Morning routines have become all the rage, but does it actually help your productivity to start with a routine?
I have found that cultivating a consistent flow of wake-up activities and steps helps my brain know it’s time to start the day.
I’ve made dozens of changes to my morning routine over the years, but there are a few steps that always seem to stick.
A few years ago, I decided to simplify my morning routine by keeping only the things that helped me start the day from a calm and refreshed state of being.
I’ve been asked by my Instagram followers to share my morning routine for months now, and I’m finally peeling back the curtain (or the face mask) behind my routine.
But first, I have to mention that you can’t compare your morning routine to mine or to any other entrepreneur. We all have different responsibilities and create routines based on what works with our own productivity flow.
By sharing my morning routine, I only hope to inspire you to take a deeper look into your own and see if there are any aspects of my routine that resonate with you. If you want to take some of these tasks or action steps I prioritize in the morning, steal away!
I also will note that my morning routine looks different when I have my son Grant than when I only have the dogs. Other single working moms can also attest to this!
If you also have kids, don’t set yourself up to fail by coming up with a set of rules or goals that becomes completely unobtainable. I’ve been there before, and it’s rough on everybody involved. Instead, be kind to yourself and try a few different routines to see what works best for you.
Designing your own morning routine
I like to think of my morning routine as a set of intentional goals that I try my best to reach. If I run out of time or don’t have the energy to accomplish them all, that’s okay. I give myself grace and tell myself that I always have the next morning and a new day to start again.
You can’t let any small changes you need to make to your morning routine ruin your day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and let it go. You’ll find that your morning routine will help you get into a better flow if you don’t take it too seriously.
I also think it can help to be consistent with what time you wake up and break up your morning into time blocks. That way, you can prioritize the things that matter most to you. As you read through my morning routine, you’ll probably notice what is most important to me.
My morning routine inspiration
6:00 am: Alexa starts playing a gentle wake-up playlist on Spotify. You can create your own playlist or use one from Spotify’s collection to fit your mood. I usually give myself an hour of gentle wake-up time because I don’t love having to pop right out of bed. Preparing myself to get out of bed an hour earlier than I actually get ready works a lot better for me than hitting the snooze button three or four times.
7:00 am: After about an hour, Alexa automatically starts playing a more upbeat playlist that signals that it’s time for me to get out of bed. Even though I’d love to stay in my cozy cocoon all day, my dogs need me to get up so I can feed them. It gives me the motivation to start the day when I want to stay under the covers.
7:10 am: Before I feed the dogs, I wash my face and put on a face mask to feel fresh. Many people put face masks on at night to unwind but I love starting the day with one. It’s improved my skin and makes me feel invested enough in the day so I can resist the urge to jump back in bed.
7:15 am: Now it’s time for me to make a quick breakfast so I can take my medicine. It’s not good to have it on an empty stomach, so I normally have a tumeric latte from Daily Harvest since it has anti-inflammatory properties. I also love their mint and caco smoothie! (PS: You’ll get 3 free cups just for signing up for Daily Harvest’s trial so you can give it a try!)
7:30 am: I know it is going to sound odd, but after eating breakfast and taking my medicine, I like to put my phone on sleep mode. I don’t like being bothered by notifications when I first wake up in the morning. I also have a tendency to get distracted easily… can you relate?
7:45 am: When I put my phone on sleep mode, I also put on my noise canceling headphones and try to meditate for a while. I’ll be honest, it’s not always perfect but it does help me to clear my mind even for ten short minutes. Sometimes my performance anxiety kicks in when I feel like it’s not a “productive” use of my time, but I always remind myself that it’s okay to spend ten minutes not thinking about anything. It really helps me reorient my mind and soul for the day.
8:00 am: After meditating, I use a few free minutes to write down everything I’m grateful in a journal for before doing my makeup. If I don’t have time to write everything down, I will just say what I’m thankful for aloud. I know it sounds a little odd, but it can be really great to start your morning with affirmations and gratitude. It will help you reset your vibration and ease whatever is stressing you out. I really believe in the law of attraction, so this is a necessity for me.
8:15 am: Depending on how long it takes to do my gratitude practice and makeup, I will get ready to leave the house to go to my coworking studio. I make sure to pack a Freshly meal along with a few snacks. I’ll also keep my CBD oil nearby in case my migraines kick in.
And there you have it!
Nothing about my morning routine is overly sophisticated or luxurious, but it works really well for me. It changes when my son is home, but I still try to make time for all of these steps.
Again, I don’t follow this morning routine perfectly every morning, but the consistency of following these steps helps me create a rhythm that sets me up for a great day.
What does your routine look like? Was there anything about my routine that you want to add to yours? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.