Are you an early bird who thinks that the first few hours of the day are exciting and full of possibility? Or are you someone who thinks that the snooze button was the greatest invention ever? No matter which category of morning person you fall into (as in, you either are one or you just aren't), you can still find the perfect morning routine that works for you.
There is a lot of talk about morning routines these days since people are really into self-care and slowing down and making sure that they're looking after themselves. Your day is always so busy, between work and other responsibilities, and if you wake up and start moving immediately, you're only going to feel burnt out and exhausted by 10 a.m. You have stuff to do so that's really not what you're going for. You want to head off to work feeling happy and like you had a bit of time to yourself, not like you're ready to come back home and go right to bed.
So what kinds of things should you do in the morning before you get ready for work and start your crazy busy day? These 25 things will definitely help you step up your morning routine game!
25 Make A More Interesting Cup Of Coffee
Coffee is amazing and most people couldn't start their day without it. To step up your morning routine game, why not make a more interesting cup of coffee? Black coffee is good, coffee with milk/cream and a bit of sugar (if that's your thing) is also good... but spending some time creating an epic cup of coffee is even better.
You can make a cup of coffee with some healthy fat in it like butter or coconut oil which will give you energy and fuel.
You can make a homemade latte or try a trendy coffee alternative like mushroom tea/coffee. It'll be fun (and you're still getting your beloved caffeine fix).
24 Wait 15 Minutes To Check Social Media After You Wake Up
The struggle is real: you wake up and the first thing that you do is pick up your phone, see if you have any emails or text messages, and check social media. It's literally the first thing that you do and this is true for basically everyone. (Even if you have to pee super bad, you still wait until you've done your social media check.)
Why not wake up and wait fifteen minutes before doing this? Sure, it might feel strange at first, but it'll be a much better start to your day.
You'll feel much calmer by the time that you do go on social media (because, of course, you can't help it).
23 Listen To A Podcast Or Your Fave Singer
Podcasts have become so popular and there are so many awesome ones to choose from. You can find anything that you're interested in, from food to healthy living to fitness, from wedding planning to comedy and pop culture.
The morning is an awesome time to listen to even half of a podcast since you can do that as soon as you wake up and spend a little while chilling on your couch.
You can also listen to your fave singer while you make breakfast, coffee, and/or get ready. It'll put you in a great mood instantly and will help ease you into the day.
22 Make Breakfast The Night Before/On Sundays So You Make Sure To Eat Something
Skipping breakfast is never the best idea since you'll only be starving by the time that you get to the office, and a girl can't survive on coffee alone (no matter how good coffee is).
To make sure that you definitely eat breakfast, make it ahead of time. Overnight oats are a perfect idea since you can mix up rolled oats, almond milk, chia seeds, a banana, and any spices that you want (like cinnamon) the night before. Pop it into the fridge and add nut butter in the morning. So easy. You can also make a bunch of stuff on Sunday, like a frittata that you can eat the next few days.
21 Wake Up 15 Minutes Earlier So You Don't Feel Rushed
It's always tempting to hit snooze but you know that you have a busy day ahead and that you might as well get up. But instead of fighting your alarm for the 100th time or feeling like you're already late when your day hasn't even started, why not set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you normally get up?
You might notice at first and yet after a few days, you won't even mind getting up a bit earlier.
It'll give you a bit of extra time, and you'll love that so much that the earlier start won't even matter.
20 Text Your BFF To Get Some Social Interaction In First Thing
Your best friend is basically the most fun person ever to text (besides maybe your boyfriend... but she's still up there on the list). You can chat about boys, your latest TV obsession, and anything and everything. Plus she always responds ASAP because that's just part of the rules.
Best friends don't leave you hanging when it comes to text messages. Nope.
Text your best friend in the morning and you'll feel like you have some social interaction while you're getting your day started, and that'll be awesome. She'll love it, too, and you can start a new friendship tradition.
19 Spend Some Quality Time With Your Partner
If you're in a relationship, then the morning is the perfect time to spend some quality time with your partner. Instead of running around and feeling like the two of you are simply ships passing in the night, you can have breakfast and coffee together and chat. (And cuddle. That's totally important, too).
It sucks that you don't get to see your person for the entire day since you both have jobs to go to, so this will be a nice way to connect and feel like you're still close to each other, even when you have to go your separate ways for the day.
