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Ann-Notated: What Others Say about Creating a Morning Routine

One of my goals for the new year is to create a morning routine and stick to it.  Do I get some time leeway while I am doing the research and contemplating what that routine should be?  Cuz I’m taking some, lol.

“Morning routine” seems to be a buzzphrase lately.  There’s no doubt it’s an intriguing idea: do these things each morning and you will magically become that mom/homemaker/wife you’ve always wanted to be.  Who wouldn’t want to sign on for that?

Of course, we know it’s not that easy.  There is the WHOLE DAY to consider, and any mom knows that there’s a lot that can happen throughout the day to derail our best intentions.  There is no magic formula.

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But I think the basic premise of a morning routine is still valid — if we can start our day productively, then we will have a better chance of being productive for the rest of the day.  That’s why I made the goal in the first place.

Are you feeling like you can't get started and your day is unproductive? Creating a morning routine can help. Here I've collected a bunch of articles from all over the internet about how to go about it. Check them out, and you can have a better morning tomorrow!

So, in the furtherance of my objective, I’ve been doing my research like a good little girl.  My method of doing just about anything is to read as much about it as I can and then take little bits from here and little bits from there to do my own thing the way it works for me.  Maybe you can relate.  After all, that’s what Pinterest is all about, right? 🙂

Well, you can go ahead and thank me now, because I’ve saved you some time.  🙂  Here in one spot is the BEST of my research about creating a morning routine, so all you have to do is grab your coffee and dig in.  How cool is that? 🙂

(Sometime soon I’ll share what kind of morning routine I’ve created for myself and how it’s working.  Stay tuned!  Put your email address in the box at the top of the sidebar if you don’t want to miss it. Doing so will mean you get access to all my free printables, including my weekly planner — just in time to help you with your new routine! What a bargain!)

What Others Say About Creating a Morning Routine

What To Do Before You Create Your Morning Routine at The Intentional Mom — We can’t just whip out a piece of paper and start writing stuff down.  We need to approach this task with forethought.  This article tells you what to consider that will help you define the best morning routine for you.

How to Enjoy an Early, Joyful, and Productive Morning at Morning Motivated Mom — This article doesn’t go into an actual routine, per se, but it does give guidelines to remember about keeping your morning, well, all those things in the title.

How to Create a Morning Routine that Works for You at Living Well Spending Less — Me being me, “too lazy for complicated,” her second point is crucial for a morning routine that would work for me.  She also has a great printable to help in the planning part of this whole thing.

How to Start Your Day Like the Amish at One Ash Homestead — This is a popular pin, y’all.  I think we all think of the Amish as über-productive, and we want to know how they do it.  This article tells you in helpful detail.

A Simple Stay at Home Mom Morning Routine That Will Transform Your Days at Growing Slower — She picks 7 things.  Not too detailed, not too vague.  There’s a beauty in that. Click on through to see what they are.

How to Establish Your Morning Routine (& Why It Is So Important) at The Inspired Room — This gal sounds like me.  “I may not feel like cleaning a toilet on a Tuesday.”  I KNOW, RIGHT???  And this post is filled with BEAUUUUTIFUL pictures of wonderfully decorated rooms. (If it’s her house then I am officially jelly.)

5 Things to Do 10 Minutes Before You Go to Bed  at Apartment Therapy — I include this article because there is also the whole concept of an evening routine.  And many people want you to have both.  I haven’t gotten that far yet, but for those of you who have, this may be a helpful resource.

5 Common Morning Mistakes to Avoid  at — This article comes from the perspective of the beauty industry.  As in what things do we want to avoid in the morning that would keep ourselves from looking our best.  I need all the help I can get in that area, y’all!

10 Successful Women Share Their Morning Routines at My Domaine — This post is one of those ones that has beautiful photography and is a visual delight to read.  Add to that women who are rocking their world telling us how they start each day, and you’ve got something worth checking out.

Motivating Morning Routine: 5 Steps to a Better Morning at House of Muses — #5 on her list is one I have not seen anywhere else.  And yet I’m betting it would make a big difference in my attitude for the whole rest of the day.  She also offers a free printable worksheet and planner to help make your mornings better.

My 6-Part Morning Routine and How it Makes Me Feel Successful as a Homemaker at Young Wife’s Guide — This gal has young kids, and her morning routine reflects that.  She references a course that I am seeing talked about EVERYWHERE lately, so it must be good!

The Secret to a Successful Morning Routine at Organise My House — This secret seems to be aimed at working women, but I bet SAHM’s could apply it as well.  She has free printables to grab while you’re there!

You can find all these articles and more on my Pinterest board entitled Easy OrganizingI’m all about making things as simple as possible, so that’s the type of thing I pin on there.  You can take a look at it by clicking here: Annie and Everything’s Easy Organizing Pinterest Board.  Click on FOLLOW if you like what you see! 🙂

Track of the Week: Smiles and Smiles to Go by Larry Carlton.  It doesn’t have “morning” in the title (I coulda done Oh What A Beautiful Morning but really people) but it makes you think of a brand new day with the sun shining and your heart smiling.

What’s ONE thing you can’t live without doing EVERY morning?? Share it in the comments!


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  • That’s easy…Coffee. Coffee is the one thing I Can’t do without. lol I do really like my hour to myself-after I do a few things, then dig out my computer and catch up on what happened during the night. However I do not have a morning routine, but…Ill see how your’s goes and see if I should add one 🙂

  • Hi Ann,
    I haven’t gone through the links yet, but I’ll do it later this afternoon (Tonight is make your own pizza night, so no cooking for me! The boys are in charge.)

    This is something I really need to work on, establishing a routine. For me, I am thinking I will need to have more than one routine. A morning one to get things off on the right foot, but I also need a routine for exercise (sometimes it can fit into the morning routine, but sometimes it can’t and then my tendency is to skip it!)

    Definitely something I want to spend some time on, so I thank you for gathering the links.


    • They are all worth taking a look at to get ideas and help decide what will work for you. I don’t think a morning routine is going to happen every day for me, either. Mondays I have to get out of the house by 7:30am, for instance — so that day it will have to be modified. But when I’m home, my tendency is to think I have the whole day to do stuff, so I waste the morning… and then somehow the rest of the day gets lost somewhere, too… so yeah. Thanks for the comment, Sarah! 🙂

    • I know, right? It’s one of those topics I keep coming back to. It was a pleasure to include your post, Emily, because it gives a great reminder of the big-picture things to keep in mind. Sometimes we get focused on the minutiae and get frustrated… Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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