My Morning Routine

October 23rd, 2015

As a bit of a productivity junkie, I’ve been trying to line up a regular morning routine. I’m not perfect about it yet, but here’s how a typical morning looks for me.

7:30 Wake, check texts, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – It’s probably not recommended, but it’s a nice way to join the world without having to get out of bed immediately. Instagram in particular is nice in that the people that post while I’m asleep tend to be the adventurers living overseas.
8:00 Breakfast of eggs, corned beef hash and green tea (I love matcha) – I eat the same thing every day. Not having to think about what to make saves time but also prevents decision fatigue later in the day. My cast iron skillet (which everyone should own) makes it super easy. I drop a teaspoon of coconut oil on, crack two eggs over it and surround with the corned beef hash (huge guilty pleasure). Heat for a couple minutes, dump in on a plate and go to town.
8:30 Prepare smoothie and lunch – The smoothie is a must. Lunch prep is also great if you can do it for saving money and time.
8:45 Wash face and moisturize – It’s probably kind of gross that this is a new habit to me, but the benefits of washing your face are real. In the couple of weeks that I started using more than a little water, my skin has gotten noticeably clearer and softer. The Nivea moisturizer I linked above smells amazing and isn’t sticky or oily. Plus it’s cheap.
9:00 Day begins

So that’s my current routine. I’d like to add meditation, some kind of stretching or physical activity and possibly a slot for focused reading or writing, but I’ll work up to that. What’s your morning look like? What habits are the key for you to get your day off to a great start?


  1. If I haven’t slept badly, I try to be up at 6 am to get in 2-1/2 miles walking. Used to be 4 miles before work and post-foot issues, I’m working my way back to that. Then shower, breakfast, tea, and at my desk by 8 at the latest. Working from home is great in that there’s no commute and I can breakfast while looking at Twitter or Words with Friends, and don’t have to think about office clothes.

    I have to say that walking 4 miles and maybe seeing the sunrise is a great way to feel accomplished even before work starts. Going to be sad when the clocks change this weekend and I miss sunrise.

    • I’m jealous of your ability to wake up at 6! What time do you go to bed?

      • I’m an old lady, seems. I usually start getting ready for bed and ritual wind-down crossword at around 9 or 9:30 and lights out between 10 and 10:30, depending whether I am trying to wake up at 6 or 6:30. I am sometimes more successful than others at getting up at 6, admittedly. We’ll see what the clock change this weekend does. Weekends vary, but 11 feels very late these days.

        It started in the spring when I kept waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep. I decided if I was going to be awake, I might as well do something to try to tire myself out so I’d get back on track and be tired enough to sleep, and it was better than being in bed wishing I was asleep!

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