Having a proper morning routine can set the tone for your entire day. There are certain things you can do in the morning that will make you feel energized, inspired, and ready to take on your day full-force. It’s important to ensure that your mind and body are ready for whatever comes your way, and you can fuel yourself by doing (and not doing) certain things.
It’s also essential to maintain your routine. Waking up at the same time throughout the week will ensure you don’t get too tired during the day and will train your body to get up and moving at your ideal time.
Over the past year, I’ve had quite a few changes for my blog and business. I’m now running three business (my freelance writing business, my blog and an online e-commerce store). I’ve been introduced to so many amazing people and have expanded my services and entrepreneurial reach, working alongside an incredible team.
This has meant that I have more meetings, I’m networking more, and working with people rather than on my own. I think a lot of us love the thought of working for ourselves, but one thing I’ve learned over the past year is that it can definitely get lonely. So when I had the opportunity to work with like minded entrepreneurs in more of a team environment, I jumped on the chance!
Now, on top of freelance writing and blogging, my days consist of everything from event planning, to coffee shop meetings to work on client projects, to fashion/beauty events, to business/blog consultations, to Instagramming, and everything in between! We also have a secret project in the works, but more on that later if everything goes as planned!
My morning routine isn’t perfect, there are still things I’d like to tweak. I’m in the process of waking up earlier than 8:30. But the truth is, I don’t feel fully rested when I wake up any earlier and I figure that as long as I start working between 9 and 9:30 I can still get an entire eight to nine-hour work day in.
Some tips that I’ve come to realize and live by: A nutritious breakfast is key. Load up on protein, whole grains, and fruit to keep you full and productive throughout your morning. I’ve also started taking a multivitamin and can’t even begin to explain the difference I’ve felt overall! I love the one from Isotonix because it’s in powder form and you stir it into a liquid, which means your body absorbs it right away, and at a much higher percentage than a pill form.
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Another tip is to not check your emails right when you wake up – it can be distracting and stressful. And always try to get in some time for reading. Reading provides you with a wealth of knowledge, spurs creativity, and if you’re a writer/blogger like me, it will only benefit your biz.
Am I the only one who loves looking at peoples’ morning routines/schedules? I figured if I do, then some of you might too, so this is what my morning routine looks like right now!
8:00 AM Wake up call
I want to work on getting up earlier, but these days I’m getting up around 8 am. Most nights I sleep with my phone outside my room (I say most nights, because when Stefan gets home late from work and I’m already in bed, I like to have my phone beside me so I can know when he’s coming home or message him if I need to). Otherwise, my phones outside my room, which has been a life-changer since you actually have to get up to turn your alarm off, which keeps you from hitting snooze and going back to bed!
Then I’ll put my phone on airplane mode while I go through the rest of my morning routine. I really don’t want to do anything work-related until I sit down at my desk and start my day, even though it can be so tempting to scroll through Instagram or check emails that came through during the night.
I think this is important for many reasons. First of all, if you check your emails and social media right away and see something negative, it’s going to set a bad tone for the rest of the day. This can lead to unnecessary stress. Secondly, it distracts you and leads you off track of your positive morning routine. Thirdly, in the long run it builds expectation from others that you will be available at that time. You don’t need to respond to everything right away.
8:00- 8:15 Start my Miracle Morning
If you haven’t heard of the Miracle Morning by Hal Erod, you need to look it up stat! And read the book ASAP. He takes you through six main personal development activities you should be doing every morning before you start your days. They’re called S.A.V.E.R.S. The S is for silence or meditation. The A is for affirmations. The V is for visualization. The E is for exercise. The R is for reading and the second S is for scribing or journaling. You’re supposed to do each for ten minutes, which is an hour, but I’d say even if you can do 5 minutes or 2 minutes or even 1 minute each, it’s better than nothing!
And you can make it your own! If I know I’m going to exercise later in the day or read before I go to bed, I’ll leave those things until later. But I have LOVED incorporating a short yoga session into my Miracle morning. I pop on a 5 to 10 minute yoga Youtube video, and it has been making SUCH a difference for my energy and focus! Yoga with Adriene is my favourite!
9:00 Make breakfast and drink a big glass of water
Once I’m done my Miracle Morning I drink a big glass of water. We get really dehydrated throughout the night, so this is really important. Some people say to drink a big glass right when you wake up, but it’s usually a little much for me. Always listen to your body!!
I also like to fuel up with a good breakfast – usually oatmeal with berries, toast with organic peanut butter, or a hard boiled egg with hummus and tortillas – and of course some black tea for a pick-me-up! Nope, I’m not a coffee person.
9:30 Social media, emails, and plan
Social media is a big part of my job. Promoting yourself and connecting with others is key as a blogger/ entrepreneur, so I like to start my day by getting all my social media in order. Some days I’m better with it than others, but I aim to do at least one Instagram post (and engage with other ‘grammers), schedule a Facebook post or two, and do some pinning!
I also check emails at this time and see if there’s anything urgent I need to tend to.
Then I look over my to-do list. I like to end off each day by making a list for the next day, so I go through the list and see if there’s anything I need to add to it or change up, depending on deadlines or even my mood. My Day Designer has been an absolute life saver in keeping me organized. If you’re on the market for a stylish agenda that pretty much does it all when it comes to organization and productivity, you NEED the Day Designer in your life!
10:00-10:30 Respond to emails and start my to-do list
Once I feel like everything is in order, I respond to any urgent emails and then get to work with my to-do list. As I mentioned above, every day is different, so this could mean writing a piece for one of the publications I contribute to, preparing an article for my blog, working through a course, setting up appointments, working on client projects, or getting together with my business partner to talk shop!
This basically takes me through the remainder of the day – working on all my different projects and taking lots of meetings! Right now, I wouldn’t change a thing!
Do you guys have a successful morning routine? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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