8 Steps I Follow For A Flawless Morning Routine

Header reading "8 steps to my perfect morning" with 2 photos looking like polaroids, one of Rory, glo's dog, and one of an outside balcony

I rely on routine. Without some semblance of a plan, my brain gets too crowded with every single possible thing I could be doing and I end up getting nothing done. For me, my morning routine is the most important.

My morning routine sets the tone for my day. If I start the morning off right, I feel better throughout the day and find myself being kinder to myself and getting more done. It’s even been shown that practicing a regular morning routine can help reduce stress. Y’all know I am all about that shit.

But keeping a morning routine isn’t always easy. I don’t know about you, but I get bored of it, seasons change, or my needs change. As soon as I start to notice I’m not feeling it anymore, I sit down, think about what’s important to me (and do a little research into others’ routines) before I craft up a new one.

This post is going to follow the routine I’ve been practicing for the last 2 months or so. Who knows, it might change next week! It all depends on how I’m feeling and what works for me. Feel free to take inspiration from my routine or build your own to suit your personal needs! 

Step 1: Make the Bed

Photo of Glo's bed made with Rory, her dog, laying down on it
Photo by GamerGlo

I use a sunrise alarm similar to this one to wake me up a bit more naturally than your average, blaring alarm clock. The warm light slowly turns on to simulate a sunrise. It’s really helped me feel less jarred and more relaxed first thing in the morning so I highly recommend it!

As soon as I wake up with my alarm, the very first thing I do is make my bed.

Well, sort of. I suppose what I do wouldn’t be called “making the bed” by a lot of people, but it meets my standards. Plus it’s easy. I just pull my covers up and place my pillows where they belong. It’s such a simple thing, but it looks nice and it makes me feel accomplished. And I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love coming home to a neat bed after a long day.

Step 2: Coffee in my Happy Place

Photo of a balcony with 2 chairs and a small table, there is a cup of coffee on the table
Photo by GamerGlo

Now that my bed is made, I like to ease into my day. I start slow by enjoying a cup of coffee on my balcony, or what I call my Happy Place. I’ll just sit there a bit and enjoy a good book while I take in the rising sun and sip on my coffee. Right now I’m reading Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

Some mornings I’ll take the time to make myself a latte or cappuccino. Other times, it’s just a simple black coffee. My mood is different every morning, so I just go with the flow!

Step 3: Walk Rory

Photo of Rory, Glo's dog, wearing his harness and leash. He is looking to the left.
Photo by GamerGlo

Obviously, my little snuggle muffin needs a good walk every morning. After my coffee, I go ahead and slip into my workout clothes and take Rory out for a walk.

Most mornings we walk at least a mile, but on occasion — like if it’s raining or I am not feeling well — it’ll just be a quick walk around the block. No matter what, I love to get moving in the morning. An object at rest will stay at rest and all that jazz, so the sooner I am up and at ‘em, the better! This is a great time for me to just clear my mind and can help boost my energy for the day, too.

Step 4: Breakfast!

And just like that, it’s time for breakfast. I absolutely need breakfast.

I know they say breakfast isn’t really the most important meal of the day, but for me it truly is. If I don’t eat breakfast, my whole day is in shambles before it’s even really begun.

This is another everchanging part of my routine, depending on how I feel. Some days I’ll make a full pancake breakfast with eggs and bacon. Others, I’ll find myself reaching for a simple breakfast bar or a smoothie. It’s just important to me that I am eating something and fueling my body. Throw in another cup of coffee, or maybe some matcha, and I am good to go!

Step 5: Gym

Now it’s time to head to the gym! This is a very recent addition to my routine and honestly, I’m still working on it most days. But I’m trying, so good for me!

I’m doing my best to go to the gym in my apartment building for at least 30 minutes every weekday morning. It doesn’t always happen, but I am proud of myself when it does! I am all about celebrating victories, even the small ones. I recently remembered to create an alarm on my phone to go off when it’s time for me to get up and go, and that seems to be helping so far!

I added this to my routine to try and add another boost of energy to my morning to help get me going. There are also claims that it can help increase focus and improve your mood. I will keep you updated as I start going more regularly to see what I think! 

Step 6: Shower and Get Ready

Photo of a marble shower from the inside.
Photo by Zac Gudakov on Unsplash

I feel gross after the gym, so I always always always take a shower in the morning. Depending on if it’s a day I need to wash my hair or if I feel like shaving, a shower can take me anywhere from five minutes to half an hour. There is a lot of variation going on there, so I make sure I leave plenty of time in my morning for this.

After a shower, it’s time for skincare! I love the way my face feels after I go through my skincare routine, so this is a really important part of my day that rarely ever changes. Then I just get dressed and if I feel like it, I’ll do my makeup.

