Start Your Day Right For Productivity

by - October 22, 2018

Yes, I'm a morning person.


I've always been one to wake up a little earlier than most people and actually enjoy it. There is just something about mornings that are so special to me.

Are there any studies that talk about the correlation between time of birth and people who love certain times of the day? I was born right before like 6 a.m., so I mean I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Maybe?

Anyway, despite enjoying mornings, that doesn't mean that the sound of an alarm doesn't trigger me or that I never wake up feeling super groggy. It happens, trust me, but because I do tend to wake up on the earlier side and enjoy mornings, I've learned how to wake up and get my day going in a way that puts me in the best mindset to have a productive and positive day.

My alarm goes off between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. using the SleepCycle app. I have talked about this app so many times here and I'll keep talking about it because this app is just that good. You'll never go back after using this. The app wakes you up during the lightest cycle of your sleep and it has a 30 minute window to do this. This is why I wake up between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

When the alarm goes off, I get out of bed before I can convince myself to wake up at the last possible minute. I head to the bathroom where I do my skincare routine and brush my teeth, then I head back to my room.

Once in my room, I drink some water (I fill up my S'well bottle every night before I go to sleep and put it beside my bed). I make my bed, grab my Beats, and lay on my bed, and cover up with my throw blanket because I get cold. I'll put on something to meditate to (Spotify has a great meditation playlist!) and do that. Meditation is great because I'm able to give myself a few moments to be quiet and really just get in the right mindset for the day ahead.

I'll turn on the local news and then Good Morning America comes on after. I love catching up some news while getting ready for my day. For my job, I have to stay up to date on what's happening in the world and having Good Morning America on while I'm getting ready in the morning is one easy way to get a quick run down of current events.

My quiet time is also so important to me and my mornings. It has got to be my favorite thing I do every single morning. I'm currently going through the Lipstick Gospel Devotional from Stephanie May Wilson! I read, journal, and pray during this time. My faith is a big part of my life and just like meditating, this puts me in a good mindset for the rest of the day.

After my quiet time, I pull out my journal and write down 10 goals. These goals pretty much are the same every single, but I write them as if they have already happened. For example, instead of writing "I will live in New York City" or "I want to live in New York City," I would write, "I live in New York City." By essentially telling yourself that this has already happened, it puts you into action to make it happen. This is something relatively new that I've added to my morning routine and my mindset going into the day has benefitted from this! Writing down your top 10 goals also just remind you every single day what you're working for.

Now, it is workout time! I strive for 30 minutes and I've been using the Nike Training App and I love it because it tells me what I need to do each day. I don't have to worry about coming up with a plan for the day. The app does it for me. My only job is to get moving!

After the workout, I get ready for work. I do my hair, put on my sunscreen, pop on a little mascara, and get dressed. On Thursdays, I take more time doing my makeup because that's my filming day. Once I'm ready, I'll gather up my stuff and leave it by the door.

Every weekday morning, I eat a veggie egg scramble, half an avocado, half a banana with cinnamon, and an iced matcha latte. I drink the latte on my way to work and once I'm at work, around 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m., I'll eat breakfast.

By 8:30 a.m., I'm out the door and headed to work.

Now, this morning routine, I do every day. Yes, I wake up at 6:30 a.m. most days. This is something new and surprisingly, not hard when I'm sticking to a routine. I won't set my alarm on the weekends, but I've been waking up around the same time every single day.

If you want to sleep in on the weekends, I recommend still doing your morning routine. Get up at least an hour before you normally would and focus on yourself. Even on the weekends, I meditate, do my quiet time, write down my goals, and get some sort of movement. Weekends are my rest days as far as workouts go, but that doesn't mean that I just sit around all day.

Start your day off right for a day filled with productivity and just an overall good mindset.

x,
Amanda


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  1. I have a similar start! I always drink my water and try to start my day with a podcast!

    Briana
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