One of my favorite things in the world to read about, interestingly enough, is morning routines. How the most successful people in the world start their day is somewhat an obsession of mine, and I’ll read endlessly about tips and tricks to starting off on the right foot. I’ve incorporated a few of these into my own life, and so today, I thought I’d share with you my own personal morning schedule.
Before I start, I want to say that I wasn’t born a morning person. In high school, it was all I could do to pull myself out of bed in enough time to haphazardly throw on clothes, brush my teeth, and grab something out of the fridge before heading to school. But as my schedule became more busy in college (and the endless late-night Cookout runs), I found that I had less and less time to myself. I’m somewhat of an introvert in the sense that I need at least a few hours of my day to myself, and so my mornings became a precious, sacred space where I could do things that mattered to me before being swept up in the demands of the day.
With that being said, if you’re not a morning person, try and incorporate some of these things into an evening routine. And as with everything, I never do all of these things perfectly. I still miss an alarm or cave to my doughnut cravings now and then, but generally, I feel like my mornings are my time to really prepare myself to have the best day, regardless of what happens.I generally get up around 6-6:30, which usually gives me about 2 1/2 hours before I’ve got anything scheduled. The first thing I do is attend to Mr. Winston, who will not let me breathe before he’s covered me in puppy kisses. I usually start my day with hot water and lemon or a few scoops of amino energy in cold water—both are great ways to wake up (I save my coffee for later).
Next it’s time for my morning run! I’m training for the Chicago Half Marathon this September, so I have a set training schedule that I work from. I try and do this within 15-20 minutes of waking up—it helps to avoid the heat, and it’s great to be out and about just as the world is coming alive. I love finding new trails or paths, and it’s one thing that centers me first thing.
Breakfast is the ultimate post-run reward—I’ll usually have oatmeal and eggs, although I love trying out new recipes like my Sweet Potato Breakfast Nachos or Paleo Protein Powder Pancakes. I never, EVER miss breakfast. While I eat, I’ll catch up on the news—I get a morning briefing from The New York Times in my inbox every morning, but I love reading The Economist, The Atlantic, and other sites as well.After breakfast I take Winston for a short walk around the neighborhood just to get out some of his puppy energy—I love listening to podcasts, so this is a really good time for that. After he’s walked and fed, I head upstairs to get ready for the day. I love taking a cold shower after I’ve been outside in the summer—trust me, it’s just as effective (if not more) than coffee! I’ll get dressed and ready for the day and then start to focus in.I try and spend at least 15 minutes reading a devotional and journaling—I love She Reads Truth—it’s full of honest, funny, and inspirational perspectives into God’s word. I’ll also use my Day Designer agenda to review my day and my three biggest goals, and my Five Minute Journal app to take a moment to be grateful and set a new intention. Being mindful of who I want to be and what I want to accomplish is really important to me, and helps me to be anchored regardless of what the day throws my way.
After that, it’s just getting packed up and headed out for the day! It’s great to know that I can start each day having gotten my blood pumping, being well-fueled, learning something new about the world, and centering in on what matters. You can’t always control what happens when you step out the door, but for me, having a morning routine makes conquering those days just a little bit easier.What are your favorite morning/evening rituals? I’d love to know—leave me a message in the comments :)