How To Create a Morning Routine + Free Printables to Get You Started

July 16, 2017

How to Have a Morning Routine + Free Printable to Get You Started THE LAIN ARCHIVES

I was in denial for a long time about needing a morning routine. Then my life got kind of crazy. I'm not talking about overwhelm from working too many hours or just not being able to say "no" and overbooking myself. In case you don't know, here's a quick recap of our last year:

July of last year the most beautiful and sweet baby on the planet came into the world. It was seriously one of the best days of my life. The 6-weeks following were more than hard. We were both sleep deprived and I was starting to feel a little bit of that postpartum depression, although I quickly snapped out of that because, 

November of last year (on Black Friday) my husband was diagnosed with leukemia. Begin emotional roller coaster. 

The second week in the hospital we couldn't even see our baby or touch her other than looking through the waiting room door because she got a cold (que Texas "winter time") and she couldn't come on the floor other than the waiting room that was blocked off. I went out a few times after a few days and wore a mask and then went and showered with the hospitals sanitizing cleanser before I would go back in the room with Caleb. It was a ROUGH few weeks. 

On Christmas we got to go home. So, our first stay was exactly one month. Not as bad as we thought in the beginning, but they always tell you the worst to prepare you. 

It was the best/worst Christmas ever. It definitely wasn't that "First Christmas" that you picture for your baby. We dressed her up and hung her stocking in the room with us and all had breakfast together before they released him that afternoon. When we finally got home our family had decorated our house and put up a tree and everything. Our friend from church came over and sang carols and I basically bawled like a little baby the entire time. It was truly a blessing from the Lord. (pausing for a cry break because I can't see to type through my tears right now)

Sorry, anyway, fast forward a few months and a few more hospital stays and you'll see that my husband is [Praise the LORD] in remission. God seriously worked miracle after miracle in him. I am so thankful. This entire experience has birthed new thoughts and mindset in both of us. In different but also pretty similar ways. He's obsessed with eating healthy and it's truly making a difference. I am obsessed with clearing out the junk in our house, becoming a minimalist, getting my cleaning routine down pat, and living my life with the people I love, rather than spending my time and energy on cleaning up, and dealing with "stuff" in our house that we honestly don't need. 

I mean, if we can live in a hospital room for a month with nothing more than what we had, then I think it's safe to say I can do a declutter and check of things in our home that shouldn't be there or that just take up space and (my energy worrying about keeping it all together). I don't do that much anymore. 


So, what does all of this have to do with a morning routine? Well, I am also learning the discipline of routines and schedules. It's actually quite hard for me because I am a "go with the flow" type of person. But I have seen that with a baby and living the life we have lived the past year that on a schedule she thrives and off of it, let's just say we both drown. I am learning that if we are on a schedule, with a "go with the flow" attitude it makes life so much better and I can enjoy the time I am spending with my family instead of being a grouch or upset internally because there are 100 zillion things that need to be done that I don't have the time to get to. 

Can we have an honest moment really quick? How many mommas thrive without a schedule? Please tell me how you do it! I just can't deal without it and I'm so thankful for it now. 

I started Minimalist's Morning Routine Challenge this year as a way to help keep myself accountable to having a morning routine. I'd love for you to join in and I'd love to hear what yours looks like. You can join it here:

I also have a free printable that helps you define what your morning routine looks like. And I promise you they are all different and are tailored to you. 

Here are the simple steps to take to have a morning routine:

Create a Night Time Routine

  • I honestly learned this from Caleb. He used to make his oatmeal the night before and do the overnight oats. He also started washing bottles while I was putting Sparrow to bed. It literally made my day (that one and the next) when he washed them the night before. Then I took a class that taught you to create a night time routine and I'm all about that! If I'm being honest, I didn't finish the class because once I got the night time routine thing down the morning part was so much easier and that's why I took it. I was dying in the morning and fixing my night time routine helped tremendously. BUT I still recommend it. It's seriously less than $20 and I have heard raving reviews from other bloggers. Which is why I took it in the first place. Plus, my workbook, worksheet, and challenge might be helpful, but I have learned that it never hurts to continuously learn and be getting our mind wrapped around this stuff.
  • It makes your morning so much smoother. You can read more about it in the Workbook I created for you to overhaul your morning routine. It's free and I just know that you will take something away. Unless you're Super Mom and in that case I'm not sure why you're reading this and not teaching us all how you do it!

Decide on Your Morning Needs

  • Make a list of things you want to accomplish in the morning before starting your day and taking on the world. After you make it, if it's just too much for you, go back and highlight the essentials and the necessities. This is an important step! Don't skip it!

Decided on a Time Frame

  • Obviously you don't want to wake up at 3am everyday. Unless you have to and you go to bed rather early in order to get enough rest, then that's a different story. But for those of us with more normal hours, from what I have read, sometime between 5-7am are the perfect time for a morning routine.

Calculate How Long You Need

  • This should be a reflection of #3. Work with it and give yourself some time to figure this out.

Discipline Yourself

  • You have to do it daily! It's up to YOU to make some changes in your life. Don't underestimate yourself or talk yourself out of it. I literally had to pep talk myself and (without any exaggeration) roll myself out of bed regularly and then squat on the floor for a while until I could stand up and MAKE myself get going.

Give Yourself Grace

  • You're going to mess up. You're going to oversleep occasionally (unless you have a tiny child then you can't...sorry). You're going to have mornings that you just want to pull the covers over your face and quit. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE! Tomorrow is a new day. Don't let your setbacks from today control your tomorrow. Start over and get going!

Stick With It Until Your Body Clock Gets With It

  • It takes a while. Officially or scientifically or whatever they say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Well, 21 days seems like forever if you're just completely overwhelmed and this is a struggle for you. Don't worry. Eventually 21 or 31 or 41 days from now, your body clock will start to wake up more ready to go if you stick with it. I promise! You won't regret it AND it gets easier and easier. 
RANDOM TIP: I recently opened the curtains in our bedroom so that I would wake up with the sun. Sparrow will sleep a good 30mins to an hour after the sun comes up so, it's perfect for me. Do what you have to do because your body, brain, and everyone around you will be thankful you did it.

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