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My Morning Routine: 5 Things I Do Every Morning for a Productive Day

I’ve always loved reading or hearing about others’ morning routines and the morning routines of successful people so I thought I’d share 5 things I always do in the morning that set me up for a productive day.

I’m a total morning person. Once 9 PM hits, all bets are off on how well I will function and I’m usually in bed by 10:15 (although, that’s still too late for my taste!). But in the mornings, I’m clear-headed and productive — it’s when I enjoy writing (like I am now!), can hammer through emails, organize my to-do’s for the day and the stress of the day hasn’t seeped in yet. The mornings feel like a secret part of the day that’s just for me and everything feels peaceful.

1. Have quiet time

After I roll out of bed between 5:30 and 6 AM, I grab a cup of coffee (I set my coffee pot the night before so it’s ready in the AM…and the drip noise helps wake me up because I can hear it in my bedroom 🙂 ), and I settle in on the couch to read a short daily devotional out of this book. If I’m reading something from She Reads Truth, I read the section for the day and write down my thoughts. If I’m not doing anything from She Reads Truth, I’ll read a few chapters in the bible and journal. (You can read about my journey with my faith here.) These 10-15 minutes are part of what gets me out of bed, knowing that I don’t have to hit the ground running.

Even if you’re not a Christian, I think having a few moments to gather your thoughts and just take a minute for yourself is a great way to start your day. Meditate. Journal. Do a few sun salutations. Sit outside with a cup of coffee. Just something to ground you. My daily devotional (cup of coffee!) definitely help ground me and set a good frame of mind for the day.

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2. Make my bed

I always always always make my bed. No matter how rushed I am, I make the bed. I do it right after my daily devotional so I’m never rushing out the door later with it unmade. Having the bed made while I’m getting ready and then coming home to a made bed makes everything seem more organized. It creates instant calm.

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3. I workout

I love love love morning runs. I love the way the air feels (even if it’s humid!). I love the quiet streets. I love the color of the sky. I love the way I feel when I’m done. And if I don’t run, I take Maizey on a long walk.

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4. Eat breakfast

I NEVER skip breakfast. I’m usually starving by 8 AM, whether I ran that morning or not. I eat whatever I’m in the mood for – almost always some variation of eggs, oatmeal or a smoothie. (You can see my breakfast recipes by searching in the Breakfast Ideas category.)

If I know I’ll have a busy morning or I need to be out the door early, I’ll plan ahead the night before. Breakfast cookie dough cereal or an overnight breakfast cookie are some of my favorite make-ahead options.
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5. I get up at the same time everyday

Even on mornings I don’t need to get up early, I do. I may sleep in a little bit, but not by too much. Keeping this routine helps me sleep better and prevents the feeling that I have to reset my morning wake-up habit every Monday after sleeping in on the weekends. Of course, there are things that come up on the weekends where I’ll be up late, but for the most part, I’m in bed by 10:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week, my alarm is set sometime between 5:30 and 6:00, and on the weekends, it’s between 6:15 and 6:45.

I use the Sleep Cycle app for ambient noise as I fall asleep and as my alarm to get up. The app monitors where you are in a sleep cycle (based on movement or noise) to wake you up at the ideal point so you feel refreshed. I swear it helps.

I’d love to hear about your morning routines! Leave a comment and tell me one thing you never skip in the AM.

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  • Christina Orso
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    you’re my hero! i’m getting that devotions book!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
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    My mornings are quite the opposite. I basically get dressed and roll out! Half the time I’m headed to the gym leaving at 5:45 am. I have to have my bag & lunch packed the night before. Otherwise I’m just trying to get into work as early as possible (so I can leave as early as possible) so I’m usually out the door somewhere between 6:30 and 7:30.

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I used to be able to roll right out of bed and get out the door! Now I need a solid 30 minutes before I can function. Which makes getting to 5:30 am crossfit impossible. 😉

      Love hearing others that pack everything the night before! I’m the same way!

  • Mina
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    Total morning person here too. I run most mornings. I have a question about the app. I’m usually up way before my alarm but just curious. What if the app doesn’t think it’s a good time for you to be woken p but you need to be up at that time?

    Mina

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Hey Mina! You can set a window that you want it to wake you up in, e.g. anytime between 5:30 and 6:00. You can do it with a 30 minute window or a 15 minute window (and a few other options too), so the alarm will definitely go off – just a bigger window gives you a better chance at waking up at an “ideal” time. Does that make sense?

      • Mina
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        Yep, thanks!

  • Kris
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    Great post! You probably already follow this site, but just in case: http://mymorningroutine.com/

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Ooh, I’ve never seen that site! I’m already obsessed after a quick glance. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Lauren
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    I’ve been looking for an app like that. I would love to know which one specifically you use and when I looked there are a lot of choices.

  • Sarah @ BucketListTummy
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    Love these habits! I could never skip breakfast…I wake up starving! I also like the quite time in the morning with my coffee to reset and read before I start my day!

  • Jenna
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    I wish I could workout in the morning, but my work schedule doesn’t allow for it, so I push for the end of the day! I can never skip my morning cup of coffee 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I’m so glad my work schedule allows for morning workouts. I’m so worn out by the end of the day and I bet you are sometimes too – so major kudos for still making it happen!

  • Shannon
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    I followed Jen’s link from peanut butter runner to get to your blog. Wow! I do the EXACT same thing every morning and it’s amazing. It’s so great how simple habits can create such a beautiful day.

  • Akaleistar
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    I’m not a morning person, but I started a morning routine last year and it does help 🙂

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      It does help! Having something to look forward to really helps me get up and lately it’s been the gorgeous sunrises!

  • Amber
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    I’m obsessed with morning routines and have been trying to get myself in a good one for awhile, but haven’t really had much luck. I feel like before I know it my morning is GONE and I’m rushing trying to get to work on time (and I’m still always 5 mins late!)

    What time do you leave for work in the morning?? You fit so much in!!

  • Lauren
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    I love a slow morning for sure. Before being a coffee person (a few yrs ago), my mornings weren’t quite as slow, but I did often walk or run, which feels so energizing and helps me start my day happy. Watching the sunrise and hearing/seeing the world wake up helps too. 🙂 I’m not great about always making the bed, but I always appreciate it when I do.