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A morning routine is one of the most important habits you can develop as a mom.

Morning routines are so important. No matter what kind of mama you are, an intentional morning routine is one habit you NEED in your life.

I’m excited to discuss the importance of a morning routine and how you can incorporate it into your life.

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I hear this question from a lot of the moms I work with. It’s usually followed quickly with, “I’m already so tired, I could never get up early!”

If this sounds like you, you are in the right place.

In this post, I intend to share 5 of the top reasons why you should consider starting a powerful morning routine. This one habit is such a game-changer for busy aspiring mompreneurs.

This will be the first in a series of 3 posts all about morning routines! I can’t wait to share all of these tips with you!

As a busy mom, family doctor and online entrepreneur, I’m just like you and wear a LOT of hats.

I have personally learned that committing to an intentional and effective, high-vibe morning routine is critical. It helps me maintain my mental, physical and spiritual health, which in turn allows me to show up as my fullest self in all of the areas of my life.


To me, a morning routine means waking up 30-60 minutes earlier than your kids/family. You then use this time to intentionally focus on caring for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.

A morning routine is a collection of activities you fill this precious early child-free time with for YOUR OWN BENEFIT. In other words, it’s PURE BLISS and a power strategy for moms on a mission.

Trust me, friend. Having a morning routine is a game-changer for #momlife.

I know that many people are very resistant to this idea. I hope that in this post (and the podcast episode) that will be able to motivate you to try one for yourself!


You believe you’re important? Prove it.

I know, you’ve heard it all before. Self-care this, self-care that.

One of the most important reasons for creating a morning routine as a mom is that it creates time for you to do have that elusive thing all of us moms want and need more of: self-care time.

I’m telling you, some solid self-care time is critical for your success as a mother and an entrepreneur. If you’re not investing time in taking care of yourself, you’re not nurturing and maintaining your most important asset: YOU.

By creating a morning routine centered around self-care and activities that support, nurture and maintain your own well-being, you can ensure you’re bringing your best self to your day, your family and your business.

The thing about us mamas is we tend to SAY we want to do more self-care, prioritize ourselves more, exercise more and all of the good stuff. Many of us however don’t take much action towards actually doing those things. Put frankly, we struggle to “walk our talk” when it comes to prioritizing ourselves.

If you truly believe you are important, your needs and goals and well being are priority, you put them first. By creating a morning routine, you announce to yourself, your family and the universe that you are important and your needs are worth prioritizing.

The first reason why a morning routine is very powerful for moms is that by having one, you are putting these beliefs into action. You are putting your “money where your mouth is.” You are following through on all of those beautiful beliefs you claim to have. This may sound harsh, but you cannot just “say” you want to do something – you actually have to do it, and this applies to prioritizing yourself.

I see you, Mama: You’ve got GOALS.

If you’re anything like me, you likely…

  • Would LOVE more time for yourself! (Um, can I get a hell yeah?)
  • Could kill to have the time to read that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table;
  • Want to finally learn how to meditate, or even just get a moment of silence (ahhhh);
  • Know you should exercise more often so you can feel healthier in your body;
  • Desire to feel calm and be present in your day with your children;
  • Want to give to your family from a place of love rather than obligation and resentment;
  • Would love to feel organized, prepared and in control of your day.

Well listen lady, having a morning routine allows us to take action on ALL of these goals.

In fact, a well designed and fulfilling morning routine can include all of these amazing things at once! All in one beautiful and elegant little vehicle. What is not to love?

A morning routine helps you clear the mental clutter.

I think one thing we can all agree on as busy moms is that we have a ton of mental clutter. Things to do, houses to clean, meals to prep, kids to love and businesses to build…it can all seem like a bit much.

Mental clutter refers to the thoughts that rattle around in our brains in our working memory that clog up our minds and makes us feel scattered.

And if you’re anything like me, there’s a LOT of it hanging around.

One of the best reasons for having a morning routine as mom is that a well-designed one will help me reduce mental clutter. I can focus on what is most important and ultimately waste less cognitive and physical energy on unimportant tasks and thoughts.

