A morning routine will set you up for the day and help you leave home with what you need. A morning routine focuses on your needs and your tasks. As it is personal to you there is no one size fits all when it comes to your morning routine. Your morning routine is unique to you.

How do you set up a morning routine?

Here are a few questions to ask when setting up a morning routine.

  • What do I need to do to get out the door?

Write a list of the tasks you want to do. Start with the simple tasks like brushing your teeth, having a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast and having a cuppa. There might be other tasks you like to do before you leave home like exercise, meditate, pack a lunch for the day, check email, do a load of washing, start your evening meal preparation.  

  • Can I do some of these “need to do” tasks the night before?

Yes, a morning routine can start the night before. Starting your preparations earlier can relieve pressure from your morning routine. These tasks might be having a shower, making lunch, starting food preparation for the next evening meal, checking emails or even doing a load of washing.

  • How much time do I need for my morning routine?

Some people need very little time to go from sleeping to leaving the house. Others will require more time. Deciding how much time you have allows you to work out what tasks can fit the time. Allowing the right amount of time to suit your needs will help greatly to remove unnecessary pressure and stress. It also gives you a realistic time to get out of bed.

Some morning routine hacks.

Use your appliance timers to give you as much rest as possible. Some washing machines have a program feature that allows you to run load in the middle of the night when you are asleep.

It’s ok to have different morning routines for different days of the week. Some mornings you may sleep a little longer and have a short routine while other mornings you may exercise and have a leisurely breakfast.

Put yourself first. Putting your needs first is taking care of you. When you take care of you, you can then care and support others.  

Routines are great for our mental health. You can read more about routines and why they are important here.