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.
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.
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.
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.
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.