How To Make A Morning Routine – Set Your Day Up For Success

I love mornings. The morning is my favourite part of the day.

Why is that? You ask.

Well my friend, I’ll tell you.

From the time you wake up, to the time you head out the door, that time is yours.

But many people don’t use this time. They get up late. Skip breakfast. Get to work or school late. Forget important things.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Making a morning routine will set your day up for success.

Read on to discover how to make your own morning routine and see the benefits for yourself.

The boring part – the ‘Have to-dos’

You must allow time to complete all the tasks that you HAVE TO DO in the morning. Things including, but not limited to:

  • Showering/grooming
  • Breakfast
  • Getting dressed

You get the idea. You should know the things you need to do. Whether you do them or not is another story.

Make a list right now of all the things that you have to do before you start work/school.

Now, estimate how much time it’s going to take you to complete these tasks.

Working back from the time you need to leave, you now have your absolute latest time that you can get up.

But ideally you would wake up earlier, so you have more time.

Here’s an example of my own ‘Have-to’s’.

Screen Shot of Have-to's

As you can see it’s fairly basic. You don’t need to go into crazy amounts of detail.

I wish I could do XYZ, but I don’t have enough time!

How many times do you hear it, or even say it yourself?

“I’m too busy, I’ve got no TIME

“I don’t have enough TIME

“I wish I could, but there’s just no TIME

Well, I hate to break it to you, but there actually is enough time.

You’re just not utilising the time you have effectively.

Everyone’s got something they want to work on. For myself, it’s practicing guitar, exercising and working on this site.

Whatever your goal is, you’re going to incorporate it into your new morning routine. It doesn’t have to be much. A spare half hour is plenty of time.

The earlier you wake up, the more time you have to accomplish your ‘fun’ tasks.

Write these down now, alongside your ‘Have to-dos’. Estimate how much time you’re going to require to complete these.

Make them easy to start with. Say you wanted to start working out. Try incorporating some basic calisthenics into your morning routine, instead of allocating 2 hours to some insane cross fit endeavour.

Screen Shot of 'Want to's'

As you can see here, I decided to focus my energy on one particular task (working on this site).

I also allocated time to simply relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet of the morning.

I decided that my other ‘Want to’s’ would end up in my ‘Evening Routine’.

Fitting it all together

Alright. Let’s have a look at what you’ve got so far.

You’ve got all your ‘Have to-dos’ and your ‘Want to-dos’ written down and you have time estimations for all your tasks.


Now all you need to do is put your routine together.

Order your tasks logically and in a way that minimises wasted time. You don’t want to be rushing from one end of the house and back. Make it flow.

Prepare as much as you can the evening before to save yourself valuable time.

Your morning routine is meant to set you up for success. You’re going to do the opposite if you’re running around like a headless chicken and stressing yourself out.

Screen Shot of Morning Routine

Here’s my completed Morning Routine, in a logical order of completion.

I’m not waking up ridiculously early.

I have enough time to get done what I need to get done, as well as a whole hour of working on my site.

Not to mention time to just relax.

This is a good example of a balanced, and sustainable morning routine.

Test & adjust

Things are probably not going to be all hunky dory in the beginning. You may find that you take longer to complete some tasks than you anticipated and had to miss out on some of your other stuff.

And that’s OK.

Go back to your list and rework a few things. Maybe you need to wake up earlier, or get certain things done quicker, or do more preparation the night before.

Whatever it is, try it out, if it’s still not working, try something else.

Eventually you’ll hit the sweet spot.


Well there you go, my 2 cents on how to make a morning routine.

Waking up earlier and getting things done will make you feel like a million bucks, especially if you make that time to work towards your goals and those things that you WANT to do.

I hope these points have helped you to make your own routine. Please let me know how you get on in the comments.

All the best,