The year is 2099 and the Bullet Journalers have officially taken over. Anyone without one is left in the hands of prolonged death by stress, lack of motivation, and disorganization. Leading these miserable lone wolves is me, with 1000 sheets of tasks I procrastinated completing in one hand, and an alarm clock with 5 snoozes in queue in the other. That was my expected fate about a year ago. Provided I would even be alive until 97 that is.
Alright, my dramatic illustration is over but I think you get the point of why I’ve taken notable steps to adjust my morning routine. I got goals and aspirations sis that the old me simply wasn’t cut out for. Summer 2019 has been pure bliss to say the least–but school is back in and my daily schedule needs a major revamping.
Before this previous school year, I literally did not attempt to do anything in the morning. I woke up as late as I possibly could, threw on my clothes, did my hair, grabbed some “travel-proof” breakfast, and flung myself onto the bus…..Where I would then sleep until I arrived at school (those 15 minutes were sacred to me.) This past year though, things began to change. I started carpooling to school nearly everyday, and incorporating mini workouts, yoga sessions, and spiritual readings into my morning. But things weren’t all peaches and candy, I was still two to four minutes late to class at least 50% percent of the time, and the last 10 minutes of my morning at home were spent in a blurred rush to make sure I had grabbed everything.
By the end of the year, I was especially lagging on my waking up time and physical activity in the morning. Plus I was still hitting the snooze button at least 3 times. This meant I was I still left to complete virtually all my tasks after school, when all I really wanted was some time to chill. This year things are different though. This is the first time i’m going into a new school year bullet journal in hand.
I have goals written down, priorities laid out, due date areas ready to be filled, and a nicely constructed schedule with my personal endeavors planned out on. I feel more ready than I have in a long time to say the least. But bullet journaling alone isn’t enough to revamp my morning into a girl boss routine. I actually have to implement the things I have written down in there.
I’m going to share with you my ideal morning routine for a productive day right here, so that you and all my other readers can hold me accountable. And I’m hoping you’ll be willing to tackle some of these new tasks with me. For my hidden male readers out there, it’s #boyboss season for you too. So lets get into it.
Going to Bed at 10:30
Any logical person knows a successful morning starts the night before. This will at least allow me to get 7 hours and 45 minutes of sleep. Being a night owl though means this one is going to be particularly challenging for me.
6:14 | Alarm rings and I hit Dismiss
It’s going to be hard transitioning out of a “snooze mentality” so I’ll give myself an extra minute to lay there and collect my thoughts for the morning.
6:15 | Get up & Briefly plan in my Bullet Journal
I’ll lay out at least 3 things I want to get done that day and review any due dates.
6:20 | Scriptural Audio & Power Yoga
Listening to something scriptural in the morning often gives me the extra boost I need to feel positive and ready for the day. I have a hard time remembering to reflect on those kinds of subjects in the afternoon/evening so the morning is a perfect time for me to really focus on what I’m listening to. The “audio part” of that is extremely important though, since I’ll be able to simultaneously rejuvenate my physical well-being. (I promise I don’t normally sound this holistic.)
Power yoga will wake me up by raising my heart rate and really warming up my muscles. The power aspect of it will help it be more like a workout than a stretching session. According to Wikihow, Power Yoga strengthens your body, increases flexibility, and promotes stamina and weight loss as well as improving posture and balance. It also improves circulation and the immune system, is good for your heart and strengthens your bones, muscles and joints.
6:35 | Shower
This is going to be the first year ever that I shower in the morning, but I really think it’ll help snap me out of my morning sluggish state. Experts say that a brief morning showers with a 15 to 30-second cold plunge can help with awakening and stimulating blood circulation. That cold plunge is gonna be a real challenge for me– but I’m gonna give it my best shot.
Evenings that I go to the gym though, I still plan to shower at night.
6:45 | Get Dressed, Hair, Accessories
6:55 | Make Bed & Quick Tidy Up
My room gets messy pretty easily, so even the little things will help. Making my bed boils down to the sense of accomplishment it will give early on in the morning. According to the Spruce, it also encourages you to keep the rest of your room tidy, leads to better productivity, lowers your stress, improves your mood, and simply looks and feels better.
7:00 | Grab Lunch, Protein Smoothie (Made Night Before), and Get ready to go
7:06-7:10 | Out the Door
So there it is. Let me know if you decide to incorporate any of these activities into your morning routine. It’d be great for us to motivate each other and reach our girl boss goals together. I’d also love to see any of your Bullet Journal spreads so share them with me at my Pinterest here or my Instagram here.
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