I don’t know about you, but I love reading about morning routines. Since returning to work after lockdown, I’ve had to get up early. I therefore thought I’d share my currently morning routine with you as well as some tips I’ve picked up along the way.
I will be brutally honest with you, I never used to be a morning person. Getting up for school or work each morning always used to be a struggle. I’d leave it till the last minute and then find myself rushing around, often forgetting something. I even used to do my make up in the car on route to school.
The thought of getting up early used to fill me with dread. However, as I’ve got older, I realised that I can’t leave everything till the last minute. I’ve created a morning routine that allows me to wake up and get ready, without feeling panicked. Over time, I’ve actually started to enjoy getting up early, which is something I never thought I’d say. Here is my morning routine for waking up early.
My day starts when my alarm goes off at 6am. Due to being hard of hearing, I have a vibrating alarm which is kept under my pillow. It is so helpful because it means my alarm will wake me up, without it waking my hubby up next to me. I also sleep with my Fitbit on and have another alarm set for 6.15, just in case the first one doesn’t go off. If this isn’t enough, I also have my phone alarm set for 6.40 but I usually turn this off way beforehand.
Once I’m awake I head straight downstairs and make a cuppa. I’m one of those people who can’t function without a cuppa, so I make sure I’ve got my priorities right. Whilst my tea is brewing, I’ll do the basics such as brush my teeth, wash my face, sort my hair out and apply my mascara.
Cuppa in hand, the next 45 minutes are my productive time. If we are having a slow cooker meal, I will use some of this time to prep that. I also schedule promotional posts for Twitter and Facebook, return comments and occasionally add a new grid post to Instagram. All the time I’m doing this, I sip on my cuppa and slowly start to feel more alive.
As soon as 7am hits, I like to start getting ready to leave the house. This includes getting dressed, which I tend to do downstairs if Andy is still asleep. I make sure I’ve got everything I need to take with me to work by the front door. I’ll also wash and pack away any dishes that need to be done.
I’ve then got 20 minutes to myself before I need to leave for work. I use this as my me time and spend it scrolling social media, replying to emails or just watching YouTube videos. As soon as 7.30am arrives, I grab everything I need and walk out the door.
My Tips For A Successful Morning Routine
Get everything ready the night before
I know this is something everyone says, but it is so important. It is one of the fundamental rules I live by now and I’ve seen such a huge improvement. I make the point of getting everything from clothes, bag, masks, food etc ready at 9pm each evening. By doing this, its in my mind that I need to do it before I go to bed.
Get enough sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep is so important for our overall wellbeing. It took me several weeks to work out how much sleep I really need. I think I used to actually get too much sleep because I’d often struggle to get to sleep at night and feel worse for it.
For me personally, I try to go to sleep between 10-10.30 and wake up at 6am. In theory, this would give me a good eight hours. However, I know it’s likely to take me 20 minutes to fall asleep. I also am likely to get disrupted sleep if Andy needs to leave for work at 3am. With this in mind, its probably closer to seven hours sleep, which I’m happy with.
Make a plan for the morning
Making a plan or to do list of things you need to get each morning. If you know there are things you need to get done, you are more likely to get out of bed. I always find that without a plan, I think to myself, just ten more minutes. Having just a handful of things on your to do list will motivate you more.
For example, each morning, I’ll make a cuppa whilst getting ready for work. I then schedule in a bit of time that I can promote blog posts, as well as write and schedule content. You might decide that you want to do a workout or some yoga.
Get straight out of bed & wash your face
Don’t even think of hitting that snooze button. The hardest part is getting out of bed, but once its done, you’ll feel much better. Washing your face will not only help cleanse your skin, but it will also wake you up too.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how I’ve created my morning routine to get up early. What started as a struggle, has now become enjoyable. I love how much I can get done before work. Check out my Instagram Stories, where I share more tips and routines.
Are you a morning person? Do you have any tips you would add?