One of my favorite sites is My Morning Routine. It’s interesting to see the similarities and differences in people’s routine. Here’s how my morning currently goes.
How Do You Wake Up?
4AM: Wake up and get ready for work (at a food manufacturing facility). On a good day, I don’t ignore the alarm (which is on my phone set to vibrate … and kept in the bathroom, hence very easy to sleep through).
I wear pants to work everyday, and I try to pick out and iron my outfits on the weekend – or at least the night before, so I don’t have to worry about what to wear in the mornings.
I wash my fave with Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser and Aveeno Daily Moisturizer – no makeup (most days) and no jewelry. For my hair (and I have locs which doesn’t require much maintenance), I spray with water, then spritz with Infusium Leave In Conditioner and finally rub in some Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. Then I brush it into a ponytail.
Packing and Carrying
If I haven’t prepped it yet, I get together the items I need for breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day and pack my lunch-bag.
Currently, breakfast is a bowl of Quaker Instant Oatmeal with a heavy dose of cinnamon + a handful of raisins. Most everything is at work, except for the container and spoon. Snacks this week are pistachios, SkinnyPop Popcorn and a container of Kiwi fruit slices (there was an awesome sale at the fresh market over the weekend).
I also pack a bottle of water and my Oster MyBlend bottle with the ingredients for my green smoothie (aka lunch) – 2 cups of spinach + 1 banana +5 pieces frozen fruit (currently a mango, peach and strawberry mix). I have 2 bases, and keep one at work in my desk drawer so I can blend my smoothie there.
4:30 – 5AM: A short 15 – 20 minute drive to work, during which I listen to an audiobook. Currently it’s The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill – which I’m enjoying.
7AM: Breakfast time. I add water to the plain Quaker instant oats. Microwave for about 2 minutes – during which time, I watch it like a hawk because I’m tired of it bubbling over. I add a lot of cinnamon + a handful of raisins. This is usually the time I check blog feeds, leave a few comments, add interesting posts to Buffer so they’ll be Tweeted later.
8AM: Tea time right before the first meeting of the day. It used to be coffee, but I’ve been trying to kick that habit. Right now, I’m enjoying Barney’s Holiday tea that was a gift.
After that, work progresses as usual with a snack attack between 9 – 10AM, and lunch around noon.
This is a new routine for me, so I’m still getting used to it. What’s your morning routine like? What time do you wake up? What time do you eat breakfast?