I never used to be a morning person, but lockdown has really made me appreciate mornings. Before a lie in for me would be 11am or even til midday, now I consider 9am a lie in. I am of course at home now and have got used to this lifestyle, I used to be up for college at 6:30am and be dragging myself out of bed hating life because it was so early. Come September I’ll be getting back into the 6:30am habits, but I’m really hoping I can keep this routine and just shift it a bit earlier. I’m really starting to appreciate the importance of a solid morning routine and how that can affect the rest of your day.

Photo by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

I currently wake up between 7:45am-8am to start teaching at 9:30am most mornings, and have gotten into the habit of getting up at that time even when my classes start later. I’ve really found a benefit of waking up at the same time every day, and if I feel like I need some extra shut-eye, I set the alarm for 9am so it’s still within an hour. This is something I implemented after reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. A few months ago I would’ve had the attitude ‘why am I awake at 8am? I don’t need to think about waking up until at least 10am’ but I guess that’s an affect of lockdown! The first couple of weeks of lockdown I definitely let my sleeping pattern go and was staying up til 2-3am and not getting up until about 11am, and I just hated how quickly it felt like the days were going, and have since discovered that I’m actually quite productive in the morning.

So, here’s the actual routine.

WAKE UP

Obviously. But I just wanted to point out that I have a sunrise alarm clock that I bought during lockdown while I was sprucing up my uni bedroom, and it’s one of my favourite things I’ve bought. I wake up so much better than I did to the sudden jolt of my phone alarm, and it stops me from reaching for my phone first thing. Plus, sometimes I get woken up by an absolute banger on the radio which is always a sign of a good day.

Related: Making The Most Of Your Uni Bedroom

SKINCARE

I try to do this as soon as I wake up, this includes first washing my face, then toner, oils/serums and moisturiser. I find if I don’t do it first thing, I often forget.

Related: Current Skincare Routine

BREAKFAST + READ

My favourite breakfast at the moment is a trusty granola bowl, with Free Soul Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder (link). I like an iced coffee with oat milk and sometimes some syrup if I’m feeling like I need an extra treat, and I’ve gotten into the habit of reading an actual book (as opposed to my Facebook news feed) while I eat and drink my coffee. If I have time it can even lead to a solid 45 minutes of reading which I’ve been loving in lockdown, and if I manage to read even a fraction as much moving forwards, I’ll be happy!

WORKOUT

I have established I am definitely a morning workout person. Especially if I’m planning on going for a run, it needs to happen before 11am or it’s simply not happening. I probably won’t be doing a workout before college when I go back (I go to a full time dance school so take 6ish dance classes a day there) but I’d like to get maybe a light stretch/yoga or at the very least meditation in this slot. Meditation is something I haven’t quite made a regular habit yet, but I’m really trying!

Related: How To Get Better At Running

Photo by Andrew Tanglao on Unsplash

WRITE A TO DO LIST

The last thing in my morning routine is making a plan for the day, or the week! I work so much better with a to-do list, and have a whole day to page diary so that I have space for a checklist every day. This also makes it easy to go back over the previous few days and make sure I’ve ticked everything off.

Related: How To Be ProductiveΒ 


What does your morning routine look like? Similar to mine or completely different? Is there anything you’d like to implement into your morning routine that you think will make a positive difference to your day?

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29 Comments

  1. I’ve discovered a love for the mornings in the last year but during lockdown I have rarely slept in.

    I found nailing my morning routine has meant I’ve had a really great day! It really does set up your whole day x

  2. I’ve been trying to get into a better morning routine but I’m really bad at making new habits like that! I usually just get up around 9/9:30, shower straight away, then get dressed, eat breakfast, brush my teeth. I don’t really do much to appreciate the time which I wish I did, and I also wish I was better at drinking water when I wake up! Also not spending an hour in bed on my phone every morning would be good πŸ˜‚

    1. Haha it’s all about doing one thing at a time, I didn’t wake up one morning and do this whole routine and stick to it from then on! I’m also guilty of spending hours on my phone first thing if I don’t have anything to get up for. I always go to bed with a glass of water so it’s next to me to drink first thing πŸ™‚

  3. I’m not a big fan of waking up early but I complete understand why it’s so crucial for a more productive day. <3

    Working out in the morning is so great and refreshing. The shower afterwards is like a spa procedure, hahah! :)))

    1. I know some people get up at 5/6am so in comparison my day starts quite late! Omg yes agree to the post workout shower haha!

