There’s a reason that most successful business executives – from Benjamin Franklin to Tony Robbins – stick to a morning routine. Scroll down for a free planner printable that will help you create yours.
In the midst of our busy schedules, a good morning routine has to power to make you feel like a productive, organized, goal-getting machine, all before 8am. Starting your morning well means you can set the tone for the day ahead and energize yourself for what’s to come, rather than waking late and rushing to get out the door while asking yourself ‘why did I hit that snooze button for the third time?!’I have to admit, I’ve always been a big enemy of mornings. I’m the snoozer that I just described, always wishing I could wake early enough to have a peaceful, productive morning routine, but never having the will-power to do so. Eventually, I held my hands up and said ‘I’m just not a morning person’. I’d tried to muster all the willpower inside my body to fight the snooze-hitting-beast inside of me!
Ultimately, it wasn’t willpower that I needed. I needed a plan. I needed a morning routine that was worth waking up for, that would help me get out of bed with intention and purpose. I designed the Morning Routine printable planner insert, added it to my little pocket planner and started crafting a morning routine that I would want to wake up for. It helped me so much that I decided to make it a free planner printable that will hopefully help you, too. I can’t explain the difference that this little morning routine plan made to me – a self proclaimed snooze-addict! I had a few things lined up for each morning that I knew would make me a better version of myself if I did them everyday. Now that’s a good reason to wake up.
5 Tips for creating your first morning routine:
- Start your routine with something that you’ll look forward to. You guys, I can’t explain to you how hard it was for me to get out of bed when I knew the first item on my morning routine was the dreaded e-word… Exercise. Who the heck wants to trade a cosy bed for a HIIT session? Not me, thank you! A simple re-arranging of your morning routine on your free planner printable can make a world of difference. Now, when I wake up, my number one priority is to put on my dressing gown, go downstairs and make a cup of tea that I can drink whilst doing my daily reading. That’s the kind of cosy start I can look forward to.
- Remember that small daily actions determine the course of your life. When you’re planning your first ever morning routine, ask yourself a big question – ‘a year from now, what kind of person do I want to be?‘ The answer should help guide you into building the routine that’s right for you. If you want to be healthy, then maybe you’d add exercise, lemon water and a healthy breakfast into your routine. Do you want to be a more kind and generous person? Maybe you could spend five minutes every morning sending an encouraging message to someone. Want to be more mindful? Journaling and meditation may work for you. The main thing to remember is this: it may not feel like you’re changing your life when you wake up and do 15 minutes of exercise, but it’s small habits like this done consistently that will shape who you are a year from now.
- Start small. You may have a friend who wakes up at the break of dawn, bangs out a workout, does all the washing, plans out the day ahead, spends an hour in prayer and still has time to make dinner before the day has begun. (I basically just described my Mum, the queen of mornings!). Just remember that good habits are built over time and whenever you add a new discipline to your mornings, no matter how small it is, you should celebrate that! I started only four months ago by waking up 30 minutes earlier everyday to do a little exercise and reading and prayer each morning. Already, that’s become so natural that I now wake up another 30 minutes earlier than even that! I can now add some cleaning into my mornings and increase my exercise time. So, start small and take it from there.
- Mix it up. Don’t expect to find instant joy in the first morning routine that you write on your planner. You will most probably find that you need to mix it up a little to find something that truly works for you. For me, it was the third draft that stuck. I made little tweaks each time that I knew would make my morning routine more joyful until something stuck. Try each new routine for a week, adding things in and out, moving the order around, and increasing or decreasing the amount of time spent on certain things until something sticks.
- Commit to just doing it. Let’s be honest, new disciplines are hard to build. Once you’re in the habit of waking up and going through your morning routine, it will be as natural to you as brushing your teeth. But, until then, you’re going to have a few weeks of committing to just do it. Unfortunately, there’s no easy fix for creating new disciplines, but if you can motivate yourself with the points above – starting your routine with something you’ll enjoy, and thinking of the person you’ll be a year from now if you follow through on your routine – then you should be able to muster the motivation needed to get started.
I hope I’ve inspired you enough to give morning routines a go, if you don’t already have one. I’d love to hear and share your success stories – let me know how your morning routine planning is going over on instagram (@crossbowprintables) and please tag me in the photos of your free planner printable, I’d love to see what’s in your routine! Everything inside me is routing for you – you can do it!
Enjoy your free planner printable!
Please note that the download will only work on a tablet or a laptop/computer
Hurray! Printed personal inserts are now available in the shop, along with a few new A5 printed designs. *Happy dance* 🙂 Watch the video below for a full run through of what’s new, and a sneak peek of what I’m putting in my own personal planner.
