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My Weekday Morning Routine

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5 tips to wake up peacefully

Today, I am bringing you five of my best tips for a peaceful weekday morning routine. I can definitely say that even two years ago, I did not have this morning routine down pat as I do now. It’s evolved over years of not waking up peacefully- of not setting that scene for a great routine in the morning. So keep reading (or watching!) for my 5 best tips for a peaceful weekday morning routine.

5 Tips for a Peaceful Morning Checklist
My weekday morning routine

Wake up peacefully

Tip #1 for a peaceful weekday morning routine- wake up peacefully. Get up early before the chaos
Tip #1: Wake up peacefully.

My first tip for a great morning is to wake up peacefully. When my husband was deployed almost 10 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom with three young kids, all under six years old. I didn’t even need to set my alarm. I woke up when the kids woke me up. But, the kids woke me up either by screaming or with a dirty diaper. 🤣 I never woke up on my terms. I was always waking up on somebody else’s schedule and constantly stressed. Before I had even opened my eyes, I would be stressed for the day. I realized that I needed to change that!

Now, I make a conscious effort to get up before the kids. I wake up, and have coffee, and read the news or my email. It’s my time to wake up, open my eyes, and be present before all the craziness begins. Even if you don’t have kids, try to wake up with enough time to set yourself right for the day. Don’t set your alarm at the absolute last minute. Wake up at least 30 minutes before you absolutely have to to establish a peaceful morning.

Get in some exercise

Tip #2 for a peaceful weekday morning routing- get some exercise
Tip #2: Exercise in the morning.

My second tip for a peaceful weekday morning routine is to exercise. Getting up and getting my heart rate going has really helped me with lowering my stress and anxiety. Plus, it’s one huge tick-mark in my running to-do list. If I wait and push that workout until the end of the day, it won’t happen. Many other things will come up and become the priority. Try to get that workout in, even if it’s yoga or stretching- something to get the blood flowing. It doesn’t have to be a massive workout or a one-hour run. Try to get some exercise in the morning and see if it helps improve your weekday morning routine. I love all the programming from streetparking.com, and I would highly recommend them. They’re awesome! 😎

Make your bed

If you want a peaceful morning, make your bed!
Tip #3: Make your bed.

My third tip for a peaceful weekday morning routine is ALWAYS to make your bed! There is something so calming about a made bed. When you come into your room at the end of the night, and the bed’s made, it doesn’t feel like another place of stress. It feels like a calming sanctuary. Even if you don’t do anything else, make your bed and have that one area that is nice, put together, and calm. I feel like, out of all of the other tips, this is one thing that has truly made my days feel calmer, more productive, and life-changing.

15-minute morning clean-up for a calm morning routine

Do a 15 minute clean up every morning for a peaceful weekday morning routine
Tip #4: 15-minute morning clean up

My next tip for a peaceful weekday morning routine is to do a 15-minute spin around the house. This isn’t cleaning, cleaning. This is not scouring the kitchen floor. This is not cleaning toilets. I do my 15-minute spin and get the house, which I call “Roomba ready”. I get everything off the floor, and I set the house. This may be a little harder if you work outside the house or have little ones at home. But try to work it into your routine. That way, when you return from your day, you walk into a place of calm and not an immediate list of to-dos. Pick up everything on the floors or surfaces, set the Roomba, and you’re ready to go.

Set the scene the night before for a peaceful weekday morning routine

Set the scene the night before for a peaceful weekday morning routine
Tip #5: Set the scene the night before.

My last tip for a peaceful weekday morning routine is not really part of the morning routine. My best morning tip is to set the scene the night before. When you wake up in the morning and come down to a clean kitchen, it sets the scene to wake up peacefully. You don’t immediately walk in and have 16 to-do items because the dishes are in the sink and the counter’s not clean. Take the time to do as many things as possible the night before so your morning can run smoothly. Some things we do as part of our nightly routine:

  • Clean the kitchen
  • Set the coffee
  • Put away laundry
  • Clear up the living room
  • Ensure the kids have everything signed and ready for school the next day

What would you add to the nightly list to ensure that the morning goes smoothly?

I hope these tips help establish a peaceful, calm weekday morning routine. Let me know in the comments what you would add to the list and which ones you will try! For more time management tips, check out my posts about my Sunday Planning, 7 tips to get organized and reduce stress, and 5 tips for getting things done.

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12 Responses

  1. I have the pleasure of waking up peacefully much more now than I did when I was tired with little ones.

    One thing I have noticed is that I seem to wake up on my own at some point. If I get up at that point, I feel pretty good, even if it is early. In contrast, when I go back to sleep to try and get an extra 20 or 30 minutes, I often wake up in the middle of a dream or deeper sleep and have a harder time getting going.

    I definitely do as much as I can the night before. I set up my coffee, set out breakfast things, prep my invoices, pack the dry parts of my lunch, set my clothes out, etc. I even do this on the weekends to a certain extent because if I don’t, I feel like I have extra work on weekend mornings.

  2. Setting the scene the night before is definitely key to waking up peacefully! I try my best to make sure all our dishes are done before going to bed. Waking up to a sink full of dishes, silverware, and pans is not my idea of peaceful! Great tips for easing into the morning!

  3. I have never been a morning person. I can accomplish more in the four hours from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. than in a traditional eight-hour work day. But no matter what time of day your “morning” hits, you need a morning routine. (Mine involves pre-setting EVERYTHING non-essential the night before so that my mornings are limited to eating and grooming; I can’t imagine how people with kids do it.) Your tips offer gentle solutions. Great advice!

  4. I love my morning routines. I set my alarm for 5:30 but I am almost always rolling out of bed by 5:00. My husband stays in bed until 7:00 so I slip out to the kitchen, make the coffee, go outside and pick up the newspaper and enjoy the silence of the house (except for my bubbling fountain) while sipping coffee, reading the paper and doing the puzzles. This grounds me for the day. At 7:00 I take my husband his medicine and cuddle and chat for a few minutes before the busyness of the day kicks in.

  5. Ahhh. There’s nothing like having a peaceful morning. It sets the tone for the entire day. I like to wake up early to meditate, journal, shower, make the bed, eat breakfast, and have my coffee. Once I’ve taken care of my needs in a gentle way, I am ready to help others and attend to specific projects.

    The exercise usually comes later in the day, which works for me. And as far as getting the house set, I tend to do that the night before so I can sleep more deeply. But on occasion, there are a few things to get back in place, which I do after I’m dressed. Having clear spaces help me have clarity of thought.

    1. I agree completely Linda. IF my spaces are not clear, I cannot sit down and start to work or concentrate on anything. My clean up is an act of love for my family, yes, but really it’s a selfish act for me. It calms my brain and my feelings when everything is clear and ready to go. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment.

  6. I also set the scene before, nothing like waking up to a clean kitchen. Waking up peacefully is very important to me, it’s MY morning time. I love all your tips. Getting exercise in before anything is so important even few stretching like you said to get the blood flowing. All your tips are very helpful!

    1. Thank you so much, Janet. For me, it’s nothing big or huge, but little habits that really make the difference. It took me a long time to start doing some of these things, and now I can’t imagine NOT doing them. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

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