Goooood morning! It may seem like I’m jumping the gun, titling my productive morning routine for 2016 already but – hey! – it’s December! Close enough. ;)
I’ve only been liberated from my old work schedule for a little under a month now, but already I am really enjoying waking up later in the morning than I used to. I’m talking going from 4AM to waking up at 6:30 in the morning. That’s nice. That’s progress! But mostly really nice because it feels like I’m sleeping in haha.
I like to start off my day with a loosening yoga practice to wake up my body and stretch out any stiff limbs I get during the night. Yoga is my favorite way to wake up in the morning – it gives me a chance to reflect on how my body is feeling, slow down my racing mind, and generally enjoy the fact that I’m alive and moving and have so much ahead of me.
For yoga I generally start off with 3-4 sun salutations, and then I play a bit from there with favorite poses or new ones that I’m trying to get better at (like the firefly pose, youch!)
Usually I have a fairly simple and healthy breakfast (usually). I’m still trying to make better food choices, but most often I am energized by a bowl of oatmeal with a scoop of peanutbutter, cereal, or turkey bacon and eggs. Today, though, I thought I’d try something new and make baked avacado and eggs. Yum!
It was actually pretty good! And its filled with healthy fats and fibers so no complaints here! Although I did end up adding a couple strips of turkey bacon and some bread to the plate – I’m a creature of habit guys. :P
You can find the steps for this simple and delicious recipe at Popsugar.com if you’re feeling spontaneous.
And, of course, I love to add a cup of tea to almost every meal. This morning, I chose my Chocolate Rooibos Mint from Heavenlytealeaves.com. This mix has such a full, nutty, chocolately taste that makes my tummy feel all warm and my tastebuds siiiinggg*~*~
Annnd lastly. My morning does not feel quite complete until I’ve done or started a daily sketch. It was suggested I draw the zodiac signs in my style so I thought – heyy why not. Today, I chose to draw Taurus because that is my sign and we are the best. <3
He’s just a pink undersketch for now, but I can’t wait to share once I’ve colored and inked him this afternoon!
So there you have it – an outline of my usual morning routine. I like to keep it simple and never really vary from the list unless I have to. The power of a habit becomes stronger with each day and now that I’ve been doing this for a while it is easy to get back into. Only difference is I don’t have to wake up at an ungodly hour to be done in time for work!
Starting the first few hours of your day with a handful of the most important things you know you want to get done is a great way to set yourself up to stay on track for the rest of your day. Having a healthy meal, daily exercise, and accomplishing small goals can make you feel good, energized, and ready to get stuff done!
I hope today’s entry has inspired you to establish simple habits that will set you up for success in the long run.
Some questions I have for my active readers!
- How do you usually start a productive day?
- What are your most effective habits?
- Do you like to organize tasks via lists or make them up as you go?
That’s it for today guys! Thanks for reading~