No amount of pretty lighting or fancy backdrop can make this book look less battered and bruised than it is. But, its scars show just how well loved ‘The One Thing‘ has been by me and my family. It’s provided some valuable lessons to me personally and to everyone I know who has read it, and I’d definitely recommend it to you if you want to see extraordinary results in your life… which I suppose is most people.
There’s so many great things I could share from this book, but my affinity towards goal setting and achieving urges me to tell you of one fact that blew my mind. Did you know that people who write down their goals are 39.5% more likely to achieve them? I’d say that’s a pretty good reason to get them on paper. But, what’s more, is that people who write their goals on paper and send progress reports to friends are 76.7% more likely to achieve them. WOAH!
I’m all for anything that will help me keep on track with my goals, but part of me just wants to call my planner my ‘friend’ so that I don’t need to hunt an accountability partner down 🙂 But, alas, the research doesn’t lie, and so I’m making it my mission this week to find a goal accountability partner.
Do you have a goals accountability partner already? If not, I can be yours! Let me know how your goal progress is going by commenting on the post or even writing me an email. Or, if this already works for you, I’d love to hear any wisdom you may have on the matter, too!
Until next time,
I’ve been thinking recently on just how much my life has changed over the past few years. Ironically, if you had known me a few years ago, you’d have laughed at the idea of me owning a planning business. Laughed! I’d like to think I wasn’t super unorganised, but the idea of keeping a schedule or having a plan definitely didn’t rank high on my priorities list.
That’s why I’m a pretty good testament to the power of planning. Nowadays, you won’t catch me at my desk unless I have a plan (or, more importantly, a reason to be doing what I’m doing) and I can honestly say I’ve achieved more in the last few years of my life than ever before.
I believe that planning ignites the main thing we need in order to make things happen and see change in our lives: focus. Focusing on what you’re working towards and where you’d like to be in the future is something I’d encourage everyone to check in on every once is a while. Like Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time”. Ouch, Zig, talk about cutting to the core! But he’s so right.
For me, my focus comes entirely through goal-setting. And let me tell you, I’m BIG on goal-setting! I set yearly goals, which I break down into quarterly goals, which I break down into monthly, weekly and daily goals. It may sound excessive, but I have never found a system that encourages me to knuckle down and make progress like I do now. It’s encouraged me to dream big, work smarter and achieve more than I thought was possible. In other words, these steps are transforming huge mountains (my big goals) into walkable hills.
So, let me encourage you to dream big, focus and make a plan that will propel you towards the change you want to see in your life. If you need planners to help you get there, check out the ones I use: the Productivity Planner and the Goals Planner.
Wishing you a lovely week!
Hurray!! Today’s the day!! Glass Encased Dry Wipe Planners are available to pre-order now!
I’m so so so excited about this new product for a few reasons: a) They’re an environmentally friendly way to plan, b) They’re a way to beautify your space whilst being an organisational rock star (aka, they’re just pretty ?) c) They’re a way to keep your goals in front of you all day, everyday.
There’s four planners to choose from: the Weekly Planner, Daily Planner, Daily To Dos and Meal planner. And rather than babble on about how fun it is to write-on-wipe-off your goals everyday (Karate Kid style!), I’ve filmed a quick video to show you these beauties up close and personal.
So, there we have it… my first product that everyone can enjoy – whether you have a physical planner or not – and I’m super excited about it. I hope you all love it and would love to hear what you think of this new idea!
Woah… first ever blog post and I’m feeling the pressure! The good news is that I’m not a blogger, so hopefully I can manage your expectations from the get go 😉 I’m hoping that what this space will give me, though, is a place to get to know each other a little better and somewhere to keep you updated when things get exciting in the Crossbow HQ. And by ‘exciting’, I mean that you’ll be the first to know when my dog learns how to talk, or my printer turns into a Transformer. OK, maybe not that exciting – in fact, I don’t even have a dog. But, if you’re a planner lover like me, you’ll probably like it here.
If you’re new to Crossbow Printables, hello! I’m Jordan, a 5-foot-tall lover of design, adventures, family, friends, music and tea. Jesus is my homeboy, and organisation is my specialty. And I’m the planning nerd behind Crossbow Printables. I designed my first planners in 2014, and using them has helped me achieve so much in the last few years that it’s now my personal goal to help you get focused, think about what you want to achieve in life, and become the goal-getting machine you were born to be. It’s so important to me that the planner pages I design aren’t just beautiful, but are sophisticated enough to make complex planning seem simple and accessible.
So, if you’re new to Crossbow Printables, or if you’ve been with me from its humble beginning on Etsy in 2014, please accept a huge virtual squeeze as a thank you for stopping by! Feel free to browse the shop, and swing by from time to time for updates and planner talk.