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I am a self-proclaimed morning person. I know all of you night owls are probably rolling your eyes at me, but it’s true. Being a morning person doesn’t mean that when my alarm clock goes off, I immediately jump out of bed, wide awake, and I’m ready to take on the day. I have been known to hit snooze and even sleep through my alarms from time to time. I just know that my brain functions so much better in the morning and I need to take advantage of that. Today, I want to share my normal morning routine and how it helps me jump start my productivity.
My Work Day Morning Routine
I have to break this into two parts, because my morning looks a lot different on days that I work, compared to my days off. The time I have for my routine is a little more limited on work days, because I have to be at work at 7 AM. My commute is around 20 minutes and I like to be leaving my house right at 6:30 AM. In order to make the most of my morning, I wake up at 5 AM. Yep. You read that right. I give myself an hour and a half and it’s totally worth it.
This is what a typical work day morning looks like:
5 AM – Alarm clock goes off. If I’m really feeling grouchy I give myself an extra 10 minutes, but I try to get up at five (just being honest here).
5:10 – 6 AM – This is my shower and get ready time.
6 – 6:30 AM – This is where I pack in the good stuff. During this last 30 minutes of my morning routine, I pour myself a big cup of coffee, and try to accomplish the following:
- 10 minutes: devotional/prayer journaling
- 10 minutes: check planner and update habit tracker from previous day, review to do list for current day and week
- 5 minutes: pack lunch and work bag
- 5 minutes: check personal e-mail/social media
These are all give and take, depending on how much time I have. Some work mornings, I end up having more than 30 minutes extra, so I can add time onto certain tasks.
I work 12 hour shifts, so my schedule looks different that the typical Monday through Friday, nine to five. If I worked five days a week, I would extend my morning time, in order to fit in workouts, but I choose to not workout (other than the walking that I typically get in), on my work days.
So, that’s my typical work day morning routine. Now, let’s move onto the other four days of the week. My favorite days!
My Off Day Morning Routine
I take advantage of my days off. Especially my weekdays off. The weekends are usually busy with plans, so I may have to squeeze my morning routine, into a smaller time slot, but on weekdays I’ve got added time.
This is what a typical off day morning looks like:
6 AM- Wake up! That’s right. I still get up early, on my days off. The older I get, the more I realize how it important it is to maintain a similar sleep schedule. Now, I know that there are times that this won’t be possible and when we bring a kiddo into the mix, I will definitely have to make adjustments. This is just what it’s like for me, currently.
6 – 6:30 AM – Brush teeth, put on workout clothes, fill water bottle. Basically…gym prep. It takes a little less than 15 minutes to get to the gym and I like to be out the door, by 6:30 AM.
7 – 8 AM – Workout. This is where I get in a 35-40 minute run and then a cool down stretch. I need to add strength training to my routine, but it hasn’t happened yet. It’s always a work in progress and we all have things that we “should” be or would like to be doing.
8:30 – 9 AM – I’m usually back home by 8:30 AM. This is when I chill and eat breakfast. I try to combine this with my morning devotional/prayer journaling time.
9 – 9:30 AM – Do a quick house tidy. I like to do this before my shower, because I’m cleaning up grime and dust and it just doesn’t make sense to shower first. I wipe down the kitchen counters and do some very light dusting. Also, I have dogs so I have to run a Swiffer over the floor (dog hair, y’all…it’s everywhere).
9:30 – 10:15 AM – Shower and get ready for the day.
That is what a typical weekday off looks like. Saturdays and Sundays I usually don’t do the tidying up part (at least not until later in the day) and I shorten the breakfast/devotional time. We have to be at Chinese class around 9 AM on Saturday mornings and Church by 7:45 AM on Sunday mornings, so adjustments have to be made.
The Benefits of Having a Consistent Morning Routine
Not feeling rushed, in the morning, is really the most important thing to me. I feel like if I take my time and try to fit some self-care and quiet time in, then I just set myself up for a better day, over all.
Even if you have a flexible schedule and you don’t have to get up early, I think it is beneficial to have a consistent routine. It helps develop those habits, that may be hard to form, at first. I know it has helped me tremendously with working out. I actually look forward to it now! I’m also much better about doing my devotional and prayer journaling, because I have made it part of this morning routine. It’s just automatic now.
So, set your intentions for tomorrow morning. Get up just a little bit earlier and own the day!
Do you already have a morning routine? Let me know!
Until next time!