Mornings are so important because they set the tone for the rest of your day. Plenty of people (myself included) don't take the time to get mornings right, and that's just wasting a great opportunity! Try these 13 ways to improve your morning routine and see if you don't find yourself having a more productive day!

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  1. Thank you so much for this!!

  2. Rather surprised MAKE THE BED isn’t on the list at all.
    Even a US Navy Admiral said that’s the most important thing to do even if nothing else is done that day.

    First thing I do in the AM when I wake up is go pee, then I say good morning to my son, Levi. This little 10 month old is so happy first thing and greets me with a smile when he wakes up. He’s an early bird too. I’m the afternoon lark in the family, and husband is the night owl.

    1. You’re absolutely right! Making your bed really ought to be on this list, I’m amazed I didn’t think to add it!

  3. Love eat the frog. I used to really struggle with the meditation thing but perseverance paid off and now I really miss it If I don’t sit for that 30 minutes.

    1. It’s funny how much we get in our own way with these things, isn’t it? I’m glad you’ve found meditation to be so powerful! The world would be a better place if we all meditated a little each day ❤️

  4. Doing a laundry every day?! Do you really have so much stuff? Because half empty washing machine is so not environment-friendly..

    1. Of course not! Doing a load of laundry in the morning is just one of the many things you can do to start your morning off on a productive foot!

  5. One way to do many of these suggestions is to get a puppy! The only things I have not been able to change in my morning routine is meditation and coffee/tea before needing to take her out. I get 20-30 minutes of walking with her, have to have my clothes laid out the night before, definitely cannot snooze, etc.

    Just started last week with this new planner, still needing to put all my to-dos into a list.

    Thanks for all the tips.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      That sounds like a really cute and wonderful way to start the day MaryAnn!

  6. I loved these tips! I 100% agree with not checking your phone first thing in the morning, but it’s such a hard habit to break! Also, never heard of “eat the frog” haha, but it makes so much sense. 🙂

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      You’re right Brenna, it is definitely a hard habit to break!

  7. Pretty good article. I will try your way out

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks for reading Jack!

  8. Shelby

    Thank you for the suggestion of using morning pages. I started my first entry on Nov. 12 with some apprehension of keeping going. Now a month in and I look forward to the 10 min or so I spend justing writing down what’s on my mind. Sometimes I write in the morning but mostly it’s been in the evening or throughout the day. I find that I am more relaxed and focused after writing. I’ve also included morning meditation and Bible reading as well. Thanks again for the great advice.

  9. Meditation is a thing I will never do. It scares me that it is getting this popular…I keep seeing it on blogs all the time.

    1. To each their own, Judith 🙂 Meditation has been very helpful for me, but if you don’t want to try it, then that’s totally your choice!

    2. okay, to each their own. Just curious, though. Why?

  10. So simple, yet effective tips. I needed reminding.
    PS: There are 14 tips, not 13 ????Not a problem, though….they are all on point!

  11. I struggle with mornings too. I’d rather stay up at night, but I really can’t do anything productive while my husband is asleep. Checking FB is the most time draining part of my day. Once I get on, I can’t seem to get anything else done. Thanks for the tips to help get back on track. I think an earlier bedtime for me is another big key to getting up early.

    1. I totally understand, Karen. I feel weird when my husband and I are both home and we’re in different rooms doing different things, like I can’t start doing anything really productive because we’re about to start doing something together. Does that make sense? It makes it tough to really do much but putter around on my phone. It’s hard to break out of that!

  12. Thank you so much for this list! As soon as I saw the “Three tasks” idea, I jumped off the couch, cleaned my whiteboard, and wrote down three tasks I wanted to get done today.
    It’s late in the day and I was feeling so dissapointed in myself before reading your post.
    Now that I read your post, wrote down my three tasks, and realized that I got them done, I feel so much better about my day.

    I also love the “no checking the phone first thing in the morning” idea…because I check my phone the second I wake up xP

    1. That is fantastic, Manal! There’s nothing like a surge of productivity to wash away negative feelings. And I can’t emphasize how bad I used to be about checking my phone first thing. It’s awful. My mornings have been 10x better once I stopped that, and I definitely recommend that to be priority number one for your new routine!

  13. I have never been a morning person , but recently I have tried to get better . However I haven’t made much progress . So I’m going to use these ideas to hopefully get my mornings on track . Thank you!

    1. I know exactly how you feel, Makala. I have never considered myself to be a morning person. But once I figured out the right routine, I became a morning person, much to my surprise. It just takes some trial and error to see what works for you, so don’t give up!

