Alright, let’s cut through the noise and get real about morning routines. I’m not here to tell you to sleep in your workout clothes or to follow someone else’s checklist.

Your morning routine should be uniquely yours, tailored to feed your mind, body, and soul.

It’s about setting yourself up for success, not conforming to someone else’s idea of what a perfect morning looks like.

The purpose as a wife, mom, and entrepreneur is to do the things most important to you before your day comes at you. That way, you can face the day with a sense of peace (and accomplishment!). Even if nothing else goes right, you filled your cup.

So, let’s break it down:

1. Define Your Own Routine: Start by identifying what activities truly nourish you. Whether it’s journaling, exercising, meditating, or simply savoring a cup of coffee, make a list of what resonates with you. This is your personal blueprint for a fulfilling morning. (My current morning routine appears at the end of this blog post for those who are curious.)

2. Establish a Keystone Habit: Find that one small action that kickstarts your morning on the right foot. It could be something as simple as pouring a cup of coffee or taking a few moments to breathe in fresh air. This tiny ritual sets the tone for the rest of your day.

3. Prioritize Your Time: In a world obsessed with productivity hacks and time management techniques, it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of scheduling every minute of your morning routine. Instead, focus on the one thing you’ll do, even if you only have a spare ten minutes. For some, it might be reading a book or practicing gratitude. The key is consistency, not perfection. View your morning routine as a larger chunk of time (that can be shorter if you oversleep!) and then do various activities of varying lengths inside this block of time. There is NO need to get it down to the minute. That is a recipe for frustration and stress.

4. Embrace Flexibility: Your morning routine shouldn’t feel like a rigid checklist. Allow yourself the freedom to adapt based on the time you have available. If you have three hours, you’re able to take extra time as you go through your morning routine activities. If you’re pressed for time, prioritize what matters most (for me, that’s reading my Bible). Remember, the goal is to cultivate a sense of intention and fulfillment, not stress. If you find yourself panicking or breaking into a sweat during your morning routine, you’re doing it wrong.

5. Ditch the All-or-Nothing Mentality: Life happens, and sometimes mornings don’t go as planned. Instead of beating yourself up for missing a step, celebrate the small moments you were able to take for yourself. And remember that not every day is perfect. Heck, I don’t even have one day out of seven that is the exact way I thought it would go. Even if you only have time for your keystone habit, take a beat and high five yourself for showing up. Consistency trumps perfection every time.

6. Prioritize Self-Care: Above all, your morning routine should be a time for self-care and nurturing. Don’t sacrifice your well-being in pursuit of an idealized routine. (Instagram has a funny way of making us feel like we don’t measure up when we look at other people’s routines, doesn’t it?) Focus on doing the few things that matter most to you. I tell my coaching clients, it’s about coming at your day instead of your day coming at you. True peace is found when, as we begin the regular routine of our day, we can take a deep breath and feel SO good we already did what was MOST important to us!

7. Establish a Sleep Schedule: Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of a consistent sleep schedule. Going to bed at the same time every night can help regulate your body clock and prevent oversleeping. Prioritize quality sleep as the foundation of a successful morning routine. It took me a long time to get this but then I listened to a podcast about how crucial it is to go to bed within 15-20 minutes of a set time every day. Yes, even on the weekends! As I get older and start to battle insomnia, this has been a key piece in not only having more energy during the day but actually being able to wake up before my alarm!

Crafting a morning routine you LOVE is about embracing simplicity, intention, and self-care.

It’s not about adhering to someone else’s standards or cramming every minute with activities. By defining your own routine, prioritizing what matters most, and embracing flexibility, you can start your day on your own terms.

I want you to have intentionality with your mornings, and start each day with purpose and joy. Whether you have 5 minutes for 3 hours, it’s about doing what works for you during the season of life you’re in right now.

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Disclaimer: While Kelly is a certified business coach this post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as financial advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace legal or financial advice. Always check with your own legal or financial team before trying or implementing any information read here.  As an Amazon Associate Kelly also earns from qualifying purchases.