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Crafting a morning routine

Adulting + Crafting Your Morning Routine

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.

Morning Routine

1. Requirements

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

Other Ideas

– Exercise

-Enjoy a cup of coffee

-Read news and/or blogs

-Make bed

-Work a little

-Clean up

-Help others  get ready for their day

-Take care of pets

-Start dinner

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!

 

Morning Routine

morning routine 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?

 

xoxo

Ashley

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  • This is a great list! I need to work on a morning routine– right now mine is wake up as late as I can and do my makeup in a hurry. LOL.

    • Thank you! I was like that for a week but it left me really frazzled so I decided to try this haha! Thanks for reading 🙂
      xoxo

  • I used to be so good a waking up early and on a routine. This reminds me of how great that was! Feeling inspired!

    • I’m glad I could inspire you, let me know what your routine looks like!

  • I have a morning routine, but I definitely do most of it from bed haha. I don’t know how people get up so early!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    • Haha I definitely feel like you need to be really motivated to get up! What’s your routine like?
      Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

      • Coffee, candy crush, instagram, emails, facebook, work out haha

  • A morning routine is so important, it gets your day going! I always workout, eat, and shower before class and get a coffee to go!

    • I love my morning routines! Yours sounds amazing, that’s what mine was like in college!
      xoxo

  • I’ve got to check out First 5! And I totally understand needing to craft an efficient morning routine. Most days I need to be out the door by 7 or earlier if I’m running. Great post, girl!

    X,
    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

    • First 5 is great! I read it before I even check social media and it really grounds me. I wish I had the energy to get up at 5 to run, but the only time I get to see Matt is at night. Your routine sounds great! Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

  • I don’t really have a morning routine since I work a lot of late shifts, but I would love to develop a consistent routine like yours!

    Xoxo,
    Amanda
    trulyyoursa.com

    • I used to have different routine depends on my class schedule, so maybe try that? let me know how it goes. Thank you for reading!
      xoxo

  • I don’t have a set morning routine but I try to do some of the same things each morning. I’m really working on waking up early and at the same time every day!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • The same time doesn’t need to be that early! let me know what you end up doing!
      Thank you for reading!
      xoxo

  • Sami Mast

    I don’t have a complete morning routine, but I’ve been getting better with how I start my mornings in general! It would be nice to have a plan each morning, but I always have something different going on each day!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    • College is crazy I totally understand. I think that some source of consistency is helpful!
      Thank you for reading!
      xoxo

  • 30A Street Style

    Such great tips! I love the way you organized it into a graphic. Mornings can be tough without a plan and this is so helpful!

    • I agree that a plan is so helpful, I’m glad you liked the graph! Thanks for reading!
      xoxo

  • Having a schedule works so well for me – it keeps me organized!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

    • I love a schedule haha, glad that you too! Thanks of reading!
      xoxo

  • Greta Hollar

    My morning routine is coffee and breakfast and work while I wake up! The new during lunch I work out or run errands.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • That sounds like a great routine to me! Thank you for reading!
      xoxo

  • Elly Leavitt

    wow this is so organised haha good for you! I need to narrow down a routine for sure. x

    • Thank you for reading! Being organized is just helpful for me!
      xoxo

  • I really need to get more structure than hopping or of bed and brushing my hair. Solid tips!

    • Haha what works for is still a routine right? Let me know if you change anything!
      xoxo

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    Adulting so hard right now.

  • Amy

    Goodness you have to get up so early! Loved reading about your morning routine, I’m always so nosey about what people are doing.. haha

    xoxo

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • Haha I am too! Glad you liked! Thank you for reading!
      xoxo

  • I really need to get myself into a good morning routine. I have a job that varies day to day. I work from home once a week, and the other days I’m on the road. But some days I have to leave at 7:15, and some days I don’t have to leave until 9 or so. It’s so hard to be consistent when my schedule varies so much, but I’m determined to at least get some sort of routine going!