Recently, I listened to a one-hour podcast by College Info Geek on Morning Routines, and it really inspired me to do some more research on morning rituals and set up my own routine.
In this post, I am going to cover:
- The importance of morning routines
- Things you can add to your routine
- My perfect morning routine
- Some tips for keeping a good morning routine
- A few sharings from other students on their own morning routine
Why Should You Have a Good Morning Routine?
It sets your mind and may give you some great inspiration.
Morning routines are a great way to start your day because it refreshes your mind. I always hold the belief that you shouldn’t let a bad day extends to the next day. A morning almost feels like a ‘reset’ button for me to have a new and bright start, and it’s the time for me to think positively and to effectively make plans and solutions to solve my problems. You are very likely to get a lot more inspirations from reading, meditation, journaling from your morning routine.
It makes you feel more energetic.
I couldn’t recall how many mornings that I had to rush to school, skipped breakfast, and couldn’t even have time to think about what to wear, let alone working out (or maybe I did since I had to run to class). If you can spend probably 30 minutes to 1 hour having breakfast and working out in the morning, this will definitely make you feel so much better about yourself and it gives you the energy for the rest of the day.
And more importantly, it enhances your productivity.
If you have a morning routine, you are very likely to have some time to think about your goals and to-dos of the day. Having a direction for that day, your productivity is definitely going to increase because you know exactly where you are heading to and things you need to complete.
Finally, it gives you a reason to wake up.
If you are a college/university student like me, you will definitely understand how dreadful it is to wake up in the morning. It’s so tempting to sleep in when you don’t have a morning class that day (I tend to sleep till 1pm whenever I don’t have a morning class, and it just makes me feel really bad). Having a morning routine, however, will then give me the motivation to wake up and be productive that day since I would want to stick to my routine every day.
What Should You Add to Your Routine?
I have brainstormed a few things to add to my routine (or things I think some may find helpful), and here is a list of them:
Health and fitness
- Drink a glass of water (with lemon)
- Pushups and Situps
- Have breakfast
- Take your vitamins
- Write a journal entry
- Think about three positive things
- Write down three things you are grateful for
- Listen to a podcast
- Read a book
- Read newspapers
- Check you calendar (to make sure you know what’s your schedule that day)
- Plan for your day
- Make your bed (because this makes you feel better)
- Think about your goals
- Reviewing your notes of the classes you are going to have that day (I used to do this during high school and it’s definitely very helpful since I would know exactly what was happening in that class)
- Go through your vocabulary flashcards
- Or any flashcards or study guides you prepared for the upcoming test (click here to know more about making your own study guides)
- Take an online course
Need more inspirations? Here are 22 quick habits to add to your daily morning routine.
My (Perfect) Morning Routine
I have to admit that I am never a morning person. In fact, as I am typing this, it’s 12:13 am. But lately, I realized that this shouldn’t be continued. I am getting very tired during the day and it just doesn’t feel right for me. So this is my perfect morning routine that I am hoping to gradually get into.
|Drink a glass of water and take my vitamin||2 mins|
|Brush teeth||3 mins|
|Stretch or work out||15 mins – 25 mins|
|Skincare and hair||10 mins|
|Make up and get dressed||15 mins|
|Check my calendar and plan my day||5 mins|
|Meditate or just reflect upon my goals, things I am happy about and grateful for||5 mins|
|Make my bed||1 min|
|Breakfast while checking my social media, emails etc.||15-20 mins|
|Review my notes for that day’s class / Read||15 mins|
|Go to school (while listening to a podcast)|
I realized it’s quite an ambitious morning routine after typing this, and it does take up around 2.5 hours to finish everything. I can probably only do all of these on days that I don’t have a morning class. I usually skip working out or just have a quick breakfast on the go if I don’t have the time.
How Can You Make Your Routine Last?
1. Write out the list of things you want to complete and make it visible to you.
4. You need to have a night routine in order to have a morning routine
The night before often determines whether you can keep up with your morning routine. Here are a few things that you should bear in mind:
- You need to have enough sleep to wake up at the time you want. I personally think 8 hours of sleep works best for me, but everyone is slightly different on this.
- This also means that you should set a time to put away your electronic devices, because they are very likely to disrupt your sleeping schedule.
- If you need to have certain tools in your morning routine (e.g. iced water with lemon, your workout clothes or headphones etc.), make sure you prepare them on the night before.
It probably means that you may need a night routine in order to have a good morning routine. I usually make a list of things I need to do before I get to sleep in order to make myself productive the next day.
Other Students’ Morning Routine
Morning Routines are different for everyone. And there is no one perfect routine that works for everyone either. Below are a few other morning routines by people from different ages, and hopefully some can inspire you!
- Wake up 6:01am
- Out of bed by 6:05am
- Get dressed by 6:20
- Bathroom: take my pill, do makeup, brush/do hair, deodorant, etc by 6:35 (I’m a night shower person so don’t have to worry about that)
- Make breakfast. Ideally an egg, toast, and a smoothie. Done by 6:45
- @fontfreaks / Julia arrives
- Get bag together, put shoes on, check weather and choose jacket. Done by 6:55
- Get school snack/tea (with Julia’s help) and keys, out to car by 7am, 7:02 at the latest.
- Drive to school, parked and out of car by 7:06
- Walk into school, part ways with Julia, and get into seat at in class by 7:11 for the beginning of AM.
Grade 11 in the US
- I tend to get up ten minutes after my alarm
- then grab breakfast as quickly as possible (normally oatmeal and fruit)
- I’ll rush back upstairs to clean my teeth, wash my face, and do my hair, sweep the floor
- and then get out of my pyjamas and put clothes on for school
- I spend 5 minutes on flashcards before I leave, and then walk to the bus stop
- It take about 30 min, total
- Wash face, brush teeth, comb hair;
- Clean my cats’ toilet
- Put on clothes, in which I go to university
- Make a tea and sometimes some porridge
- Scroll all my feed and have breakfast in the same time
- Go to university.