In one of my first posts for this blog, I talked briefly about the lack of minimalism in my lifestyle. While that has still not changed, one major part of my overly busy life has changed – I have started to plan a morning routine. When a few weeks ago, I woke up and immediately had to start working, I realized I needed to rethink my priority list and plan out a simple schedule that allowed me to be more mindful. It is full of self-care hacks and simple slow down techniques that can be easily implemented into a busy day. One of the biggest parts of the schedule is flexibility – I try to allow myself to adjust to what my body needs, so that I can care for myself properly. Here’s the basic outline of my morning routine:
- 5:30 a.m. – First alarm goes off. I almost never wake up to my first alarm (just ask my roommate, who does), but I have always needed the security of an early alarm.
- 6 a.m. – Second alarm goes off. This alarm is the real alarm, and I typically wake up at this alarm. I let myself lay in bed and relax for a while after this alarm goes off – I’ve found it lets me feel more relaxed and rested through the day.
- 6:30 a.mm – Reading, meditation, and morning coffee or tea – like most college students, I’ve developed a slight caffeine addiction since starting school. Starting early and trading every other cup out for water has helped me kick it a little, but I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not alive before my morning cup. I also have been working on my meditation and prayer routine that includes mindfulness and journaling, but I can’t admit to being super consistent yet.
- 7 a.m. – Shower. I allow myself a full 20 minutes in the name of #selfcare. Especially with the cold mornings rolling in, I need the wake-up call.
- 7:25 a.m. – Hair and makeup routine. I’ve been working to set out my outfits the night before so that I can easily get that time-wasting habit out of my morning, but my hair and makeup is unavoidable. I find myself to be more productive when my hair is curled, my mascara is on, and my skin is taken care of.
- 7:55 a.m. – Cleaning. I quickly clean my room from the morning mess – including making my bed and cleaning up my makeup bag – before I log on at work.
- 8 a.m. – Morning note for work. I work as an intern at a health news organization in social media and I love every second of it. My mornings always include this step, which is a big part of my job! It’s a great way for me to read up on the news, and it’s my first “responsibility” of the day. Being ready for my day also allows me to do my best work, so I love getting everything else on the list done so I can fully focus on work.