Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing A Morning Routine

Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing A Morning Routine

I never was a morning person. Having children has changed that. I now get the majority of my productivity done in the morning. By the time 4 pm hits, I’m done. There’s no way the floors are getting mopped or the bathroom cleaned if the clock is past 5 pm…make that 3 pm. Over time I have also come to find that the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. If I didn’t have a morning routine, nothing would get accomplished. The day would turn to custard, and dinner would for sure be takeout. If your mornings look like chaos, then this post is for you. Below is your ultimate guide to establishing a morning routine.


Who needs a morning routine? Well, in my opinion, anyone that wants to achieve something with their day. Whether you’re off to work in the morning, or staying home, you still will benefit from establishing a routine to begin your day.

If you want to get out the door in time, then a morning routine is what you need. If you want your day to run smoothly at home, then you need to set up a morning routine. Can you tell I’m a die-hard fan?

I know what it can be like to start the day with all the best intentions in the world, only to end it in fatigue and frustration. Establishing a morning routine has helped so much to avoid that.


But why? Why do you need a morning routine? Here are my two main answers:

Your morning routine is a major contributor to the success of your day.

I have two children. They are 18-months apart, at at the time of this post, they’re 2 and 8 months. I think most mothers can concur that from around 4 pm till bedtime is pure survival mode. If you’ve not heard the term ‘witching hour’, then I suggest you look it up. There’s something about those hours that sends kids into a total meltdown. Everything is a big deal and all of a sudden, getting that simple dinner onto the table becomes a mammoth task. If you manage to get dinner on the table and the kids into bed, you’re probably about ready to lock yourself in a closet and hide from the world.

Raise your hand if you’ve been there!

Establishing a morning routine can allow you to transfer much of the witching hour work into the morning hours where everyone is just a little more on the sane side of things. Ultimately, it will make your evening much more bearable, and you can even enjoy a fairly relaxed family dinner time.

Leaving The House

Of course, if you’re planning on leaving the house for work or errands in the morning, then having a set routine will get you a long way towards leaving the house on time. If you have children, you will completely understand the monumental task it can be to get out the front door on time. Being on time isn’t something that is simply decided on. Nope, in my household, it is the result of a master plan that often begins the night before.

If you can create a timeline and know exactly what needs to be done when then that ‘morning rush’ can almost be completely avoided. I say ‘almost’ because with kids anything can happen. For real…anything. It is for that reason that we start getting in the car 15 minutes before we’re supposed to leave. I’m even thinking of extending that to 20 minutes because we’re only just managing to leave on time.

Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing A Morning Routine

Ok, so you want to get a good morning routine down pat. I hear ya! Where do you start? Well, if you’re struggling to figure that out, or you just want someone to hand you the guide…you’re in luck. I’ve done all the grunt work for you and created a printable guide that you can download. Simply follow the instructions and you’ll be able to create your own personalised morning routine that will help to streamline and simplify your daily living!

You can also print out the guide for each family member should you care to, and then create a master routine.

Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing A Morning Routine



There are so many tips and tricks to help you day end smoothly, but I’m going to say that starting it off in a way that is intentional and productive will go a long way in helping.

What is something you include in your morning routine to help the day run more smoothly?

Until next time!

Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing a Morning Routine. This guide helps mamas to reach the goals they have for their morning. End your day on a good note by setting up your morning for success!

Your Ultimate Guide To Establishing a Morning Routine. This guide helps mamas to reach the goals they have for their morning. End your day on a good note by setting up your morning for success!


Hi! I'm Christine...a stay-at-home mum to two tiny humans. My constant focus is having my home run as smoothly as possible. Keeping two kids alive, and maintaining my sanity is also a priority. Most Saturday nights, you can find me hunkered down watching Grey's Anatomy, and hopefully nibbling on some chocolate. :)

  • I have discovered that having a routine in the morning really gets me prepped for the day ahead. I love a list and can’t wait to check out your guide.

    • Christine Keys

      Yes! I’m totally a list person too, which is why I love the guide so much. 🙂

  • I am trying to get into a morning routine because I want to be able to work on my blog or hit the gym before I go to my full time job. And even though I don’t have little ones to take care or get ready.. I think your guide is what I need to get a routine that is consistent going.

    • Christine Keys

      Absolutely! Having a morning routine is beneficial to everyone. 🙂

  • thesophiadiaries

    Thanks for sharing!!! I couldn’t agree with these points more!

    • Christine Keys

      Glad you found it helpful! 🙂

  • Treslyn Roberts

    Christine, I completely agree with you! The morning is absolutely key. Sometimes I’m really good at it, and sometimes I say “5 more minutes” to my alarm too many times. Those days when I get out of the house and get my workout done before work are the best! I feel like I could conquer the world. The other days I tend to feel sluggish and not get as much done. Your post has inspired me to be more intentional and work on solidifying my morning routine. Thanks for sharing!


    • Christine Keys

      You’re totally right. While I love staying in bed longer on the weekends, I definitely feel better when I’m up around my normal time. 🙂

  • I suck at mornings, most of the time when I wake up I still feel 90% asleep. I need to get more into a routine for my little man and so that I can get work done in the morning. I’m definitely downloading this!

    • Christine Keys

      It is a hard adjustment to make, but just like anything it can become a habit and to be honest, I quite enjoy it now. I hope you find the guide helpful! 🙂

  • Having a morning routine is so important. I’m definitely a night owl and I’ve found I do my best work at night haha.

    • Christine Keys

      I used to be that way, but having kids re-wired my brain, ha!

  • Cathy Nugent

    I am a small business owner who is not a morning person what-so-ever, so I definitely needed to read this today!!

    • Christine Keys

      What I consider ‘morning’ now I would have thought to be the middle of the night a few years ago, ha!

  • Bailey

    I love this! Mornings are my favorite (and I think the most important) part of the day.

    • Christine Keys

      Yes! Absolutely!

  • Learning2Bloom

    A morning routine makes a huge difference for us. I have a more difficult time sticking with it during the summer, but on school days it’s SO important. We have a much better day when we start off in a positive way. Thanks for the info!

    • Christine Keys

      Very true. For us here in New Zealand, summer time is over Christmas/New Year’s as well so the routine definitely relaxes a bit. 🙂

  • Jen

    I used to be a night owl until my second child was born. Now I don’t know how I was a night owl at all, and especially with my firstborn. I wake up earlier than my kids so I can accomplish several must-haves for my day: a shower, personal development activities (blogging, listening to a podcast, or watching an informational YouTube video), and personal prayer. Without these 3 things as part of my morning routine, the rest of my day quickly goes south.

    • Christine Keys

      Yes! Me too! I need that short time in the morning to get things sorted to I’m prepared for the day ahead. 🙂

  • Jennifer Schmidt

    I would not get anything done if it wasn’t for my morning routine. Sticking to a schedule has help so much!

    • Christine Keys

      Right? It is the foundation to my day! 🙂