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Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how your morning routine sets the tone for your entire day.
What you do in the morning to prepare and nurture yourself totally affects how happy and productive you end up all day long.
We can all agree on that one, right?
Honestly, don’t even think I noticed that I basically do the same things every morning. What you’re about to witness is a very organic routine based completely on my needs and what works for me. I didn’t formulate this routine in order to get a list of things done by a certain time. You see, I work from home and I don’t have any children, so how my morning time is spent is determined solely by me and my whims. Realistically, not everybody is fortunate enough to be able to take this kind of time as I do. But nevertheless, I hope this inspires you to let yourself fall into a morning routine that makes you feel great, even if it’s just on the weekends.
Look out for my many handy tips along the way that’ll help you find balance, happiness, productivity, and beauty in your mornings.
Yes, even if you think you aren’t a morning person. I used to think I was not a morning person, but now I absolutely love the mornings. It’s all in how you look at it.
Let’s get this morning party started!
Wake up at the same time every day
I know you’ve heard this one before.
I said I wake up at 6:30, not that I get out of bed at 6:30! Like a lot of people, I’m sure, I like to lie in bed scrolling through Twitter and Instagram for a while, until by boyfriend is ready to leave for work. He leaves around 7:00, and that’s when I get serious about starting my day.
Settling down for some “inspirational time”
Every morning, I grab my little idea book and sit at my dining table overlooking the window. I like looking out the window in the morning and feeling the crisp morning breeze, because sadly, it doesn’t last for long.
I call this my inspirational time. When I wake up, my mind is clear and unpolluted by the day’s happenings, and so I just write. Anything. Whatever I feel like.
Sometimes I write down dreams I had the night before. Sometimes I jot down ideas that I have for posts. Perhaps even things that I know will remain enclosed in that book forever, but I write them anyway because nothing is stopping me.
Once the day starts, we often get so bogged down with the things we have to do that we can’t find the serenity to simply write what is on our minds. By giving myself this time every morning dedicated to thinking, daydreaming, and scribbling, I can focus better during the day. I acknowledge all of my random thoughts, and so they no longer plague me.
I have to say, many of my best ideas emerge from the depths of my brain when I’m just sitting still, staring out the window, pen in hand.
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Energize with a light breakfast
While I jot down my thoughts at lightening speed, I am also sipping a glass of ice water. If I don’t make it a point to drink water first thing in the morning, I’ll spend my whole day neglecting to hydrate. I don’t know what it is, I just feel thirstier throughout the day when I drink a glass of water in the morning. Plus, the cold just helps me wake up. Drink water in the morning!
By about 7:45, I’ve told my idea book everything I wanted to tell it, and so I start preparing my breakfast. All that soul-searching sure makes a girl hungry.
I usually eat pretty lightly in the morning. If not, I’ll end up taking a 9:00am nap on my yoga mat on the living room floor.
Today I’m having some whole wheat toast and butter and a bowl of grapes. Sometimes I drink coffee, but I didn’t this morning. Instead, I just drank an extra glass of water.
This is also my allotted leisure time in the morning to watch Youtube videos, (the ones I really want to pay attention to,) and scroll through Facebook reading articles and giggling at comments.
Time for makeup
Beauty is for your soul as much as it is for your face.
At 8:00, it’s time for me to start getting ready. I go and brush my teeth, possibly brush my hair, (I’m a bit lax about that, I must admit,) and pop my contacts in my eyes.
It always takes me a few moments of sitting at my vanity to decide what I want to do with my makeup. I basically have three options, I can do my everyday makeup routine, have fun and do something creative, or be serious and do something that I know will work out and film a picture tutorial as I go.
Depending on what I decide, this process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. But when I am home alone on a regular day, I don’t worry about the time too much. This is what I enjoy doing, and I wouldn’t want to spoil that by rushing.
Even if your play time can’t happen in the morning, try to add some fun time for yourself at some point in your day. (More on this below.)
It really makes a difference in your overall mood an attitude toward life. We all have things we need to do, but we should consider things that nurture our own well being as “need-to-do” items on the list as well.
Tidy up & start your day fresh
Once I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go, I enjoy a bit of light cleaning.
No, this is not the time when I start ripping apart my kitchen cabinets, (unless I planned for that.) This is when I take a few minutes to clean whatever I see that looks messy. Most days, this involves wiping down the bathroom mirror and sink area, (here’s me awkwardly trying to wipe and hold the camera simultaneously,) placing runaway shoes back on the shoe rack, and throwing away yesterday’s junk mail so it doesn’t accumulate on my desk. Little things like that take 5 minutes to complete, but will give you a whole day’s worth of satisfaction.
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Once everything is done, I sit at my desk with a cup of tea and take a moment to plan out my day.
I used to just slap together a haphazard to-do list and launch myself into it without a second thought. I’ve realized that wasn’t the best approach.
Taking the time to calmly think about what needs to get done during the day, and more importantly, how long each task takes, ensures that my to-do lists are manageable. Instead of ending each day in frustration and feeling like a failure because I couldn’t finish my 10 mile long list, I end my days feeling accomplished.
I list out the most important three to six work related tasks I need to get done. (It depends on how involved the task are.)
Then, add one thing I’ve been wanting to do. Whether it’s reorganizing my closet, knitting socks, cleaning the oven, whatever, I make time for it.
And the most important tidbit of all: plan what you’re making for dinner! Waiting until 6:00 PM and then realizing you have no idea what’s for dinner is the worst. Do yourself a favor and plan ahead. You want to wind down at the end of your day, not wind yourself back up.
The importance of a solid morning routine
Example A. When I was sick the other week, my morning routine went to shambles. I lay in bed until 11:00am and then got up only to transfer myself to the couch.
I realized that even when I began feeling better in the afternoons, I remained groggy and unmotivated. Even if I wanted to do something, which I did, I couldn’t figure out how to begin.
It was only after I forced myself out of bed at my usual 6:30, clearing my mind, taking my time applying my makeup, and straightening my home did I feel put-together again. And yes, I was still sick. But I felt much less so.
It’s amazing how much your mind controls how you feel.
How to design your own morning routine
Your morning routine doesn’t have to look like mine. The only requirement for your morning routine is that you follow it consistently.
I recommend starting by establishing exactly how much time you have to spend each morning. Then, focus on three or four main things you enjoy doing first thing in the morning that help you get moving.
Don’t make this list too long, or it won’t be a happy morning routine. You want your morning routine to be a time you enjoy, not a list of tasks that must get done before you “real” to-do list starts.
Feeling super ambitious? Try making different routines for different days of the week. That’ll really get your productivity (and creativity!) going.
So what’s the takeaway?
Since I began taking pride in my morning routine and making an effort to stick to it, my productivity has skyrocketed! I now get so much more done in a day. I actually finish my to-do lists, and I don’t feel like I have to drag myself through the day, beating myself up every step of the way.
Of course, this is only one girl’s routine out of many, but I hope you found this interesting and I hope this gives you some ideas on how to make the most out of your mornings.
That’s all for today!
Like this post all about my morning routine? Then you’ll probably find this post interesting too >> Sick Day Routine — Feel better physically & mentally
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Till next time. ♥︎
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