Even during the summer, my morning routine is one of the most important parts of my day. It sets the time for the rest of the day, and often, the whole weeks mood can be determined by a successful Monday morning routine.
Ideally, I could wake up, grab my coffee and begin my work day. Before I can eat my frogs, I first have to set up for success. So here's the skinny on how I get the weekday balls rolling.
A L A R M (6 A.M.):
The first thing I do after silencing the alarm on my phone is lay back and breathe. I like to do a series of ten deep, cleansing breaths. Usually my alarm shocks me awake so I like to center myself right away after waking.
R O U T I N E S:
From between 6 - 6:30 A.M. I work through a list of items to be accomplished first thing in the morning.
• Stand and Stretch
As soon as my feet hit the floor I am raising my arms to stretch. Though I do stretch while still in bed, standing up and doing a few stretches each weekday gives me a shot of endorphins so I don't stop myself from falling back into bed.
• Drink a full glass of water.
Yes, I have my coffee from morning to night but before anything else goes on my body, I like to hydrate with a quick chug of water.
• Wash My Face
It's important to me that I follow a skincare routine. If I dont, my face goes to help and I'm afraid of scaring people if I leave the house. By making sure I wash my face right away during weekdays I am splashing some wake up juice on myself while also checking off a to do list item.
• Grab My Coffee and Find A Quiet Place
What I do during quiet time varies from morning to mkrning, my mood and the weather. I'm an outside girl at heart so I usually grab my coffee and phone and spend five minutes checking the weather, news, etc. I do usually avoid business so I only check my personal email during this time.
• Find A Mindful Activity
A lot of bloggers out there talk about spending time in their bible in the morning. I like to do something similar but, being Jewish, I read Torah. And not every weekday morning. Some mornings I will work on my needlepoin, others I may read a chapter of two in a latest novel. Once for three mornings straight, I just wrote. Nothing for business, just whatever came to mind. Whatever activity you choose, make sure you can stay focused on that and only that (minus your coffee sipping, of course!)
Fitness for me is different from working out. Fitness is just a routine I created for core maintenance. Situps, squats and pushups. At the start of a month start them at 50 and add 5 to each day. Typically O will knock this out after my second cup of coffee.
• Set the Day
Confession: Sometimes my mindful activity is my planner. But not often. As a planner decorator, I like to make sure I by everything done while still having my planner look gorgeous. Even if planning is my weekday morning activity, I still pull out my planners and make a plan for the day. I work up my to do list, jot down my three frogs and make sure I know what is what that day. Once my day is outlined and organized, I can breathe a little easier.
To be honest, this never takes me much time because I try to always prep each day on the night before. But inevitably there's something to be done. So I make the bed, maybe start a load of laundry and/or dishes, wipe anything that needs wiping and refill my coffee.
• Start Eating Frogs
Once everything above has been completed and I have fresh coffee, I am out of excuses to avoid the frogs I eat each day. For example, I like to draft out my blog posts and newsletters for each week on Monday. I also like to schedule social media then too. Tuesdays are for Pinning and Wednesdays are my research days. There's many tasks to complete each day but there's always at least one big one for the day.
I accomplish everything on my list usually by 7 A.M. It's not a long and drawn out routines list, they more or less flow right into each other. I have everything so streamlined that I am able to start accomplishing goals (to build my business mostly) as soon as I hit the "office" (aka my couch). Occasionally something comes up and either the little one or I am sick, sometimes a doctor appointment gets in the way. During school the only change is that instead of eating those frogs, I am taking my baby to the school bus THEN hitting the ground running.
It has taken me close to a year to perfect a weekday routine that works for me and my family. I'd love to hear about what you do to keep your day running smoothly.
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