I wake up at 4 am. It’s a part of my Morning Routine.
Almost 2 years ago now, I realized that when I woke up early and did all of the things BEFORE everyone else in my house woke up, I was more productive the rest of the day. I felt better. I moved more, I actually didn’t drink as much coffee…
People think I’m crazy, but listen: I own and operate this blog, I am a mother, a wife, I manage a Facebook group, I write for Mom 2.0 blog, I am trying to lose weight and I WORK A FULL-TIME JOB on top of all that.
My to-do list is never-ending and long. I need every minute of my 24 hours in a day that I can get. That’s why I started my morning routine. My day is hectic. From the moment my son wakes up until 10 pm when I fall exhausted into bed, I am on the move.
( updated September 2019)
I was finding that I was trying to squeeze healthy habits and behaviors into my day and failing miserably. I didn’t have time for me and I was just off and overwhelmed.
Until I started my morning routine that changed my life. It has saved my sanity, made me more productive and just made me an all-around better person.
Here are 8 things that I get done before 8 am……
It’s the first thing I do. Whatever your religion is, taking the time to reflect on what you are grateful for, tthank a higher power and visualizing what you want to accomplish that day is important. You didn’t open your eyes on your own.
Listen. I like to eat. But I am practically stationary all day. I work on a computer. At a desk. From 9 am to 7 pm. If I didn’t get up at the crack of dawn to exercise, you would have to roll me down the hallway. Exercise is not only a way to keep me moving, but getting it done early in the morning helps me feel more alert and active for the rest of the day.
3. Drink water
I drink 32 oz every morning. BEFORE COFFEE. After sleeping all night, I always feel slightly dehydrated. Plus, after exercise, I need it.
I put down my thoughts. It’s cathartic. I work through problems, I write down motivational quotes I heard. Journaling helps me to get all those thoughts out so they don’t crowd my head all day.
5. Decide what my “3 things” are and put them in my google calendar
I do my to-do list the night before, but I choose three main things, my frogs and then put them in my google calendar with times and alarms. So I don’t forget them! Why three things? I’ve found that when I list three tasks that are a priority that I want to get done no matter what, it gives me direction and motivation. Especially if they are the hard things! It’s important to have goals for the day, or some direction. After those three get done, anything else I get done is gravy. If something on my list doesn’t get done, I move it to the next day. And I use my google calendar because sometimes I need a reminder to get things done!
6. Write, schedule all the things
Since I work full-time, I can’t do a lot of things for this blog or social media during the day. So usually between 5am-6am, I write blog posts, I schedule social media, I reply to comments on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Or I do one of the many things it takes to run this blog smoothly.
7. Inform myself.
At 6 am, I turn on the news and have my first cup of coffee. ( I’m allowed 2 LOL). I listen to the news of the day, read my Morning Briefing from the New York Times and get start Pookah’s breakfast. I’m a big believer in knowing what is going on in the world. And I’m a news junky. So I get my fix.
8. Eat Breakfast
After I drop off the child to school, breakfast is the first thing I do. Because no matter what they tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I find that when I don’t eat breakfast, the rest of my day is full of junk and overeating. I always take the time to eat SOMETHING like an omelet or a bowl of oatmeal. Breakfast is usually the end of my morning routine and the start of the rest of my day.
I’m not perfect. There are some days when I hit my snooze button 30 times before cussing a blue streak, I get out of bed. There are some mornings where I just roll over and reset my alarm for 6. But I suffer when I do.
My morning routine centers me. It gives me breathing room. It gives me momentum. I get that all-important ME time every single morning.
And I get things done.
Do you have a morning routine? What time do you wake up ?
Side Note: Did you know that I have an evening routine too?
And a routine just for summer mornings when the kids are home??
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