Rise and Shine! (But first… coffee!!) I’m a morning person through and through. There’s something just so calming about knowing that you’re up early and ready to tackle the day. Therefore, I’ve always emphasized the value of a long and productive morning. However, with me working from home most days of the week now, a well working morning routine is absolutely essential.
Currently, I am in the last semester of my studies and have lots of exams to study for, as well as term papers to write before the beginning of summer. Additionally, there’s the blog that needs to be filled with kick ass content so I can earn some money and buy food. I absolutely adore working from home most of the time. But I also realized how easy it is to fall into the pit of doing nothing and wasting your days when there’s no one to look over your shoulder while you work. My friends assume I’m lying in bed, watching Netflix all day anyways, so why even bother getting up and work? The struggle is real, I tell ya.
My morning routine for when I’m working from home
Wake up, get dressed, and by all means, don’t touch your phone
At the moment, my alarm goes off around 6:30. When the sun is shining I’m usually already awake at that time anyway, since my bed is right next to the huge window in my bedroom. Then I snooze and chill for about half an hour before finally deciding to get up and get ready for the day. To me, getting dressed as if I was going to an office is an essential part of my morning routine. I’m so much more productive when I’m not in my pj’s, working from bed.
Something I currently am trying to incorporate into my mornings is not touching my phone before 9 am. I used to waste so much time in bed, aimlessly scrolling through social media, so I’m trying to make an end to that. Social media is a huge part of my job – but there’s no need for Instagram to be the first thing I open when I bat my eyelashes open in the morning!
Make coffee, sit down, and work/study
After I’m fully dressed and have put on a full face of makeup for the day, I’m finally grabbing my first cup of coffee. I think it’s no secret that I’m utterly addicted to caffeine and cannot survive a day without the black gold that runs through my veins. Good thing I have a good Nespresso machine from DeLonghi * at home – my life saver. Coffee in hand, I usually then sit down at my favourite window spot in the kitchen and write my to-do list for the day or (if I have already done that the night before) immediately take my place at my desk to study.
I’m the most productive between 8 and 12 in the morning, so I usually try to get most of my studying done during that time. Work I can do after that, too. But once it’s lunch time, I just cannot find the motivation to study anymore. When I do not have an exam coming up, I try to get as much work done in the morning as possible so I can schedule my meetings, coffee dates, and other adult errands for the rest of the day.
The power of a good Playlist
As I’m living all on my own, it’s usually rather quiet in the house. That is why the perfect playlist is absolutely essential to get me through my morning routine. Currently, I am listening to the “Top of the Morning” one from Spotify. It’s an upbeat, fun mixtape featuring slow and calming songs as well as sing-along tunes to wake you up and get you going. Pop isn’t quite my type of music – however, in the morning there’s nothing I’d rather listen to than an easy playlist curated by someone else.
My perfect morning routine – the cheat sheat
- Wake up & get up
- Open the blinds and windows to get some sun and fresh air in
- Get ready for the day: shower, brush your teeth, put on makeup and get dressed
- Make coffee to wake you up
- Sit down and write a to-do list for the day !! (I adore the ones from Jo&Judy)
- Do not check social media before 9 am
- Sit down at your desk, put on your playlist, and get going
- Flowers on your desk make working from home so much nicer
- Set a timer to work concentrated for a short period of time
- Grab a snack to eat while working (preferably something healthy like an apple with nut butter or some nuts)
- Always have a bottle of water ready on your desk to stay hydrated
What’s your morning routine? And what are your tips for productively working from home?