My freshman year of college I would roll out of bed, rub the dust out of my eyes, throw on a hoodie and head to class. Last semester, my first semester of sophomore year, I landed an internship that required me to get there every morning at 8 a.m. (don’t worry it was 1000% worth it). I knew the gremlin hoodie look wasn’t going to cut it, so I developed a morning routine, and it has honestly saved my life. Here are some of the tips I used to implement my routine:
Set an Alarm
The first thing you should do when developing a morning routine is set an alarm. Figure out what time you have to leave for class or work and set an alarm for at least an hour ahead of time. I would recommend keeping the alarm set every day, including the weekends. You may be thinking something along the lines of “no way, the weekends are my time to sleep in,” but hear me out. By setting your alarm for every day, this will adjust your body clock making it way easier to get up on the days you need to. Plus, think of how much more you can get done.
Prepare the Night Before
You want your morning to be as relaxing as it can be. By completing some simple tasks the night before, your morning will be way more productive and enjoyable. For instance, planning your to-dos and laying out everything for the next day ahead of time makes it less likely for you to get overwhelmed and retreat under the covers bed. Trust me I’ve been there. I also like to do a quick tidy-up before bed that way I wake up feeling refreshed.
By developing a morning routine, you’ll have more time to get things done. Prioritizing ahead of time allows you not only to make the most of your time but also gives you the much-needed motivation to get out of bed. Decide what it is that makes you want to get up earlier: Is it that you want more time to work on a personal project? Or maybe you want to exercise? For me, my mornings consist of some light yoga (a.k.a me attempting to find my zen will laughing at how clumsy I am) and working on my personal projects (i.e., my blog).
Make your mornings easy by having a predetermined breakfast. I eat oatmeal with peanut butter and chia seeds on the weekdays and pancakes or Amy’s tofu scramble on the weekends. If you’re like me and your cooking skills extend to microwaving and some light stove action, keep it simple. I would recommend something with nutritional benefits to keep you energized and productive throughout the day. Try smoothie bowls or oatmeal. If cooking is your cup of tea, then go ahead and chef it up.
It’s important that you find an even blend of productive and enjoyable activities for your morning routine. Don’t be afraid to play around with the routine until you find one that works for you.
Let me know your favorite thing to do in the mornings in the comments below!