I’m back with a guide on creating a productive morning routine checklist in 15 minutes or less! Why We all know morning routines are great. But what if we’re short on time? Or not a morning person? Or it’s the weekend? If you know me, you know I’m a huge advocate for morning routines. I even wrote an Ultimate Guide to Create Your Best Morning Routine. But it’s not always feasible to squeeze all that goodness into each morning.
Your Productive Morning Routine Checklist
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Here’s the abbreviated version: every day do something good for your body, do something good for your mind, and do something good for your soul. What’s that look like more specifically? I’ll show you.
1.) Do something good for your body.
Since we’re talking about 15 minutes here I wouldn’t recommend a 12-mile run. But if you want to move your body there are plenty of free 10-minute workouts on YouTube. My favorite thing to do is this “wake up and stretch” video from Blogalites which warms my muscles and gets my body moving.
You could also go for a quick walk, do an ab video, or even 100 jumping jacks. The point is to do ONE good thing for yourself in each category, not run a marathon, and save the world before 9 am.
Another option for your morning routine checklist is to do something good for your body by giving it proper nutrition. Sorry, cereal doesn’t count. But making these healthy banana pancakes do!
Every morning I take a shot of Amazing Grass to get a healthy dose of greens in. You could even do something as simple as a warm cup of lemon water to jumpstart your digestion or make this protein-packed hot chocolate.
2.) Do something good for your mind.
Often times, what’s good for your body is also good for your mind. That quick walk or yoga session can also help clear your head.
Other options include listening to an informative podcast or reading a chapter in a book.
I use this time to go over my to-do list. I try to write it the night before but don’t stress about it. I then pick three –just THREE–main things I want to accomplish that day. Too many and you’ll feel like a failure. Too few and you’ll get sidetracked on Instagram all day.
This may sound strange but I also pray over my to-do list. Head to this blog post to find out why!
Whatever you choose to do make sure it invigorates OR helps clear your mind so you’re ready for the day.
3.) Do something good for your soul.
We often forget about this area of our life. For me, I start each day by reading my Bible. If I’m short on time I’ll read a chapter from Proverbs to fill me with wisdom for the day. Starting the day with God is the best thing I can do for myself.
Again, some of these items overlap–two birds with one stone again! That walk you took could also be just what you need to clear out your mind. Another option could be listening to an uplifting podcast.
Quick and easy, right? The point of a morning routine checklist is not to accomplish everything in the first hour of the day. The point is to get your read – mind, body, spirit – for the day ahead.
Also, if you have kids, be sure to check out this daily routine for toddlers!
What’s your morning routine checklist look like?