I typically make a habit of “brain-dump” journaling in my morning routine as a way to clear my mental cache before moving on to plan my day. This helps all of the thoughts in my brain get out and onto paper. That way, I can figure out what is useful to put back in and what can be dismissed.

I’ve also noticed that if I don’t do my morning routine, all of those important self-care activities go on to the To-Do List for the rest of the day and cause more mental clutter. I constantly have them rattling around in my brain.

“I still have to find time to fit that run in,” or “Maybe I can sneak away and meditate at some point.” And on it goes.

When I do my self-care in the morning, those important tasks are done and no longer consume my mental bandwidth. This helps a TON to lessen the mental clutter of motherhood. With less mental clutter, you can focus and be more productive during your day. WIN.

Despite what you think, an early morning routine will give you more (not less) energy.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but waking up early to fit in your morning routine help you feel more energetic, rather than more tired.

Many people avoid waking up early for a morning routine because of deeply held beliefs about sleep. We all have beliefs about how much sleep we need. We have beliefs about how important sleep is. Many of us also believe that we are “not morning people.”

The reality: these beliefs are thoughts you have chosen to invest in and create your reality from. You can choose to develop new beliefs about sleep.

Personally, I feel more energetic on days that I do my morning routine than the days that I hit snooze for an extra hour. I believe that the activities you spend doing during the 30-60 minutes of your morning routine provide so many benefits. When you experience these benefits, you are naturally more energetic throughout the rest of your day.

I have never heard anyone tell me, “I really wish I hadn’t woken up early today for my morning routine.” 99.9% of the time, they usually say something like, “I woke up early this morning and I am so happy I did – I feel so much calmer, more energetic and overall felt so much better!”

Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.

A morning routine allows you to feel more prepared and organized for your day.

As a busy mom, I feel more prepared when I have a sense of what is happening in my day. By reviewing my to-do list, what activities we have planned and meals I intend to make, I am calmer. I also know that is a real challenge to focus on planning your day once your family is awake.

Therefore, my morning routine includes ~10 minutes to make a plan for the upcoming day. I also set an intention for the day and create a short list of tasks that I want to accomplish.

By no means do I recommend that you create a strict “schedule” for your family to adhere to. Instead, use this time to get a sense of the what your day will look like. Review what tasks you want to accomplish and the family’s schedule. Plan ahead for dinner to reduce your meal time pressure and rush.

When you spend time reviewing your plans for the day, you will feel more organized and calm during your day. You will be more flexible when unexpected things happen. This built-in flexibility will help you feel more calm amidst the chaos that is life. Trust me, this is gold.

Trust me: you will get more out of that hour of self-care than you will out of that extra hour of sleep.

Ready to learn WHAT to put in your morning routine and HOW to get started?

Stay tuned for next week’s episode and post to learn more! OH I CAN’T WAIT!


OK lady! Now you’re ready to get started!

  • EXAMINE YOUR BELIEFS. If you struggle to start an early morning routine, you need to shift your mindset first. Do this by waking up even a few minutes earlier. When you start to experience the benefits, it will get easier. Every minute counts of pure childless bliss counts!
  • START SLOW. If you suddenly commit to waking up 90 minutes early tomorrow you will be exhausted and give up. Like immediately. Like all good habits, we need to be intentional about how we get started. Try waking up 10-15 minutes earlier than normal as a start.
  • Tune in next week to learn WHAT to include in your routine and HOW to get started!

Be sure to share all of your favourite takeaways from this post below in the comments. What is the most important reason for YOU to start a morning routine?

You’ve got this!

Carly Crewe, Mindset Coach for Mompreneurs, Coach for Aspiring Mompreneurs, Mindset Coach for Moms, Mindset Coach, Coach for Entrepreneurs

PS. I would LOVE to be connected with you on Instagram! Did you know that I share the behind-the-scenes of my life, my travels and tons of biz and mindset tips over there? Let’s make it happen! Be sure to send me a DM to say HEY!

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