing she did which really blew me away was how she would prepare what she was going to wear for the week.

Sunday night, she would choose the clothes and ensure that everything was ironed.  Then she would grab a hanger for each day.  The hanger would have

  • Underwear
  • Top
  • Bottom
  • Jacket
  • Accessories – jewellery, handbag
  • Shoes

I’m sure she even chose which lipstick she would wear each day and have that in order as well!

How’s that for being super organised.

Or how about:

  • Setting out your breakfast things
  • Writing your to-do list for the next day
  • Laying out your make-up on the dressing table, so everything is to hand
work backwards to ensure a productive morning routine

Design your perfect and productive morning routine - start with the end in mind

How Long Does Your Productive Morning Routine Need?

Once you’ve decided on what your productive morning routine looks like.  You should have a pretty good idea of how long everything in your morning routine requires to get you moving.

This may take a bit of trial and error.  But once you get into a routine, you can do it without thinking.  The best way to do this is to work backwards from the time that you need to leave the house – or if you’re working from home, the start time of your workday.

If need be, adjust your wake up time to reflect this.  You might also want to schedule a few extra minutes in case of disaster for when:

  • You spill coffee down yourself and need to change
  • Postman knocking on the door with a parcel you need to sign for
  • Hunting for the car keys because you put them down the night before without thinking

Your morning routine can be absolutely life-changing when you stick to it every day.

It’s such an easy thing to incorporate as well, as you’re probably already doing quite a few items on this list.

The key to a productive morning routine is to be intentional about it.  In this way, you can accomplish precisely what you want to. 

You’ll also enjoy other benefits:

  • Confidence in how you start your day
  • Limited decision making
  • Greater organisation

About the author Alison

A qualified UK based coach with 30 years of experience in personal development.

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