Let’s be honest, nobody ever asks you to share your morning routine, but I’ll admit I’m fascinated by everyone else’s! I’m always looking to experiment in an attempt to organize the chaos in my life and increase my productivity, so today I’m sharing what’s been working for me lately. But again, it’s on ongoing experiment. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, and if you don’t care, I give you permission to stop readying here.
Here we go:
• Get up (usually by the screaming baby), feed the kids. I have to feed them first or it’s just a bunch of whining to start my day off on a rotten note. This also gives me a few minutes to wake up, clear the kitchen of dishes and toys, and feel like I’ve got control of over my life (spoiler alert: I don’t).
• Manage to make myself a protein shake in the morning. I eat the same protein shake every morning. I love the taste, it accounts for 30% of my protein intake throughout the day, and at this point I feel weird if I don’t drink it. Like when I went to NYC. I actually had to leave my room in search of food, and that was just…weird.
• Work this butt out. I could go months without working out, if I’m being honest. It’s not something I super enjoy, although I’ve never regretted a workout. However, I actually force myself to workout every day now. For two reasons: depression and energy. If I go even two weeks without working out, I start getting murder-y. Also, I noticed I actually have more energy in the afternoons and evenings (now that I have to write at night) when I workout in the morning.
• Shower, catch up on hygiene, etc. That sounds gross. Lol. But for real, I’ve had back to back deadlines all year long, and I may have skipped shaving my legs for like two months at one point?
• Snack time. I workout hard. I lift weights then usually run afterward, or do high-intensity interval training (HIIT), so I’m generally a sweaty mess and have already burned through my protein shake calories. I try to get some more protein in and a piece of fruit here.
• Nap time! Not for me. For the baby. BUT she’s been fighting naps a lot lately, so if I’m lucky, she’ll go down for a nap, and I’ll get to sit down to work for a couple hours. At this same time, I fill up my son’s water bottle, give him a snack, and tell him he can’t come talk to me unless he’s bleeding.
I’m including my writing routine because technically it’s still part of my morning (in most cases), and I have very set habits to help me clear my head before I sit down to write.
• Clear off my desk. I’m one of those minimalist people who has a clean desk. I have three plants, my giant thing of water, my planner, and my writing notebook on deck. That’s it. However, throughout the day I pile stuff on my desk to get it out of the way or to remind me to do something the next morning. I just have to get rid of it all before I start writing.
• Apply lemon oil to my chest. Lemon is my absolute favorite essential oil. I never go anywhere without a couple bottles, and I use it to clean my entire house. The refreshing citrus clears my head and gives me an extra burst of energy. Or if I need a few minutes to calm down, I use it for that, too.
• Take ten deep breaths. This is as far as my meditation practice has stretched. I’m happy for those people who can sit for ten, twenty minutes or an hour, but I am not one of them. But I do ensure I take a minute or two to follow my breath every day before I sit down to write. It’s soothing, brings my focus inward, and I can concentrate much longer than the days I skip this step.
• Queue my playlist for the book I’m working on. Or if I’m working on social, I love listening to Beyonce’s “Run the World.” Because I’m awesome.
• Get to work. And I don’t stop until I’m interrupted, I’m brain dead, or I hit my word count.
All right, so there you have it. This morning routine has saved me time and time again this last summer with my son home from school. I’m pretty consistent, and I feel as long as I can complete each of these tasks every day, I’m set to conquer anything I’m working on.
What’s your routine look like?