Call me crazy, but I love nothing more than waking up early. Weekend or not, I prefer slow mornings in which I can give myself the time to get ready for the day ahead while feeling calm and level-headed. My working weekday morning routines aren’t too different; simply a condensed version of this routine here. I find it’s better to begin the day with a calm mindset than to scurry around like a headless chicken.
Some weekends I might fancy waking up naturally. Some weekends I want to to take things slower. However, generally, I love sticking to a routine on the weekends I plan on working my way through a to-do list.
So, to the routine. They say your morning routine starts the night before. You want to wake up early? Go to bed early. I plan on writing up a night-time routine at some point. If anything, it will simply unveil my inner-80-year-old woman; tucked up in bed by 9 pm with a book.
An Early Rise
Even though the weekends are when I don’t have to be anywhere, I don’t sleep them away. At least, not anymore. I tend to wake up around 5:30-6 am, depending on what time I end up going to sleep. My internal alarm usually rouses me 10 minutes before the irritating beeping plays, so waking up is never an issue.
I’m a morning person through and through. I relish in the quietness of the early-hours with nothing but the sound of the odd car outside. I’ve also found that I’m 10x more productive in the morning and love to get stuff done without delay.
I try to avoid checking my phone upon waking up, but I’ll admit that it’s a habit I’m still working on. The first thing I’ll do is drink some water. I have a 500ml bottle beside my bed to gulp down to quickly re-hydrate. I’ll then go through the general morning stuff: brushing my teeth, washing my face, moisturising. My go-to moisturiser atm is the Garnier Natural Green Tea Moisturiser which I don’t have one bad thing to say about.
I’ll then make my bed – this is a must. An untidy bed is an untidy mind.
I’ve always preferred working out in the morning. Last year, I’d to the gym early in the mornings before it was packed and get it out of the way. Now, I start my day with either an at home HIIT workout or some yoga.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been following along Adriene’s Yoga Challenges. Her easy directions and guidance on mindful practices have become a staple part of my morning routine. I tailor the intensity based on how I’m feeling that day. Some days I want to challenge myself; many practices target the core or test your balance. Other mornings I wake up wanting something light to simply stretch and get my blood flowing.
Working out in the morning always makes me feel ready to tackle the day. Yoga, in particular, has been incredible in terms of clearing away any niggling thoughts nesting in the back of my mind. I started out with the intention of it aiding my anxiety and I’ve found it helps immensely. Overall, working out in the morning is an easy way of incorporating fitness into your every-day life and leaves little room for excuses.
I’ll then hop in the shower, washing my hair every other day.
Eat the Frog
This is a really simple idea that you can put into practice to achieve more, day in day out. Hands up if after writing out your to-do list, you go straight for the smaller tasks because they’re easier, less intimidating and quicker. Guilty. Instead, now I eat the frog.
This entails starting the day with the biggest and most anxiety-inducing task. It’s the task I’m most likely going to procrastinate doing, but, it’s the one that usually leads to the most significant result. By working on this dreaded task first, I’ve started my day productively and already accomplished a small victory. This provides me with a boost motivation to keep ticking off the rest of the tasks which seem like a walk in the park in comparison. Although difficult, I try to just get it done. It’s a habit I’m still finding my stride with, but it works wonders for my mind, productivity and my overall mood. So, I either tackle some lesson planning or if I’m up to date with work, I might write some blog post ideas, book reviews or finish some uni work. It changes every day.
The Best Time of the Day
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, breakfast isn’t only the most important, but also the best time of day. Don’t argue with me on this. If you follow my Instagram, you will know that all I pretty much share are my messy breakfast creations and that I have the biggest sweet tooth.
Part of the reason I wake up early, regardless of whether it’s the weekend or not, is to ensure I have the time to make a delicious healthy breakfast. My breakfasts have transformed a lot from the bowl of bran flakes or slice of toast it used to be a couple of years ago. Now, I go to bed looking forward to rustling up a stack of pancakes, a portion of french toast, tucking into a loaded sweet potato, or, my favourite, a trusty bowl of porridge. Peanut butter and chocolate are always added in the equation somewhere along the line. Who says you can’t have chocolate in the morning?
Porridge is my go-to. It’s warm, filling, and if you have a sweet tooth like me, you can easily fool yourself into thinking you’re having dessert for breakfast. If you’re looking to spruce up your usual bland recipe, I shared a few tips on making the Perfect Porridge here.
The weekends, in particular, are the best time to indulge. There’s no better time make yourself some pancakes and kick off your day with a hearty meal.
Depending on what my plans are for the day, I’ll do my hair and makeup. If I’m planning on spending the day in the flat, I’ll stick to the basics. Otherwise, I’ll apply my makeup while streaming some Netflix or YouTube in the background. No matter what my plans are for the day, feeling at least slightly presentable makes me less likely to binge-watch Netflix in my pjs all day.
Reviewing my To-Do List and Starting the Day
I always write my to-do list the night before. So, after being dressed and ready, I’ll review my tasks and get to work. Again, not every weekend is like this. Obviously, there are days when I have plans or simply intend on doing nothing but drink tea and read a book in bed. However, in general, I’m the kind of person who loves being busy. I love the sense of achievement of ticking even the most mundane tasks off my list and I ensure that there’s downtime or self-care interests incorporated throughout the day.
What does your weekend morning routine look like? Be sure to let me know if you’d like to hear my night-time routine!
Thanks for reading,