I recently discovered the value of having a “routine” and it’s led to a larger shift in my life than I realized; a shift for the better. In the past, self-made routines and schedules never worked for me, probably because I was forcing something on myself because I thought it was what I needed to do. And while the thought of needing to do it was correct, the intention behind it was not.
Here’s what I realized…
In order for me to stick with a self-made routine, I needed to identify an intention and purpose for having one. What was it solving? What it is allowing me to do? Those were the questions I needed to answer. And once I did – BOOM – I started implementing my routine more consistently. So, now that you know what I know about following routines, let me dish on what I do in the morning!
Morning Routine #1
On the days I workout…
- 5:50am: wake up & get ready WITHOUT opening apps on my phone (I’m a sucker for scrolling)
- 6:30am: hit that workout hard
- I’ve incorporated workouts into my morning because I won’t do them if they’re in the afternoon. Every once in a while I will but only if I’m going with lots of friends!
- Drink water!
- Also, my wake up time depends on the class time, but I don’t usually workout later than 7am during the week.
- 8:00am: home to shower & eat breakfast
- Once my workout is over, then I’ll start opening up apps (ie: Instagram or email). I started doing this to set boundaries for myself. I found that I was scrolling ALL THE TIME and that wasn’t beneficial for me.
- Before I eat anything, I make a “morning cocktail” of Emergen-C Vitamin C and 1/2 teaspoon of Blue Majik and drink
- I also make sure to eat more protein in the morning since I just worked out! I’m currently making my way through this protein powder for my smoothies and smoothie bowls.
- Then go about my day, whether that means go to work or start my to do list!
Morning Routine #2
The days I don’t workout…
- 7ish am: wake up without an alarm and make sure to not pick up my phone to play on
- 8am: if I’m not out of bed, I should be out of bed by now
- Drink my “morning cocktail” that I described above while making my breakfast
- Once breakfast is over, then I’ll look at my phone!
How has this routine affected me?
Well, I don’t dilly daddle on my phone and waste as much time getting ready now. I realized how often I was on my phone, as early at 5:50a to “help me wake up,” just making my way through different social media channels. It was all mindless! Why should I spend my first seconds and minutes of the day looking at what other people have done?
It’s given me:
- time to think about my day and setup my priorities
- space to pay attention to what I’m cooking, drinking, or eating
- quiet and calm
- an opportunity to have intentional conversations and time with my boyfriend before we leave for work
I’m working on a post about my nighttime routine, but in the meantime…
do you have a “morning routine”? If so, what do you do?
If not and you want one, let me know and we can work together to bring that organization into your life!