If you read my 2020 Goals & Habits post then you would know that setting myself some new routines was something I wanted to achieve this year. This week I started back at work properly after the Christmas break and I just *knew* it was going to be hard to tear myself out of bed each morning about 3 hours earlier than I was used to so I used the few days between New Year and starting back at work this week to establish a new morning routine.
To give some context, I work from 8:30am to 5pm and my journey to work is around 35/40 minutes drive on a good day, before Christmas I found myself getting out of bed later which meant I hit the heavy traffic on my way into work and I was around 15/20 minutes late every day. Luckily my company is super flexible but I really didn’t like how rushed and stressed I felt each morning, so I decided to impose this new morning routine to get me up & out of the house on time (or even early) with zero stress in the mornings!
23:00 the night before – Bedtime
t might surprise you but my morning routine actually begins the night before and ultimately with a somewhat good night’s sleep! I’ve started using the IOS Bedtime feature to set my ‘bedtime’ as 11pm and my alarm at 6:30am. I have a bath usually around 10pm and read for a bit after that but I try to put my phone down for at least 30 minutes before I go to sleep.
06:30 – Wake Up & Get Up
I’ve switched the snooze feature off on my alarm so there’s no alternative but to get my butt up and out of bed, usually by now though Nellie has been shouting the house down so that enough motivation to get up and feed her!
06:30 – 06:45 – Get My Shiz Together
If I don’t have leftovers for lunch then I like to prepare my lunch & snacks for the day during this first 15 mins of the day. I’ll head downstairs, feed Nellie & then organise my lunch bag. I’ll grab my matcha tea, keep-cup, water bottle, a couple of snacks (usually one for mid-morning and one for mid-afternoon) plus my breakfast & lunch and get it all bagged up and ready to go before I leave. I’ll also use this time to put my multivitamins into their little sandwich bags to take later on in the morning.
06:45 – 07:00 – Skincare Routine!
One of my other habits to set this year was to stick rigidly to a skincare routine, I was particularly bad at it in the mornings last year (and by particularly bad I mean, I didn’t do ANYTHING to my skin in the morning except splash it with cold water…). Now I use this time to cleanse, tone and moisturise before I apply my make-up.
07:00 – 07:20 – Make-Up, Hair & Get Dressed
We’re lucky to have two spare bedrooms at home and each of us have claimed one as our own, I’ve turned mine into a dressing room essentially with another huge wardrobe, loads of storage and my desk for doing my hair & make-up. I don’t wear a huge deal of make-up to work (or anytime to be honest) so it doesn’t take too long to whack some CC cream on, brush my hair & choose an outfit for the day.
07:20 – 07:30 – Get Out The Door!
Once I’m somewhat presentable I’ll say bye to Rob who is usually still getting ready when I leave & I’ll also give Nellie her medication. Then I grab my bags & head out the door, usually I’ll stick a podcast on in my car – currently loving Deliciously Ella’s – and aim to be at work by 8:10/8:15!