Everyone has a morning routine.
It’s human nature to act according to certain patterns, and so most people start every day more or less the same way. However, some people use that time better than others. Some people get up early, get things done and go to work without hurry. Others get up as late as possible, do the absolute least possible and rush out the door.
I’ve been working on my morning routine because I’ve noticed that, besides getting a good night’s sleep, it’s the most important thing for how well the rest of the day goes.
When I’ve had a good morning it means that
because I know what I want to get done that day.
I feel good
because I’ve had a healthy breakfast and I’ve done some stretching.
because I had enough time to get ready.
I have everything I need
and won’t have to buy a snack later or ask people to lend me a phone charger.
Creating a good morning routine makes for a happier, healthier and more successful life. For those of us who are badass, ambitious and have a lot on our plates, it’s essential to have a good start to every day. So here we go, my morning routine for a productive day.
A LITTLE BIT OF EVENING PREP
First of all, there needs to be an evening prep.
The night before I go over my goals for the week and write a to-do list for the next day.
I shower and choose my outfit – I might even lay out the clothes and pack my bag. I prepare a glass of iced tea and put it in the fridge. Then I do some organizing in the apartment, putting things away and doing the dishes.
I check if my phone or earphones need to be charged (I have wireless earphones). Finally, I go early to bed, do some reading and then turn off the lights as early as possible.
MY MORNING (on a good day!)
My morning routine consists of these 10 steps.
1. Wake up
On a really good morning, I wake up no later than 6.45 and get up straight away. I have one of those alarm clocks that start lighting up gradually 30 minutes before it goes off. My wake up call is a talk radio channel. I don’t tend to press snooze, but sometimes I lie in bed for a bit and listen to the news.
2. Let the light in
Right after rising I roll up my blackout blinds. I have a really nice view from high up and I like looking out at the city, noticing the weather of the day and watching the early birds that are already out and about. The particular street right below is what I call “the puppy parade”. Because that’s where half of the city seems to be walking their dogs every day.
I’m always thirsty in the morning, so I hurry to the fridge to grab my iced tea, made with green tea, lemon slices and mint leaves. If I didn’t make the iced tea I’ll just have tap water. I know some people say you shouldn’t have cold water first thing, but I don’t understand why.
I’m actually in a phase right now where I prefer working out in the evenings, but I love stretching in the mornings. It’s something that can take some time getting used to, but once you get in the habit of it, you’re not as stiff anymore and it feels amazing.
I pull on some leggings, slippers and a cozy knit before I sit in my armchair to meditate. I love meditation. I don’t have a special technique – I don’t usually listen to music or a guided meditation. I just sit, close my eyes and breathe for 5-10 minutes.
My favorite part of the morning is definitely breakfast. I have a bowl of Greek yogurt with berries (right now blueberries fresh from the forest). I often add cinnamon, maca, or ginger powder, then seeds or chopped up nuts. If I have it, I also eat some Finnish leipäjuusto. I put it in a bowl and melt in the microwave so it’s all hot, soft and yummy.
7. Review goals + coffee
After eating breakfast I’ll have a cup of coffee while going over my goals and to dos.
8. Make bed
I make my bed every morning. My apartment is quite small, so it makes a huge difference and it’s much nicer to come home after a long day.
9. Get ready
I splash my face with cold water and put on moisturizer. I get dressed. I do my hair and makeup. I try not to spend too much time on these things, but I also know that when I look good, I feel good.
I grab a snack from the kitchen to take with me and check I have everything else I need in my bag. Then, I head out the door.
On a final note,
this is what my ideal morning looks like.
Most of the time I manage to do all these things, but of course, there are times when I have to be somewhere super early or I’m not feeling my best, so some things get neglected. For me, the most important thing is the absence of hurry, because it means then I’ll be ready.