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Years ago, like ten years ago, my morning routine looked like a marathon race. I would wake up, hit snooze, then race to get ready and out the door for work. I’d be more concerned about getting to my job early (or at least on time — hey, I’m a believer in punctuality) than taking care of my mind, body, and soul. I barely paid attention to what I ate, let alone taking the time to taste it.
You know what I mean — rush eat a bowl of oatmeal while standing in the kitchen thinking about all the things you have to do that day or hop in the car, grab drive-through Starbucks and try to eat while driving in rush hour traffic. You’ll never enjoy breakfast this way.
I was rushing through life with no focus or enjoyment.
Thankfully, that all changed 5 years ago. Why? I was tired of the same old drudgery — I craved change.
Now, I’m in love with my morning routine. It gets me going, focused on the day, and the most important part of it all — I’m in a positive, confident mindset to face the day.
I do this routine almost every morning — unless I have to wake up at 5 AM to head to my part-time job — in that case, I do a shortened version of this routine.
The point of sharing this is to help you figure out what will work for you. So please don’t think you have to take my morning routine and copy it exactly. Use it as a guideline to figure out what works best for you. And most important of all, take your time with it. As with any habit change, it’ll take time to adopt it into your life and make it a lasting change.
As you read through my routine, focus on what has you saying, “YESSS!! That would so work for me!” And also take note of what is a “HELL NO” for you. That way, you’ll be ahead of the game and be able to focus on what works (your strengths) and avoid what doesn’t work (your weaknesses).
Ready? Here’s my simple morning routine:
My Simple Morning Routine
1. WAKE UP
Well, duh. Right? I know you know waking up is part of your routine, but there are a few things about waking up that are important:
- How you wake up.
- What you do within those first few moments of waking.
- What time you wake up.
The first step is always the hardest. Why? Because it’s the decision to take that first step. It can be a serious struggle getting out of bed in the morning when you dread your job, lack purpose, and are unmotivated.
It’s so much simpler to think, “just 5 more minutes”, hit snooze, and roll back over into your comfy cozy bed. I have soooo been there.
But it is possible to train yourself to wake up when you want to and without feeling gawd awful for the day:
Set your wake up time in your mind. The night before, I’ll tell myself what time I need to get up the following morning. Surprisingly, when I do this, my body will usually wake me up just before or exactly on time. It’s strange, but it works. I generally wake up at 6:30 AM.
Use a Wake-Up Light. Can I just say how genius wake up lights are? I love mine! It wakes you up gently to the simulation of a sunrise, followed by music or birds chirping at your actual alarm time. This clock helps me wake up on time and feeling rested – especially during the long, cold, dark Canadian winter. It doesn’t jolt you out of bed. The whole idea is to GENTLY and naturally wake yourself up.
Be thankful for the day. As soon as I set my feet on the floor, I thank God for another day, then stand up and perform a sun salutation. And the best way to get your mind in a positive space? I say these words with enthusiasm:
“Today is going to be an amazing day.”
2. OPEN THE BLINDS + MAKE THE BED
There’s something to be said about accomplishing a task as soon as you wake up. Even if you have a completely crap day, when you get home and see your bed made, you know you’ve at least accomplished that simple something. I do this every morning like clockwork.
3. 20 MINUTES OF CARDIO
This gets me going and keeps my energy levels up for the day. When I get a small amount of exercise in first thing in the morning, I’m in a better mood and have more energy for the rest of the day. Most days, I’ll do another more intense cardio session later in the day to really get my heart pumping – a HIIT routine, interval training on the treadmill, or spinning.
Years ago, I discovered Karena and Katrina, the trainers at Tone It Up and I absolutely love their fitness and nutritional programs.
Here’s a few workouts I love:
Sunrise Routine and Sunset Routine from Beach Babe 2 – DVDs
While I’m working out, I’ll set my intention for the day and focus on my life purpose and what I can do during the day to get closer to achieving my goals.
4. SHOWER + GET DRESSED
Again, another well, duh that’s obvious moment, but an important one nonetheless.
