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LIFE | How to Create a Morning Routine and Have a More Productive Day

January 21, 2015

How to Create a Morning Routine and Have a More Productive Day | The Feisty HouseWe’re all about routines on The Feisty House this week. Yesterday we went through a complete breakdown of the elements that should be a part of your skincare routine, and today I’m sharing my morning routine and daily schedule.

I’ve known for a while that my usual morning “routine” (if you can even call it that) doesn’t work. It goes something like…wake up pressed for time at 8:00 (because I’m too tired and unmotivated to get up any earlier), hurry to get my blog posted to Facebook and Google+ by 8:30, rush to get ready for work by 9:30, never take lunch (because I have no time to make lunch), do a “phone, wallet, keys, Metro card” check at the door around 9:45 and pray that I’m sitting at my desk sometime by 10:15, which will give me about 10 minutes to prepare for my first morning meeting at 10:30. It’s awful. I start every morning way behind, so I end up at work until 7:00 or 8:00 at night (or later) just to make up for the fact that I made it into the office so late.

Last month I was lurking on a For Women to Women chat on Twitter and connected with Courtney of Think and Grow Chick (she writes a crazy amazing blog, by the way!) who shared her morning routine with me and then told me to get my life and figure out a routine for myself. So before I left for Thailand, I tried putting a morning ritual together. Slowly I started waking up a bit earlier, and I even exercised one morning, but I still hadn’t put pen to paper and scheduled my mornings.

Then finally while lounging in Phuket (an amazing place to get your thoughts together!) I was catching up on a few issues of Fast Company and read this amazing infographic: “A Day in the Life of Your Most Productive Self.” I mapped out my entire day (morning to evening) right then and there, and I’m going to share it with you right now for two reasons: (1) to encourage you to do the same, and (2) to keep myself accountable, as this week will be the first time I attempt to follow through with this new daily routine (so far so good).

 

My Morning Routine

6:00 AM // Wake up, complete a workout, eat breakfast

7:00 AM // Get ready for work

8:00 AM // Schedule posts from The Feisty House to go live on social media

8:30 AM // Leave for work

9:00 AM // Arrive at the office, take some quiet time for devotional

 

My Workday Schedule

9:30 AM // Do a quick scan of my emails, adjust my calendar as necessary

10:00 AM // Time to tackle the highest-priority task on my to-do list

11:00 AM // Check work email, check in on social media channels

12:00 PM // Begin the second priority task on my to-do list

1:00 PM // Have lunch, go for a walk outside the office

2:00 PM // Set aside time for a meeting, or spend time on another priority task

3:00 PM // Check work email again, respond to emails that need follow-up

4:00 PM // Catch up on recent research articles and news reports

5:00 PM // Check voice mail, write tomorrow’s to-do list, and review calendar/do light prep for the next day’s meetings

6:00 PM // Leave the office

 

My Evening Routine

6:30 PM // Arrive home and take 30 minutes to unwind alone

7:00 PM // Cook and eat dinner

8:30 PM // Blogging and personal email

10:00 PM // Shut down the computer, get ready for bed

10:30 PM // Read for 30 minutes

11:00 PM // Time for bed

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After I scheduled my day, I was surprised by the amount of time I gained, especially at work. My workday used to just run away from me. But looking at this schedule, I have at least three hours each day to work on my to-do lists, plus time to read and analyze new reports and studies (which I’ve been struggling to keep up with as of late) and check email. Email is definitely where I waste the most time at work. That and meetings! This year I want to drastically reduce the amount of time I spend in meetings.

The other thing I love about this daily routine is that there’s a decent amount of “me time” in there. I have time to spend with the Lord, a break in the afternoon to go on a walk, some downtime when I get home from the office, and I can read before bed! Where did all this time come from???

Okay, needless to say, you can’t schedule everything. This doesn’t account for the time I spend on the phone with family and friends (and I want to get better at staying in touch this year, so I imagine I’ll be spending quite a bit of time on the phone), or for those trips to CVS before I head home, or doing any housework. BUT it is a pretty decent starting point, and I’m sure I’ll fall into a rhythm eventually. As you start to create your morning routine or daily schedule, remember that things may change, and you may find that you need to change things in the beginning. That’s okay! Just be sure stick to the routine once you find the rhythm that works for you. Soon it becomes second nature, and that’s what we’re aiming for: natural productivity.

Do you have a morning routine of your own? What are some of the things you do each and every morning? And have you gone so far as to schedule your entire day? Let us know!

XO

Photo Source // Anna-Malin via Victoria McGinley

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  • AlabamaAshley

    This is great! I’m gonna make one too and try to stick to it!

  • I’ve been working on revamping my morning routine, this is a good one.

  • I have a set of rituals that I like to do in the mornings but after reading your schedule throughout your day, I was like wow, I need to step my game up lol. This is pretty awesome!

    • LOL I mean, my whole day was in shambles. I can’t even tell you how much more productive I am at the office. And I’ve been leaving on time! Because I know I worked well and prioritized throughout the day, I don’t feel a need to stay in that place past 5:30 PM.

  • marshab83

    I am enjoying your posts in 2015, so far! Looking at this post made me realize that I’ve inadvertently started a new morning routine. I’m a college professor and it seems like I have to hit the reset button on my schedule every semester. I’ve found myself waking up earlier this semester, rather than sleeping until the very last minute, and it does make my morning calmer. It’s really nice not to be racing to work in the morning! I also feel more productive.

    • Thanks for reading, Marsha! I’m really glad to hear that you’re enjoying the new content =) And I totally agree with you about not having to race to work in the morning! It really does make a huge difference.

  • m4200912

    Krystal this was sooo on time! I am loving your content for 2015 ! I was just praying about this and writing down that I needed to get back into a routine for this new year and this artilce was great ! Thank you it was so on time!

    • It warms my heart to hear that, Ashley. The fact that you were praying about this just makes me feel like God is using The Feisty House for a greater purpose, and that’s what it’s all about. I’m hoping you’ve gotten into a routine, and if not, I hope you haven’t given up!

  • I have been looking forward to this post! I sooo need a morning routine to eat, spend time in prayer and devotion, and not {shamefully} stroll in the office at 9:30am. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to get it together! I’ve been reading this book,Twentysomething Guide to Getting It Together: A Step-by-Step Plan for Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis, which has also hit on this. This was right on time. You’re awesome!

    Ps. Welcome home from your honeymoon! It looks like you and Mr. Scott had a great time! 🙂

    • Thank you, Cristine! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and I hope you’ve found a routine that works for you!!! And yes, the honeymoon was TOO MUCH FUN. I can’t wait to share more about it.

  • I love this! Now that I’m working for myself and setting my own schedule, it has been a lot more challenging than I thought. I’m a pretty discipline person, but this was a whole new thing. Have you tried using Buffer to schedule your posts? I started using it, and it has been a huge time saver!

    • I’m so glad it was helpful! And yes, now I use CoSchedule, which works with Buffer to schedule blog and social media posts. So far it’s been a big help!

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  • Allegra

    Just found this blog today and already love it. I am a college student and have classes at all times of the day meaning that some days I have to leave the house at 8am or 5pm or somewhere in between meaning I have no routine. I love the detail you are giving to describe your routine and why we need one. Just now need to actually implement it which is where my new problem lies.