Days when you wake up in a good mood, everything just seems to go right, and you find yourself feeling happy for hours. But what if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Starting slow and easy in the morning is the best way to kick in a good mood and a positive attitude. A bullet journal can help you establish a morning routine that you actually look forward to, and it can even be good for your mental and physical health!
What’s a morning routine, you may wonder? A morning routine is simply a habit of setting aside a regular amount of time each day for some sort of purposeful intention. It sets the tone for the rest of your day, and it can be comprised of various activities. The amount of time you spend on your morning routine is up to you. However, an hour is a significant chunk of time that’s still do-able for many people.
These are the easy-to-pick-up morning habits that I use, and you can start them right away!
1. Prepare the Night Before
A morning routine is made much easier when it’s calm, and it’s calm when you take a few moments the night before to prepare. Choose your clothes, get your paperwork out and ready to go, and put whatever you can in the car to take with you in the morning. The less you have to do in the morning, the easier it is to start your day on a positive note.
2. Wake Up Early
Being intentional means being aware of what makes you feel good in the mornings. Do you feel good when you’re woken up by the kids who are begging for breakfast, need their lunches packed, and have forms they forgot to give you to sign? Or do you feel good when you wake up before they do so you have time to enjoy a shower, a cup of coffee, and a little peace? Most people feel better when they rise early enough to enjoy the peace and quiet before the day begins, so it helps to be aware enough to rise early.
3. Make Yourself a Morning Drink
Whether you like an apple cider vinegar tea to help improve digestion, or a lemon ginger tea to help with detoxing, having a morning tonic is a great ritual to have. Experimenting with and adjusting your tonics to what you need that day is so much fun, plus the warm liquids will stimulate your body, encourage regularity, and is just downright fun to do!
4. Avoid Your Phone & Devices
When we first wake up in the morning, we enjoy a clarity that we won’t see again for the rest of the day. Don’t spoil the moment by immediately checking text messages, status updates, emails, and alerts. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy the morning. Put social media on hold – all of that can come later.
5. Start Slow and Easy
Stay quiet for 10 minutes or so and just enjoy your morning tonic. Read a book. Watch the sun come up. Do something you enjoy that’s quiet. It allows you to focus on what is so good about life and all that’s going on around you.
No one wants to feel rushed or overwhelmed within five minutes of waking up. You’re going to feel that way, but you’re better equipped to handle it when you’ve already had peace, quiet, and time to focus on what’s good in life before the chaos ensues.
6. Get Up and Get Active
Getting up and getting active helps wake you up more fully than a cup of coffee, and it can help you stay awake longer. Starting your day off with a little moving around also helps you get some exercise before your brain can object. Whether you’re a marathon runner or you just do a few sets of yoga positions, this is a very important part of healthy morning rituals.
7. Eat Breakfast
Having a full, healthy, well-rounded breakfast is shown to help improve healthy food choices through the rest of the day. A good breakfast should include a source of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Including some veggies here and there during breakfasts is great, whether you prefer them to the side or in a green smoothie!
8. BuJo to Plan Out Your Day
Pick up your bullet journal and pen commit to focusing on what you want, and not just on what others expect or what has an urgent deadline attached. While you’re probably used to having a plan, learning to prioritize yourself while you schedule is a great habit to pick up. Choose 1 to 3 big or important things that you need to get done that day. Try to get them done in the morning so that you can fill up the rest of your day productively – or knock off for some fun. Always make time for yourself!
You may want to consider adding some of these activities to your morning ritual — add them to a collection page or a habit tracker in your BuJo:
>Meditation or prayer
>A glass of water with lemon for hydration and energy
>Stretching or short exercise routine to warm your body up
>Reading to open your mind and motivate you
>Journaling to flesh out the ideas from what you’ve read or to reflect on issues of interest
>Daily planning to get set for your day and to limit any surprises
>Goal setting to place focus on your intentions for the day ahead and to provide you a map
These are just some examples. Your morning routine should be meaningful and useful to you. Feel free to get creative with it. You’ll probably need to experiment a bit to figure out the best combination. But don’t worry — it will come with time.
More Reasons to Bullet Journal in the Morning
Writing in your BuJo is an excellent form of self-care. You’re purposefully setting aside time to focus your thoughts and to spend a quiet moment to work toward achieving your best life. Writing helps you to create the calm and quiet mindset you need to start the day off right. Planning helps you to develop the focus that can be carried onward as you encounter various problems or issues, making problem solving much easier. In fact, your overall state of mind will be enhanced through bullet journaling. You’ll feel more motivated to accomplish your goals, you’ll have more persistence to push through obstacles, and have more patience when encountering minor difficulties. All of these are good things.
How to Make Your Morning Routine a Habit
Like most new activities, it will take practice to make your morning routine a habit that sticks. One way to do that is to know your “Why.” Write down the reasons why you’d like to make this a daily habit. Stick the list somewhere visible as a reminder and to motivate you. You may also want to recruit a friend to share the experience with you. That way, you’ll have a support system in case you need to have accountability or some encouragement. Don’t give up. Try to at least commit to your morning routine for a month. As you may know, repetition is the key to forming lasting habits.
Journaling is a crucial part of a strong morning routine. Hopefully, you now get a better picture of how the two go hand in hand, along with the powerful benefits they can offer. Give it a try for a month and see just how your life transforms.