Welcome to another Self Care Sunday! With today being the end of Daylight Saving, I tend to be a little more productive in the morning, since I got an extra hour of sleep. Today I want to talk about how to have a Productive Fall Morning Routine. As a full-time working mom my time is limited, so I have created a routine in order to be as productive as possible. In the fall this can be a bit challenging as the temperatures start to drop, my warm and cozy bed just won’t let me great, lol! Having a productive morning, always make for the BEST days! Click To Tweet
I recently finished a 31 Day Decluttering Challenge and as part of that challenge it emphasizes the importance of having a morning and night routine! I must confess like many others, I was the person who chose sleeping for 10 minutes longer over putting on makeup or eating breakfast. Basically getting ready in 20 minutes, and literally wake up 40 minutes before I had to leave for work (after planning on getting up an hour earlier but hitting snooze a bazillion times). After much thought, I found that if I am not intentional with how I plan my mornings; my whole day is thrown off! When I am productive in the mornings, I always have the BEST day.
5 Steps for a Productive Morning Routine
- A Typical Morning– think about what your real actual morning routines is like and write it down. Make a list of everything you do from the moment your alarm goes off, no matter how small, and write it down.
- Timeline- now cut out anything that is not a necessity in your morning, like checking your instagram, lol, we will get to that later. Take your list and next to each item write down how long it takes to complete. Next, work backwards from the time you need to leave/start work to calculate your wake up time. If you find your wake time is more than 2.5 hours before your leave/work time, go over your list again. Go through and cross out anything that you can complete the night before, like picking out your outfit.
- Squeeze in fun- finally some time for the fun. Now that you have a timeline, incorporate 2-3 wants and/or needs to this list. , you can use that free time to incorporate 1-2 activities from your Wish List
- Prepare the night before– As I mentioned above I have morning and night routine. Preparing the night before can save a lot of time in the mornings. Especially if you are not a morning person. Set your intentions for the next day before going to bed.
- Get a good night’s sleep– a productive morning requires an adequate amount of rest. Try to go to bed at a decent hour each night, so you feel refreshed and well rested in the mornings.
My Productive Morning Routine
4:00AM: I like to wake in the morning and give myself time to lie in bed for a few extra minutes. This usually between 4 and 4:15 am. Once I am up I quickly make my bed and head to restroom as this is usually what draws me out of bed. I found that by making my bed once I get it up I am less likely to lie back down!
4:20AM: Time for a quick workout. I use to love to run and I am finally getting back into the habit. I run 3-4 times a week. Quick Tip* Sleep in your workout clothes and you’re more likely to work out!
4:55AM: Drink my protein shake, pop on a face mask and then jump into the shower! During, the fall take a little more time getting ready to make sure your skin is nice and moisturized. One of my favorite ways to practice this is to put on a face mask! Check out the 5 Benefits of Using a Face Mask.
5:45AM: Wake my daughter to make sure she is on her way to getting dressed and ready for the day! Pre-teens I tell ya, they just whine, whine, whine in the mornings, lol! And then I start getting ready for the day.
6:00AM: Start my quick morning cleaning routine. I will quickly do what FlyLady call the Swish and Swipe! Basically you clean your toilet and sink, so they are always clean each day.
6:02AM: I spend 2 minutes clearing off the know clutter spots in my room, my desk and/or dresser.
6:04AM: Work on a 5 minutes room rescue to tidy up any room for 5 mintues. You will be surprised what you can clean up in 5 minutes!
6:09AM: Check on my daughter to make sure she is ready and gather our things before leaving for the day
6:20AM: Drop daughter off at bus and head to work!
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