You already know that I wake up early, but you might be wondering what exactly I do with all that time before I leave for work. Today I’m here to break that down for you.
My wake up light alarm clock goes off. (I turn the sound off right away, but leave the light on until I’m out of bed.)
Get in my last few minutes of snuggling under the warm blankets, then I’m up and moving for the day.
Splash some cold water on my face to wake myself up a little more.
Complete my morning workout. Here’s the typical breakdown:
- Seated yoga stretches
- 50 regular crunches
- 50 changing crunches (knees tucked, legs in the air, bicycles, ect.)
- 50 seconds in a V sit (last 20 twisting)
- Plank for 1 minute and 30 seconds
- Standing yoga stretches
- 50 weighted arm reps (bicep curls, tricep extensions, tricep kickbacks, ect.)
- 50 crab push ups using the end of the couch
- 50 squats with dumbbell
Dishes away & pour morning detox drink from Tone it Up. (This is super quick and easy to make. The only ingredients are 4 oz. pineapple juice, 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp. honey, and 1/4 of the juice from a lemon or lime! I make it on Sunday for the week.)
This is my favorite hour of every day. I turn on my diffuser with my “Motivation” essential oil and get to work. It’s so peaceful and quiet, and it’s an hour solely for me. It’s a great treat to myself at the start of each day.
Get ready for the day. (Do my hair and get dressed while I listen to this Spotify playlist)
Pick up my bag (which is packed from the night before), grab my breakfast, lunch, and snacks from the fridge (also packed and ready to go), say goodbye to Diego, and walk to the subway.
Read my book while commuting to work
Read The Skimm on my elevator ride and walk to my desk.
Fill up my water bottle (which was in the freezer all night), make myself tea, put my lunch away, and heat up my breakfast.
And, that’s what a morning looks like for me on an ideal work day! My mornings are absolutely my favorite part of the day. Not only do I get the alone time that I crave, but I go to work already feeling accomplished because I got tons done before most people are even awake!
Of course, it’s important to note that life gets in the way quite often, but having a plan each morning can give you something to look forward to and eliminates the need to ask the question “what am I going to do next?” each morning.
What does your morning routine look like? Don’t have one yet? That’s fine! Ask yourself this question to get started:
What you would like to accomplish before you start your work day?
Once you have that answer, incorporate one new thing each week for a month. (For example, this month I added squats, crab push ups, writing in my 5 minute journal, and an extra 30 seconds in plank to my morning routine.) At the end of the month, see what a difference this makes in your day!
And, remember, morning routines constantly change, so make sure you’re open to playing around with what works best.