My Monday Morning Routine
I cannot remember how I have become a morning person? Let me think about it… Perhaps jetlag hooked me up with this routine? I remembered I would be very jetlagged whenever I travelled back from Hong Kong. The jetlag would start to hit me around 5 or 6 p.m., which means 12 or 1 a.m. over there, then I would sleep in quite early like 8 p.m. Believe it or not, in my case, a secret weapon of becoming a morning person for my Monday morning routine is actually being jetlagged.
Realistically, how the fellow morning persons are able to be up in early morning? Have a look at the latest interview with the power couple, Kristina Karlsson and Paul Lacy, founder and owner of Kikki.K, they both enjoy waking up early in order to have the most productive day, not to mention Paul would love to up at 2 or 3 a.m. writing their book. They told us, the magic trick is not that complicated than you think. It’s just you have to SLEEP EARLY.
So, on every Sunday evening, I try my best to stay away from any electronic devices, because It helps me to fall asleep faster. But the truth is, I always fail to do so… Not a good example to share though! Ha-ha. Anyway, I set the alarm clock on my iPhone and make sure put it anywhere outside of my bed, because I find it easier for me to keep my eyes wide open genuinely (You know you must drag yourself out of your bed, so that you can reach the phone). The next day will be like regardless of what time I go to bed:-
4:30 a.m. – The first alarm
I immediately walk out from my room in the dark to switch off the annoying beeping sound alarm, but not hit the snooze button. The next thing you guess I’d probably do is going to washroom to wash my tired face and blush my teeth. No… the answer is wrong. I usually crawl back to bed again – Play my favourite playlist very loud (Sorry, my neighbour!) and scroll down in my Instagram feed not more than 10 minutes. I don’t know why it makes me so awake by doing these… Maybe you can also experience it and tell me how it goes?
4:40 a.m. – Finally, out of my bed
First thing first, a giant cup of black coffee. I don’t have a particular brand for coffee, as I don’t really see it as a relaxing brewed drink, and it’s more like an energy drink to me. After that, I spend 10 minutes to freshen up my tired face with very freezing cold water, and yes, I do the same even in the winter days. It surely helps you to bring you back from your dream. Follow up with a very typical skincare routine – Toner, eye serum, serum, gel cream and sun-screen.
5:00 a.m. – At my work desk
I normally don’t start to work straight away. I always kick-off my work day with 10 – 15 minutes of meditation first. Before I start meditation, I tend to set a timer on my Apple watch to avoid overwriting, then I write my intentions for the week and what I am thankful for, or, just express all my feelings on my Smythson journal. What’s next? Make my favourite breakfast of all time – Avocado on toast with a sprinkle of organic chia seed.
5:15 a.m. – Key priorities
After that, I write down key priorities on a piece of paper and make an assumption of how much time I am going to spend for each task, then schedule it in on my agenda. Making an actual plan helps me feel really less stressed. Also, I love scheduling the most important tasks in the morning, particularly those tasks you feel like less willing to do. I find it so much easier and quicker to tackle them down, rather than doing them in the afternoon.
6:50 a.m. – The second alarm
Yes, time for gym! I strongly rely on the second alarm of the day, because it gives me a strong reminder of the importance of a workout session. If not, I probably would just keep working and making excuses for not exercising. Get changed and put a very minimal make up. I don’t like to wear too much wake up on my face, only adding a pop of colour with Glossier Boy Brow and Vaseline Lip Therapy Rose Lips can make my face look more awake.
8:16 a.m. – Time to leave gym
This is when the third alarm goes. I love working out as much as I love eating avocado. Honestly, I think I can spend my entire day at the gym, walking or running on treadmill; climbing on elliptical trainer; and weight training, so I surely need an alarm to remind myself to leave the gym. Go home then take a cold shower. Trust me, taking a cold shower is way better than having a second cup of coffee. Less caffeine but still gives you restorative effect.
8:35 a.m. – No more BS and off to work
Do you have a Monday morning routine? Let me know by commenting below!