Step 7: Day Prep

Photo of a large planner on a desk overlooking a window
Photo by GamerGlo

Next up, it’s time to prepare for the day ahead! I use whichever planner has grabbed my attention recently and sit down for a planning session. As I mentioned earlier, if I don’t have a plan set my day is going to run wild. I’m likely not to get anything accomplished! So this is an incredibly important part of my morning routine.

I just take a look at my calendar and see what deadlines I have coming up, then I go ahead and layout how I’d like my day to look. My main focus is to prioritize tasks so I know what has to get done. Everything else sort of just falls into place.

I don’t have to stick strictly to this plan, but it helps me have an idea of what is going on. 

Step 8: Game time

Photo of a chair and 2 pillows with Rory, Glo's dog, sitting next to a pink Nintendo Switch
Photo by GamerGlo

Now that I’m ready for the day, I like to take a quick break before I dive into work. I set a 20-minute timer and let myself chill out and play a game. 

Taking this short little break helps me relax and also can help me get out any built-up frustrations from the day before if any are lingering. Y’all know I am all about the mental health benefits of gaming. But did you know it can help improve focus and boost brain connectivity, too? That’s another reason I love doing this right before I hop into work for the day: it gets my brain going! 

Depending on my mood, I’ll play something like Stardew Valley, Kingdom Hearts, or Overwatch.

Go time!

As soon as I finish my game, it’s time to go to work! I hop right into my tasks for the day. I always feel a bit more productive when I complete my routine and it helps me feel a lot better about the day ahead.

There are some days where I can’t go through my routine, and that’s fine too! It’s here to help me, so I don’t beat myself up over it if I can’t do it. It’s a tool, not a rule. I let myself feel out whether or not it’s a good brain day and go from there.

Let me know if you have a morning routine and how it differs from mine! I’d love to hear it, so leave a comment down below or tell me all about it on Twitter

28 Thoughts to “8 Steps I Follow For A Flawless Morning Routine”

  1. I love this! Routine is so important. We homeschool and I work from home so I juggle a lot which means routine is what helps us keep it all going.

    1. Thank you! I can only imagine how structured your routine must be to keep everything in check!

  2. Nicz Escat

    That’s absolutely flawless. Thanks, great article!

  3. Making the bed on a morning makes SUCH A DIFFERENCE daily. Also, tidying up the night before so house is clean. Your happy place is gorgeous! Great post.

    1. THank you, Aimee! Making my bed every morning has absolutely changed my life, it’s crazy! I’m definitely going to need to get better at tidying up before bed time — thanks for the tip!

  4. Absolutely love your morning routines as some are similar to mine 🙂 thanks for sharing this &. Gonna add some to mine. Cheers, Siennylovesdrawing

    1. Oh, I love that yours is similar! I’d love to hear all about how you change it up when you add to your routine

  5. I love a simple yet effective morning routine. I am still working on mine and my daily and my nightly routine. LOL One step at a time.

    1. It’s awesome that you’re working to make your routines, that’s great!! It definitely takes time to find what works best for you

  6. I think we have the same morning routine haha. Great article! A flawless way to start your day.

    1. Aaaahhh I love that! It’s absolutely a great routine and seriously makes my day!

  7. Mine is pretty much the same but maybe different places and different recipes. That’s a great routine and it keeps me very efficient for my daily work. – Knycx journeying

    1. Thanks so much! It’s so interesting how everyone’s routines can be similar and still so different!

  8. I need to process my thoughts while being mind organized haha. This is awesome and it helps a lot.

    Fransic – https://www.querianson.com

  9. Kenneth

    Agree! Breakfast and a nice routine each day to set the day well along with whats in your mind and heart is important! The most important for us too is to pray asking for guidance for the day.

    1. Yes, breakfast is a must for me! Everyone’s routine is different and I absolutely love that! 🙂

  10. Yay! I love your morning routine! Sound super relaxed and productive.

  11. Coffee is a necessity for me but I should also establish a nice place to enjoy it!

    1. Coffee is a MUST HAVE for me, too! It’s so nice and meditative to enjoy it in a special place 🙂

  12. That sounds really relaxing. I only have an hour to have time to get ready and go to work. But I do cherish 20 minutes of quiet time.

    1. You can definitely still fit a good morning routine into an hour! I personally wrote out everything I wanted to do in a morning and determined how long each task took so I could decide when to wake up. But it all comes down to prioritizing and doing what works for you!

  13. Rochelle

    Great routine! I think making your bed and spending some time in an area you love doing something relaxing is a great start!

    1. Thank you, I absolutely agree!

  14. Marjie Mare

    These steps will definitely make our morning beautiful. I love to sit outside to enjoy my coffee in the morning.

    1. Yes, it’s one of my favorite things in the morning!

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