***Updated October 2023
You’ve already hit the snooze button five times.
You finally roll out of bed and drag your feet to the kitchen for your daily caffeine fix.
So much for being productive, right?
You need to make something quick before you start getting ready to head out. Ahh, maybe some cereal!
Uhhh, where IS the cereal?
Oh yeah, still on the dining room table from your midnight snack last night.
And you’re out of milk…
Sound familiar? It’s ok, I’m here to help!
Everyone wonders how I’m able to pop out of bed in the mornings and move through my “getting ready” process so smoothly.
The main reason is that I’m a morning person (yeah, I know, there aren’t that many of us around).
The other reason is that I have a solid morning routine in place that maximizes my productivity and keeps my energy up.
Wanna know my secrets? Keep reading!
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1. Start the night before
Believe it or not, your morning routine really starts the night before.
What you do (or sometimes don’t do) at night will determine how productive your mornings will be.
There are a few things you can do to ensure you set yourself up for morning success.
First, have your shower routine completed because it will usually help you sleep better. There’s nothing more relaxing than getting into bed after you’ve showered, exfoliated, and finished your skincare routine.
Next, I recommend limiting electronics 1 hour before bedtime.
The blue light that your cell phone or computer emits makes your brain think it’s still daytime. This causes your melatonin levels to drop, making it hard for you to fall asleep.
Instead, opt to read a book or get some journaling done. This will help you destress and will generally make you more tired and ready for sleep.
Going to bed at a decent hour plays a huge role in your sleep quality. You should strive to get no less than 7 hours each night.
Lastly, try taking a couple of melatonin gummies and drink a cup of Sleepy Time Tea before you turn it.
I wake up a lot throughout the night, so this helps me tremendously.
Try your hardest to get the best quality of sleep each night so you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
2. Wake up a little earlier
“Oh, so you want me to wake up EVEN EARLIER now!?”
Just hear me out, ok?
If I need to be out of the house by 7 am, I’m up around 5:30 am.
I like waking up a little earlier than required because it gives me time to get some extra things done before I leave.
And it also helps me to not be rushed in the mornings.
Some reasons for you to wake up a a little earlier:
– Do some type of personal development work
– Cook a nourishing breakfast for yourself
– Get your body moving with a workout
– Do some light cleaning/quick chores
– Take some “me time” to set your intentions for the day
Having reasons “why” you need to wake up earlier make it easier for you to actually do it.
3. Do a meditation session
I like to meditate about 20 minutes every day, and longer if I can fit it in!
Meditating each morning will help ground yourself and can lower any feelings of stress or anxiety.
My days are pretty busy, so I NEED that time to myself to get my mind right.
I usually listen to calming music on the Meditation and Relaxation Music app.
After I meditate, I feel centered and at peace; like I can take on any challenge that comes my way. It’s amazing what our brains are capable of doing!
When you’re in balance, you’ll be more productive. If you haven’t tried meditating yet, this is your sign to give it a go. It’s life-changing.
4. Eat a proper breakfast
How many times have you heard someone say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Eating a healthy, filling breakfast is a major key to having a productive morning routine!
I tend to make food that doesn’t take too long to prepare, but still tastes good.
Some easy meals for breakfast I usually whip up:
– Avocado toast with eggs
– A vegetable omelet with turkey bacon
– An avocado smoothie and a protein bar
– Ham and (dairy-free) cheese french toast
I typically eat my breakfast with a side of fresh fruit and some decaf tea or coffee.
I limit my caffeine intake because it makes me way too jittery now!
Honestly, limiting caffeine may also be one of the reasons why my morning routine goes a lot smoother.
I don’t get that “caffeine-crash” anymore. Who would have thought!?
Well, those are some of my essential tips for having an effective and productive morning routine! Let me know how they work for you in the comments below.
Be sure to watch my video below for a more in-depth look at how I start my mornings.
Peace, love, and good vibrations.