My 3 Step Morning Routine

Ah, the morning routine! It’s something I’ve struggled with for years. I couldn’t ever seem to get in the hang of doing all the tasks and steps on my perfectly crafted list of morning routine activities. I’d get frustrated if I didn’t start on time. Something would come up and throw me off and the whole process would be on again off again. So frustrating and getting me nowhere. It doesn’t take too many failures before you get deflated and soured on your goals. After reading tons of posts about morning routines, I gave up because I just couldn’t make it happen.

Last month, I learned to not try and do everything at once aaand to focus on the ritual and not the routine (in all transparency, I would have named this post MY 3-STEP MORNING RITUAL but I’m playing the SEO game here and routine is used way more often). And at some point, it clicked!

The Solution

I do want to do things like wake up about 2 hours earlier, workout before breakfast, do my hair & makeup and get in the Word for about an hour before I start working. BUT! Those are all habits that have to be built. Little by little. Over time. It never works when I try to do build multiple habits at once. So I decided to start small with my morning routine and settled on a small 3-stepper that has become a ritual for me. It doesn’t matter what time I wake up, what’s on my agenda for the day or how much of a hurry I’m in, I can get all 3 of these things done and get my day going!

This simple routine has had a snowball effect I wasn’t expecting. I’ve been way more productive lately and it feels amazing! I’m planning to add other things to my morning but for now, there 3 little steps have been a great start!

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Drink water

I always wake up pretty thirsty so I keep a water bottle on my bedside table so I can hydrate first thing. It helps to wake me up and get moving, especially on mornings when all I want to do is crawl back into bed. If you’re a coffee drinker, I definitely recommend starting with water first, before that cuppa joe.

Air out bedsheets

A long time ago, I read that you should let your sheets air out before making the bed. It sounded like a great idea so I started doing it. When I get up, I immediately turn down the covers so my sheets can air out while I get ready. I’ll usually make the bed after I get dressed or eat breakfast. Not gonna lie, sometimes I forget until the afternoon but at least my sheets are aired out!

If the weather permits, I’ll also open my bedroom windows to let fresh air in. This is my FAVORITE part of the morning – fresh morning air!

Turn on instrumental music

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts and music I sing along to. And while all of that is fine, I’ve decided that I need to start my morning with my own thoughts and feelings and prayers. So I listen to instrumental music. Usually classical because some instrumental music has lyrics I know and I end up singing them in my head! Classical music is a great way to set the mood for the day. It can be calm or cheery or dramatic – whatever you need or want! I also hold to the notion that it’s good for your brain so that’s an added benefit!

And that’s it!

It’s a simple 1-2-3. From here I may go straight to my Bible reading or I may jump in the shower first. It varies from here depending on what I have on the schedule. But this simple ritual wakes my brain up and tells me that it’s time to get the day started. Afterwards, I can change anything else up as needed but for the most part, this can remain the same no matter what my day looks like. This constant ritual gives me an easy win that tells my brain that I can push myself to get other stuff done too! It helps me build structure into my days that don’t all look alike and it’s helping me build other small rituals to add more structure and consistency.

What do you do in the morning to set you up for success? I’d love to know!

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