Routine Series Part 2: My Morning Routine

Last week, I talked about routines and why you should have one (If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can find it here). Routines are important in our daily lives. Our productivity increases. We are more organized not just in our schedules, but in our thoughts. Creating a routine is easy, but it takes time to fine tune it. You have to consider time management, work schedules, unexpected life events, etc. Are you going to have your routine down to the second? No.

Last December, I thought about how I was going to develop a routine that works for me. I needed something that was predictable for the sake of my anxiety, especially if I was leaving the typical 7:30-4:00 teaching job. I was used to having a routine at work and I needed to have a routine at home.

For starters, I focused on developing a morning routine. At first it was a little difficult because of the camper life, but I made it doable until we moved into the apartment. Now that we are moved in, my routine is much more manageable. I am still working on it as we speak. Below is how I start my morning.

Wake Up:

I actually wake up at Josh’s 5 am alarm. Once he leaves for work, I go back to sleep and wake back up no later than 8 am. Tikka is pretty good at waking me up around this time (he’s wanting to play). My new rule for this year is not to sleep past 8. I have noticed that sleeping past that time throws my day off.

Five Minute Journal:

I start off by working on the morning portion in my Five Minute Journal. I have been using this journal since December. On each page, I write 3 things I’m grateful for, 3 things that would make my day great, and two daily affirmations. Since using it, I have noticed a change in my perspective in a positive manner (I will be giving you an update on this journal within the next couple of weeks.).

Daily Devotional:

After completing my journal, I sit down and read or listen to a devotional. Currently I switch between reading Live Purposely by Sadie Robertson Huff or listen to Mornings With the Masters by Chad and Tori Masters. Both devotionals are short, but very meaningful. It gives me a different perspective on life.

Make the Bed:

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This one is a classic. If you grew up with the expectation of making your bed, then this one should be pretty simple to do. Making your bed is a kickstart of your productivity line. I always hear the excuse, “Well, you’re just going to mess it up when you go to bed that night.” This is true, but think about the times you change your bed sheets and how amazing it feels to climb in crisp sheets. You can still extend this feeling by making your bed.  Plus, making your bed does not take that long to do.

Morning Skincare:

I always think about Rachel Hollis when she says, “Girl, go wash your face” in her books. She is right. If that is one thing I can do right, it’s washing my face then applying eye cream and SPF. Washing my face makes me feel like I am put together regardless if I go anywhere.

Start Breakfast:

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Breakfast is pretty quick and simple for me. On weekdays, I enjoy a bowl of cereal with oat milk (I’m a big cereal eater!). On weekends, Josh will cook a breakfast scramble or we will get breakfast takeout. 

All together, my routine takes about half an hour to complete. Once I complete my routine, I am ready to take on what my day consists of. I know as I continue through the year, my is subject to change as I am still working on fine tuning it. I hope this gives you an idea of how you can start your day. Keep in mind that it will take some time to figure out what works for you. Start with 3 things you want to accomplish each morning, keep track of your time and make changes accordingly. Try your routine for 30 days and reflect on your mood, what’s going well, and what changes you need to make. Don’t get discouraged if your routine is working. You have the power to change it.

If you have a morning routine you would like to share, let me know! I would love to hear them!

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

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