How to Create a Morning Routine That Keeps Organized, Happy, and Productive
Moving tends to throw things off. You’re in a new space, you’re trying to get acclimated to your new surroundings, you’re to do list grows exponentially, and things can seem a bit “off.” That’s exactly what happened to me when we moved to Raleigh, North Carolina from Washington, DC. My fiance moved 6 months ahead of me and we decided we’d get a 2 bedroom apartment on a short term lease because we knew a month or so before I moved to Raleigh, we’d begin looking for a house.
Our hope was that by the time I was ready to move in May, we would have found a house, but that didn’t happen. We did stick close to our timeframe, finding a house 3 weeks after I moved. That meant we had to buy a storage unit and there would be boxes everywhere. From the time I moved to Raleigh to the time we moved into our new home was a short 3 ½ months. During this time, I got to know the area, unpacked, took care of the many tasks involved in purchasing a home, and was on the hunt for a new job.
Each day I would say to my fiance that something wasn’t right, something felt “off,” and I could never put my finger on it. I felt restless, not at ease, and just anxious, which is not like me at all! It wasn’t until after we’d been in our new house for 2 months of feeling this way that I discovered the problem. One morning I woke up and said, “I have no focus, no routine. I’m just going as things happens during the day.” This is the complete opposite of who I am and I realized in the process of moving, I’d ditched my morning routine.
When I lived in DC, I had a morning routine and not until I’d stopped that routine all of these months, did I realize I’d stopped! Ditching my morning, although unintentional made such a big difference in how my days started and ended.
Today I’m going to share with you how to create your morning routine so you stay focused and organized throughout the day.
#1: Set your intention for the day
In the morning when I open my eyes and can get focused, I set an intention for the day. I’ve learned that how your day turns out is 85% mindset. Before my feet hit the floor I say, “Thank you Lord for another wonderful and perfect day.” Before I begin my my day, I’m already setting my mind that it’s going to be a really, really good day!
Without my routine, I was waking up, grabbing my phone before my eyes were even focused and reacting to what was on the phone before my eyes were barely open! Definitely not the way to start your day!
#2: Create a special place
Organize and create a space where you can take a few moments each morning to “get yourself together” and gather your thoughts. Meditate, read, or whatever you need to do to create a space where you can relax. During this time, allow no interruptions. If you have little ones, I know this can be difficult so as few interruptions as possible.
My special place is in my office; it’s full of bright, vibrant colors. I created a “lounge” area as I like to call it and painted a checked (checkered) wall full of vibrant colors, added 2 oversized comfy chairs, and a table with my Bible, pens and pencils, and grateful jar. It’s in this space that I read, write in my journal, or just relax, and listen to soft, soothing music.
Not sure how to create and organize your own special place? Here are a few tips:
- Find a place in or around your home where you feel comfortable. I say in or around because my special place changes when the weather is warmer. Luckily since I’m in the South, that won’t be too much longer and I’ll be out on out our covered porch!
- As much as possible find dedicated space. I don’t know about you, but there are a couple of areas in my home that are used for multiple purposes. The area for your special place should be just for that – your special place.
- How do you relax? What relaxes you? If it’s reading, make sure to keep books around this area. If it’s writing, have a plentiful supply of notebooks, pens, and pencils so you never have to break out of that area during your dedicated time because you ran out of supplies. If it’s yoga, make sure your mat is close by. I’m sure you get the idea, whatever supplies you need to help you relax, make sure they’re close by!
- Keep a clutter free zone. This area should be clear of all clutter. an
#3: Plan out your day
One of the best ways to make sure you have a productive day and don’t feel as if you’re running around like a chicken with your head cut off is to plan your day. Yes, your plans can change, but it’s better to have an idea of what will happen for the day than to look up at the end of the day while you’re fixing dinner and say, “What on earth did I do today?” Y’all that was happening to me all of the time because I had nothing planned! I went as I thought about things and that just. Doesn’t. Work.
You probably have just as much going on in the day, but everything isn’t important so you have to prioritize. I use a daily planner to help me prioritize and organize all I need to do. You can download this daily planner to help keep your days productive and learn other ways to keep your day productive!
Having the day you want to have starts with organization and planning. Having a morning routine of setting my intentions for the day, having my special place to collect my thoughts, and planning out my day has made such a big difference, not only in my productivity, but getting rid of that “off,” things are crazy feeling. That my friends is priceless!
Do you have a morning routine? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!