7 Tips for a Smooth Organized Morning Routine

Written by Samantha Pointer

On April 8, 2013

Organized Morning Routine

Would you like to feel more in control of your day? Developing a morning routine that will boost your productivity can help you stay on top of your commitments all day. Many people benefit from rising early and following a set routine every morning. This may be hard for some, but it might be just what you need to feel more in control of your daily life.

Use these tips when developing a morning routine for yourself:

  1. Avoid making too drastic of a change. Begin the process slowly. Start by waking up just 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. Allow yourself to get used to this over a few days to a week. After that increase the time by 15 to 30 minutes until you are finally at your target wake-up time.
  2. Allow yourself to go to sleep earlier. Staying up too late when you’re trying to get up earlier will have negative consequences. Believe me I know. I’m a night owl and have to make myself go to bed every night. I actually have an alarm on my phone that tells me it’s time to go to bed  which is helpful when you are working on something and lose track of time.
  3. Keep your alarm clock away from your bed. If you keep your alarm clock close to your bed, you’ll hit the snooze button and destroy your chances of getting used to a new morning routine. Keep your alarm clock far enough away from your bed so that you have to  get out of bed to cut it off. And when you do that make sure you don’t  climb back under the covers.
  4. Leave the bedroom as soon as your alarm wakes you. Avoid rationalizing going back to bed. I have to say that when I don’t just go ahead and make the bed and leave out I am more tempted to get back in the bed and put off getting up. If you work from home this can be really unproductive. Make yourself leave the room. Once you are out of the room and have started getting ready for work you are less likely to go back and lay down.
  5. Have your routine mapped out ahead of time. Plan something important to do first thing in the morning. If you have a specific task to do early in the morning, then this will motivate you to wake up and get going.
  6. Follow the same morning routine daily. If you practice the same basic steps every day, you’ll form a habit that will become second nature and make your morning easier.
  7. Take advantage of your extra time. Don’t wake up earlier than usual just so you can lounge around. Avoid wasting this extra time that you’ve created in your schedule. Use it to get a jump on your day, doing tasks that are best done in the early morning, such as reading, writing, and planning for the day.
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Ultimately, it is up to you to decide the best choice for you when developing an early morning routine. These 7 tips  should help you make the right decisions and form a strong foundation for your new morning routine. When you set up a good morning routine, it will drive your productivity throughout the day.
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