4 Morning Routines that Keep You Productive & Creative
Do you have a morning routine? A solid morning and night routine can not only help with your mental and emotional health but increase productivity. Once I quit my job to take own being a creative entrepreneur full time, I knew I had to create a morning routine and stick to it. If you know me, you know that I’m not the best morning person. Being honest, I don’t get up at 6am and wouldn’t even pretend I did on a good day. Since I’ve started incorporating a morning routine into my daily schedule I’ve noticed that my days run a lot smoother and I get more tasks done. Not only am I productive but my creative juices are flowing in ways I wished for in the past. Here’s a few things I do in the morning in no order of importance.
It’s going on two years that I’ve been hitting the gym regularly. I went from being a thin girl who didn’t “need” the gym to being in the gym at least 5 days a week. Exercising in general helps release endorphins which gives you this boost of positivity! After 30min to an hour of working out with a nice playlist, you’ll feel like taking over the world.
Of course I drink water first thing in the morning but before jumping into work I usually make a cup of tea. There’s so many options but ginger peach, vanilla chia or Not Coffee from Ivy’s Tea Co line are some of my go-to favorites. No matter the weather a hot cup of tea relaxes my mind and allows me to mellow out before things get hectic. It’s the calm before the storm.
No Email Zone
Ahh a good unplug. For the first two hours of my morning I love being in my own space. I may read a few tweets, scroll through Instagram without actually looking or catch a blog on Thought Catalog but I do not answer emails. My business email account has a good mixture of great news and a bunch of “sorry for the late responses” so avoiding them first thing in the morning allows for me to set the tone for my day. I haven’t reached the point of eliminating social media as a whole but I know I’ll advance to that level soon.
Writing / Journaling
Self care is important to me in daily form. My ideas flow a lot easier when I write in the morning. Usually when enjoying breakfast I get out my journal and jot down a bunch of ideas. Whether it’s a to-do list for the day or some projects I want to look into. This brain dump is a great kick start for my day and helps me stay on task. If I can get all my thoughts out in the morning, then my mind is a little clearer for the day.