Truth be told – I’ve always been a morning person. Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, I very rarely sleep past 7:30 am. I can’t help it. I’ve tried staying up later so I can sleep in longer – but my body just won’t get on board.
Honestly, I think the thing that makes me such a morning person is my major FOMO. When I sleep in, I feel like I waste so much of the day and miss out on everything. Which, I understand, sounds pretty ridiculous but it’s just the way my mind is set up 🙂 So, I wake up early and get my day started – a huge part of that includes my morning routine. I think that routine is actually the reason I’m able to get up early and tackle the day. Now, while my morning wake-up time might not be super appealing to you (I don’t blame you), I encourage you to try even just one of the following parts of my morning routine. Since incorporating these into the start of my day, I’ve noticed such a difference in my mindset and productivity!
6 Things To Do Before 8 AM
1. Drink a big glass of water.
As soon as I wake up, I drink a full glass of water with lemon. Hydration is key – you know this. Starting the day with a big ole glass of water not only helps you towards your daily water goal but it does so much good for your body, especially with the added benefits of fresh lemon.
2. Make your bed.
Truly, making your bed matters. It sets you up for a day of being productive and I don’t know about you but I just feel so much better/cleaner/more organized when my bed is made.
3. Carve out some me time.
Oh, this one is CRUCIAL. Every morning, I take 10-15 minutes and do something for myself. Whether it’s a walk outside listening to an audiobook, riding the bike while I catch a clip from The Real Housewives franchise, paint my nails while I sip a cup of coffee or just sit on the couch and scroll through TikTok, I’m a firm believer in starting the day with self-care.
4. Make breakfast.
Whether you work from home or head into the office, I strongly encourage that you take the 10-15 minutes to make breakfast instead of grabbing a protein bar or always swinging by Starbucks to get your breakfast. Taking the time to prepare something at home not only ensures you’re getting in a healthy/whole meal to start the day but it also usually allows you time to slow down and appreciate the food when it’s time to eat it. Opt for a homemade breakfast sandwich or yogurt parfait or bagel and cream cheese with fruit – it doesn’t have to be overly complicated.
5. Unload the dishwasher
I give all the credit to my bestie Sarah for this one. I despise a cluttered sink and also despise doing the dishes. However, I’d much rather spend 5 minutes every morning unloading the dishwasher so we can load it throughout the day (running it at night) than waiting until the sink piles up and having to spend an hour doing it. Trust me – this is a game-changer.
6. Make a to-do list
You guys know I love a to-do list. Every morning, usually while sipping my coffee, I sit down and write out my to-do list for the day. I confirm all appointments/meetings and if I need to move any tasks to a future date to allow for that day’s schedule, I will. I love to cross things off a list and this just sets me up for a super organized day.