How I Overhauled My Morning Routine

Is it just me or does it feel like I’m constantly being told what I should be doing in the morning? Drinking water, meditating, working out, journaling, eating a proper breakfast… all before heading to work at 7:30 am. The internet wants me to believe successful women basically conquer more in their 3 hour pre-work morning than I do in my entire day.

 

 

I always have grand plans for the morning, but more often than not I find myself running around with just enough minutes to brush my teeth, forget to put on sunscreen and run out the door. Did I set the alarm? I hope so. How many B12 capsules am I supposed to take again?? I haven’t even had coffee yet, HELP ME OUT WORLD.

When Care/of reached out to partner with us, I jumped at the chance to take my morning routine and give it a makeover. Care/of is a personalized vitamin subscription that sends you only what you need.

After taking a short quiz about your life and health, Care/of gives you recommendations for what supplements you should be taking based on your answers. You know, where you have to admit that you only eat one vegetable a week and that you never get more than 8 hours of sleep (unless you’re hungover).  My answers made me realize the vitamins couldn’t get here fast enough.

I really loved this part since I’m always reading articles about supplements, but never really know which ones are right for me… so I buy nothing. #oops. Care/of took the guess work out of it aaaaand ships it to your door once a month. It even comes in personalized packaging that’s cute enough to sit on your counter so you never forget. (And yes, this is crucial because at 27 years old, I still can’t remember to take my birth control everyday.) I’m not going to lie, I felt fancy like Gwyneth Paltrow with a personal wellness coach and I liked it.

 

 

And since I know you’re wondering about the cost, Care/of is about 20% less than what you would pay for the same supplements in a health food store. You can also opt out of any recommendations and add your own. Which is AMAZING because…

 

 

 

Armed with my personalized vitamins, I was ready to overhaul my morning routine so I could finally become a successful member of society. Here’s what I did:

 

Step One: I looked at what works for me.

Sit down and look at your current routine. What is working and what isn’t? This may mean getting up a little earlier or cutting some unnecessary tasks… but don’t worry, you don’t have to wake up at 4 am to be successful.

Working out in the morning means I get my least favorite activity of the day over with first. If I push it off to the afternoon, that gives me time to come up with ample excuses as to why I shouldn’t do it. By getting my workout in before the day officially starts, I make better choices and can spend my after work hours with my one true love: Netflix.

 

Step 2: …and cut everything that didn’t.

Apart from the first 10 minutes where I am a walking zombie, I wake up ready to GO. This means that any “slow” activities like scrolling through social media (for what feels like 5 minutes but is actually 47), crawling back in bed once I’ve left it, meditating, journaling, etc. don’t work for me. And due to time constraints, neither does making lunch or washing/blow drying my hair.

Look at what you don’t have time for and cut anything that isn’t necessary. Then ask yourself how you can restructure your day.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Pack lunch the night before
  • Shower in the evening rather than the am
  • Lay out clothes before bed (so you can check if they need steaming)
  • Pack your work or gym bag before bed
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Set your alarm just 15 minutes earlier
  • Build 20 minutes into your morning schedule for the unknown
  • Try not to scroll through social media when you first wake up

Whatever you decide, the most important thing is that it works for you and your body.

 

 

Step 3: I created a plan (and stuck to it).

Remember when you were a kid and your mom woke you up for school? You did the same thing every day. And it worked! Set up a timeline and stick to it. For the first few days, be flexible. You may have to move things around or ditch some morning to-do list items. Once you find a routine that works, stick to it. By planning my morning and following through, I found that I was never driving off in the morning wondering “Did I do this?” or “Did I forget that?”.

 

Step 4: I made self-care a priority. (no meditation needed)

Confession: at the “adult” age of 27, I still forget to brush my teeth sometimes. I KNOW. IT’S SHAMEFUL AND DISGUSTING. To combat my morning scrambling, I decided to get my bathroom sink a little more organized. For skincare, this meant purchasing two small baskets for under the sink: one for morning products and one for nighttime. By having the few items I need in a specific place, I was able to quickly grab them (no cabinet hunting required) and not forget anything. For my vitamins, I decided to keep them by the sink since the dispenser style packaging is so cute. This helped me remember to take them every morning (spoiler: I feel great) and it also ensured I took my daily medicine as well. After a week, I felt more put together and didn’t have a single halitosis morning.

 

 

Step 5: I made breakfast a requirement.

For a good morning routine, every source agrees that breakfast is required. No, coffee doesn’t count. But that also doesn’t mean you need to spend 30 minutes making an organic vegetable quiche (unless that’s what you’re into). For me, that means making a smoothie and throwing it in the fridge to drink after my workout. If I need something in my stomach, I eat half a cliff bar before my workout. If your morning doesn’t really allow for breakfast, make something the night before or prep a meal that you can eat at your desk.

No matter what, skipping breakfast is not the answer. And sadly, neither is McDonalds. Studies show that skipping breakfast can lead to overeating throughout the day, irritability, and blood sugar spikes.

 

Step 6: I committed to doing one thing that sets me ahead for the day.

