I was never really a “morning person” until I began working for myself. Nowadays I look forward to each weekday morning as I thrive off of no two days being the same. One of the biggest challenges I face though? Setting “office hours.”
Since moving to Brooklyn I try to keep at least two full days where I stay in the neighborhood. I’ll work from a nearby coffee shop or stay at home but on these days, since I usually wake up at 7:30, I don’t want to dive into work the moment I wake up. So here’s a peek at what my morning routine looks like on my most typical work from home days.
7:30AM: Wake up (using an old-school alarm clock! This has been game changing in spending less time on my phone.)
7:35AM: I snooze for five minutes and then get out of bed and make my bed immediately. That is a new part of my morning routine now that I live in a studio apartment. I don’t want to stare at an unmade bed! Then I am promptly in the bathroom to wash my face and brush my teeth. I’ve been using Nu Skin’s AP-24 whitening fluoride toothpaste for the past few weeks to reduce all the stains I get from my daily coffee. I loved it as soon as I got it for testing – the mint flavor tastes better than any other brightening or whitening toothpaste that I’ve tried in the past. Then, on days I’m not shooting or taking meetings, I try not to wear makeup. After I cleanse my face, I’ll apply a serum and a moisturizer with SPF.
7:45AM: I change out of PJs into either workout clothes if I’m going to a class that day or another casual outfit.
8:00AM: Pour myself coffee. In the winter I use my Nespresso but all summer I’ve been using this cold brew pitcher that I’m now pretty obsessed with. I heard it’s one of the most purchased items on all of Amazon! I fill it up at night with coffee grounds and water and by the morning I have a pitcher of iced coffee. I’ll typically also prepare myself a yogurt with fruit and nuts or some avocado toast. Then I pop onto my couch, turn on The Today Show and usually post an Instagram.
9:00AM: I sit down at my desk and write my to-do list. I keep a running list of to-dos on my phone but for work-related items that are pressing, I like to have them written down. There’s something so satisfying about checking them off!
9:15AM: I tackle my inboxes. I’ll send emails I drafted the evening before, work on promoting that day’s wit & whimsy post and prep for any forthcoming conference calls or meetings.
And by that time my day is off and running! Do you guys have a morning routine? I heard a quote over the weekend that routines are a sign of ambition and I kind of loved thinking of my morning routine as a determined way to set out my day on the right foot!
Thank you to Nu Skin for partnering on this post.