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I don’t know about you guys, but having a morning routine (and sticking to it) sets the tone for the rest of my day. I’m a creature of habit and I’ve found that hitting the snooze button for even a quick 30 minutes sets my day off on the wrong track.
With this new business, I work from home which creates entirely new challenges and makes it even more important for me to really solidify a morning routine. It took me a few days to realize I couldn’t wake up at 6am, watch a few hours of Ozark, and then hit the grind. I was far more successful getting the majority of my work done before 1pm which required a strict morning routine. Any other morning people out there!?
Set the same alarm every day.
Setting your alarm for the same time every day sets up a system so you (and your body) know what to expect. I set my alarm for 6am every weekday morning – this time allows me to maximize each morning so by the time lunch rolls around I can take a step back and see what I’ve been able to accomplish which is a huge motivator.
Back when I was in DC, I’d wake up earlier on MWF for workout classes and I couldn’t figure out why mornings were still so hard even with the routine I’d created. It was because on Tuesdays and Thursdays I was “sleeping in” which threw my body off and set my day off on the wrong track. Now, I workout each morning but I’m also waking up at the same time each day.
Maybe you’re more of a night owl? If so, a later wake up time could work since your day probably lasts a little longer than mine. Whatever the case, figure out what works for you a stick to it.
I like to workout in the morning. It sets a positive tone, I have more energy, and I like to get it out of the way. Working out a little every day is a great release and helps tremendously with keeping my anxiety at bay. It’s also a great excuse to get out of the house since now I’m working from home. The last thing I want is to get caught up working and be too exhausted to work out at night.
Get up, get out, and get to it.
Fuel up with coffee.
I don’t want to be one of those people who says they can’t function without coffee but I think I’ve become one of those people who can’t function without coffee. Even with getting a workout in, I feel a little more motivated and energized after a cup (or two) of my favorite iced coffee.
Since moving to a place where it’s not always the easiest to get that custom coffee at a brewhouse, I’ve been in a committed relationship with this SToK™ Chocolate Black Cold Brew Coffee. We began our love affair last year after I was drawn to the killer packaging at my local Walmart – you know I’m a sucker for good branding. This chocolate flavor is just bold enough with a little added sweetness to smooth everything out.
The best part? A 48oz costs about the same as that daily coffee you’re getting from that shop around the corner. AND my favorite SToK flavor also comes in a more convenient 13oz bottle making it the perfect iced coffee for my mornings at home and the ones where I’m on the road.
DS tip: throw a little SToK™ Chocolate Black Cold Brew Coffee + creamer + ice in a blender for a different kind of AM coffee treat!
Keep a task list.
An ongoing task list always helps set intentions for the day. I tried limiting entires to each night or each morning in efforts to focus a little more but I’ve found that I’m constantly adding things throughout the day as they fly across my mind. I have a notepad I keep at my desk and I use the notes app in my phone in case those important nuggets come to me when I’m somewhere else.
I’ve always been list person – having all of my important to-dos in one place is hugely settling and I get major satisfaction being able to cross things off throughout the day.
Have a dedicated work space.
I never fully knew the importance of this before I worked from home. For the last 10 years, I’ve been able to do little work in front of a Real Housewives marathon or make edits to a report while I watched my favorite movie for the 83rd time – but times, they’re a changin’. A RH marathon turns into an entire day spent on the couch where I’m less focused and less productive which translates to less income. BYE. So when I made the switch from working in an office to working from home full-time, I carved out a space in the house that was to be for work only – not a space that was also used for storage or closet space, just work.
Over the past two months, the space has served me well and I’m excited to share it with you guys next week! In the meantime, I’d love to hear what your morning routine entails!