Revamping My Morning Routine


In August, I started working more hours a week at my marketing job. I went from working 12 hours to 20 and now I go to the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Since then I’ve been struggling to find a great morning routine. Mondays and Fridays are great but I don’t love that everyday starts differently.

Mondays are my best day because I wake up, go to the gym, walk the dog and eat breakfast all before 9 AM. Fridays are usually similar. But the other days of the week usually are me waking up way too late, taking the fastest shower of all time and going to the office feeling unmotivated, not prepared for the day and in desperate need of coffee.

This month, I really want to revamp my morning routine so that I start each day in a productive way, a way that sets the tone for a successful, healthy day. In  an effort to make the mornings more streamlined, I am putting together a list of goals to do each morning, in an ideal world.

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Wake up at the same time every day. Super guilty of sleeping in on the days when I don’t have to necessarily be somewhere. For example, today I woke up at 8:30 because I didn’t sleep so well this weekend. Not getting up at the same time ever single day means that my body doesn’t know what to expect from the day. It’s not a great thing. The days I do wake up early, I always feel better. So, I’d like to wake up at 6:00 AM every single day, whether I’m going to the office or not. I use my phone as an alarm clock and it sits right on my night stand. Perhaps I should actually get an alarm clock and put it across the room. Maybe this one?

Do some sort of exercise. On the days when the gym is open early enough (which is only Monday, Wednesday and Friday), I want to go to the gym and get in a good workout. On the days when the gym is closed, I want to do some stretching or yoga at home and possibly taking Copley for a walk before work (she doesn’t love to walk early in the morning, especially when it’s cold). Starting the day with some kind of exercise always makes me feel better and I make better eating choices throughout the day.

Snuggle with Copley. This is the easiest thing to do but I just love starting mornings with a great puppy snuggle. Her routine is quite simple: get up when Vinn wakes up, eat breakfast, come back to bed to snuggle with Mama. Not a bad day.

Take my time getting ready for the day. I do not like being rushed in life, at all. It gives me legit anxiety. If I had a better routine, especially by waking up earlier, I wouldn’t be rushed. I can’t tell you how many times I go to work with my hair wet and some curly hair product that allows your hair to air day.

If I can do these things, I know that I would feel happier at work, have a more relaxed start to the day and be even more productive than I already am. I will report back at the end of the month with how I’m doing with this!

I’d love to know what your morning routine looks like! Leave me a comment below and if you liked this, share with a friend!

What I want my Morning Routine to Be as an Expat

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