Now that fall is upon us and everyone is back to work/school, I feel productivity buzzing in the air. That is why I have reallllly dialed in my morning routine.
When my morning routine is planned, I feel on top of the world.
Now, I don’t typically follow what other people do because what works for them, might not work for me.
I’ve loved reading what girl boss CEO’s do before they get into the office at 8 am, but that’s what sets them on fire. That’s what gets them going and feeling most creative/productive.
Please note, that my morning routine that I’m going to share with you is simply for inspiration. If you don’t want to workout at 6 am, THEN DON’T! Do what’s best for you girlfriend (or guyfriend).
I think it’s super super important to take some for yourself each and every morning before you dive into work.
Don’t you think?
I use to be SO bad at this. I would wake up and dive right into my inbox.
DO NOT LOOK AT EMAILS FIRST THING.
Your productivity and creativity just go out the window.
Here’s what I like to do.
I am a morning person. Simply put, I probably annoy a lot of people with my high energy first thing. I’ve never liked coffee, so I use my personal pep (lol) to energize me (that and some BCCA’s to help get motivated for a workout).
First things first, I drink a shit ton of water. In fact, I keep my big cup beside my bed and make sure it’s full the night before.
This gets things moving. It not only hydrates you, but it actually energizes you as well.
If you don’t do this, get on it. I don’t need to sit here and tell you the benefits of water. It’s amazing for you.
2. Workout. Whatever form it may be, I like to get moving.
This could be a walk. It could be yoga, lifting weights (my preferred option), you could go for a run (lol never). Just something to get your body moving and grooving. No one has ever regretted a workout.
You feel incredible, it energizes you and it just sets the tone for a damn good day.
3. After I’ve just sweat like crazy, I like to get zen.
I put my feet up against the wall. Put my headphones in and I find something inspiring to listen to. I really like the apps Inscape and Calm. The Tone It Up girls also have some really great guided meditations that I’ve loved listening to.
I feel like personally, I don’t take enough time to just let my mind rest. I’m constantly thinking about every little thing that is going on in my life, and this time is me time and it feels so good.
If meditation feels silly to you, trust me, I felt silly at first too. It took a couple times to learn to stay still and just let my mind go. Give it a try a couple of times and you’ll feel so friggen good.
4. Now it’s time to fuel!
I try to keep my meditations to about 10-15 minutes, so I can get a smoothie into me stat. I like to get some sort of protein into my body within 30 minutes of finishing a workout. 30 minutes is my rule of thumb.
Your body, after using up its available energy, needs to be refueled. Specifically with carbs and protein—for energy and to repair the micro damage that exercise does to your muscles.
My favourite thing to eat after a workout is a smoothie.
My go-to recipe is something I just threw together. Give it a try if you’d like!
- Frozen banana
- Almond milk – I like these brands: Silk, Califia Farms, Ripple (actually pea milk and so good)
- Collagen – This is what I’m using right now:
- Greens – Currently using this
- Protein – Been using this one for years
- Cacao Nibs
- Coconut oil
During this time, I also like to take my vitamins! I’ve been using this brand here and I love love love that all of their ingredients and sources are incredible. I’ve personalized it to my needs and I can honestly say they’re working.
You do what’s best for you though. I know some people are kind of iffy on taking some sort of supplements/vitamins. SO, do your research and make the best decision for your body/lifestyle.
5. I feel off if I go a day without reading. I like to at least get a chapter in, in the morning and just get lost in the pages.
Reading is good for your SOUL.
My boss actually encouraged me to make sure this was a part of my morning. It sets the tone for your day.
Whether you’re reading for pleasure or work (my boss likes me to read business/leadership books), I think it’s very important.
When I worked outside of the home, I read on the bus or subway! If that was something you were worried about fitting in, make commuting better with a book (unless you’re driving, don’t do that). If you’re an office gal (or guy), try and get to the office a few minutes early and take a peek for at least a couple of pages.
You will feel so much better after doing so.
6. Write down my goals for the day.
I personally love to do lists, but I know they can be extremely overwhelming and counterproductive.
SO, at the beginning of each week (Monday’s for me), I write down my big 3. What 3 bigger projects do I want to accomplish over that week. After those three get done, anything else that’s smaller or was added to my plate is gravy.
I also don’t stress if something didn’t get done. I pride myself on getting shit accomplished, but don’t beat yourself up if something needs to be pushed.
I don’t know about you, but having something super cute to write my goals in is a must for me. I love all 3 of these brands. The middle desk planner is a favourite of mine for laying out on my desk and seeing everything at a glance!
So, do you have a morning routine? What’s included in yours? What gets you ready and inspired for the day?
I’d love to hear in the comments below!