I personally love watching/reading a morning routine and all of the ones I’ve seen have really helped me put together a small (very imperfect) way to get my days going, so I wanted to share what I do with y’all.
My morning routine is very small and I honestly feel like I don’t have to do a whole lot to get my day going because I am a big morning person. However, I like to make lists and I thrive in a structured environment, and so even the smallest routines and daily tasks help me feel more organized.
This does change or alter if I’ve got work early or if I have to be anywhere before the hour of 9am, or if I go to the gym, but usually I only keep out or cut back on time spent doing one or two things!
1. Wake Up!
So, while doing literally anything functional would require me to be awake, I’m adding this in here because I think the most beneficial “morning routines” I’ve read or seen always start with the person waking up and I am very much a big lover of waking up in the morning and seeing the sun through the cracks in my blinds.
The first thing I do every morning, is try to gauge what time it is by the color of the sunlight seeping through the cracks in my blinds. I do it as kind of a game, because I like seeing if I’m right and also because it helps me remember what time I woke up!
I know a lot of people always say “wake up at the same time every day” in their routines, but when I do my “morning school routine” in August, you’ll see why I don’t do that.
Since I don’t wake up at the same time every day, I like to wake up around the same time. My body usually wakes me up before 8am anyway, so I can kind of do this naturally. However, if you aren’t a morning person, and you’d like to get into the habit of being one, you should definitely set alarms. I like to be up around 7:45 or 8. The later I sleep, the less productive I personally feel, so this is the perfect time range for me!
2. Social Media Scroll.
Tons of people are against scrolling through social media for an extended period of time before getting out of bed because it makes them feel like they aren’t being productive.
While I understand why, I have to be honest, my personal morning routine always has 10 to 30 minutes of scrolling in it depending on what time I need to be somewhere. Because I wake up early naturally, it’s easier for me to stay awake once my eyes pop open. I really enjoy getting on social media first too, since I get my news from Twitter’s “Moments” tab. It’s almost the millennial equivalent to going out in my robe to grab the paper. (Which is both funny and slightly sad. I love the newspaper!)
If I have nowhere to be and nothing to do in a day, this might turn into a more in-depth and longer venture, but I am also a big believer in spending as much time doing things that benefit you as you can, and it is true that social media is not too great for us, so I try to keep it between 10 to 30 minutes.
When I get out of bed I do two things:
- go to the restroom.
2. go to the kitchen.
Step three should really be “Get Up,” because this does change. Sometimes my step 3 is “Gym” and sometimes it’s “Coffee.” If I’m honest, whether I’m getting up to go to the gym or just going straight for the coffee, I’m getting out of bed because I’m going to eventually be making coffee.
(Side note! On gym days, I drink a bottle of water on the way to the gym, and then take my refillable water bottle (shoutout to my Hydroflask) filled with ice cold water into the gym, finish that there, and then fill it up when I leave again. Water is the key.)
Whether I’ve had a full night of sleep or not enough, a pot of coffee makes every morning better.
If I have work early, I might skip this step or breakfast might be a protein bar. If it’s Monday and I’m blogging, this step usually comes after I’ve posted, but I try to always ensure I eat once before lunch time!
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!
Lately, I’ve been making fried egg sandwiches for breakfast. If there’s no bread, then I put an egg over hash browns with cheese and some turkey on the side. A big rule I have is if I’m cooking anything with eggs: there is always cheese and some sort of meat. Bacon, sandwich meat, sausage, I really don’t care!
If I’m not cooking breakfast, a Quest Bar or some Chobani yogurt are usually my go-to. On days where I’m out the door early, I don’t always have time to make a nice breakfast, so I always make sure I get protein one way or another!
Also: Always have water with your meals. I have water with my breakfast and my coffee, even if I’m running out the door. Water is this magic thing that helps you gauge how hungry you actually are. If you drink water with you meals, you’ll get full a little faster and you’ll drink way more water without having to think so hard about it.
When you go to a restaurant to eat, always ask for a cup of water with whatever you get to drink. For every sip of whatever you’re drinking, take a sip water too! Just a little tip.
5. Shower/Wash Face.
If I go to the gym, this step will come before I make breakfast because who wants to eat all sweaty and gnarly?
If not, I always shower last because I brush my teeth and wash my face in the shower. Post shower, I finish my face washing routine with my toners and moisturizers!
And that’s pretty much it, y’all!
This morning routine is super simple! Lots of people have way more steps that they go through every morning. But, I think if you’re just starting out, starting small and implementing little things always makes it easier to keep up with new habits!
If y’all have any personal morning routine tips that you think I should add to my own, please let me know!
p.s. I might be posting more than one blog this week because there’s just a lot going on right now! Comment below and let me know if you’d be interested in multiple posts this week!
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