Finding a Healthy & Productive Morning Routine

We’ve all been there – maybe you hit snooze one too many times, or you got caught up scrolling through Facebook, and then you have to rush to get to work or class on time. It’s always stressful, and more often than not it leads to forgetting something important that leads to even more stress later in the day. It can seem like the only thing you can do to solve this is to just get up earlier, but if you’re not a morning person that can seem impossible.


While setting your alarm a little earlier to give yourself more time in the morning can be a great option, a good routine can help get your morning in order without waking up earlier. Creating a morning routine that works for you may take some trial and error, but here are a few things to think about when you’re getting started:


  1. Pick a time that works for you. Yes, multiple studies have shown that people who wake up earlier tend to be more productive. But if you’re the opposite of a morning person, getting up earlier may not help you all that much. Instead, find at time that works for you, while still giving you enough time to get ready for the day.
  2. Make decisions the night before. A productive morning can actually start as early as the night before. Whether you lay out your entire outfit before bed, pack your lunch or work bag, or even write out your task list ahead of time, doing so means fewer decisions to make in the morning and more time to spend on other things.
  3. Start with what absolutely needs to be done. Breakfast is a good beginning, and making any decisions like what to wear and what you need to bring to work or class (if you didn’t do it ahead of time). We’ve all got a lot of things that should get done each day, but focus first on the things that need to get done.
  4. Count backwards from when you leave. If you’re really not sure how long to give yourself in the morning or how late you can sleep, start from when you leave the house and work backwards, adding in time for all the things you need to get done.
  5. Set your phone down. Spending too much time scrolling through social media is the downfall of a good morning routine. While it’s important to keep up with friends and family and to know what’s going on in the world, your phone might be more distracting than helpful. Don’t hesitate to put it away while you get ready in order to keep yourself on track.
  6. Stick with it. Starting any habit can be hard, and new morning routine is no different. Whether or not you’re getting up earlier, making changes to how you do things when you first get up can take some time to get used to. Don’t be afraid to change things around if one routine isn’t working or if you find yourself struggling to get everything done.


A good routine can help turn your mornings from rushed and stressful to more relaxed and productive, even if you cringe at the idea of waking up even earlier. It can set the tone for your day, helping you start your day feeling more positive and more productive!

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