Morning Routine Recommendations for Each Personality Type

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 5 essentials for an organized morning routine. Those essentials are:

  1. A Start-Up Routine
  2. A Ready To-Do List
  3. Breakfast Plans
  4. Being Dressed
  5. A Weekly Review

But – of course – your personality plays into what sort of morning routine you should build and practice.

What’s really important in the morning? For a busy mom, it’s that we enter our day with energy and focus.

We need to touch base with our priorities and start moving forward.

Leverage your personality’s strengths to start your morning strong.

NB: Although all Christians should spend time daily in the Word and in prayer, it’s more important for some personality types than others that it happen in the morning. Just as people might exercise at different points in their day, so people might find the right time to pray and read Scripture different in their situation. Just because prayer, Bible reading, or exercise isn’t on a particular type’s brief description, does not mean it can’t be part of their morning routine and doesn’t mean it should be neglected.

ISTJ – responsible duty-fulfiller

Because an ISTJ personality loves structured plans and details and are naturally reliable and consistent, she will want to have her morning routine listed out down to the detail and work through that list from top to bottom each morning.

Somewhere on that list should be some way to connect with her priorities and intentions, like reading through several key inspirational quotes or Scripture passages that will ground her.

ESTJ – down-to-earth project-manager

Because an ESTJ personality is practical, realistic, and driven, she’ll prefer to keep her morning routine simple and straightforward, focusing on the activities – like exercise or eating a solid breakfast – that will fuel her forward momentum.

At the top of her to-do list or planner, wherever she goes to overview her plan, she should have her mission statement or some other focused intention written out where she can review it every morning.

ISFJ – nurturing memory-maker

Because an ISFJ personality is supportive and nurturing, she’ll build a morning routine that includes serving her family’s needs more than her own and connecting with her children.

However, she should not neglect to reserve 10-15 minutes alone to read her Bible and pray before she jumps into the fray of family life.

ESFJ – dynamic social butterfly

Because an ESFJ personality naturally takes advantage of teachable moments, relationship-building opportunities, and volunteer needs, she’s liable to wake up with heads spinning.

Taking a jog or doing a simple kettle bell routine will help ground her energy, especially if she’s able to coordinate the activity with a friend, spouse, or child.

ESTP – adventurous adapter

Because an ESTP personality thrives on situations that require risk, strategy, and competition, she will enjoy “gamification” of her morning routine: keeping stats and beating her score.

Her morning will need to begin with beauty in some way, whether that’s her own beauty routine or a particularly lovely corner in which to enjoy her coffee and journalling or brainstorming for the day.

ISTP – reflective diy

Because an ISTP personality is naturally flexible, she might resist setting up a routine; however, more than likely, she has one already without realizing it.

A quick walk, without earbuds, to mentally take stock of the day and notice patterns or priorities will be helpful. Walking outdoors should be preferred, because the changing and moving scenery will be more inspiring than a room with a treadmill.

ESFP – fully present performer

Because an ESFP personality is friendly, outgoing, and attentive, she will love preparing experiences for her people in the morning.

She should establish a morning ritual that helps her orient herself to the day, perhaps with a coffee station or a breakfast bar that she prepares. She should also consider including music in her morning ritual to help her set a tone for the day.

ISFP – generous helper

Because an ISFP personality is quiet yet responsive, she needs to ensure she takes some time first thing to sit in quiet and peace before she starts the day with her children.

If possible, she should reserve a corner that she beautifies and start her day with devotions and prayer in her lovely spot.

INFJ – understanding supporter

Because an INFJ personality is easily overwhelmed with details yet craves structured routine, she will want a morning routine outline she can follow.

Although she will love connecting with her family, she should prioritize having some quiet thinking time first to “get her head on straight.” A walk, a bike ride, or even being shut up in a closet with a treadmill or exercise bike will give her the excuse she needs and her body a mindless activity while her mind can connect the dots and prepare for the day.

ENFP – spontaneous idea-generator

Because an ENFP personality loves to say yes to fun and often has a hard time with the mundane details of life at home, she might do well to have a few of those mundane details worked into her morning routine so she can “eat the frog” before moving on with the day.

INFP – tuned-in connector

Because an INFP personality avoids decision-making and is easily overwhelmed, she should have a morning routine checklist that she can work through. If possible, she should work in personal one-on-one “touch base” time with her husband or a close friend to stay rooted and connected and inspired.

ENFJ – enthusiastic mentor

Because an ENFJ personality needs to connect her agenda items with her vision, she should start her day with a meaningful task that will move her vision forward. Her morning routine should also include time spent connecting with her family as a group, probably over breakfast – bringing everyone together as a team is her place to shine.

INTJ – determined director

Because an INTJ personality finds working her plan each and every day draining and difficult, she needs to make sure the first items on her list fill her reserves up rather than use them up. Reading Scripture and then another intellectually challenging book with her coffee will help her jump into her day. She should, however, avoid allowing in too many voices before she’s had time to collect her own thoughts.

ENTJ – decisive administrator

Because an ENTJ personality does not believe in impossible once she’s decided to do something, she should plot her day the night before and choose her single most important accomplishment. With a vision for the day, she’ll move forward with purpose and do much more after her one big thing than if she had a scattershot list.

ENTP – unconventional negotiator

Because an ENTP personality needs a firm conviction about her purpose and goal so that she can improvise, she should keep her big picture nearby in bold. She might consider keeping her checklist as a list of options that she can pick and choose from each morning rather than as a sequential to do list.

INTP – intellectual researcher

Because an INTP personality values her own knowledge base and is better at doing what she knows must be done than figuring out what needs to be done, she should prepare her morning routine checklist ahead of time and simply work through it. Her checklist should include reading time, preferably short readings from multiple, inspiring sources. This will ground her for the approaching day.

You don’t have to force yourself into the mold of “high successful” types. You need to work with what you got, where you are, with contentment.

Do that by working with rather than against your God-given personality.

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    I’m SO glad you’re doing them! (and the podcasts, of course.)

  2. How dis you know I find ‘working my plan everyday’ draining? I didn’t even realize it’s a personality thing…

  3. How dis you know I find ‘working my plan everyday’ draining? I didn’t even realize it’s a personality thing… Thank you, I’m learning so much.

  4. I just finished the Master’s class you did with Sarah Mackenzie in RAR. Thank you for that! I’m actually looking for insight into morning time with my kids (ages 5, 7, and 8). I’m an ISTJ and morning time is my least favorite part of our homeschool day. Your class made it clear why I hate it but I’m curious to know if you have suggestions to help it be better. I think time in the Word and with Scripture memory and reading and hymn singing is important but it feels terrible to me. Forget getting to anything else as a group of 4 like geography or poetry. ??‍♀️ Help! Thanks. Kim Slease

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