One of the hardest things that I’ve done so far is figure out a morning routine for all of my different jobs this year. I just started a new internship and after about 2 weeks of feeling flustered and freaked out, I figured out what I wanted to do! I thought I would help you craft your own morning routine.
I have certain things that I want to include in my routine. Starting this early I decided to move some of them back to during lunch or after work because I didn’t want to get up any earlier. Here are my requirements and some other examples.
– Compile food for the day
-Read a devotion
-Do my hair and make-up without being rushed
-Get dressed and change my mind
-Check in for the day with social media and planner
-Enjoy a cup of coffee
-Read news and/or blogs
-Work a little
-Help others get ready for their day
-Take care of pets
2. How Long Will It Take You?
The biggest issue is how long do things take you? Are you working out for 30 minutes or an hour? Do you need 10 or 20 minutes to eat breakfast? Does your significant other or child need a significant amount of your time for their morning routine? Do you have to walk your dog?
Don’t underestimate how long this will take you to do tasks. I try to give myself 3 if not more minutes to accomplish a task. This helps me if I was up late or another part takes too long.
Also, don’t forget your commute! I like to be into work around 7 and my commute can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. It’s okay if I arrive at work a little late, so I don’t need to build time in.
3. Ease Yourself In
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and if you all of a sudden decide to get up 2 hours before you normally do one day it probably isn’t going to stick. Slowly start adding in what you want to get done a week at a time. Count it a win if you get up when you want to 3/5 days the week!
It’s about creating a routine that will make you successful and stick. The feeling of actually accomplishing a lot in the morning is great, trust me!
Let me tell you that in Green Bay I started work at 7:30, but my commute was less than 5 minutes. In August I started work at 9, and my commute was 20 minutes. However, now I really need to be at work at 7 and my commute can be almost 30 minutes because of construction happening.
This new routine has been an adjustment, and I’ve had to transition some of my daily tasks to later in the day. In reality my job is more important than a perfect morning routine, and I’m able to accomplish everything I want to even though it’s a lot later than normal. In the meantime, this routine should get you out the door quickly!
I wake up at 5:30 if I have to shower, 5:45 if I don’t. Recently I discovered First 5, and I’m excited to really start doing my devotional right away. Another option for you is to read the news, or sign up for the Skimm. Reading is a great way to gradually wake yourself up. Also, I recommend drinking at least 8 ounces of water, if not 16. I keep a tumbler by my bed so I can drink it while I read.
Getting ready doesn’t take me long, as I really like a simple look. During this time I scroll through social media, read emails and think of what I want to wear!
Matt normally wakes up between 6:30 and 7, so he’s asleep when I’m getting ready. I try to be as quiet as possible by getting ready in our closet and grabbing everything I need from our bedroom right away. (Also I really like time to change my mind because that happens at least once a week)
Prepping for the day
Most nights I try to make my lunch before hand, and every Sunday I meal prep for my salads but that doesn’t always happen. So I build in time to assemble my salad and breakfast. I make my to-go mug of coffee, and pack everything to go!
Finally before I leave the apartment I check my planner and Buffer social media feeds. I check to-dos for the day as well as make sure that I at least have social media posts queued up through lunch.
My bus ride is pretty short, so I plug in some podcasts or read emails that I didn’t get to. I purposefully get off a stop early in order to get a quick 5 minute walk in before work. It wakes me up and I’m ready to tackle a full day!
What is your morning routine? What do you do to set yourself up for success? Any other tips that you have?