morning routine

Morning routine is so critical when it comes to structuring your day, and being more productive.

But how do you really structure it in a way to make it happen, especially if you’re not a morning person like me?

I’ve gone through a lot of different trainings on setting up your morning routine, and so many people are early birds, who wake up at 4 or 5 am, and I just couldn’t do it. I mean, I can try to do that, but my body is not used to waking up at that time every single day. I usually wake up either at 8 or 9 am, so I had to figure out my own morning routine, that fits me best.

I’m basically a night owl, and I found that I get a lot more stuff done during the night, because I don’t get any distractions. So I can stay “in the zone” for hours, and get a ton of important things done for the upcoming day. And when you live in Europe, and most of the business stuff goes off of American Eastern time, you definitely gotta stay up late (gotta love the time zones, right?).

So if you’re not a morning person, and have been struggling with how to put together a routine for yourself, read this post and watch the video below. If it helped me, it’s gonna absolutely help you.

One of the most important things I can tell you about starting your day right is – don’t check your email and social media notifications when you wake up. This is how you can absolutely ruin your day. All of those things can wait. And guess what – it’s other people’s agenda to get your attention to what they have to say to you. There’s nothing THAT important that requires your attention and time in the morning.

Instead – put your phone on the airplane mode, and read affirmations right after you wake up. I shared this earlier, and I used to be very skeptic about them, but they DO work! Write your affirmations down TODAY (if you don’t have them already) on a piece of paper, and take a picture of it with your phone. So in the morning you can just read them in your phone (and you’ve got the affirmations with you whenever you travel too, which is pretty cool).

The second thing that I do before I get my day started and before I move on to all the other activities, I write my goals down. I learned this from Grant Cardone not that long ago, and I was neglecting this task too. I was thinking to myself – why does that even matter to me? How is writing my goals down gonna impact my business and my results? I was SO WRONG! I get so excited and fired up whenever I write them down (I have a special notebook for that), and I visualize all these goals being already accomplished. This is very very powerful.

In the video below I talk about this strategy in more details, and I also share exactly what I do after these two tasks. And I could create a morning routine by not being a “morning person”, you CAN DO IT TOO!

How to Develop Morning Routine



Jelena Ostrovska


“I help entrepreneurs create a successful brand online using social media & blogging.”

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64 Responses

  1. Love the post. The message of getting your morning right is key. One of my mentors Robin Sharma, always talks about controlling your book ends to the day. The morning is the time to have some you time before you open the door to start in the crazy world for the day. It really sets the tone for your day. I love to read, meditate and exercise before cranking the on switch.

  2. This is a great blog full of info to follow >> Develop Morning Routine if your not a morning person ♥♥☺☺ This is so critical when it comes to structuring your day, and being more productive. thank you for sharing !!~

  3. Fantastic post Jelena. I have been guilty of reading emails before I even get out of bed. Not a good idea. I am not really a morning person and am a night owl like you so your post today was very relevant to me. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That one thing all successful people stick to, having a morning rituals and routine, i found the early morning time are the best times for production, great post Jelena.

  5. Great tips, Jelena! I actually started doing webinars at 8 am EST three times a week to force myself to start the day strong. (That’s 6 am my time! Ha ha) The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod helped me map out my morning routine.

  6. Jelena,,, great morning tips… I find when I check emails first….boom…the day disappears quickly…. I certainly agree with everything you’ve said… as usual… a great post…

  7. great post having good morning habits will set your day up for success. I get my workout done first thing in the morning to get started.

  8. Great post, Jelena! I agree that a morning routine is an important thing to make into a habit. Also loved the point about writing down your goals and the power putting things in writing can have!!

  9. Great advice Jelena! I too do not allow myself to look at my phone right away. I get so much more accomplished that way. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Jelena, great post. I am not a early morning person either; I normally wake up between 9-10.

  11. Awesome post Jelena,

    I agree, starting your day with affirmations and focused on what is important in your life is a great way to begin your day on the right foot.

    It really matters. 🙂

  12. Having a morning routine has been AWESOME for me! I immediately wake up, take care of dogs and bathroom, drink one huge glass of ice water, read 1 chapter in a book and journal. This takes me 30 minutes and now I have more energy than drinking a Starbucks latte!

    Dr. Lisa

  13. Hey Jelena,
    Thanks for the awesome post! I am DEFINITELY not a morning person either, but you are right you need to have a morning routine where you focus on the more important tasks first then you can check email and social media (which I tend to do first lol) Will be working on these tips!

  14. Love it!! I am so a night owl too!! No one around to bother me and can get a lot done then! First thing in the morning for me is coffee and then my book!

  15. I am a morning person, early morning before the family and I get a LOT done!This works for me because late evening, I can connect with my family when they are all home.

  16. Great post! Like the advice you give about not looking at your email or social sites when you wake up. I am so guilty of that. However, I am a morning person, so I like to get straight to work before I have my coffee. My reward is my coffee once I’m feeling productive. Which is sometimes an hour or two after I wake up. Love the tips you got.

  17. I am definitely a night owl just like you. BUT I learnt one thing from Brendon Buchard and MY BODY..see time does catch up with you huni. So Try to be less a night owl and get into the zone of doing more of the value tasks during the day. One thing for sure is…I am pumped up to wake u every morning now because I have a purpose. To Build a lasting legacy for my family and enjoy the fruits of great health. I also have a driver…to do it while I am healthy too! THUS Staying up late every night working past 10pm allowing that blue light into my body, is not a good thing anymore. And watch out for “PC Butt.” Sitting for hours all day past 10pm again not great for your body Mass. Only if it’s to party on weekends lolol. Now here is the deal. In the morning after a great wake up refreshing drink your mind is ticking at all angles and ready to soak up all kinds so I utilize my mind best at that point too!

    By the way you got an amazingly smooth complexion Jelena Beautiful!

    1. Oh yeah! I started working on doing the majority of the tasks in the morning and during the day, so I can go to sleep earlier – and I feel way more fresh eveyr morning!

      aww thank you Julie! 🙂

  18. Oh yes, it’s all about managing those distractions. I find the morning to be my meditation time, reading and listening to audio while on my bike! But then I also write down daily goals and I think your post Jelena is a great reminder that when we plan our day we can accomplish so much more. Thanks for sharing!

  19. The Morning routine Is CRUCIAL And I love your advice here! I started putting my phone on Airplane mode as well, Keeps it quiet and when I’m all zen for the day, I can take it off and the Phone is Ready to Go 🙂

  20. I couldn’t agree less J. Just this morning, I drew a line in the sand about this and sketched out a design for my days. That bit on not checking email and other notification is so spot on. I can personally attest to that. Keep inspiring J. You’re a star!

    1. Thank you so much for the comment Lynda! 🙂 Morning routine is so important. I agree that you gotta remove those distractions and focus on productive activities first