Morning routines are tricky. You can either cram too much into your starting hours (and immediately become overwhelmed) or you can slack off (and wish you had more time later in the day).
I’ve tried it all; at one point, I hit the floor running as early as 4:00 AM. Yep, it was tough. But, eventually, trial and error taught me that I had to decide what regimen worked best for me. I knew I didn’t want to be “that girl” – hell, I just wanted to get through the day.
My 9 to 5 is quite demanding (and unpredictable), so I knew the AM would be my sweet spot for personal greatness. I decided to keep things simple and focus on accomplishing bigger tasks, before the sun comes up.
The routine goes a little something like this: I wake up around 5:15 AM and make my bed. I wash my face and brush my teeth. Folgers 100% Colombian coffee is made immediately. While I sip away with the steamy, comforting beverage, I indulge in my Daily Word devotion and I proceed to pray and meditate.
Recently, I’ve started to use an iced face roller from Amazon that also serves as a gentle, calming start to the day and also works wonders with puffy eyes. By this time, 6:00 PM is already on the horizon.
By the next hour, I’m already sifting through my personal planner to catch a glimpse of what the day may have in store. Whether that’s paying a bill or catching up on a task I missed the day before, I take this time for me. I strategize, I plan and I write everything down. Sometimes, I even catch vlogs from a few of my favorite YouTubers.
By 8:00 AM, vitamins are taken and I’m preparing myself to head to the gym. If I start my day stressed or frustrated, working up a sweat assists in easing any anxiety or negative emotions that may be plaguing me. I get ideas while I work out, my confidence shoots through the roof and conquering the day becomes achievable.
I can attest that establishing a morning routine has improved my overall productivity. I’m not rushed throughout the day. And, of course, there’s the sense of maintaining structure. To anyone out there struggling to create their own morning routine, my advice is to single out what is important to you.
Spend the early hours focusing on ventures that fuel your mind, your spirit and your body. Use your morning routine to elevate your mindset, obtain your peace and lay the foundation for a meaningful start. Trust me, you are worth it.