10 Morning Routine Ideas for a Productive Day


A productive morning routine is a great way to start your day. Spending your first few waking hours on social media isn't the best idea. You waste so much time and you end up getting your day started much later than you planned to. It's crazy how quickly 5 minutes can turn into an hour when you're scrolling on social media. Start your morning reading your goals, refreshing your mind and boosting your energy levels to complete your tasks efficiently.

You don't need to do loads of things to ensure you have a beneficial morning routine. You're actually better off doing less than more, as long as it works for you that's what matters. In the past, my routine was way too long. I found myself doing things that weren't even a part of my morning routine. Self-discipline is key here, you need to remind yourself why you are doing it in the first place. Don't just make one for the sake of it just so you can tell everyone "I have a morning routine, I'm soooo amazing!". When in reality, it doesn't serve you in any way or you don't stick to it.

Why should you have a morning routine?

My reasons for creating a morning routine include:

  • It mentally prepares me for my day
  • It helps me to use my mornings efficiently
  • It allows me to focus better
  • It boosts my energy levels 

Here's how my morning starts off:

1) 6:00 - 6:15 - Meditation

2) 6:15 - 6:20 - Read my goals

3) 6:20 - 6:25 - Pray

4) 6:25 - 6:55 - Read a book or my bible 

5) 6:55 - 7:05 - Brain exercise

5) 7:15 - 7:45 - Exercise 

6) 7:45 - 8:15 - Shower

7) 8:15 - 8:40 - Breakfast (take probiotics and cod liver oil) - I usually read a news article or listen to a podcast then start my tasks for the day.

I have to sleep early the night before (I aim for around 10 pm) so I can complete my morning routine. It's become a habit for me and when I don't do it, my day doesn't feel the same and I'm not as focused. Don't feel bad if you feel like you waste your mornings. I never stuck to my routine initially, and it took me a really long time to develop it as a habit. Becoming good at anything takes practice. Be patient with yourself and remember it's never too late to start.

I'm really happy I'm getting much better at managing my time. I have my off days here and there, but I've come a very very long way. Having a routine in place will help you to manage your mornings better, so I strongly suggest you create one if you don't have one already! 

What should you add to your morning routine?

I wouldn't recommend adding every single suggestion mentioned below, but it's definitely worth adding or trying at least 3-4 tasks when you wake up. 

1) Meditation - 

I added meditation to my routine last year. Meditation is hard. If you're someone who tends to overthink or has a mind that doesn't seem to ever stop thinking, you'll find stillness extremely difficult to practice. This doesn't mean you can't become better at it. Most people think that meditation is about stopping yourself from thinking but this isn't true. It's all about being present, focusing on your breathing, becoming aware of your thoughts and letting them go. 

I don't think I was meditating right before which is why I never found it effective. I suggest trying the 4-7-8 breathing technique as it's a great way to practice meditation:

  • Breath in through your nose for 4 seconds (push your stomach out as you breathe in to increase your oxygen intake)
  • Hold your breath for 7 seconds
  • Breath out through your mouth for 8 seconds

2) Read a book

What do the richest and most successful people have in common? They all read. Reading is a true gateway to the unknown. You will always be a student in life because there is always be something to learn. There are too many incredible books out there that you need to get your hands on. Educating yourself in the morning allows you to spend time investing in yourself. Even if you don't have time for reading, you could try audiobooks to ensure you don't miss out on a good story.

3) Affirmations

Affirmations can help you manifest your desires and goals by calling everything you want into your life. Repeat affirmations daily to renew your mind and change any negative beliefs. Let's say you had a bad relationship with money because you always saw your parents stressing about money growing up. It would be useful to start saying positive affirmations about money to view it differently and to attract more into your life.

4) Exercise

A few months ago, I was exercising regularly but I stopped because the restricted diet I was on made me lose too much weight. Now that I've started to get back into exercising, I'm more consistent (I couldn't deal with the excuses I was making any more). Doing a form of exercise in the morning is an effective way to start your morning. It doesn't have to be intense, even a low impact workout can be impactful. Exercise wakes your body up by getting the blood flowing in your body and increases your energy level. The release of endorphins after exercising gives you a chance to get rid of those Monday blues!

5) Journalling

I don't journal as often as I should but whenever I do, it reminds me to journal more. Sometimes we have to be our own therapist. Journalling helps you to clear your mind and identify your current feelings. It also puts things into perspective by acknowledging any issues you may have and finding the solution. 

These are a few journal prompts to consider:
  • What does your dream life look like?
  • Who am I?
  • How am I feeling?
  • What am I grateful for?

You might find that dedicating at least once a week to journalling can be more effective than journaling daily. Find what works with you and make sure to stick to it. 

6) Quiet Time

Spending time with God is crucial if you want a relationship with him. I try to dedicate a few days in the week to praise and worship. Usually, I do this in the evenings but sometimes I do it in the morning too. Going back to God helps us to shift our focus onto him, we can't do this life thing alone. Every time I try to control every element of my life I always get overwhelmed.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

It's a relief to know God is with me wherever go, and I can always go to him when I'm in need. Getting in touch with your faith in the morning is a valuable use of your time. And I can ensure you, you'll feel really uplifted throughout the day.

7) Reading your goals

Remembering your why is the only thing that will help you to keep going when times are tough and in moments of procrastination. Reading your goals in the morning gives you a sense of re-alignment. You know what you're striving for and when you hope to achieve it. I read my monthly goals every day and my yearly goals occasionally. If you keep envisioning the end result, you will get there sooner than you think.