  4. Omg I love that Soap and Glory cleanser! I feel not enough people talk about it. Also, you have a very productive morning, working out is something I could NEVER do as I’m not a morning person πŸ˜› but good on you for being so diligent!

    🌿 Marissa Belle Γ— marsybun.com 🌿

    1. I’ve had it so long and only recently got into using it, I’m nearly at the end now but definitely want another bottle! I like to switch between cleansers and this one is so soothing. Haha thank you, you’re either a morning workout person or not but I know that if I leave it til the evening it just won’t happen!

  5. This is pretty much my morning routine too Lauren! I always do my skincare routine in the morning as soon as a wake up as it really refreshes me and sets me up for the day! Also I workout first thing in the morning and that really gets me motivated for the rest of the day! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. Same, once I’ve washed my face there’s no going back to bed haha! I’m definitely a morning workout person too πŸ™‚

  6. This is really good. I myself have started my morning routine recently and yeah it’s quite tough to stick to the plan in the beginning. I also do some of the things you’ve mentioned like workout and writing to-do lists . I believe to-do lists help alot in starting your day towards a progressive end.

    1. to do lists definitely help!

  7. Thank you for sharing your morning routine! πŸ™‚ I always try to wake up early to be more productive. I also make to -do list sometimes! -www.nicolesanmiguel.com

  8. Great morning routine! I’m definitely not a morning person either. When I’m off work I’m definitely a morning workout person though, however when I’m at work I just don’t have time in a morning!

    1. I’m exactly the same, although I always prefer a morning workout sometimes if I have work or college it’s just not feasible!

  9. Loving this postπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
    I so suck at my skin care routine sigh. I wash tm face after I work out and sometimes I struggle with doing the full routine but I’m getting better.

    Thank you for sharing these great tips.

    1. Add in one thing at a time, don’t think that you need an 8 step routine to make it worthy. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  10. I always love reading about other people’s routines! I find it really interesting and it always inspires me to change mine up – I especially love that you’re reading with your breakfast, I’m going to try that too. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Me too, I’ve read so many and got ideas from others so this is probably a compilation of all the ones I’ve read! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  11. I find having a workout in the morning always benefits and lifts my mood! Great post

  12. My morning routine is so completely different to yours hah!! I have three children and I am never ready in time. They are however

    1. Haha as long as they’re ready right! Can’t imagine how manic it is trying to have a morning routine with 3 kids!

  13. Looks like you have a solid routine, I always find you function better. For me even though I’m a night owl (up until 1 or 2 am) I’m up at half 6 7am every morning, walk with the dog and peace and quiet with a coffee before the tribe of kids are up. This little bit of me time seems to set me up for the day.

    1. Definitely ‘me time’ is so important!

  14. Trying to be a morning person but my work timings don’t permit haha. But I’m definitely an afternoon person πŸ™‚

    COT | https://changeoftomorrow.com/

    1. I think sometimes there’s too much pressure to be a morning person – not everyone is and that’s ok!

  15. I used to jump on the computer and dig into my Facebook newsfeed with my morning coffee, but I’ve been changing that up as well. I downloaded an extension for chrome (for free) that removes it entirely called ‘Kill News Feed’. It still allows you to visit Facebook pages, accounts, groups, etc. and also allows notifications to come through. However, when you first open the site up, there’s no newsfeed to distract you. It forces me to be MUCH more intentional with my time on social media.

    1. ooh that sounds interesting! I don’t really use Facebook for anything else other than the odd business post which I’m usually pretty good at just getting on and posting that, but can definitely see how the news feed can be a distraction! Thanks for sharing.

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