  14. Dear Shelby/ other Readers,
    I’m wondering if mornin.g pages can be done… before going to bed? I get up for work about 5.30 am and don’t have time to write but I would love to :). Getting up earlier is not an option here :).

    1. That’s a great question, Sylwia. And the answer is… absolutely! The point is to help you regularly relax your brain and allow you to process your thoughts. It can be a fantastic tool in the evening, especially just before bed. So go for it!

  15. I read this blog post this past Sunday, and decided I wanted to try some of your suggestions, with some modifications. I’m absolutely NOT a morning person, so my alarm rings at 6:45 and I still rush to get out at 8:15. The most important was to not get on Twitter as soon as I woke up. I’ve been getting up and getting dressed right away – often before my alarm goes off,and then saying the morning service (I don’t meditate well, but praying counts.) Then I feel I can settle down with that glass of water you suggest, and my phone, for a half an hour or so. I’ve had relaxed breakfasts, and time to chat with my husband before strolling to my car or the bus stop.

    I’m pairing this with taking my evening shower at or before 10PM and lights out at 11:30. That part’s actually a little harder – I really am a night person – but I’ve managed all this week. I’m also putting “no phone” and “early shower”in my daily logs in my bullet journal so I can check them off. I hope to move them to the monthly tracker in July.

    (I’ve had success with this method before. When I want to start a new habit, I write it in my dailies for a week or more first.)

    It’s only been one week, and anything can happen to throw me off, but this week has been amazing. I’m not waking up any earlier, but I feel like I’m accomplishing more in the day, plus I’m getting to work 5-10 minutes earlier, giving me time and get organized first.

    Thank you for writing this post. I found something working for me from your suggestions.

    1. I’m so thrilled that you found success, Debra! It’s incredible how a few small tweaks can have such massive effects. I hope you continue to rock your mornings and feel fantastic about your productivity!

  16. Joy Morris says:

    You’ve forgotten “Take a shower” before your put on a nice outfit. Showering each day is an opportunity to start fresh.

    1. Ah, I didn’t even think of that! I’m a night shower kind of girl, but I know some people just love the opportunity to start fresh every day. Good add!

  17. I love this post and it reinforces that I really need to get back into my morning routine. These are all great suggestions but I’m intrigued by what your actual morning routine is, and how long does it take you?
    Much love
    Jane xx

    1. That’s a really good question, Jane. It’s actually in the process of changing right now, so it’s not quite regular at the moment. But the goal is to get up at 6:30, run every other day and take the dog to the dog park on the off days. Then it’s come home, get dressed in my day clothes, have a coffee, write my morning pages, and jump into work. It’s pretty simple, but I have really been loving getting up with a real alarm clock instead of my phone! It’s done wonders for my morning mood and productivity 🙂

  18. Well, I read this as I lay in bed scrolling and you inspired me to get up and get dressed. After a long school year and lots of travel we are so tired here at my house and I was going to let myself stay in my pjs today’s. But I still have a lot to do and you reminded me that I will be more productive if I am ready for the day. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much, Heather! The occasional pajama day is definitely welcome, but it is so easy to be a blob after a busy schedule (like right after finals). It’s great to take a rest day or two, but I would always take them too far and end up having a ridiculously lazy week! Thankfully, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of curbing that with some solid morning routines, but I know the siren call of the bed. I’m glad you kicked it into gear and had a productive day!

  19. I was thinking that’d be a lot to fit into a morning. On a good day I’m lucky to get to eat my whole breakfast before I have to leave for work. I’d have to get up at 3am to fit it all in.

    Except coffee. There’s always time for coffee. lol

  20. Hi! I liked it! Congrats. I have a question: do you do all of these things daily?

    1. That’s a great question, Maria! I guess I didn’t actually say. I only do about four each morning. I think doing all thirteen would be a bit of a beast every morning. I’d suggest you try all thirteen to see how they feel and see if they work for you, then stick with a handful.

  21. Thank you, Shelby! I’m enjoying going through your site for some great Bullet Journal ideas, (as I just started mine on Sunday), loved this article, and I am looking forward to reading more!


  22. I just lying on my bed.. Scrolling through Facebook on my phone when I saw the post.. What can I say.. It felt like the fates were pushing me to get off the bed ????

    But you really made a lot of good points. Most of which I knew.. But I never really thought about it and it really really helps when someone else tells it.
    Thank you so much

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