My morning routine that helps maximize my mood, energy and productivity.
I am a firm believer that a morning routine is key in your daily success and overall wellbeing. As someone who thrives off routine, I wake up at the same time almost every single day (even on weekends). Since changing my sleep schedule to waking up at the same time daily, I have found I have more energy throughout the day. Here is the morning schedule that has helped increase my daily productivity, energy and mood!
Wake up at 6am (unless I have a workout class or early event in which I wake up earlier).
Glass of water. First and foremost, I stumbled downstairs half awake and pour myself a glass of filtered water. I take a probiotic and sip on the water while I cook breakfast.
Breakfast. I will save the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” spiel that your mom probably ingrained in your head when you were a kid. For me, breakfast takes precedent over everything because I wake up starving. I typically have a green smoothie or oatmeal.
Make a cup of coffee. I always start my day with a rich cup of coffee. I am way more productive after I have ingested some caffeine.
Take my vitamins. I am religious about my vitamins every day. I notice a big difference when I don’t take them in my energy and mood. See the vitamins I take here.
An activity for myself. I like to ease into my day. Some days I work out or meditate. You can see my three meditations here. Some days I watch 20 minutes of The Social or listen to a podcast. Usually this activity is not long because I like to start working on business as early as possible.
Journal. Every morning I sit down with my journal. There are four sections in my daily journal:
- I write down what I feel grateful for. Some days it’s the sunshine and coffee. Some days it’s my health and my boyfriend. It can be anything! This helps put your life into perspective and go into your day with a full heart.
- I write out five sentences of who I am in five years as if I am already that person. This may sound weird but I promise it is important. For example, “I have one million dollars in my bank account and a thriving marriage” OR “I am a successful CEO and have four healthy kids.” When we write out who we are as if we have already achieved it, it motivates us to hustle.
- Set three goals for the day that will bring you closer to those dreams you have for yourself in five years. I like to breakdown my to do list down into three defined goals per day. They must be specific! For example, “today I will engage with my followers on Instagram for 30 minutes, kill my HITT class at 4pm and finish my school readings for this week”.
- I write out my word, mantra or intention of the day. It could be something so simple, or it could be a passage that you really like. If this is too much, you can set intentions for your week instead to eliminate this step every day.
Social media engagement. As a blogger this exercise is important, but it may not be important to you. Every morning I set a timer and spend 30-45 minutes on social media trying to build friendships and network! This may sound daunting, but it gets easier the more you do it. The only difference between scrolling and engagement is that I am constantly posting, liking and commenting on likeminded people’s profiles to build connections.
Mission inbox zero. For my sanity, I like to start my day with zero unread emails. I have hundreds of folders and I start filing my messages. It keeps your work and mind clear of clutter so you can focus on the next task.
Schedule your day to hit goals. Once you have your goals set and an idea of what your day looks like, create a timetable to maximize your time. Make sure you leave in some time to stretch, eat, drink and walk while working your butt off.
This is the morning schedule that works for my lifestyle. I am a morning person! I understand some people may not have that same mentality. I swear if you commit to making the switch and going to bed earlier, you will see an increase in energy when you wake up early! I love having my mornings to myself. I am far more productive that way.
I hope this gives you some ideas as to how you can maximize your day!