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8 Things I do Before 8 am: My Morning Routine


Having a morning routine can help jump start your productivity and help you be productive for the rest of the day. Here are 8 things I do before 8 am.

8 things I do before 8 am: my morning routine

5:11 am

I wake up at 4 am. It’s 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 9 pm when I fall exhausted into bed, I am on the move. 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……

1. Meditate

It’s the first thing I do. Whatever your religion is, taking the time to reflect on what you are grateful for, thank a higher power and visualizing what you want to accomplish that day is important. You didn’t open your eyes on your own.

2. Exercise

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. 

4. Journal

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. Write My to Do List

Because what busy mom, wife or blogger doesn’t have one? It’s important to have goals for the day, or some direction.  I usually make my to-do list for the day and make 3 tasks on that list a priority. After those three get done, anything  elseI get done is gravy.  If something on my list doesn’t get done, I move it to the next day.

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 of 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 ?


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Having a morning Routine can help you be productive and get so much done! Check out the 8 things you can get done before 8 am to help you have a more productive day.
  • Reply
    March 28, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I wake up on most mornings at 4:45 am. I pray. I think. I pray some more. Some mornings I read. Around 5:30, I write or do blog stuff like send out emails. I usually walk my dog around 7. I write some more until 8. I exercise at 8. I drink water before walking the dog and after I exercise. Some mornings, I am nice and prepare breakfast for the girls, but usually they fix something. We start our homeschool day at 10 so I get a lot of stuff done between 5:45 and 10.

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      March 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Homeschooling gets you so much flexibility

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      February 28, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Hi! Which planner is that in your photo?

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        February 28, 2018 at 11:36 am

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    March 28, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Girl, damn. I am barely awake by 8am.

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      March 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm


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    March 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    So the alarm goes off at 5:20, I cuss a little, turn it off, then lay back down. It goes off again at 5:40 whisper a prayer, then I’m up, grump my way to the bathroom to get myself together (News and Social Media is checked here too until my leg falls asleep) and cut on some music. Wake the boy up at 7 and we’re out the door by 7:30. I’m on the train by 8:15 to work for about 45 min then grab some breakfast at my desk and begin the day. Now that we’re out of the funk of dark mornings I’ll give it go again.

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      March 28, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Your morning sounds so hectic!! Reminds of me of how mornings were when I worked in the office.

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    pascha Shepard
    March 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Loved reading this. I *try* to get up at 5 a.m but its normally 6 a.m. One day I will get into the 5 a.m. routine (!) I start with prayer, Miracle Morning, quick yoga and squats while brushing teeth. In the parking deck I do my daily devo. If I am ever late to work, I lock my office door and complete what I need.

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      March 28, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      when i commuted, I used to do mine in the car too!

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    Arlett ( Chasing Joy)
    March 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for shariNg your schedule. I feel like I need to start getting up earlier bit I tend to stay up too late.

    What time do you go to bed at night?

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      March 28, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      I usually go to bed between nine and ten. But tonight is Fixer Upper so I’m up past my bedtime

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    Reginia Cordell
    March 30, 2017 at 12:03 am

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      March 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      LOL thank you!!

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    April 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I was doing something similar. Waking an hour earlier but then I fell off it was awesome. I need to get back to it. Maybe earlier. But I can’t go to bed early enough. I just need like ten more hours in the day. Sheesh. Thanks for the motivation. And when you listed all you do, I got tired. Lol

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    April 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    My morning routine is rather all over the place and needs to be fixed. Fixing that is my goal for the month. Getting to bed earlier is part of the solution. But it’s so hard when I’m such a natural night owl!

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    June 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I’m with you. I’m usually up at 5 but on the days I work from home, I stay up until 1am working on my personal stuff. I’ve found, like you, that going for a walk in the wee hours of the morning is the perfect start for my day. Thanks for sharing!

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    October 26, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    I also get up at 4am. My husband and I write together from 4am to 6am, I work out from 6-6:30, and shower and dress until 7:30. Between 6:30 and 7:30 my four kids wake up. From 7:30-8:30 I help them get ready and we start homeschool at 8:30 and my husband goes to work. I love it because by the time we start school I have already had my own time to do things I want so I am not distracted at all. At night we have a routine as well to get everyone in bed by 7pm. Me and my husband have alone time from 7-8:30 and then we go to sleep around 8:30.

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    November 12, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I love the sound of your day and this would have worked a couple of years ago. But now I am up at 3am and out the door at 4am. I have a few breaks during my work schedule but am I always trying to get things done. I am lucky to be in bed at 8. So have yet to figure out how to fit things in this schedule.

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    January 4, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I need to get to bed earlier and I need to wake up earlier. I work full time outside of my blog so I need every second I can get to write and create content to keep my site going. Thanks for these tips.

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      January 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      this is why I originally got up early. Because as a nurse, I work LONG hours and getting up early was the only way to get ANYTHING blog related done!

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    May 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    My routine-I wake up at 530 am. Pour a cup of coffee and take my meds, and then give my daughter her morning meds in bed and then let her go back to sleep. If the weather is agreeable, I take my coffee to my back porch and smoke a cigarette. I take time for me before I wake the kids up at 615. I am much nicer if I have my own time before they get up. The kids get their own breakfast most mornings, and then do their morning chores. They get ready for school and we are out the door about 710. I drive them 25 minutes to school, then I go home. I usually do a little house work, run errands, take a nap and then do my last minute homework before I go to school. I am a full time student. I go to class the rest of the day, then drive 25 minutes to pick up my kids from school. The kids play outside while I make dinner, and when my husband gets home from work we eat. Then we take our kids to their various activities, depending on the day of the week. We come home and the kids go to bed. I work seasonally one day a week in the late spring and all summer. With school letting out and my summer class beginning, our routines will change up a bit.

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    May 22, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I *wish* so much that I was a morning person. Your morning truly sounds like a peaceful way to begin the day! I believe you when you say it makes your entire day better.

    How long did it take you to actually get into the habit of getting up early? I’ve often wondered if I could make myself become a morning person…

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