MY MORNING ROUTINE - HOW I SET THE TONE FOR THE DAY
Morning routines are really having a moment. Actually, they've been a hot topic for a few years. If you've never heard of the book The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod, you need to get your hands on it. Personally, that's the book that made me totally reconsider my own morning routine. Actually, replace reconsider with consider.
Because to be honest, I had never really given it much thought before. Like most people, I would just wake up from Monday to Friday to go to work - late on most days. I'd rush through the house making coffee, getting dressed quickly and using whatever time was left to slap some makeup on my face, before running out and sitting in traffic for 20 minutes.
Before you gasp in horror (rightfully so) let me reassure you: That's not my life anymore. Phew, am I right?
According to research, our motivation level is much higher in the morning and slowly decreases throughout the day. That's true for most people, wether you're a night owl or an early riser. Personally, I'm much more creative at night, but I can definitely tell that it's easier to get more done in the morning, when my energy level is at its peak.
That being said, I try to start my mornings as gently as I can, with all the right things. The idea here is really to set the tone for your whole day, and it doesn't have to be complicated. Since I work from home on most days and make my own schedule, it's obviously a little easier for me, but your morning routine doesn't have to take forever. A few simple tweaks can make all the difference. Here's what I do every morning in order to have the most successful day possible:
My Morning Routine - Waking Up
This might seem insignificant, but the way you wake up actually makes a huge difference. Just think about how it would feel to wake up to the sound of someone screaming in your ear, jolting you out of bed. Stressful, right? Fuck yeah! I like waking up early, and I CAN'T stand a loud alarm. This is where Bedtime comes in. Bedtime is a built-in function in your iPhone, that allows you to set up optimal sleeping habits for yourself. I thought everyone and their grandmothers knew about Bedtime, but I recently broke the news to Sasha, so I thought it might help others, too. You'll find Bedtime in your Clock app, it's the middle icon on the bottom on the screen.
You can enter a bedtime and a wake time, and the app will wake you up naturally, to peaceful bird sounds. Much better than a loud, obnoxious alarm, in my opinion. I set mine up at 7am, which means I try to go to bed around 11pm, midnight at the latest. That way, I make sure to get 8 hours of rest, which is the first step to a great morning routine.
Once my phone starts chirping, I have 30 minutes to get out of bed. I know some people say it's better to just get out of bed right away, but I like laying in bed half awake for a while. I cuddle with my man, pet the dog, and then I get out of bed at 7:30am.
Revving Up The Engine
Once I'm out of bed, there are a few simple steps I need to do before I can use my brain or talk to anyone. As soon as I get out of bed, I turn the coffee machine on, on my way to the bathroom. I brush my teeth and wash my face, put on some clothes and get back to the kitchen. I make coffee for Sasha and I, prepare our supplements and chug mine with a huge glass of water. On a side note, I have a post coming up on the supplements I take, so you'll wanna stay tuned for that!
I drink my coffee while I'm outside walking the dog and feeding the squirrels. That's just something that makes me so happy, and I love connecting with nature soon after waking up. Sometimes Sasha will come with me, so we can spend some time together in the morning. When I get back home, I work out (there's a post coming on that, too) and then I have breakfast. 95% of the time, it's a smoothie bowl.
Setting The Tone
By the time I'm done doing all that, it's usually between 8.30 and 9. Before I start working, I like doing a few last things to really set the vibe for my day. First, I like to focus on positivity and gratefulness. I like to write down 3 things that make me happy or grateful. I used to do this at night, but I switched it to the morning because I find that when you start the day on a high note, it also tends to end that way naturally.
Then, I like to look at my schedule and plan the outline of my day. That's when I'll decide if I'm shooting content, writing, if I want to take a break by the pool in the afternoon, if I'm going out for lunch, what I'll be making for dinner, etc.
Lastly, before diving into work at 10am, I like to spend whatever time I have left reading. On that side, I like to switch things up. Sometimes I'll read a book, sometimes it'll be a magazine, something on the web... No matter what I'm feeling like that day. I find that reading in the morning, even when it's just for 15 minutes, really inspires me. Since a big part of my work is writing content, I find that reading in the morning really helps me come up with new ideas, even if sometimes, they have absolutely nothing to do with what I'm reading.
As you can see, there's a few extra steps in there, but the whole thing takes about 1.5 hours, and that includes a walk and a workout. Once I'm done with my morning routine, I feel ready to take on anything that the days throws at me. I'm also so much more energized, uplifted and positive throughout the day. I find that it makes a huge difference in my productivity level and I can assure you it is NOT a waste of time, far from there!
If you're into morning routines and creating habits, you can also read Tools of Titans, but Tim Ferris, which is basically a collection of the habits and routines of some of the most successful people in the world.
What about you guys? Do you have a morning routine? How do you usually start your day? I'd be super interested to know what you guys do to have a productive, positive day! You can always leave me a comment below, or come chat on Instagram!
Hope you guys have an amazing week!
Love, Jenny xx