If you’re anything like me and you work from home full-time, morning routines typically look something like making a cup of coffee or tea, grabbing your laptop, and getting to work before you run out of hours in the day to get everything done. Am I right? Of course, you can relate to me. There’s just so much that you need to get done and it needs to be done now so there’s no time to waste. At least that’s how I used to think.
But, I’ve recently decided that I needed a more structured and time for me based morning routine as an entrepreneur. I know it sounds crazy because if you’re like me the only morning routines you’ve seen are from your favorite beauty gurus on their YouTube channels where it seems like they have all the time in the world that you don’t.
Having a morning routine for entrepreneurs means that we’re putting ourselves first so that we can show up even better for the dreams that we’re trying to make happen. So, what could an entrepreneurs morning routine look like?
Here’s what my new morning routine has been looking like lately. I hope this gets you inspired to create one for yourself and actually stick to it.
5:00am: Wakeup, Read My First 5, and Journal
I read my first 5 while I’m laying in bed on my phone. It’s a bible study app that lets you read the bible using reading plans. I’m currently making my way through the book of Matthew, which is one of my favorites so far.
Then, I pick up my pen and journal and start writing. I typically write 3 things I’m grateful for, any ideas or thoughts that are coming up for me, and then what I learned about in my bible study. Sometimes I write a page sometimes it’s just a few lines.
5:30am: Brush My Teeth and Make Coffee
Once I’ve done this, I get ready for the day…sorta. I shower at night so I wake up in the morning, brush my teeth, and make myself a nice cup of coffee. I mentioned in my 90-day goals post that I’m working on limiting my coffee to one cup per day and so I really try to savor this cup and enjoy it.
5:45am: Marketing Time
I love getting my marketing done first thing in the morning. This is my way of showing up for my business before I focus on any client work or anything like that. So, I work through my daily marketing checklist.
7:00am: Wakeup The Kids + Workout
I typically yell from my bed for the kids to get up and get ready. I then get up and brush my teeth, wash up, and put on workout clothes. I do a quick 5-10-minute workout on using the 30 Day Workout app. I love these workouts because they’re impactful but don’t make me sweat a lot. I’ve found that working out at this time makes things so much easier AND leaves me less time for making excuses throughout the day.
7:45am: Take The Kids To School
I get the kids to school and I’m back home by 8am on most days. My kids will soon be getting out of school, so this one will change slightly. These extra 15-minutes will be rolled into my relaxation time. Which I’m not complaining about. I’ll still get up at the same time daily however. That part won’t change.
8am: Get Dressed + 5 Minute Makeup Routine + Relaxing
Now that I’m back home, I get dressed, do my 5-minute makeup routine, and sit on the couch for 30-45 minutes. I used to come home and jump straight into work. But, I’ve been taking more time for me lately.
I have been enjoying getting up and putting on clothes and doing my makeup everyday. It just makes me feel more put together than laying around in my pj’s. I’ve also found that I’m a lot more productive. And sometimes getting dressed is changing into my yoga pants and a nice shirt. Haha, it’s about balance here.
When it comes to relaxing, I am usually catching up on my favorite show, painting my nails, or literally scrolling Instagram looking at my favorite comedians.
9:00am-ish: Start Working
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Around this time, I get to work. I check my Trello for anything new from my clients, make sure my planner is up-to-date with what I’m working on today, and block my time in my calendar. I love time blocking and making sure that I’m tracking where all of my time is going.
So, Trello is where the hub of everything exists. And, then I use my paper calendar to track that day and tick things off. I absolutely still love getting to highlight things and I don’t think I’ll ever get away from using paper…like ever! And, I use my Google Calendar to time block my day so I know what I’m working on and when I’m working on it.