5 Tips for a Mindful and Productive Morning Routine

“Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be ambitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do.
It is time to start living.”

About a year and a half ago I started doing a morning ritual. I honestly can’t even remember how it started but I knew I needed a mindset shift. We’ve all had the days, running ten minutes behind, coffee spills, you curse as you search for your missing keys and your whole day is thrown off course. You can’t even remember where it all went wrong but it definitely went south and quickly. This pattern is easy to repeat and it’s something I did for a long time. I found myself being a victim to my day and whatever happened instead of being in the driver’s seat.

I started noticing that really successful people had morning routines. Tony Robbins is one in particular, but many other people I admire mentioned the same thing. People who were successful in business, their physical health and mindset all at some point seemed to mention how they started their day. I took note of this and decided that I wanted to be in control of my day too. If Oprah has time for a morning routine then I guess I did too! When we sleep, momentum and energy subside, so starting your day with fresh with a new positive energy is a huge key to a successful day!

Your routine has to be something that works for you, however, here are a few suggestions on where to start.

avoid technology

One very important aspect is I start my routine before I even look at my phone. This can be SO hard to do as our natural reaction is to get caught up on everything that’s happened while we were sleeping. However, once we’re on social media, checking emails and texts, our mind is already in a completely different place and we could potentially be down a rabbit hole before our day ever started. Don’t worry it will all still be there when you’re ready for it.


I love writing in my gratitude journal. I use the Five Minute Journal, because it’s guided and simple but any kind of journaling or getting your gratitudes and goals for the day on paper will be useful.

Whether you journal or not start with gratitude. Take time to think of three things you’re truly thankful for. They can be simple like your dog sitting next to you, a job to go to, waking up next to your partner, a roof over your head, your new nail polish color you love, whatever it is you must feel it deep down. When you feel it so deeply in your heart there is no room to experience fear, anxiety or any negative emotion. Gratitude also breeds more gratitude. Where focus goes, energy flows, so send your energy toward positive things and watch those grow!


Take a few moments to mediate. I like to use an app for guided meditation. There are lots out there so just find something you like or obviously can start meditating on your own too. We all live such fast paced lives these few minutes of quiet and inward reflection are so important.


If I have time I like to move my physical body just to get blood flowing.


Read a chapter or two from a book. It could be inspirational, spiritual, business or fiction. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering or super informative, it just has to bring you joy.

Some mornings I spend five minutes on my rituals and some morning it’s an hour. It doesn’t have to be an hour or two every day it is more the act of setting an intention and following through. Try it on for a size, even for a week and notice how your day is different! Drop a comment below. I would love to hear!

Further Reading: Let Go and Flow: The Law of Attraction in 2018, HIIT Total Body Workout, and Digital Addiction: How to Put the Breaks on our Constant Desire to Stay Plugged In.

CAT GOLDEN started Nine Lives Health and Wellness to help others feel like the absolute best version of themselves. She has a background in pediatric nursing and now does her wellness business full time. She does this through working with individuals and groups conducting weight loss programs, help with athletic performance, increased energy and mindset training. She has been a fitness enthusiast for the last decade and believes that where focus goes energy flows. Focus on gratitude and moving your body and watch how your life can change! (You can also see posts from Cat under The Resource Girls)

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