I promised you this Morning Routine post way, way back in my Dear October post and I’m only now getting around to writing it for you now.
Since making the original Dear October post, my routine has gone through a few little refinements, but I feel like it’s finally at a point where I’m truly set up for my day and ready to face the world.
As a little disclaimer, I’m human, and so there are days (heck, sometimes weeks) when this routine is totally ignored and neglected and it doesn’t get a way in edgewise. However, I do notice a huge difference in my productivity and mood when I start my day this way, so let’s just get into this, shall we?
6:45am – But first, coffee
I like to stay in bed for as long as is humanly possible, but since I usually start work at 8:00 or have to be on the bus to uni at 8:05, 6:45 is really as late as I can leave it.
The first step is, of course, to put on my slippers, get to the kettle and make myself a steaming cup of coffee. Recently, I’ve been substituting the coffee for a tea (it’s a little bit of a lighter way to start the morning) but either way a caffeinated beverage of some description is always necessary.
7:00am – Get ready for the day
The part of my morning that takes the most time is definitely getting ready, but it’s also the most essential, so I try to get it out of the way fairly quickly. I know how tempting it is to stay in your PJ’s for as long as possible, but I find if I’m up and dressed fairly quickly then the rest of my morning runs a lot more smoothly.
I always start my getting ready with doing my make-up. I don’t wear loads, so it only takes about 10 minutes to do. The only part I leave out at this stage is lip products, which I apply right before I run out the door.
Then, it’s on to hair. Now, if you know me, you’re probably laughing right now at the idea that I do my hair. No, I don’t heat style it (to save time) and so instead I usually either pull a few sections from the front back with some bobby pins or do a very basic half-up-half-down do. The goal is to get my hair out of my face without having to spend any time on it… basically.
The last step, obviously, is to get dressed. Since I have a fairly minimal wardrobe, getting dressed is super simple and I almost always opt for comfort over style (especially when it comes to a uni day, I don’t have a choice at work).
7:20am – Brush teeth
Need I say more? I always make sure to schedule this in after my morning tea/coffee because nobody likes bad breath in the morning. Besides, it stops my teeth from staining and means my coffee doesn’t end up tasting all minty and gross.
7:25am – 10 Minute Tidy Up
By this point in my morning, my house usually looks like a bomb has hit it – my bed isn’t made, my make-up’s everywhere, my PJ’s are on the floor somewhere, and there’s a stray coffee cup sitting around in an unknown location.
Taking 10 minutes to do a basic tidy up saves me so much hassle in the evenings and gives me some peace of mind when I’m on my way home from work or uni.
7:35am – Planner Review
If I’m running late and I have to skip part of my routine, this is always the step I skip. Since I bring my planner everywhere with me, it’s not really necessary, but it does help to refresh my memory. It’s a time for me to check what appointments I have and what tasks I need to get done – it sets me up well for the day and means I don’t forget anything pivotal.
7:45am – The day begins!
Depending on the nature of the day ahead of me, I will either pack up my handbag for the day or set up my desk with everything I need to power through my to-do list.
This is what I finally consider to be the start of my day, and so here ends my morning routine.
The timings I’ve put with these activities are weekday exclusives, but the routine remains the same regardless of the day. The only difference is that on a weekend, I start at 7:45, not 6:45. Simples! Consistency is key after all.
So, there you have it, what I hope was a fairly realistic morning routine.
You’ll notice that I don’t claim to have time for exercise or meditation or any sort of sophisticated breakfast, I’m afraid that’s just not possible in my day, but everybody has different priorities, so you do you!
The great thing about mornings is that they can be as short or as long as you want, depending on what time you pull yourself out of bed.
I’d love to hear about your morning routine in the comments below, I’m always looking for new ways to improve my mornings. See you in the comments!