Morning Routine List Made Simple 2021

Morning Routine List Made Simple 2021

Morning Routine List Made Simple

If you are looking to create the ultimate morning routine list for yourself, then you ended up on the right page. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all list, as everyone is different. This also means that each routine should be tailored to who you are as a person, whether you are an early riser, an active person, etc. 

For some, it may take some time just resting in bed before they can get up and start the day. For others, they can wake up and write an entire 5-page essay. That’s why you must figure out what tasks suit you in your morning routine. A morning routine is the best way to start to be productive during quarantine, as long as you do what’s right for you. With this simple list, you can go through and choose the things that call your attention to start out your days happy and ready to get to work. 

Morning Routine List Ideas

Here are a couple of ideas you may incorporate into your morning routine:

  • Stretch
  • Exercise
  • Meal prep
  • Drink water/coffee/tea
  • Journal
  • Do your skincare routine
  • Affirmations
  • Read
  • Plan out your day

Continue reading to see my explanations of why each of them is so important!


Stretching is super important in everyday life. Especially when you are working from home, stuck in classes, or at an office job, it is important to move your body around. You can relieve tension in your muscles and increase blood flow from performing stretches in the morning. 

Depending on how early you wake up and how much time you have in the morning, you can stretch for short or long periods of time. There are tons of great YouTube videos and blog posts that can help lead you through stretching routines for various amounts of time. If you have about 10 minutes to stretch every morning, this simple routine can help you work out most muscles in your body. 


If you decide exercising would be a great addition to your morning routine, you have multiple options for the types of exercise and length of sessions. 

You can download free or paid apps to have predetermined workout routines set like Nike Training ClubMyFitnessPal, or SWEAT: Fitness App for Women

Or you can search through YouTube to find more creative ways to exercise like dancing, HIIT, or barre classes. 

However, if you aren’t into following video routines, you can always go for a walk, jog, or run in your neighborhood. 

Meal Prep

If you aren’t into doing weekly meal prep or haven’t ever tried before, planning your lunch and dinner in the mornings can be helpful. You can chop up onions, garlic, or whatever vegetables you plan on eating later in the day and put them in the fridge for later. If you have the time you can even cook or bake the main course you plan on eating. 

Drink Water/Coffee/Tea

Depending on what’s best for you and your productivity, you should choose to start your day with a cup of water, coffee, or tea. 

If you prefer to drink water in the mornings, it is recommended that you consider adding lemon to your glasses. It will provide you with Vitamin-C and help reduce bloating as the day goes on. 

If you are a tea drinker, you should look into yerba mate to boost your energy in the morning. As for coffee, it has caffeine which can help you start your day. 

Journal/ Brain Dump

To start your morning, you can begin by writing in a journal. You can do a “brain dump” which is where you allow all the thoughts in your mind to flow onto the paper. Or you can just do a dream journal. There are no rules to what you must write about or how you write it. 

If you are into bullet journaling, the morning can be a great time to create new pages, track moods, sleep, etc. This is a great way to practice self-care in your mornings. 

Complete your skincare routine

Make sure to include taking care of your skin in your wellness part of your morning routine. Do your research or consult an esthetician to find out which products are right for your skin type and concerns. Don’t just use a product because your friend recommended it to you. It’s more than likely that you do not have the same skin type or are addressing the same concerns as them. 

@MakeupforWOC and @Caveofbeauty on Twitter contain various threads with basic tips to learn your skin type, routine do’s and don’ts, product recommendations, and more. They will both tell you that sunscreen is a necessity though in any skincare routine. So when planning out what products to use in the morning, make sure to include one. 


Affirmations are statements you say or write to help boost your confidence, productivity, self-esteem, or to control negative thoughts and feelings. They can help you change your state of mind and move to a more positive perspective. 

These can be helpful to start your day in the best mood you can be in. 


Start your day by reading a book instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media. It can be assigned readings for school or simply anything you have an interest in. Try to set a time or amount of pages you would like to hit every day and complete it in the morning. 

Plan Out Your Day

If you do better with productivity in the mornings it may be beneficial to plan out your day when you wake up. Just sit down and think of the things that need to be done, write out a list, and work on them. You don’t have to extensively schedule out 3 hours for one activity and then 2 hours for another, just know what you would like to get done. 

Create your Simple Morning Routine List

Morning Routine List Pin

Now that you have had a look at some things you can include, it is time to create your morning routine checklist. Write down all the things you have to get done (brush teeth, shower, etc) and things you would like to get done (running, journaling, etc). 

On this checklist, put things in the order you would like for them to get done in or in the order of priority. With this new morning routine list, things will become simpler and you’ll be prepared to handle the day ahead of you.

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Celeste Lili is a student + lifestyle blogger and Content/SEO marketer. She loves to write blog posts that provide value to college and high school students about productivity and lifestyle.

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  1. January 16, 2021 / 6:31 am

    I love this! I try to make a to-do list every morning and practise affirmations too – great tips here xx

  2. January 27, 2021 / 5:45 pm

    Great tips! I love starting my morning with coffee and affirmations. Such a powerful way to start the day. Thanks for sharing!

  3. February 12, 2021 / 7:51 am

    Great article <3 My morning routines of drinking water, doing yoga, sipping coffee and making a list for the day always helps get me aligned for a great day.

    • Avatar photo February 12, 2021 / 9:51 am

      So glad you have a routine that works for you!

  4. April 3, 2021 / 9:27 am

    Amazing post! I will try to put your precious tips into practice asap :))

  5. May 30, 2021 / 11:44 am

    This is a great list. I especially feel better after stretching and moving my body. PLUS! I definitely needed the check to NOT pickup my phone.

  6. July 10, 2021 / 6:52 pm

    I love all of these ideas! Stretching, exercising, and affirmations are an important part to my morning routine.