Rushing around first thing in the morning is literally the worst. Your alarm goes off, you snooze to sleep in, and before you know it, it’s time to get out of bed to do ALL THE THINGS before you head out the door. There was a time where that was my exact morning routine. I would wake up an hour before my first commitment of the day then run around for 60 minutes getting ready, doing my hair, picking out an outfit, inhaling breakfast, and chugging coffee. I was inducing myself into a Kahla sized stress ball before I even left the house.
No thank you, boo boo.
Nowadays I’m a gal that does her best to balance it all. Between my blog, a full time job, and a list of other equally important priorities, it’s crucial for me to wake up and have productive mornings during the week. I consider the AM hours before I head off to my full time job a sacred time. Call me dramatic, but depending on how my morning goes it can easily make or break the flow to the rest of my day.
I’ve picked up a few hacks to keep my weekday morning bubble as stress free as possible. You know what they say: either you can run the day, or it runs you. So, let’s run the day shall we? These morning productivity hacks have helped me do just that:
- It all starts with getting yourself out of bed. I set my phone on the dresser across the room so I have to physically get up to shut the alarm off when it plays in the morning.
- When it comes to a productive morning, there’s a lot of magic in getting things done the night before. If I pick my outfit out at night for the day ahead, I instantly save myself 10 minutes of morning time. It’s one less thing to think about in the early hours, and I’m a fan of that.
- Make your bed. Just do it. The internet already knows this. If you check “making your bed” off of your to-do list first thing in the morning then you’ll have that tiny push to keep being productive throughout the day.
- At any given moment there are 1000000 thoughts and to-dos running through my mind. Sitting down and making a quick list of things I want to get done in the morning really helps keep me focused. I usually make a to do list for the morning at night before falling asleep or right when I wake up.
- I love getting my face fresh for the day, so I created morning skincare routine that I actually look forward to.
- Y’all know I love an easy breakfast option that doesn’t sacrifice quality, taste, or time. A recipe I’ve been loving lately? Overnight granola. That’s right. It’s a fun twist on overnight oats, but better. I love that this recipe is something I can throw together at night for an easy breakfast in the morning. At night, combine 2/3 cups of Cascadian Farm Organic Vanilla Almond Granola and 2/3 cups of oat milk into one bowl. You can use any milk you want, of course. Oat milk is my preference. Pop the bowl in the fridge and let it chill overnight. In the morning, grab the bowl from the fridge, add some extra granola on top for crunch (we love a good food texture around here), and enjoy with a spoon. Simple as that. Speaking of Cascadian Farm, they have a cute truck that’ll be rollin’ up to the Tampa Bay area soon! It’ll have various Cascadian Farm products available for you to sample. Give it a visit and try the Cascadian Farm Organic Vanilla Almond Granola for yourself. You can check out the truck schedule here to find out when it’ll be in Tampa Bay.
- I know that if I don’t workout in the morning then I likely won’t do it at all. It’s not necessarily because I don’t want to. It’s more so because spontaneous plans might pop up throughout the day, a weeknight blog event might be happening, etc. Sweating it out in the AM is always the best thing to do.
- Ben and I make it a point to have coffee together every morning and I love that. We chat about how we slept, what we dreamt about, and the plans that the day ahead holds for us. It’s my favorite part of the morning. Kind of like a mini coffee date on our couch. No roomie? You could easily have some coffee “me time” to get your day rolling.
- I make sure I check something off the list for Keeping Up with Kahla every weekday morning. That’s the best thing I can do for myself to keep my mindset straight. When I feel like I’m on top of things with my blog, I feel more on top of things everywhere else. Any given morning I can be found: scheduling Pinterest pins, updating my LTK page, working on a blog post, or answering emails. What passion do you have that you could put time towards in the morning?
There ya have it folks. These are my hacks to keeping my weekday mornings productive. They can be easily implemented into just about any morning routine. What are some hacks that you use to keep your mornings less rushed and more productive?