Mastering Your Morning Routine

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Does your morning routine feel like a waking nightmare? Are you constantly worrying that you’ll be late for work? Does every morning feel different from the one before — each one unpredictable and hectic? If so, you might benefit from these tips. Here’s how to master your morning routine.

morning coffee and reflection

Start at the same time every day

It’s called a morning “routine” for a reason, folks. You’ll have a better time in the morning if you stick to a regular schedule. That means getting up at the same time every day, which is good for your sleep patterns (you should go to sleep at the same time every day, too, but we’ll get to that in a moment).

You may also find that it helps to do things in the same order and at roughly the same time every day. You want your morning routine to be second nature — a habit.

Start early, and really get up

As for what time you should wake up, here’s a suggestion: Always give yourself more time than you think you need. A little extra wake-up time can be a welcome thing. If you’re having trouble actually getting up when your alarm goes off, try a wake-up light or a different method for waking up.

You actually have to stand up when you wake up, by the way. If you lie awake in bed, you can bet that you’ll soon be fast asleep again. Get up, drink a glass of water, and stretch. You’ll get your metabolism going and start feeling ready for the day.

Make your coffee at home

Coffee is a must-have for many of us in the morning. But all of those coffees that you buy at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts can really add up. You can save a lot of money (and a little bit of time, too) by simply making your coffee at home.

Buy yourself a decent coffee machine or French press, then grab yourself some coffee — or simply sign up for a convenient coffee subscription. Thanks to the growing subscription box trend, it has never been easier to ensure that you always have fresh and delicious coffee on hand every morning.

You may also want to play around with timers and settings that will make your coffee automatically, right when you wake up.

What you do the night before matters

If you’re “not a morning person,” the fault might not lie with how you handle your mornings. Instead, the problem could be how you spend your nights. The amount and quality of sleep that we get can make a huge difference in how well our morning routines go (and how easy we find it to stick to them).

For optimal sleep, rest in a cool, dark place in silence or with a white noise machine. Avoid coffee and booze before bed — a little social drinking can be a wonderful thing, explain the experts at a liquor store, but you won’t get the high-quality REM sleep that you need if you head to bed drunk.

Go to sleep at the same time every day, and try to wake up at the same time, too. You need a sleep “cycle,” and you need to respect your circadian rhythms — the natural bodily sleep cycle that we evolved to live in this world of 24-hour days/night cycles. Don’t fight nature — you need your sleep!

If you can play nice with your circadian rhythms, you’ll wake up refreshed and ready to start your day with your perfect morning routine.

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  1. Emma says

    I’m trying to become a morning person, but it’s difficult! I find that winding down early instead of watching TV right until bedtime really makes a difference in how fast I fall asleep, which really helps. I will have to try these other tips! Thanks!

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