My Morning Routine

“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:

No snoozing

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:

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


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Priya wrote:

    Thanks for this little insight Binny! It’s great to hear about others routines. I’ve been getting up a little earlier as it gets darker in the evenings to take my photos etc – it’s actually working really well!

    Posted 10.5.18 Reply
  2. Angie wrote:

    I love the giraffe mug! And the positivity.

    Posted 10.5.18 Reply
  3. I’m a morning person for sure. I’d always rather get up early than stay up late – which is just as well because James likes to wake me up for his breakfast anytime between 5 and 6:30am. But then I’ll go to bed when he does to maximise sleep. I’m so much more productive in the mornings.

    Posted 10.11.18 Reply
  4. Laura wrote:

    I need to stop using snooze! That pip and nut spread sounds yummy!

    Posted 10.15.18 Reply
  5. Harpreet wrote:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this Binny: I always used to admire you for balancing work and a fabulous blog and your little snippet about waking up at 5 am is a little insight into how you did it. You always inspire me to no end and now even more so. Could you do a little post on how you managed to stay so motivated and disciplined while balancing both pretty demanding jobs: your day job and your blog?
    My morning routine consists of: waking up at 6:30 am. I usually brew some coffee or chai (depending on my mood) and then get started with journaling. Once I am done journaling I will usually read a chapter or a couple of pages of whatever inspirational book I am reading (currently it is Brendon Burchard’s High Productivity Habits) and get some lessons from there. At 8, I shower, get mine and M’s breakfast ready then get ready for work and head out to my lawyering job at 9. Blogging and any form of exercise gets relegated to the evenings (when I am not too shattered) and weekends which lead to inconsistency. When I create posts I love it, but at the moment: the struggle to balance the day job with the blog is real and I am not a morning person so the 5 am starts like you had are indeed a tough one! But B – you deserve ALL the success and more because you are the most disciplined person I know!!! Lots of love and hugs xoxo

    Posted 10.24.18 Reply
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