18 Go For A Brief Walk
It's not always possible to work out in the morning, although that would be an amazing thing to work into your morning routine. You can still get some movement in and step up your morning routine game. Just go for a brief walk and you'll be all set.
Even a ten-minute walk around the block is a good idea and will help you feel awake and get a bit more energy to get your day off on the right foot.
If you have a dog, this is great since you'll have to walk them anyway, and you'll be grateful to your dog for helping you get outside.
17 Eat Some Veggies So You Get A Good Healthy Start
It's super trendy to eat vegetables in all forms these days, from raw to roasted, and it's more common than not to eat tons of veggies all the time. You can even put the cauliflower into a smoothie to make it creamy or make overnight oats that have zucchini in them.
Yes, it might sound a bit strange, but you honestly won't even taste the veggies, and you'll be getting some extra nutrients in, so it's a great idea. Upgrading your morning routine by eating some vegetables will make you feel so powerful and like you can do anything (which, of course, you can).
16 Spend A Few Moments In Total Silence
Meditation might be growing in popularity... and yet that doesn't mean that it's gotten any easier. It's definitely a tough thing to do for some people. How can you sit still and not think about anything?!
If you want, you can spend a few moments in the morning and meditate, and if you don't want to do that, that's totally fine, too.
You can sit for a few minutes as a kind of mini-meditation and enjoy the quiet.
If you want to check out meditation, you can download a few apps and find one that you like. You might find them helpful.
15 Pick Out Your Clothes For The Week
Most people don't wear suits to work every day, so you can have a bit of fun with choosing the clothes that you wear to the office. On Monday morning, spend ten minutes picking out the outfits that you're going to wear all week.
This will not only be fun and make you excited to wear everything that you've chosen, but it'll be super helpful and practical since you won't have to spend time every morning hemming and hawing over what to wear. Anything that you can do to save time is always a great idea and will help you out all week long.
14 Call Your Mom Or Dad
Chances are, your parents are up when you are, whether they work or don't anymore, and your mom or dad (or both) would totally love to get a phone call from you anytime.
Call them and spend a few minutes chatting and catching up.
You'll totally make their day and make them so happy, and it'll be nice for you, too. And if you don't have a ton of time to call them during the week since you have such a busy schedule, this is a nice way to make them still feel needed and included in your life. Everyone wins.
13 Watch A Short Comedy Routine On YouTube
Starting your day with some laughter is a great thing, and looking up some comedy on YouTube can totally be part of your morning routine. It's definitely a way to step up your morning routine game and you'll wonder why you never did this before.
You can look up your fave comedian and watch a few minutes of a live set that they did somewhere, or you can find a clip from a late night episode from the night before that everyone is talking about (there's usually one). It'll be so nice to start the day off on such a light-hearted note.
12 Read For Even 10 Minutes
Reading is such a good way to rest and relax and also learn something and stretch your mind. Reading first thing in the morning is also an amazing way to ease into your busy day since you're taking a few moments just for you. It feels so great and like a real break.
Read for even ten minutes and you'll see what a difference this makes.
You might just find yourself going through your workday feeling more calm and centered. Yup, all from reading for just a little while. That's definitely really cool (and just proves the power of books).
11 Organize Your Week And Month
Some people thrive on organization and others totally shudder at the thought and prefer to wing it. No matter which one of these categories you fall into, there's no reason why you can't take some time in the morning to get organized.
You can plan out your week and also look at your calendar and see what you've got going on this month. You'll feel much better after looking at your agenda and you'll feel in control of your schedule (because everyone has those days or weeks where it feels like their schedule is the one in charge and it's not any fun).
10 Do Something Creative
Adult coloring books are pretty in right now, and it would be fun to take even just five to ten minutes in the morning to feel a bit artistic.
Even if you feel like you have absolutely zero artistic talent, you probably have some creative interests, whether you like to draw or try new ways to wear eye makeup.
It all counts and if you do something creative as part of your morning routine, you'll be in a much better mood by the time that you head out the door and are on your way to the office. It's just nice to do something fun and something that is just for you.
9 Plan Your Dinners For The Next Few Evenings
There's nothing wrong with getting organized as part of your morning routine. You won't be so overwhelmed when you get home from work. It sucks to get home around 5:30 or 6 and have no idea what to make for dinner.
