If you are anything like me, a morning routine is difficult to master. However, I do believe it can be done. A few weeks ago, I shared what I do the night before for a smoother morning. Everything in that post has helped me master my morning routine. Without my night time routine, my morning is all sorts of crazy, which inevitably means that I am late for work.
Let me share what my perfect morning routine looks like, and maybe it will inspire you to master your morning routine!
My Minimalist Morning Routine
Wake up slowly //
The best thing you can do for yourself is take your time waking up in the morning. It allows your body to gently wake up and prepare for the day. I typically take 20-30 minutes to wake up and get out of bed. While this may seem like a long time to some, it is just right for those who are not morning people [me].
My first alarm usually goes off at 4:45 AM. This is mostly to make sure my husband is starting to wake up for work. He leaves before 5:30 AM, and I usually roll out of the bed after he leaves.
Make a cup of coffee //
The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!
I am a true Folgers fan! Having a cup of coffee ready and waiting in the morning makes my morning much more enjoyable. By the time I leave for work, I am feeling pretty awake and aware of what is happening. My mornings without a cup of coffee first… nevermind… we will not discuss those days.. 😉
Jump in the shower //
After I have a few sips of coffee, I jump in the shower to really jump start my wake up process. I do not like to waste time in the morning with a shower. It is strictly business, because, let’s be real, I just do not have enough time. If I did, I would totally soak up some water and steam!
Wash my face //
So this maybe a little weird to some, but I do not wash my face in the shower. I like to do wash my face in front of a sink. Do not ask me why; this is just something I have always done.
Get dressed //
After I have moisturized my face, I like to give it some time to soak into my skin. So I grab my clothes, and may pour some more coffee, if I have the extra time. As I said in one of my recent posts, I like to decide what I am going to wear the night before, so that I do not have to waste time thinking about it in the morning. I just grab and go, basically.
Put on makeup and fix my hair //
Putting on makeup usually takes the longest amount of time for me. I have a routine down that I really enjoy doing each morning. I try to change the colors a bit, but the process is the same everyday.
My hair is a little bit less maintenance. I typically toss it up in a messy bun or something cute. On days that I want to straighten or curl my hair, I have to wake up at least an hour earlier, so they do not occur as often.
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Grab breakfast, lunch, and remaining coffee then run out the door //
Before I run out the door, I do grab all the food I will eat for the day and the remaining coffee. Breakfast is an important meal, but I do not make time for it until I am at work. When my work day did not start until eight, I did eat breakfast at home. However, my schedule has changed to seven and I live further out than I used to live, so I changed my priorities around a bit.
One thing that is very important to me is that I make sure I carry breakfast and lunch to work each day. This ensures that I make better food choices throughout the day. Without both of these, I am apt to grab some fast food, which we all know is terrible for us!
There it is! Nothing too special, but perfect for the person who is not crazy about waking up in the morning. I would like to eventually add some time in for morning devotionals, reading, or writing. One thing I have learned is that we have to take progress in small strides to make it stick, at least that works for me.
So what works for you? Are you a night person turned morning person? Have you always been a morning person? Let’s talk in the comments!