How to Create a Morning Routine (That Works)

I’ve been fascinated with creating a morning routine ever since I discovered the The Miracle Morning books. I immediately saw the value and I knew from personal experience that the morning can make or break my day. Over the years, I’ve tried so many different combinations, but most would last just a few days or possibly weeks, then I’d stop. Trying to create a morning routine seemed like more work than it was worth. Perhaps you can relate if you’ve ever tried to create a morning routine for yourself.

This year, I was determined to create a morning routine that worked for me! I’m a coach, so I’m often creating little coaching exercises with power questions to help me assess a situation and create a solution. So, I did just that to create a morning routine.

Coaching Questions to Help You Create a Morning Routine:

  • What stresses you out about the morning?
  • For each of those stressors, identify possible solutions. What could make it less stressful?
  • How do you want to feel in the morning? (Yes, your feelings are important!)
  • If you had unlimited time, what would you LOVE to do in the morning?

These 4 simple questions became the catalyst to create a morning routine that finally worked for me! Grab a journal (or a piece of paper) write down each of these questions and start brainstorming with God. You’ll  be amazed at how He’ll help you create a morning routine that will work for you and your family.

You might not be able to do all of these things immediately, but it will help you see what is important to you!

Here’s the morning routine that I created from those questions.

My Morning Routine:

  • It actually starts the night before with taking a shower, laying out my workout clothes, removing email and social media apps from my phone, and making sure that I’m in bed no later than 9:30pm.
  • 6am – Alarm #1 goes off. This is my snuggle alarm. I get up, walk to the bathroom, and turn off the alarm. Then, hop back in bed for 10 minutes of snuggle time with my hubby!
  • 6:10am – Alarm #2 goes off. This is when I officially get up and immediately put on my workout clothes.
  • 6:15-6:45am – Drink a large glass of water and go to my office. Each morning, in my goal journal, I write out my goals for the year. I’ll then spend a few minutes reading affirmations and envisioning what life will be like when each of these goals have been accomplished. How will I feel? What will I be able to do? Once I’ve envisioned success, I write the question, “What do I need to do TODAY to move me closer to accomplishing these goals?” This is a question, but it’s also a prayer. It’s me asking God how to best use my time today.
  • 6:45-7:30am – Family Time – the kid’s alarm goes off and they get ready, we do breakfast, pack lunches, drink Plexus Slim, and get them ready for their school day.
  • 7:30-8am – I drop my daughter off at school, turn on my personal growth audible or podcast, and drive straight to the gym.
  • 8-9am – Walk on the track (still listening to personal growth audible or podcast), then workout with my trainer
  • 9-9:30am – Drive home from the gym (still listening to personal growth audible or podcast)
  • 9:30-10:30am – Business Meeting with God – I listen to worship music, read scripture, pray for my team, and then I brainstorm with God about whatever project I’m working on at the moment.

Behind the Scenes – Why this Morning Routine Works for Me:

I always like to know the WHY behind someone’s schedule, so here’s your glimpse into why this morning routine works for me!

  • I’m getting 8ish hours of sleep a night and not waking up at some crazy early hour!
  • I’m awake before the kids! This eliminated sooo many stressors! I need to start my day before the kids otherwise I’m grouchy and feeling behind.
  • For the first time since we’ve been married, Jon and I now wake up at the same time. We get a little time to chat and snuggle, but we eliminated the temptation of falling back asleep.
  • I’m not distracted by email or social media. In fact, I don’t add the apps back to my phone until 11am.
  • One of my goals for the year is to workout daily. I’m setting myself up for success by 1) laying out my workout clothes the night before 2) immediately putting on my workout clothes 3) going straight to the gym after I drop off Sophie.
  • I have dedicated time to write my goals, envision success, and create an action plan for the day.
  • We get to enjoy family time in the morning.
  • Making time for personal growth is a priority for me. On Sunday evenings, I plan out what I’ll do for personal growth the upcoming week. I download the audible or the podcasts, so I’m ready to go. I’m now getting 60-90 minutes of personal growth a day which adds up to lots of awesome podcasts and books in a month.
  • I now have extended quality time with God for worship, prayer, brainstorming, and planning.
  • I try not to schedule any appointments before 10:30am ET. And, if I do have an early morning appointment, then I adjust the schedule accordingly.

I understand the frustration of trying to create a morning routine. But, I’m so grateful that I kept tweaking it until I found a morning routine that works for me. It’s worth the work- I promise! Use the 4 simple questions to create a morning routine that works for you!


  • Sarah

    February 8, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for sharing these questions and your experiences. I think a morning routine or ritual can definitely be a game changer. I am working on this too. I find your techniques of only having email and Facebook apps on your phone during work hours interesting. Do you just remove every night and reinstall at 11am or is there an app for disabling apps…lol

  • Suzanne Le Quesne

    February 9, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for this post – I found it really interesting, as I have just for the first time in years been more aware of my morning routine. I started one in January, but wasn’t happy with it, so now tweaked it so it works better for me. But I shall do the exercise above with the questions. Interesting about taking off the social media apps and reinstalling them the next day. Blessings Kelly

  • Liz

    February 16, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Kelly, I read the Miracle Morning a couple years ago and was hooked! However, I had to weed through the new age philosophies and truly seek the Father. I knew that my morning routine of “silence” would include my quiet time with the Word of God. I absolutely saw the benefit of reading a little each day from books that would help me grow. I naturally journal, and I’ve been adding exercise to my routine. Those were great! However, before I starting including affirmations and visualizing, I needed to know what the Father thought about that. As soon as I started seeking His wisdom in those areas, I learned about how visualization works in the brain — this from a source I would never had suspected of answering my prayers for wisdom! For affirmations, I began by going through Ephesians 1-3 and writing down every single TRUTH that the Word told me about myself as a child of God. For example, I am a work in process; I am trusting God to complete His work in me; I am gifted so I can edify the church; I am mature in Christ, not a child, being tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine; I am living on my Rock, the Lord Jesus; and so forth. I started working on gradually incorporating these practices into my morning practices. I started experiencing the Holy Spirit reminding me of those promises I was claiming every morning, using them to start changing my responses to situations in my life, and molding me to be more like the Son. I expanded the categories of my affirmations. This is much like what you’ve had us do in the Virtual Retreat. What were the goals I had and how would it feel to be the person who was achieving those goals. I started writing those as my affirmations. Slowly, I’m seeing the Father using these to held mold me.

    The most important result of having picked up the Miracle Morning book is that I have seen the absolute value of reclaiming my mornings for Christ. It starts my day properly, and He works Himself into my character and the day itself from there.

  • Emily

    April 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I love routines and have some but needed tweeking…….thank you for sharing. The greatest takeaway is that I did not realize my goals should be in my Journal, I have always put them in my planners. Putting goals in my journal will help me to envision for success. Thank you Kelly!

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