Be Intentional: Morning Routines Matter

cozy bed

It seems that everywhere I turn, people are having conversations about the importance of your morning routine. For years I have understood the value of a morning routine. When I do not follow my morning routine, my day is off, plain and simple. When I follow my morning routine, I am focused and more productive throughout the day.

Here are four things I do to ensure that I start my day in a positive space. As you read what I am sharing, understand that everyone’s morning routine is not identical. It is about consistently doing things that put you in a positive space.

winter view from window

Wake up at 5am

I love the quiet that exists around me in the morning. Being the only one awake in my home gives me the opportunity to think through things. I often find that in the morning, I am able to come up with solutions to things that were causing me stress the night before.

cup of coffee

Have Coffee

I will be honest; most people suggest you stay away from your phone during this time of solace. I do not! My quirky habits include drinking coffee and checking my bank accounts, my stocks, watching TED talks, reading news articles, or writing if time permits.



Exercise boosts my mood and energy level. Lately, my exercise routine has included a combination of pure barreOrangetheory HIIT, and walking/jogging. Having an opportunity to focus solely on my health and well-being is something that I really appreciate after many years of ignoring my needs.

If you have a slight case of the blues or feel lethargic, try walking at a brisk pace for thirty minutes or more. I guarantee you will feel so much better. Not to mention all of the other benefits associated with exercise.

to do list

Write a To Do List

I do not do this every morning. But, when I know I have a full day and need to accomplish a lot, I take some time to create a to-do list. If I don’t, I will oftentimes forget things because I get distracted by new challenges throughout the day. Lists keep me accountable, and marking items as complete brings me so much joy!

Now, tell me. What does your morning routine include?

Much Love,


Always and Forever My Love Book

Published by Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

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