I really want to tell y’all that I have this amazing morning ritual that includes a 3 course breakfast, mimosas, extreme workouts, and a full face of makeup. I work from home and don’t have a lot of time in the morning (because sleep is LIFE and God is still working on me). There are a few things that I absolutely must do every single morning, so for those of you that are looking for a more productive morning, here’s what I do. This routine makes me excited to start my day, instead of dreading what’s to come. So here’s a real snapshot of my morning routine.
Disclaimer: this is a no-judgement zone. You’ll see why later.
Meditate and devotion.
Before I even open my eyes, I say thank you, Father, in my first breath. I then grab my phone and read from the Our Daily Bread app. Looking back, I remember my parents keeping those booklets all over the house, so it’s refreshing to get back to that light but inspirational morning read. I then open a notebook by my bed and write down 3 things that I’m grateful for. On some days, the list is all about the special people in my life. On other days, I’m kinda materialistic, and that’s okay too. So many people weren’t fortunate enough to wake up the next morning, but I did, and I love starting my day in a spirit of gratitude. Time spent: 5 minutes
I make my bed before I do anything else.
There’s something about seeing a made bed all day that prevents me from getting back in it for my highly justified afternoon adult nap. I genuinely don’t have any other reason for making my bed when I wake up.
Coffee and journal because Netflix and Chill isn’t an option at 6am.
I wake up between 5:30am and 6am on purpose. That’s right, I said on purpose. After I haul my behind out of bed and make coffee, I spend 15-20 minutes writing every morning with no distractions. No morning Facebook scrolling, no TV, and no Candy Crush (I know I’m not the only one still riding on this game)… just my morning cup of joe, my favorite pen, and my journal. Sometimes, I’m not even writing content. Some days I’m composing a grocery list, jotting some new goals, or writing some positive affirmations. I wish I had a very scientific or stimulating reason why I drink coffee and journal to start my day. Honestly, I just love this fat burning coffee I stumbled upon, and really use this as my way to procrastinate being an adult and doing real work for my 9-5. Time spent: 15-20 minutes
Stretch, pray, make breakfast.
Before I actually start my workday, I practice a few yoga poses that I found on Pinterest and pray through my poses. Then I make a quick breakfast that usually consists of a scrambled egg with salsa, a slice of whole grain toast, and fruit, or oatmeal, or a green smoothie. Time spent: 15-20 minutes
Skin care routine and shower.
Working from home really brought out the inner lazy in me once I transitioned from commuting to the office. When I initially transitioned from commuting to an office to working from home, I stayed in pajamas, completely skipped my skincare routine, didn’t shower daily (remember when I said NO judgement?). I rolled out of my bed, brushed my teeth, and powered on my laptop. After I saw how the absence of a skincare routine took a toll on my face, I immediately made a change to washing my face and showering at the start of my day and at the end of my day. Time spent: 20-30 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes to 1 hour, 20 minutes
Editors note: The purpose of me sharing my less-than-exciting morning routine is to inspire anyone that wants to be more productive in the morning, but can’t find the time. Your routine doesn’t have to look just like mine, but I encourage you to devote some time to things that help make your own day great. Trust me, after doing all this (aka the absolute most), I don’t even have the desire to go back to sleep. Make time for HAPPY.