I’m sure you’ve had days where you’ve lounged around in your pajamas or sweats all day. How productive a day was that for you? Yea, I thought so. You probably didn’t get much done, did you? As a solopreneur who spends most of her time working from home, the best thing I did was decide to switch from wearing sweats to wearing a work at home uniform. Doing this changes the whole vibe of the day.
It puts you in a “let’s get some stuff done” mood.
Since I downsized my wardrobe significantly, there’s no more decision fatigue with getting dressed in the morning. Usually, I’ll wear jeans and a sweater or jeans and a nice t-shirt for the workday.
5. MORNING PAGES
Now that I’m awake, energized, refreshed and dressed, it’s time to get all the crap out of my brain. I take 5 – 10 minutes to write what’s on my mind, what may be bothering me, what I’m grateful for, and a few affirmations.
Since starting the Morning Pages practice, my creativity and focus have both improved.
You’ll enjoy life so much more if you clear the brain clutter and practice gratitude on a regular basis. It’s so easy during our busy days to lose sight of the bigger picture.
Tip: Choose a journaling practice that works for you. I use Morning Pages because it works for me but it’s essentially a form of journaling. So if The 5-Minute Journal or gratitude journal tickles your fancy instead, do that.
6. READ A CHAPTER OR WATCH AN INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO
This solidifies your journaling and sets your mind in a positive, productive space, and ready to face whatever challenge comes your way.
I’ll either pick up a self-improvement book to read a chapter or watch an inspirational YouTube video.
I love watching an inspirational video to start my day, they’re so uplifting and make you feel you can take on the world.
7. FILL UP 1L WATER BOTTLE
Hydration is key, right? Water is a miracle worker. It keeps your skin clear, flushes toxins out of your body, and keeps that youthful glow.
I do my best to drink 2 liters of water a day. I’ll fill up my 1L bkr Tutu water bottle in the morning and finish it by noon/1ish. Then, I’ll fill it again after lunch and finish by dinner time.
A neat trick if you’re trying to lose weight — Sometimes when you’re rushing through your day its easy to confuse thirst with hunger, so be mindful of what your body is telling you and drink a glass of water when your mind tries to tell you-you’re hungry. Ninety percent of the time, you’re actually thirsty not hungry. So grab a glass of water first and if you still get hunger pangs, then grab some food.
The final part of my morning routine is breakfast.
To keep things simple, I generally have one of two breakfasts each morning. I’ll either have Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal or Scrambled Eggs. My body craves a lot of protein in the morning and this is what works best for me and keeps me full until about noon.
To keep my oatmeal unboring (and high protein), I’ll usually add chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut, a small amount of coconut milk and maple syrup for sweetness.
I make sure to take my time eating my breakfast, paying attention to each bite. I also make a point of enjoying my cup of tea with breakfast and I’ll sometimes drink my tea while watching the inspirational video from #6 above.
And after breakfast, around 8:30/9AMish, I open up my Day Designer and get ready for the workday ahead (which, of course, I planned out the night before).
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN MORNING ROUTINE
As I mentioned, this post isn’t about me it’s all about you. My routine above is a framework or a starting point for you to use as a guide. I don’t recommend copying my routine as you’ll end up unhappy if you don’t like it and will shy away from doing a routine. So, I don’t recommend copying anyone else’s routine exactly. It’s best to start from scratch and build up your routine.
Start slowly and focus on only one to two things and do them every morning for a month. Then add another the next month and so on. If you want to create a lasting morning routine, don’t jump in and try to do it all at once. Take your time!
Choose things you want to do, not what anyone else tells you to do or that you feel somehow strangely obligated to do. Morning routines work best when you have your own reasons for doing it — your own purpose, or your why.
I’m a firm believer in having a morning routine that is simple and straightforward. The idea is to leave you feeling positive, recharged and energized, NOT overwhelmed, frustrated by decision fatigue, or exhausted, so play around with your routine. Choose an order that you’ll do things and stick to it.
Just like I decide the night before what time I’ll wake up, I also choose the 20-minute workout I’ll do and set out my workout gear where it’s visible and unavoidable.
Reducing the number of decisions you have to make in the morning, means you’ll have more energy and the brain capacity to make better decisions for the rest of the day — like what you’ll eat for lunch or the decision to drink that second liter of water in the afternoon.
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