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My Morning Routine

I am obsessed with reading about other peoples’ daily routines – it’s like a little glimpse into their lives and something I can learn from and allows me to reflect on my own habits.

That’s part of the reason I loved books like Laura Vanderkam’s What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and the website MyMorningRoutine.com. They’re fascinating!

Of course, what works for one person may not work for another – we have to shape our routines and lives in ways that best suit our personality, goals, values, priorities and commitments.

I love routine and get easily thrown off when I don’t follow one (although vacations are an exception and my weekend routine follows a different schedule than my weekday mornings!) But every weekday, I try (key word!) to follow a standard routine that keeps me organized, healthy, and sane.

alarm clock

The Night Before

  • Check the weather and get out my clothes for the next day (a habit my ultra-organized mom passed down to me!)
  • Pack my lunch (usually leftovers) and fill the kettle for tea, leaving my mug on the counter
  • Pack my bag for the next day – gym clothes, extra shoes, whatever I may need that day
  • Prepare breakfast: usually oatmeal, oatmeal bake, smoothie, or eggs
  • Get to bed on time! I recently started using iPhone’s bedtime alarm and it has been so helpful in ensuring I get my eight hours
  • Read in bed
  • Set my morning alarm and put my phone on Airplane Mode for overnight so I’m not disturbed by any incoming messages or calls and to keep the wifi signals out of the bedroom while we sleep.

meal prep

The Morning Of

  • Hit snooze at least once. Some people warn against this but I always set my alarm 15 minutes earlier than I need to be up so I can have the luxury of hitting snooze – there’s no way I can spring out of bed after the first ring! Another version of me would get up and have a half hour to myself to drink tea and read in the sunshine before going to work but this is not reality. I’d way rather have that extra half hour to sleep.
  • Boil the kettle, drink water
  • Eat breakfast that I prepare night before
  • Listen to a podcast, read news, or Instagram on commute.

What’s your morning routine? How does it change from weekday to weekend? Do you follow any tips to help you stick to a schedule?

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8 thoughts on “My Morning Routine

  1. My routine is pretty similar to yours. I don’t use an alarm clock though, haven’t in years. I go to sleep between 8-9pm and my body just doesn’t sleep more than 8 hours. I’m sincerely curious why it’s hard to get out of bed in the morning?

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  2. Being a nurse and working 12-hour shifts, I need a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately by the time I get home, snuggle with my daughter (she’s 10) before her bed, eat my dinner that my husband had cooked previously, get my uniform out for the next day, make my lunch, I usually don’t get into bed until about 9:30 pm. As much as sometimes I would like to just zonk out for the night, I need that hour or so for “me”, so I’ll knit and/or watch a show/movie and then settle about 11 pm.

    I certainly set my alarm a bit early so I get at least one, sometimes two hits of the snooze alarm, crawl out of bed; giving me enough time to do the least amount of things before getting into my car and driving to work.

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    1. I can totally connect with the idea of taking “me” time to unwind at the end of the day after the to-do list is done, even if it means getting to bed a little bit later. I find it helps to prepare the body and mind for sleep, too.

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  3. The night before, my routine is pretty much the same! Although I also do some neck stretches and meditation…!

    Morning of – I start my day with my Five Minute Journal and then just get ready and head to work where I eat breakfast that I prepared the night before! Being able to sit with my journal for 5 minutes and do some deep breathing exercises has helped me ease into the day though, which I love!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

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