Mornings are like Marmite. You either love them or hate them. I’m one of those people that love getting an early night and waking up early in the morning. I believe a good morning routine is important for having a productive day. That being said, I’m not one of those people that wakes up at silly o’clock (4/5am) every day. My life as a student doesn’t allow me to go to sleep at 8.15pm in order to get the 8 hours of sleep I would need to get up that early!
What Time Should You Wake Up To Have A Productive Morning Routine?
I believe that you can have a successful morning and productive day, no matter how late you wake up. It is the process of a morning routine that sets the tone for the day rather than the time you get up. So don’t panic if you are waking up at 9,10, or even 11am – you can still, implement a great morning routine which will help you have a happy and productive day. If you need some help working out when you should go to sleep to wake up at a certain time, there are sleep calculators online that do the work for you. The one I use is startsleeping.org.
What Does My Morning Routine Look Like?
Step 1: Wake Up (7am)
My morning routine starts at 7am. I’d say 7am sharp but in reality, I will lay in bed contemplating getting out of it for a solid 15 minutes. Once I have convinced myself to get out of bed, I go straight to the bathroom to use the loo, brush my teeth and wash my face. Top Tip: wash your face with cold water to help wake yourself up.
Step 2: Hydrate
This step should be part of everyone’s morning routine. Hydration is sooo important in the mornings. Your body is going to be thirsty after not drinking any water for 8 hours! I make sure to put a pint of water next to my bed before I go to bed, so when I wake up I can drink the whole thing. Top Tip: if you don’t like plain water, add some lemon to give it some flavour!
Step 3: Workout (7.30am)
I would love to sit here and say I workout every morning but that would be a lie. I try to work out at least 3 times a week even if I just go for a walk around the block. It is important to get your body moving and the blood pumping but sometimes I’m just not feeling it (and that’s life!). If I don’t workout, I usually take the time to sit and chat with my mum who is always up early too!
Step 4: Shower (8am)
I used to be an evening shower-er but it is now part of my morning routine. Showering in the morning makes me feel ready for the day and that life is kinda normal (with coronavirus keeping us all in quarantine – this is important).
Step 4: Breakfast (8.30)
I have a love-hate relationship with breakfast. Sometimes I wake up and I want a bowl of porridge, fried breakfast and a slice toast whilst on other days I don’t want anything. When I’m in the mood for breakfast I will have something filling, in order to attempt to get through to lunch without snacking (although this rarely happens). Eating a healthy breakfast will boost your energy and kickstart your productive day.
Step 5: Plan, Plan, Plan (8.45)
Admittedly, this may be my favourite part of my morning routine. I love planning (as you can probably tell from my blog name) and I cannot start my day without a plan. I use my trusty bullet journal to look over my to-do list and make a detailed plan for the day. Top Tip: Get your hardest task of the day done first and it will make the rest of the day so much easier (and you’ll stop procrastinating that one annoying task).
Step 6: Work on Planning With Em (9am)
This is when my morning routine gets the most productive. The first hour of my ‘work’ day is spent working on my blog. This can involve anything from writing a blog post, making graphics for social media or planning future content. I love starting my day with this as I enjoy it so much that it doesn’t feel like work!!
Step 6: Study (10am)
When 10am rolls around I am usually fully awake and ready to get stuck in with studying. Due to the current pandemic, I am home from university but the assignments are still going ahead. I like to spend at least 2 hours of my morning routine working on my university assignments so I can have the afternoon to relax and spend time with my family. Anything I don’t get done gets moved to the to-do list for the next day.
My morning routine ends at 12pm when I go and have lunch with my family. I try to make sure my mornings are productive so that I can take the pressure of the rest of my day. If you are struggling to be productive during quarantine, I have a post all about staying productive whilst working from home.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you some inspiration for your morning routine!