Why You Need A Morning Routine
Create A Great Morning Routine, and Change Your World!
You need a morning routine because it will make you more productive! Having a productive morning routine starts the day off right, and puts positivity in motion!
Morning routines set the tone for the day. A great life starts with a whole bunch of great days!
My personal morning routine consists of:
Wake Up Before The Sun Shines
This one I struggle with.
What I want for myself is to be a morning person! I am far more productive when I start and end my day early. The key here is consistency! Set yourself up for success and have a regular bedtime seven days a week!
Creating a consistent sleep schedule will reduce sleepiness throughout the day.
Wake up your body and mind by moving your body and changing your surroundings. Exercise will stimulate the body and jumpstart your day.
My boyfriend and I go to the gym for our exercise. This usually consists of some amount of cardio, weight lifting, and ten minutes in the steam room.
To keep things interesting, I schedule a different exercise for every day. Scheduling and planning is incredibly important to me, and this way, I have something different every day to look forward to.
- Monday is arm day.
- Tuesday is cardio.
- Wednesday is core day.
- Thursday is cardio.
- Friday is leg day.
- Saturday and Sunday are for some sort of fun exercise. Weekends usually consist of basketball, volleyball, or some other form of cardio.
Of course! We don’t want to be stinky!
Dress For Success
You know the phrase, “You look good, you feel good.” Well, it’s true.
Depending on your occupation and the day, your attire will change. Be the best judge for yourself. When you wear clothing that makes you feel good, you will portray that to the world.
Although pajamas are comfortable, (even if you work from home) wear something that you wouldn’t be embarrassed being seen in.
Wearing something deliberate will put you in the right mindset for what your day holds.
It’s time to prep your skin for the day! Slather on some moisturizer and SPF to protect from the sun.
Now I keep this step simple. Face moisturizer and little to no makeup. When I’m feeling fancy, I’ll put a little powder foundation on, mascara, and brush out my brows.
Like I said, I like to keep things simple. Because who has the time or motivation to spend four hours getting ready everyday? Definitely not me.
I used to spend hours getting ready in the morning, but as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve preferred a more natural face. (More on this later).
Again, simple! Yay! I have made this as easy as I can make it for myself.
I wash my hair with sulfate free shampoo three days a week. After my hair is washed, I spray in leave in moisturizer, brush it, let it air dry, and do something to pull the hair away from my face.
On the days I don’t wash, I spritz dry shampoo on my roots, and pull my hair out of my face.
Now wasn’t that easy? My younger self would not have survived this way, but over the last few years I’ve taken good care of my hair and skin.
I use heat on my hair maybe once a month.
Whaaaaaaat? How is that possible?
Well, I make due because I care more about the health of my hair, than the way it’s styled. Don’t get me wrong, it has taken me a long time to master this skill.
(Healthy hair post to come!)
Take Care Of The Pup
Feed, water and take the pup outside, because her health is just as important as mine.
Help Prepare The Boyfriend For The Day
I prepare his lunch, and coffee for him while he’s getting ready for his day.
We as a couple do everything as a team. So yes, this includes the little mundane daily tasks too!
I have the liberty to do this because I make my own schedule, and I start my work day once everyone else is taken care of. This benefits everyone, and keeps this busy household running smoothly!
Now is when I start my tasks for the day.
Fuel The Body
First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.
I start by making myself a delicious cup of coffee (because I don’t think I can survive without it).
Then I make myself a big bowl of cereal. I love cereal, so this is exciting everyday, haha! My favorite is Rice Crispies, what’s yours? 😉
Make My Bed
Because… “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” – Naval Admiral McRaven addressing the University of Texas, Austin, Class of 2014.
This was only one lesson from his speech, but I particularly like this one. Changing the world, changing your world, and making a difference, starts with little everyday tasks.
Little actions turn into big changes, and it all starts with making your bed!
Haha, but really, this is still pretty true.
Making your bed not only jumpstarts the productivity for the day, but it also communicates that it’s time to carpe the hell out of this diem.
Create a morning routine to promote productivity that will last all day.
Prep My Work Station
Now it’s time to really get to business. I set out my supplies for the day and get started. It sets the framework for what is expected of me that day.
There is no time to waste when you’re a full-time painter, and blogger! I am a business woman, and I take full advantage of my strengths and opportunity!
Review Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Goals.
I keep a planner, and boy does this set the day off to a great start! I love staying organized, and it really keeps me on track! I also bought one of those really beautiful, helpful, inspirational planners. This has made a world of difference!
I bought this one from Michaels, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
This planner is customizable, pretty, and fun to use. My favorite part about it is that they have pages for monthly goals. This really keeps me on track and motivated for every day!
Begin The Grind!
What does your morning routine look like?
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