For me, I pour a big glass of water and spend 15 minutes tidying up. Some days that means my entire 15 minutes are spent unloading the dishwasher and wiping down the kitchen. Other times it means making the bed, sending the roomba off to vacuum, or starting a load of laundry. While I do my “chores”, I sip on the glass of water and in just 15 minutes I’ve got a tidier home and already knocked out some of my daily water goal.

For you, this could mean your least favorite chore, making a to-do list, or checking emails. Whatever you decide, making time to do something productive (even if it’s just 15 minutes) will have you starting your day on a more successful note.

 

My New Morning Routine

5:45am – Alarm goes off and small dog stomps on my head demanding to go out

5:50 am – Let dogs out, start making breakfast

6:10 am – Sip on water while I tidy up

6:30 am – Change into gym clothes and head to my workout

7:00 am – 7:45 am – Workout

8:00 am – Arrive home and jump in the shower

8:10 am – Morning skincare routine, take vitamins, brush teeth, throw on makeup and dry shampoo my hair

8:40 am – Run dogs out for a quick walk

9:00 am – Start working

 

*me leaving the house now

 

See what vitamins work best for you here and get 50% off your first purchase by using code EVERYGIRL at checkout. 

 

Do you have a morning routine? Tell me what does (or doesn’t) work for you in the comments below!

 

This post was in partnership with Care/of, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.

  • Rachael Draper

    You’re so lucky that you are able to fit all of that in with your work schedule. For someone with an 8:30 AM work start and an hour commute, this schedule is just unrealistic. I manage to fit most of the same thing just not a work out- no time!

  • I wake up around the same time to get my morning workout in but I have an hour commute to work to I have to be ready and out the door by 8 if I want to get in the office on time. I wish I had more time in the mornings but I’d have to wake up at 4 am if I wanted to get everything done. I’m going to look into these vitamins though! I just bought another brand but they give me a headache everytime I take them.

  • Nikki Laraja

    Such great tips, I am inspired to really sit down and restructure my morning routine before fall starts!

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  • Daria Ed

    Awesome post!

    -Daria

    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/daria-edu-19010657

    http://dariaed.com/

  • Fortunately I live super close to work, so it’s easy for me to work out in the mornings. I love getting up early and kickstarting my day with a great workout. Definitely going to check out Care/of – it seems like an affordable and convenient way to always have what I need!

    • Yes!! Coming from someone who has been out of paper towels for 4 days – I am terrible at remembering to pick things up when I run out and it’s not grocery day. That’s why I love that they get delivered to your door automatically.

  • Amazon Girl

    Clif bars are really high in sugar… I would recommend an alternative pre/post-workout bar.

    • Oy. Totally agree. That’s why I usually only have half. Do you have any recommendations? I tried RX bars but they just were not for me.

      • ash

        I’m just not a fan of bars. How about a hard boiled egg? or banana? (or both)

  • I just started taking my careof vitamins today! Can’t wait to see how I feel after trying my first pack =o)

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  • I love morning routine posts! My morning routine usually consists of waking up at 7:00, making a cup of hot water with a lemon wedge, watering plants, walking the dog, drinking coffee, making breakfast, and getting to work!
    -Emily
    http://www.emilyseye.com

  • I love morning routine posts! My morning routine usually consists of waking up at 7:00, making a cup of hot water with a lemon wedge, watering plants, walking the dog, drinking coffee, making breakfast, and getting to work!
    -Emily
    http://www.emilyseye.com

  • This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been really struggling with my mornings and just energy levels in general. I will definitely be trying care/of. Thanks for the promo code! I can’t wait to see the results in a month.

  • Mutsa Munyaradzi

    How relevant! I’ve recently decided to create a new morning routine for myself and it’s been patchy to start but I’m so keen to keep it going. Contrary to you, I am NOT ready to go when I wake. I am not a morning person. So meditation and journaling are key for me to start the day. My phone is my absolute downfall. If I pick it up, and go to social media, I’m not getting out of bed in time to get anything done.

    Anyway, great article. Got some great ideas for my own routine. 🙂

  • Hill

    I love this post!! And I truly appreciate your honesty about stuff we all deal with. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  • This is probably the best “morning routine” post I’ve ever read, because it’s all about what works best for the individual and their needs, not some prescriptive “do this to have the best morning routine evarrr!!!1!” I can’t stress the importance of prep work the night before, especially if you’re not a morning person like me.

  • Cait

    I loved this post. It was really motivating. I am definitely one to sleep until the last possible moment and then run around getting ready as fast as I can while taking my breakfast with me to eat in the car. (I’m also one who totally forgets to brush my teeth in the morning. I know. Gross.) This article has motivated me to re-think my lack of morning routine and get myself organized.

  • Melissa

    I love these ideas, thank you! Gosh, it just seems like you have so much luxurious time in the morning! i have a toddler and I have to be at work at 8:00am so none of this is realistic for me.

  • Olivia Banks

    I will definitely be using these tips! I usually wait until the absolute last possible second I can before getting out of bed and I never have enough time to prepare myself for the day. Now I know I can make a plan and stick to it and possibly feel better during the day because of it!