Last September, after returning from a 3 week Euro trip with my sleep schedule all out of whack, I began waking up at 5 am. I decided not to lay around waiting to fall asleep, and instead began to do things that I’m typically either rushing to do throughout the day, like tidying up, or have no time for, like reading, watching a show, or just enjoying the hours during which I don’t owe anybody anything. And I became totally addicted. Addicted to the morning hours that have the most beautiful light, the quietest quiet, and the warmest feeling. For the first time in my life, I had found myself a “morning routine,” and I realized that those are SO underrated.
Before I even had to begin my work day, I had already checked making the bed, getting myself together, taking time to enjoy my coffee and reading a book or catching up on a show off my list, so I started the day not longing for something or feeling rushed. Do you ever get to work and suddenly get an intense urge to go on Pinterest instead?
Unfortunately, my body clock caught up and my jet lag went away pretty quickly, though I did keep the 5 am wake-ups going for several weeks. Fortunately, I loved having a few hours to myself in the mornings so much, that to this day, I make sure to get up with at least an hour left to relax. I’ve realized that’s not nearly enough for me and I do occasionally find myself rushing to get ready, but I’m working on getting the early riser in me to wake back up.
One of the things that really inspires me is reading about other people’s mornings. This week, I came across a website called My Morning Routine, and I’m obsessed! I love seeing how others organize their days and what sets them up for success and productivity in the mornings. Plus it’s a good way to get some new tips for my own ever-evolving “routine.” Here’s what my mornings look like currently:
7:45 am: Wake up, after hitting snooze for 30 minutes
7:46 am: Moan and groan my way to the coffee machine
7:48 am: Brush my teeth, wash my face, raise the shades, think about coffee
7:50 am: Settle on the couch with coffee and a book, or catch up on a show
8:45 am: Get dressed and eat breakfast
9:00 am: Make the bed, throw in a load of laundry/and or some other cleaning, step outside for a few minutes
9:30 am: Begin work
Here’s what my ideal morning routine looks like (also keep in mind that even the above times vary, and I’m often too lazy to stick exactly to that schedule).
6:00 am: Wake up, no snooze button
6:01 am: Brush my teeth, get dressed, make the bed
6:10 am: Settle in with my coffee and a book
7:30 am: Blog, work out, or catch up on anything that needs to get done
8:00 am: Eat breakfast and ease into the day
9:30 am: Begin work knowing I’ve accomplished all my errands and nagging to-do’s, and spent some time relaxing
Next week I plan to try to ease in to a slightly earlier wake up time in order to get closer to accomplishing more in the mornings than I tend to when I only have an hour or so to myself. Wish me luck!
Tell me: How do you like to organize your mornings? Do you have a “routine?”