“How you wake up each day and your morning routine dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life.”
— Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning.
When I was working full time and running my blog at the same time I chose to wake up earlier and dedicate time to my blog as most evenings I was either out or shattered. As a result of this, I started a morning routine, where I used to wake up at 5am and maximise my time before I left for work at 7am. This became a habit and worked really well for me as I was able to stay on top of writing my blog posts and be really productive as there was no distractions. People would ask me how I managed it all and this was how.
Now that I am freelance I still maintain a morning routine to stay disciplined, but instead I wake up at 6am and am working by 7:30am. While I don’t think there’s one morning routine that’s best for everyone because each individual has different constraints, preferences, and sleep schedules, I’ve personally benefited greatly from having a routine, and so in this post I’m going to detail what my personal routine is.
Here’s what I do:
When my alarm goes off at 6:00am I don’t press snooze and instead get straight out and head to the bathroom to brush my teeth and have a shower. By doing this I am fully awake and I resist the temptation to slide back under the covers. I then have a glass of water to hydrate myself.
Make the bed
I then make the bed so that takes away any final temptation to slide back in. It only takes a few minutes, and I love coming into the room at night and having a bed that’s made up and tidy.
Coffee and positivity
Coffee is always needed and so I put the kettle on and make myself a cup. While I enjoy sipping on it, I find a positive quote to post on my Instagram account. This really helps me start out my day in a good mood by setting a positive focus.
I also take some time to meditate as well as journal. Earlier in the year I did a course with The Luxe Elixir which really helped me with my mindset as well as instilled the importance of gratitude and so I write a gratitude list every single day. You can find out more about her and her programmes here: http://www.luxe-elixir.com/
By doing this it doesn’t mean that I automatically have a perfect day, but I do feel like I am better equipped to handle whatever may come my way that day.
I am a creature of habit and so I typically have the same thing every day– Peanut butter or Almond butter on toast or with oats. It keeps me full until lunch time and helps me concentrate more as I am less distracted about munching on snacks.
I have been loving Pip and Nut’s range that they kindly sent me to try as I have been a fan for so long. My favourites have been their Crunchy Maple Peanut Butter and their Chocolate Orange Almond Butter, which is just divine! I can imagine they would taste amazing in brownies too.
While I have my breakfast I check my emails and social media channels and those of my clients’ and reply to any messages. I then read a chapter of a book. I love this time in the morning and find it a real luxury as when I was working full time I never had time to read and enjoy a book and breakfast was always Al Desko!
Books that I found life-changing that I would recommend can be found here.
Make my plan for the day
After breakfast, I write my to-do list and use time blocking to assign all of my tasks for the day depending on my schedule. I then make myself another coffee and get started with the days work!
I also schedule in breaks as sitting at your desk all day can also be unproductive.
Some notes on waking up earlier:
If you are planning on trying to wake up earlier, I would suggest trying with first ten or fifteen minutes earlier than you usually do and slowly making it longer and longer so its not a shock to the system. You may feel groggy at first but trust me it soon becomes easier!
Do you already have a morning routine? If so, what do you do?xx