8) Brain Exercise

Need some morning stimulation? Daily brain exercises are perfect. My mind wanders too much and I always found it difficult to concentrate for long periods. This is why I started to meditate and complete daily brain exercises. Over time, it will improve my focus and my mind will wander less. Peak and Elevate are amazing apps to use for brain exercises (if only I found them earlier!). You can work on improving your memory, problem-solving skills and much more. Your brain is a muscle and it will only stay powerful if you train it. 

9) Eat A Nutritious Breakfast

They don't say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for no reason! A healthy breakfast gives you the energy your body needs, which is why you should avoid skipping it. When you're hungry you tend to be less focused and more distracted. You can avoid doing this by giving yourself enough time to eat something before you start your day.

My favourite breakfasts are:
  • Chia seed vanilla oatmeal with coconut yoghurt and berries.
  • Blueberry, flaxseed and coconut smoothie
  • Granola and yoghurt 

10) Write Down Three Things You Want to Accomplish 

If you want some structure to your life, schedule the night before. This is the most important thing for me to do if I want to have a productive day. You can review your schedule in the morning and identify three things you want to accomplish. This would give you a sense of direction because you know what you need to achieve to put you ahead.

A morning routine shouldn't be long-winded, it should be practical and effective. Habits are not formed overnight so you should give yourself some time to get used to it. It will only work when you make the effort to be consistent and reap the benefits. Following a daily morning routine will make you realise that your days are more effective. Try to attempt at least 3 of these ideas and I promise you, your life won't feel the same. As long as you develop a routine that gets you motivated, focused, and energised, you'll have a great morning routine in place. 



How To Deal With Suicidal Thoughts


TRIGGER WARNING: This post speaks about suicide, if you are suicidal and have recently self-harmed please call the Samaritans line: 116 123.


Most of the time, we don't talk about suicide. It takes the death of a celebrity, close friend or a relative to remember how important your mental health is. It's sad to think that someone believes the only way out is to take their own life. If we were more educated on why people even consider suicide as an option, maybe it would make a difference and save a life. Maybe we would be more compassionate and considerate of how they're feeling. We would check up on them more frequently and more importantly, we would remind them they are more loved than they think.

Why Do We Feel Suicidal?

Sometimes the pain is so unbearable that you can't see yourself getting any better. When you are faced with challenges, back to back, year after year it gets exhausting. You start to wonder...is there any point being alive? Should I keep going? Is it even worth it? Will it just get worse? Would it really matter if I was gone?  There have been times where l found myself asking God "why am I here?" in moments of pain. I just couldn't seem to wrap my head around why I was experiencing so many hardships. The truth is, no one really wants to die...we just want our lives to get better and the pain to subside. So how do we cope with such thoughts?

Dealing With Suicidal Thoughts

It's worth asking yourself, why do I feel suicidal? When you start to figure out the reasons for your thoughts, you can identify what else you can do to reduce the pain. Remember, DON'T act on how you feel. Seek professional help or call the suicide helpline if you plan to take your own life.

So how do we cope with such thoughts?

Talk to Someone

Opening up about our thoughts isn't easy, especially when it hurts someone else. Some of us are not comfortable with confiding in friends or family because we may be afraid of what they may say or fear they wouldn't understand. If you have a support system who genuinely care about your mental health reach out to them.

If you're having suicidal thoughts don't deal with them on your own. Speak to a therapist, a close friend or a family member that you can trust. We'll try to convince ourselves that no one cares but I promise you someone does. Let people help in any way they can.

Talk to God

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand." Philippians 4:6-7

There have been times in my life where I've been extremely distressed. I know if I didn't believe in God I wouldn't be here today, it's my faith that strengthens me to keep going. I try to remind myself that God's plan for me isn't to continually suffer. We will all see our breakthrough one day. There is something bigger in store, as long as you continue to persevere and trust in him you'll live to see it. Lift yourself up in prayer and read God's word. Never forget how much he loves you.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11.

Listen to an encouraging message every day

Consider listening to a podcast about depression and suicidal thoughts. Many people have been brave enough to share their story and encourage others to overcome their own battles too. This can give you a different perspective on what it's like to be on the other side. There are mental health podcasts and YouTube channels that promote positivity. I would suggest searching for affirmation videos or anything that can boost your mood throughout the day.

Spend Some Time Outdoors

Go for a walk and try to distract your thoughts. Get some fresh air, practice mindfulness and be in the present moment. Appreciate how nature looks or how warm the weather is. Finding joy in the little things can help to shift our focus so we can appreciate what's around us.

Do Things You Enjoy

This is a difficult task when you don't have the mental energy to do anything, but allowing suicidal thoughts to circle your head isn't ideal either. Try to force yourself to do something that usually brings you some sense of happiness or peace. Most of our pain comes from being too attached to our minds, so practice mindfulness as much as you can and keep yourself busy.

It's extremely hard to convince yourself you have something to live for when you're at your lowest. You have no hope, only despair and hopelessness. Just remember, life is full of endless possibilities. Your life could change at any moment, don't give up. When you feel suicidal, remember your life can transform and your suffering will end. Affirm this every day, even when you think otherwise.

I want to encourage anyone who can't seem to find a way out of the darkness to keep going. Life's hard but you learn how to manage it. You got through every single dark day you've experienced! How amazing is that? You can overcome your situation without ending your life. Don't pass your pain onto the people you love. You are not alone in your suffering and you have something to live for. Your story could save a life, so don't give up. You mean something. Don't leave before your time because your life is too precious to miss out on, even if you can't see it.


Suicide helplines:

The Samaritans

Tel: 116 123


Mind

MindInfoline: 0300 123 3393


CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Helpline: 0800 58 58 58


Papyrus

HOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141

papyrus-uk.org


ChildLine

Helpline: 0800 11 11
childline.org.uk


YoungMinds

Helpline: 0808 802 5544


The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994