I am making this routine to help inspire you to have more productive mornings. I am not the most productive person in the world, but these simple things that I have started to do have really helped me to have more productive days and engage in less procrastination. I am in no way perfect. What I am showing you is my daily routine on a good day, and everyday is not always a good day. I will be trying my best to look for more ways to make my days productive and will update this post if I add anything new to my daily routine.
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10 Significant Steps to my Daily Routine:
1) My day starts the night before..
I set my alarms for the next day. I usually set them to allow at least 1 hour before any events or work I need to get to in the morning. For example, if I have work at 10am, I will get up at 9am at the latest. I find that waking up with sufficient time to do everything the next morning allows me to get to any events or work stress-free and without rushing.
My 1st alarm goes off at 7am and this is to check my basal body temperature (I do this to check the health of my body and also as part of the Fertility Awareness Method of contraception that I use). I record this temperature on an app on my phone, then go back to sleep.
My 2nd alarm goes off at 8am, and this is where I nip to the bathroom for a quick pee. When I return to the bedroom, I make sure to open my blinds to let the natural light in. This helps tell my body that the day has begun and I need to get up soon. Letting the natural daylight in has helped me to get up so much easier when my final alarm goes off. I go back sleep for one more hour.
My 3rd (and final) ‘wake up for good’ alarm goes off (usually around 9am) and I make sure I do NOT hit the snooze button. I make sure I ‘shoot’ up as if alert and quickly get out of bed. Getting up at the same time everyday builds up a good routine, which helps the health and well-being of our bodies.
3) Make the Bed
I make my bed, to make sure I complete the first task of the day (and a mini achievement under my belt), but also to make sure I don’t get back in it!
4) Stretches & Mini Work Out
Doing some simple stretches helps me to wake up. Since I am still sleepy at this point, I don’t follow a stretching routine. There is no specific order I stretch my limbs. I just go through one by one and make sure I stretch everything I can think of, concentrating on my legs, arms, back, neck and hips.
I love my 5 minute exercise routine, as it doesn’t take long and is basically 15 simple exercises, lasting just 20 seconds each. When I have published a post on my work out routine, I will make sure to insert it here.
5) Quick Tidy Up
If I have any pots washed to put away or shoes lying around, I will quickly put them away. This helps to add another mini achievement to my morning, that makes me feel better.
6) Shower & Get Dressed
I usually shower each morning, unless I have showered the night before. I only wash my hair about twice a week (usually at night), so my morning shower lasts around 5 minutes, as I just use soap to remove any impurities from my skin. My morning shower really helps to wake me up.
I am the sort of person who will look outside to decide what outfit I want to wear. I tend to go for comfort if I am planning on staying in most of the day (something baggy or loose).
7) Breakfast with Lemon Water
I will make my high fibre breakfast, usually consisting of porridge, cinnamon, chia seeds and banana (and if I have them, I add mixed berries too).
I also make myself a 1/2 lemon water, which helps to detoxify my body. You can get package-free lemons (loose) from Lidl for just 30p each (making my lemon water just 15p to make each day).
I fill up my eco-friendly refillable metal bottle (such as this one)* with cool water throughout the day, to make sure I keep hydrated. If I don’t get enough water I can lose motivation, concentration and make headaches more likely.
8) Mindfulness & Meditation
I will usually do the following whilst eating my breakfast or just after:
- Take a deep breath in slowly and then breathe out slowly (over a few seconds)
- Say out loud: 5 things I can SEE (e.g. my food, my window, a tree outside, a car outside, the wall)
- Say out loud: 4 things you can FEEL (e.g. my dressing gown, bowl in hand, spoon in hand, hair on face)
- Say out loud: 3 things you can HEAR (e.g. cars outside, birds outside, my breathing)
- Say out loud: 2 things you can SMELL (e.g. cinnamon in my porridge, fresh smell of the soap I just showered in).
- Say out loud: 1 thing you can TASTE (e.g. a mouthful of my delicious and nutritious porridge).
Practicing mindfulness (no matter for how long) helps me to reduce stress, let go of distracting thoughts and focus on the moment (rather than in my head over-analysing situations).
9) Practice Spirituality, Gratefulness & Self-Love
I just say out loud or write down the following:
- I am thinking…
- I am feeling emotionally…
- I am feeling physically…
- 2 things I’m grateful for are: 1)… 2)…
- 2 things I love about myself are: 1)… 2)…
- 1 thing that would add to my happiness today would be…
- 2 intentions for my day are: 1)… 2)…
I also like to get outside. Even if it is just a 10 minute stroll, I always value a little walk to get some fresh air. A bike ride also works – maybe to get some groceries. It allows me to think more about what I want to get out of my day and also my life in general.
10) Make a Good Plan for the Day / Visualisation
Spending a good 15 – 30 minutes properly planning what I want to achieve, into manageable 30 minute chunks helps in the following ways:
- Encourages me to be realistic with my time by needing to visualise how long each task will take me to complete. This is good as I have a tendency to just write a very long list of all the things I want to get done. This sets me up to fail and feel disappointed as the list is unrealistic of the time I have to complete them in.
- Helps to break up my day and allow me to take a mini break every 30 minutes which my brain needs in order to keep going throughout the day. The break only lasts a few minutes; enough time to make a drink or nip to the loo.
- Those 30 minute tasks are also my mini milestones, and if I am on target it makes me feel productive and lead to being even more productive. Having tick boxes next to each 30 minute task is a great way to build in a sense of achievement by being able o physically tick the task off the list.
I will visualise myself doing the tasks I plan to do in a successful and productive way, as this helps me to actually do them in a better way.
After visualising, I will get on with the tasks for the day.
Do you have a productive morning routine? Is there anything here that you would like to add to your morning routine? Do you have any suggestions for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.