269: How to Create a Morning Routine that will Last // Sara Dean

I struggle to create a morning routine that sticks! 

Naturally, I am a bit scattered, 🤪 and consistency and discipline don’t come easily to me. 

But I know a solid morning routine would make my whole life run more smoothly. So why am I not doing it? 

Thankfully, we all have different personality types and strengths, and I was lucky enough to interview the amazing Sara Dean, who is a rockstar at consistency, discipline, and morning routines

Sara Dean is a business and leadership coach who is also the creator and host of the Shameless Mom Academy Podcast, a top-rated podcast with 5 million downloads. Sara has become a personal friend of mine over the past several years as a colleague in this motherhood podcasting space.

In addition to hosting her podcast, Sara is a keynote speaker who has presented for Amazon, the City of Seattle, Charles Schwab, Inspired Mama, WE Ignite, Alt Summit, and She Podcasts Live. She has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show. 

Sara is a true expert, and I’m so grateful to be able to learn from her! 



Sara Dean’s Three Takeaways to Create a Morning Routine that Will Stick


1 . Make your morning routine desirable, pleasurable, and inviting. 

I love this takeaway! 🫶Sometimes I get stuck in the mindset that my morning routine needs to be a militant regiment that marches me forward into the day. But it doesn’t! 

“It needs to be desirable. It needs to be inviting. You need to want to do it.”

She suggests creating a loving, warm routine encouraging you to leave bed. You could create a cozy corner with a favorite blanket, coffee, or another warm drink, and maybe even a candle you love with some soothing music.

The first few minutes of your morning routine should be something you want to get out of bed to do, not something you “should” want to do. Do you love reading fiction? Put a novel next to your coziest blanket and give yourself permission to snuggle up and read just for fun for a few minutes before you head into the day. Do you love drawing or journaling or handlettering? Do that first thing. You can truly cater this to your own interests! 

After a few minutes of cozy self-love, you will feel more ready to tackle the things you need to get done. 



2. Make your morning routine reflective and rewarding by setting up your day for success. 

This was a real a-ha for me! Including a reflective aspect in my morning routine will be a key way to help me stick with the routines! 

This might look like doing a quick gratitude practice, action planning for the day ahead, or journaling. You can also do some quick but impactful exercises to help process any emotions.  

I love Sara’s suggestions. She does a gratitude practice as she sips her coffee. She then identifies the big three things she needs to get done that day. These are such simple practices, and they only take a few minutes, but they make a big difference. 

Finding ways to reflect each morning will help you to feel ready to face the day. 



3. Make your morning routine consistent by making it non-negotiable. 

When your morning routine is optional, you will constantly decide if it will or will not happen. 

This is exhausting!

Once you decide on a good morning routine for your current season of life, make it non-negotiable with yourself! This will eliminate so much decision fatigue and internal chatter. 

If you’ve made it easy and rewarding enough and built it into your day at a time that works for you and your season of motherhood, this will become a no-brainer for you that is just second nature. 

Plus, a bonus to being consistent is that your kids will get used to it and won’t interrupt you as much! 



Okay, friends. I hope you feel equipped to create a more restorative morning routine. Let’s do this! 


Listen to Top Motherhood Podcast, 3 in 30 Podcast with Rachel Nielson, featuring Sara Dean, About Creating a Morning Routine that Lasts


























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