Guess what? I am not a morning person. I have never been a morning person and honestly I don’t think I ever will. Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than thankful for another day in this universe, but I’ve always felt so… bleh. Of course once I get a cup of my favorite coffee then I’ll get a little jolt of energy and passion for what I have to do for the day, but until then I feel like a walking zombie. Now that it’s established that I am definitely not the jolliest person in the morning, I thought I would never get anything done or be as productive as I would like to be during those early hours. It took a lot of research and watching actual morning routine videos to realize that I could be making my mornings less stressful and more productive.
What I’ve gathered from my morning routine study is that the key is to plan the night before. One of the things I absolutely hate to do in the morning is scrambling in my closet looking for something to wear. I’ve started to really make my outfit decisions the night before, and as an indecisive Libra, that was not easy at first. But I’ve noticed a huge difference in my morning stress levels when my outfit is ready to go and all I have to do is have my coffee & breakfast, take a nice hot shower and do my skin and makeup routine. Even meal-prepping your breakfast and other meals the night before can save a lot of time. Morning routines can be simple and less stressful for anti-morning people, it’s all about planning ahead the night before. Since it’s fall I’m gonna add a coziness to this routine to get you in the mood for the season.
Disclaimer: I’ll be adding the times that I usually get up and get everything done, and yes I know everyone’s is different. I also work both away from and at home, but for this routine I’ll be sharing my work from home morning lineup.
- End that alarm and get out of bed, quick. Don’t lay back down, don’t even hesitate for a second, because the chances of you going back to sleep are pretty high at this point. I’ve learned to just get the hell up, no scrolling on Twitter or Instagram, just get up.
- Put your phone on do-not-disturb. You can add your exceptions of course, but I’ve learned that not hearing your phone ringing from phone calls or emails also eases the mind.
- Breakfast w/ coffee or tea: fuel up for energy and make sure some fruits & veggies are incorporated. I used to eat breakfast after getting ready but later realized this was another major mistake I was making.
Since we’re on the topic of breakfast and mornings, I wanted to share my favorite non-dairy creamer that I found on Amazon. Pure. Heaven.
- After indulging in breakfast it’s time to get ready. Whatever you have to do, shower, makeup, skin care, hair, get it done. It really helps to sort the skin care and makeup you’ll be using the night before to avoid the hassle.
- If you have a 9-5 outside of your home, you’re probably getting ready to head out the door and your morning routine is pretty much done here, but don’t forget your lunch and anything else you need. I’m a master when it comes to forgetting things, so I literally had to start saying the things I make sure I have out loud. “Phone, keys, wallet, water, earbuds…” you get the gist.
- For my work from home buddies, our morning definitely isn’t over yet. My mornings aren’t very exciting at my outside-of-home day job, so I’ll be going over what my fall mornings look like productivity-wise.
- By now I’m pretty much all ready, I love to wear casual but a bit professional attire even in my own home. Staying in my pajamas would just give me the excuse to crawl back in bed.
- I open my planner and write everything that I want to do today. I feel much more enthusiastic going over my work tasks when working from home because I know that I don’t necessarily have to have a time-limit set on any tasks, relieving the pressure and actually boosting my work quality and performance.
- One of the reasons I’m anti-morning is because I don’t find excitement that early, but recently something that helped me look forward to getting to work is lighting my favorite candles or turning on my aroma diffuser in my work space.
- The first thing I normally do is check the war zone that is my emails, tackling those for about a half an hour. Responding to people first thing in the morning shows efficiency and professionalism. It shows them you actually care about the matter they are reaching out to you about. Good for business, y’know?
9:00 am And-So-Forth
- Writing, editing, crossing off my to-do-list like a boss. My advice is to do whatever you need to feel in the zone and in the mood to work. I personally like to charge my phone in the other room so that I don’t have the urge to scroll on Instagram or Twitter for hours. I also found a new love of listening to podcasts while working. If you work alone, it’s like having a group of friends there with you, so it feels less lonely.
- I feel like this is really necessary to mention: if you work from home I highly recommend having a separate phone for work.
- I do like to indulge in a mid-morning snack, usually something good like granola, yogurt or some fruit. Having a bottle or cup of lemon water nearby is also something that I really got into for the health benefits.
- Last thing, and can’t stress this enough, remember to give yourself breaks. Work is work, no matter where it is, and you need at least 10 mins to recuperate.
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