10 Reasons Why I Have a Morning Routine

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  1. I’m terrible at making good decisions. First thing in the morning brain power, while well rested, does not work well. I’m awful at making good decisions first thing in the morning. If left to my own devices, I would more than likely go back to sleep or sit on the couch reading a book rather than getting ready for work.
  2. Mornings set me up for success. Drinking enough water throughout the day is very important to me. My morning routine is set that I drink 10 ounces of room temperature water first thing in the morning.
  3. Consistency is gold. Deep down, we all crave consistency. Part of my self-care is to give my body and mind what it needs. Both need consistency.
  4. Priorities get accomplished. Not everything on my daily to-do list needs to happen before I leave for work. If I did all of my to-do list items before I went to work then I would either have to wake up two hours earlier or get to work two hours late. Neither is going to happen.
  5. My morning routine is wellness focused. Refer to #1 above. To focus on wellness for me that means that I need to start my day with a glass of water, stretch or practice yoga, make a homemade breakfast, shower, and ease into my day. Work gets complicated and messy. My mornings are slow paced in order to support my mental and physical health.
  6. Bragging rights. Why do other adults still seem to think that “being busy” wins them some kind of major award? Like “I’m so busy I can’t make breakfast” or living in chaos is an honor. Maybe you don’t have time to make a homemade breakfast each morning but you could certainly prep your breakfast the night before rather than picking up fast food on the way into work. Being busy for the sake of being busy is so 2010.
  7. Slow starts equal a more productive day. It’s true. I see my coworkers speeding into the parking lot on two wheels rather than four, they forget their computers at home, then need to go home, and they are more scatter brained than a toddler on a sugar rush. By starting with a slow morning routine, I arrive to work ready to focus rather than needed time to unwind, decompress, and get ready for the workday ahead.
  8. Consistency helps our furbaby. Pups, kids, and all adults crave consistency. Consistency doesn’t mean that you have to do the same thing every day at the same time. Some mornings I do a longer yoga practice while other mornings I do an at home strength workout. Our adorable furbaby knows our routines and he is ready for breakfast when it’s breakfast time. He knows the drill.
  9. I get to work on time. Yes, I actually make it to work on time even after I complete all of my items on my morning routine list. Why? Because I know the amount of time it takes each task. I’m well aware that we humans are terrible at estimating time so me getting to work on time didn’t happen the first morning that I started my morning routine. It has gotten better over time. I’m now to the point that I’m ready early so I steal something short from my after work to-do list some times.
  10. I love making lists. Obviously. My morning routine is now a mental list but I started with a hand written list to start. Actually, I started with a little habit tracker app on my phone and got a green check every day when I did each of the following. I hated to get a red x because I missed a day. Don’t break the chain!
    1. Bathroom
    2. Water
    3. Yoga/Strength Train
    4. Shower
    5. Breakfast
    6. Pack lunch
    7. Dry hair
    8. Get dressed
    9. Leave for work

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