The rest of my day can be spontaneous, but I am all about a structured everyday morning routine. I find so much value in having an AM routine that helps me start the day in an intentional way.
While parts of my routine may changed slightly, my mornings have generally been the same for the past few years. I feel best when I start my day on the right foot. I cherish my mornings, and I love prioritizing both self-care and a couple easy wins that make me feel productive.
This is how I set myself up for a great day every morning – even on weekends!
Wake up at the same time
I like having an early start, and I wake up at the same time every single week day. Even now in quarantine, I stick to a consistent wake up time. This way I give myself enough time to go through my morning routine without feeling rushed. Sometimes I feel like just lounging in bed for an extra 15 minutes. On my best days, I try for a phone-free morning, but let’s be honest, sometimes I slip up and check Instagram. I’m only human!
Drink half a litre of water
There are usually a few hours in the day when I get wrapped up in work and forget to hydrate. Therefore, starting my day by drinking at least a half to a full litre of water is important. I keep a bottle or big glass in my bedroom so I don’t have any excuse to forget to hydrate. While I’m doing this, I also take my vitamins.
Take a shower
I’m 100% a morning shower person. There’s really nothing else to it. Plus, I love starting my day with a nice smelling soap!
Complete my morning skin care
I love being intentional with my skin care routine because it feels both productive and luxurious. I’ll start with a gentle cleanser or mask in the shower, then apply niacinamide, ascorbyl glucoside solution, moisturizer, and sunscreen (if I only do one of these, it is ALWAYS sunscreen.) My skin feels bright and protected.
Do my hair and makeup
Whether it’s day one or day three, I always feel best when I’ve put some time into doing my hair. Same with makeup – some days it’s a lighter no-makeup look, and others I’ll do a more complete face. Putting this effort in, even if it’s just mascara and concealer, makes me feel put together and ready.
Read and/or write in a gratitude journal
If I’m in the middle of a good book, I’ll curl up in my office and read for 20 minutes. This is easier now that I’m working from home. Other days, I’ll write down a few things I’m looking forward to and a few things I’m grateful for. Both activities help me ease my mind into a productive work day, and also bring me some perspective.
Make the bed
By this time Alex has normally gotten up, so I’ll go back to our room and make the bed. If my mom’s reading this she’s probably rolling her eyes because I never made my bed – haha! But now it’s something I have to do. It’s an easy way to feel accomplished at the start of your day.
Once I’ve completed the above, I’ll finally walk downstairs to the kitchen. I’m sure a lot of people probably tidy up at night, but I feel most productive in the morning. I fluff the couch pillows, unload the dishwasher, clean the counter, and put on laundry (if I’m feeling extra ambitious!)
Eat a healthy breakfast
This is probably the most important part of my everyday morning routine. I can’t start work without eating a healthy breakfast. I usually choose from a few different options: eggs and fruit, a green smoothie, or protein oatmeal. These meals are light but keep me satisfied until lunch, and give me energy to power through my morning. Alex and I also eat breakfast together, which we both feel lucky to be able to do.
Put on a comfortable outfit
Putting on an outfit I love always makes me feel great. At the start of quarantine I was exclusively wearing sweats. However now I find myself feeling better when I vary my outfits more. Sometimes it’s leggings, but I also love a loose midi dress, or a relaxed pair of jeans and white t-shirt.
Write my to-do list
I write down my tasks and goals for the day first thing in the morning. Mostly this is for organization, but I also love crossing things off as I go about my day.
I know you were expecting this one – I cannot start a day of work without my morning coffee! It’s the piece de resistance, signalling the end of my morning routine and the beginning of my working hours. Also when I say “make” coffee, I currently mean that 95% of the time it’s Alex who’s making the coffee. But prior to quarantine I’d make my own when getting into the office.
And there you have it – my everyday morning routine! How do you usually start your day?