Establishing a morning routine will ensure that you start your day proactively. Your morning routine will enable you to plan and address all of the tasks necessary to start your day positively and productively, with your goals and your ideal self in mind. Your morning routine needs to be your own, based upon the steps you find important. It can be beneficial to read about the routines of others, like in the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey, but trying to replicate a successful or famous person’s schedule will most likely result in frustration and discontinuing that routine at some point. If you don’t like drinking coffee in the morning, it doesn’t matter how many other successful people drink coffee. 

The process of developing a morning routine should start with you deciding the tasks, or steps, that you want to include. Create a list of anything and everything you can think of. Everything from using the restroom, to making tea or coffee, to reading your goals should be included. Some examples and explanations are included below. Once you have created your list, you should allocate an amount of time for each step, rounding to the nearest five minutes. For example, making coffee might take ten minutes from the time you walk into the kitchen to start the process to the time you walk out of the kitchen with coffee in hand. It’s possible you are able to do a few other things while the coffee is being made, but you need to allocate the appropriate amount of time to each step. 

Once you have created your list of tasks and allocated the amount of time for each, you can now determine how long your entire morning routine will take. Generally, your morning routine will probably be in the 30-60 minute time range. If you spend less than that, you may be rushing through your morning and overlooking important steps. Spending much more than that may be unnecessary, or the tasks of your “morning routine” are starting to blend with those of normal daily life. After determining how long your morning routine will take, you can subtract that time from the time that you have to start focusing on family, work, or other tasks of daily life. That is the time that you should strive to wake-up every day. 

For example, if you have decided that your morning routine will take 45 minutes, and you have to “start” your day at 7:30, you should be awake and starting your morning routine by 6:45. Again, this entire process should be unique to you, your goals, and your needs. Just because some successful person wakes up at 4:30 am, doesn’t mean you should wake up at the same time. However, be aware of limiting beliefs that are preventing you from implementing the optimal morning routine for you. Thinking “I am not a morning person” or “I need my sleep” or any other self-talk or limiting belief are preventing you from acting in a way that is congruent with your goals and your ideal self. Instead of allowing those beliefs that prevent you from acting, ask yourself why you have those beliefs, whether they are objectively accurate, and what you can do to change those beliefs.