What do you think of when I say “work morning?” Do you think of exhaustion and a frantic scramble to get out the door? Do you think of coffee? Of exercise? Of breakfast? I’ve always been interested in hearing about people’s routine and recently I go to thinking about my morning one.
I subscribe to a daily email from DailyWorth. According to their twitter profile, they are “is the ambitious woman’s guide to all things related to money, career and entrepreneurship. ” I enjoy reading the articles, although I don’t check them daily, one article recently caught my eye. It was called “How 6 Fascinating Women Start Their Day.” The article featured 6 highly successful women and each described their morning routine. It was interesting to see the differences in their days! There was one common theme among them all, whether they had families to take care of or not, they all took time in the morning to spend time on themselves. Whether it be a bath, a meditation, a home-cooked breakfast with their husbands or a workout, each of these women focuses on THEM for a second, even though their days are probably jam-packed and stressful.
It was a good reminder for us all to take time for ourselves. I know once I have children it’ll be even harder to take time for me, but I also know how important it will be to my sanity and my health! I hope that the habits I’ve built now will continue through parenthood.
I personally have a lengthy morning routine and I often don’t get to work until over 3 hours after I wake up. Here’s a typical weekday morning for me:
5:30 AM – Alarm goes off. Snooze and cuddle with Mike (bad habit I can’t break – the snoozing, not the cuddling).
5:39 AM – Alarm goes off again, I get out of bed. Use the restroom, brush my teeth, drink some water (maybe have a snack like a banana or toast if I feel hungry) and check personal email and social media in the process (I know, I know…..)
5:50 AM – Leave for Xtend Barre or Club Pilates, or get ready to get out the door to run.
7 AM – Drive or walk home from class or arrive home after a run and get in the shower.
7:15-7:35 – Make lunches and pack snacks for both myself and Mike and eat a hot breakfast with Mike (he cooks oatmeal most mornings, sometimes eggs too!).
7:35-8:10- Finish getting ready.
8:10 – Head out the door.
8:30-35 – Arrive at work. Check email immediately. Fill up water bottle (no more coffee for me) and get to work!
For me, the workout is definitely the most important thing I do for me. Second to that would be eating a healthy breakfast with my husband. We enjoy spending our mornings together and it is a big part of our relationship. We rarely miss a breakfast together and I look forward to it every day.
What does your morning routine look like? What is the most important thing you do for yourself each morning?