Getting Back Into Routine | Part 1: Morning Routine

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We’re baaaaack from our summer break & we know many of you are starting to gear up for new beginnings now that August is here! As many of us are starting to get back into routines, we thought we would share some of our daily or weekly rituals that help us get back into the swing of things after some time away!

I have not always been a morning person & as much as I wish I were, I’m still not one. While I absolutely love a quiet, early morning, it is always so hard to peel myself out of bed and get started for the day. I am a terrible sleeper -- it takes me forever to fall asleep and I wake up a lot throughout the night and so usually in the mornings, I’m clinging to those last few minutes of sleep with all that I have. It can be a bit of a problem when working from home because I can end up sleeping way too late and then I feel like I’m playing catch up throughout the day & rushing around trying to get everything done that I should have been doing hours ago.

Discipline & routines are not things that come naturally to me. While I have a few Type A tendencies here and there my overall personality is not Type A and I really struggle with sticking to things and following “rules” or routines that I set for myself. It’s something that I’ve been working on for awhile and will continue to work on. I have found that I have to have accountability surrounding routines & discipline & yes, throughout different seasons, I’ve even had people keep me accountable for waking up at a certain time so that I can stick to my morning routines.

For all of us, when we start our day off with a ritual, it is giving us a fresh start. There is so much research out there, done by people way smarter than me, that show the value of having rituals and what it does for us psychologically. In my own personal experience, I know that the days that I start my day with my morning ritual, I am so much more successful throughout the day and go into the day so much more confidently than the days where I’m rolling out of bed and just trying to make it through.

Here’s where I get stuck though… I come up with this great routine I want to follow, I stick with it for like a week and then I miss one day and it all unravels. I feel guilty for not continuing with it, beat myself up about it, and then just forget about it and go back to my old bad habits.

I feel like I can’t be alone in this.

So, here’s what I’ve started to do (and I encourage you to do it as well)...

I’ve come up with the 5 things I would like to complete in an ideal morning, understanding that this is real life and not every morning is ideal. I will strive to knock out all 5 as often as possible but will be content with even just knocking off 1 when it’s been a rough start to the day. I will give myself grace and not hold myself to an impossible standard of perfection.

Here are the 5 aspects of my morning ritual:

  1. Make my bed

  2. Quiet time

  3. Start a load of laundry

  4. Take Remy for a walk down the street

  5. Change out of PJs & wash my face

Here’s why I’m choosing those 5 things:

Make my bed. I don’t know what it is, but there is just something to be said for how a made-up bed makes you feel. It makes me feel like at least one portion of my life is under control. Plus, it makes getting into bed at night so much better because our sheets aren’t all twisted up.

Quiet time. This is the most important aspect of my morning ritual because I constantly need to be reorienting my heart and mind around the Word. My quiet times look different at different times depending on what I’m studying, but it always includes prayer & time spent reading the actual Bible. Devotionals and books are wonderful supplements and I use them often, but they are not to be used in place of reading the Word of God.

Start a load of laundry. I honestly feel like my house was cleaner & more well-managed when I did not work from home every single day. I would go to work and work while I was at work & then come home and do stuff around the house while I was at home. Working from home has created this weird situation where I am constantly interrupting work to clean something up or am cleaning and then get distracted by an email or a client need. It’s honestly something that I’m still figuring out how to manage well. For me, by being able to start a load of laundry in the morning before I start working, switching it over during a quick break, and then be able to fold it during my lunch break would be a great way to incorporate a household chore into my daily rhythm without interrupting something else. And, let’s face it… there’s always laundry to do.

Take Remy for a walk down the street. This will give me the opportunity to get out of the house, in the fresh air, and moving first thing in the morning. Sometimes it may be a longer walk, but even just getting outside (without my phone) for 5 minutes to clear my head and take some deep breaths is such a beneficial way to start my day.

Change out of my PJs & wash my face. I work from home and one of the luxuries that comes with that is that I don’t have to wear real clothes. It really is amazing. However, that often means that when Trey comes home in the evening, I am still wearing my PJs and sometimes still haven’t even put on a bra. It’s an unrealistic expectation that I’m going to put on “real clothes”, do my hair, and put on a full face of make-up every single day -- it’s just not going to happen. However, if I can at least change out of my PJs, wash my face, and get myself “ready” for the day I tend to have a much more productive day.

There you have it. Those are the five things that I am incorporating into my morning ritual. I am going to strive to do all 5 as often as possible & am going to give myself grace on the mornings that I only knock off one.

What are your 5 things you are going to incorporate into your morning routine? Share in the comments below or on our most recent Instagram post!

XO,

Ashley