Disclaimer: This is my ‘ideal’ morning routine. There are days when this may not pan out word for word and there are most certainly days when it goes completely out of the window.
From the poll results on my Instagram story, it was obvious that a ‘morning routine’ blog post was the winner, so here it is…
Working from home means I need to be very strict with my time and organise my days to be as structured as it would be if I was commuting to work. I therefore created this outline to follow for my morning routine to ensure I get what I want done without it eating into my work day.
I’m one of those annoying people who set several alarms and when I was younger, I used to enjoy turning off each one knowing that I had another 15 minutes in bed! As I got older and did some research, I learned that this was THE WORST thing for me to do (let me know in the comments if you’d like a post on tips for sleeping and waking up). Despite this, I still set numerous alarms, but not for the same reason. I do intend to get up on the first alarm, its rather that I’m worried I won’t and that I might drift back off in my dozy state. I absolutely HATE sleeping in, it sets the worst mood for my day and completely destroys my body clock, turning me into a zombie for the rest of the day. So, I currently have my first alarm set for 6am and if I’ve had enough sleep, then waking up genuinely isn’t a problem – story of all our lives, right? I find I need between 7-8hrs minimum of sleep, so if I’m not in bed by 10pm latest then I’m in for a poor awakening! As hard as I try, being in bed by 10pm is one of those ‘in an ideal world’ type of scenarios, but I’ll continue to try nevertheless.
6:00 – 6:10am
Admittingly, this is something I’m yet to fully get to grips with, but I really love to spend just a few minutes first thing to collect my thoughts and set my intentions for the day. Before social media floods my brain and I’m drawn into the bottomless pit of scrolling, I like to take a moment in complete silence. Whether I spend this short time reading, meditating, working on my affirmations or just generally practicing mindful breathing – definitely something to try if you haven’t! It sets a relaxed tone for the day and allows me to compose my thoughts and begin the day with a clear and focused mind. I must stress that this is still very new to me, so if there’s anyone who can offer any advice in the comments, I’d be extremely grateful.
By this time, I’m getting myself ready for the gym and if I’ve been the organised guru that I so dream of, I will have laid out my clothes the night before so all I need to do is throw them on and go! After the boring brushing of the old teeth, I apply some very basic skincare, watching I don’t clog up my pores before training and then I fill up my water bottle and head out. Luckily, I live rather close to my gym so I don’t need to allow very much travel time, this definitely suits my busy morning plan!
6:30 – 7:15am
Depending on what I’m training that day, will depend on how long I spend in the gym. It is usually between 45mins – 1 hour, however I’m trying to keep it as close to 45 mins as I can. It helps massively if I go with a plan on my phone, so I’m not wasting time thinking or let’s be honest, looking things up because my gym knowledge is pretty minimal!
7:30 – 8:40am
Now to visit the infamous horse that is Zeeno. I used to just do the basic jobs in the morning and turn him out if the weather was nice, but I find I’m more tired and less likely to ride him in the evening, so I’m now trying out morning rides and I think I prefer it. Sometimes 1hr10 isn’t enough time to get it all done, so as long as I prioritise riding first and leave a couple of small jobs to do in the evening, I’m happy. Again, luckily, I live less than 10 minutes from the yard. Can you tell I hate commuting? Ha!
8:50 – 9am
I don’t know about you, but showering and getting changed in 10 minutes is a challenge, but I definitely give it a pretty good go. I really like to be ready and at my desk for 9am and then I know I can get a full day’s work in. My mornings are pretty busy, but I find getting the physical energy tasks (gym and riding) out of the way at the start of the day not only ensures they’re actually completed, but also gives me an extra burst of energy after starting the day off so positively. After all, the after-exercise endorphins are real!
I’ve recently decided to give intermittent fasting a try. After hearing and reading about all the positive effects it has, I thought I’d have a go myself (drop me a comment if a post on fasting interests you). As we tend to only have tea at 9-10pm, I have to give myself rather a long wait before I can have breakfast. I think I’ve found quite a good routine with it though; I have breakfast at lunch time (1pm), then dinner after work (5-6pm), followed by tea at 10pm. A very odd routine, I know, but I think it’s just important to find what works for you and trust that. I wouldn’t like to do any less than a 9hr eating window, because I’m conscious that I need to eat plenty if I’m training, so of course lots of snacks find their way into my day in-between meals.
I hope you were able to get something out of this post and if you wish to re-design your daily routine or simply get it out onto paper, then check out this FREE download on the resources page of my blog. As always, thanks for reading, I really appreciate it and please leave a like/comment as it really supports my blog.