Instead of resorting to ordering pizza for the third time this week (and it's only Wednesday...), you can take a few moments and plan your dinners for the next few nights. Pick some super simple recipes that use ingredients that you already have and don't involve a lot of effort, like baked salmon and roasted veggies, or a pasta sauce that you can have over zucchini noodles.
8 Look At Some Inspiring Social Media Accounts
Social media isn't all bad, even though it gets a bad reputation sometimes. Of course, it can be super fun and it can also be really inspiring.
Look at some inspiring social media accounts as part of your morning routine.
Maybe you're interested in living a healthier lifestyle so you want to check out some healthy food bloggers and fitness influencers on Instagram. You'll be empowered to get to the gym on your lunch break or make a new vegetable recipe (and try to like vegetables in the process) when you get home from the office. (Plus, these accounts are just plain fun and pretty to look at, so there's that, too).
7 Streamline Your Beauty And Hair Routine
If you usually spend more time doing your hair and makeup than eating breakfast or relaxing in the morning, that can change. Streamline your beauty and hair routine so you have more time to spend on other things.
Yes, you care about looking good, and it's fun to try out a new hairstyle or that new lipstick shade that you've been waiting to put on. But if you skip washing your hair in the morning and do it the night before, for instance, or put on less makeup than usual, you might love having the extra time... even if it's only five minutes. But, hey, in the morning, every minute counts.
6 Send A Few Fun Emails So You Have Replies To Read Later On
It's safe to say that no matter what you do for a living, you get a ton of emails as part of your job, and you send your fair share as well. It's time to take back an email and make it a fun part of your day.
To make your morning routine even more fun, you can send a few personal emails so you have replies coming in that you can read later on.
It'll be nice to take a few minutes during your lunch break and see a sweet email from your aunt or make brunch plans with your girlfriends for the upcoming weekend.
5 Set One Goal For The Week
Everyone has things that they want to accomplish. But even sitting down and writing down a goal (or just thinking about it if you're not into physically writing it down, which is cool, too) can feel overwhelming. It's hard to know where to begin.
Set one goal for the week and do it on a Monday morning. Do you want to go to the gym three times? Finally, make that yoga class you've been meaning to check out? Try one new recipe or start bringing your lunch to work? Set one goal so it's not too much to deal with and you'll feel super awesome already.
4 Make One Social Plan For The Week
You love your friends and probably wish that you could see them more often than you actually do. Schedules are so busy and if one friend's free, another is on vacation and another is sick and who knows when you're all going to get together again and catch up?!
Make one social plan for the week and make that part of your morning routine.
Text your best friend and ask if she's free a few nights from now to grab dinner. Facebook message your friend group and suggest that you all hang out on Friday night. You'll be happy knowing that you have something fun and social to look forward to.
3 Actually, Make Your Bed And Spend A Few Moments Cleaning Up
Maybe you make your bed even single morning, even on the weekends, or maybe that's a totally foreign concept to you. Making your bed and spending a few minutes cleaning up your house or apartment will honestly make a huge difference in your day.
It might seem like something small but you'll be so thankful when you get home from a long, tiring day at work and realize that, oh cool, you cleaned up already and now all you have to do is chill out and relax. It's like that saying, "Do something that your future self will thank you for."
2 Think Of Some Things You're Happy About And Grateful For
Part of the trendy self-care movement is definitely having gratitude for the things and people in your life. It can be so easy and tempting to wish that you had some of the things that you see on social media, like a fancier house (or a house, period, if you rent an apartment) or money for all organic food or a husband if you're single and having a tough time dating.
Cheesy as it sounds, remember that you have a home and food and a job and friends and family and lots of love.
It's hard not to smile when you realize that you really do have it pretty good. It's a good way to start the day.
1 Brainstorm For Work
The last thing that will totally step up your morning routine game? Taking a few minutes to brainstorm for your job.
Sure, you don't want to start working as soon as you wake up, so this can be something that you do right after you eat breakfast and before you start getting ready for the day. Or you can do this while you do your hair and makeup and shower since it's definitely a multi-tasking thing.
Come up with a few ideas for whatever project you're currently working on or figure out a solution to a problem that you've been dealing with, and you'll leave for work super happy and inspired.