2 MORNING ROUTINES MADE OF GOLD! 💕

How many morning routine videos do you watch? How many of them do you actually follow and adapt as your own? I’ll tell you…none.

This happens to me all the time. I love watching morning routines, they’re probably my most watched videos on YouTube. I know not everyone is a morning person, I used to be able to stay up until 3 AM working and getting sh*t done. We’re talking from my college days until I landed my first job. I would go to sleep pretty late rushing to finish work. Naturally, I felt more energetic at night, because I got used to this schedule. This also affected my eating habits and just overall I felt stuck. I was not seeing the fruit of my labor, because I wasn’t prioritizing, organizing, sleeping enough, or sleeping in too late. To achieve the bucket list or the yearly resolutions I had,  I knew I had to get a better schedule together.

I remember I wanted the blog to flourish but I didn’t have the ‘time for it”… or so I thought. When in fact, if I could stick to a schedule no matter my 9-5, I would have the time to work on my side hobby. It was a matter of discipline.

At 22 I graduated from College and at 23 I stopped living paycheck by paycheck. It took me a whole year to get myself together, but I’ve never looked back once. One of the most asked questions in my blog is whether I do this full time or not, and I always respond with a yes. I dedicate the time needed to grow my blog, but also indulge in my other hobbies. Which, we can definitely talk about having multiple sources of revenue in another blog post (if you want!). I do know 50% of this outcome came from my morning routine and discipline. It’s all mentally, I promise.

Think, act, and focus like YOUR OWN BOSS!

If you have a side hustle that you want to focus on but are finding no time for it. I got your back. I’m sharing two separate morning schedules with full-day routines that have worked for me during my time being remote (aka at home) or working at my 9-5.

Disclaimer: I want to acknowledge that I don’t currently have kids, so for the mommies with babies, we can talk about alternating this schedule to fit your lifestyle.

WORKING REMOTE? THIS ONE IS FOR YOU:

7:00 AM: set the alarm to wake you up this early, I know bummer, but you got this! (do not check any emails, text, socials… nada!) (optional: I spend 10-15 minutes reading or try to give myself a nice morning skincare routine, I alternate)
7:45 AM: (optional) if want to feel the most energized, get a workout this early! I’ve used two apps to help me with motivation @classpass to take classes nearby (pre-COVID19!) and @sweat because it has tons of workouts on the app (there’s a membership fee but it’s totally worth it!) I suggest a 30-45 min workout.
OR have an early breakfast and let’s leave working out for later in the day.
— in between here you can briefly look at emails, texts, and note things by priority creating a to-do list for the day —
9:00 AM: If you worked out early, it’s breakfast time (I’ve written about eating habits in this blog post)
If you’re skipping a morning workout, let’s prioritize your clients/job/ day-to-day tasks early on to get to your to-do list done.
11:30 AM: Lunch break. Cook your lunch early and let’s try to give ourselves a 30 min max to unwind and enjoy our meal without interruption. I briefly connect on my social friends here. Reading DMS/etc.
12:15 PM: complete any meeting scheduled or task pending from your job. Prioritize!
3:00 PM: SIDE HUSTLE TIME! Ideally what I like to do is focus on a specific task daily for my side hustle (Monday – Friday). In my case: blogs, videos, and photos all have a different day in which I dedicate time for them. If I film on Tuesdays, I’ll edit on Wednesday. I try to divide the work so everything doesn’t feel overwhelming because it will if you let it. So don’t do a blog post writing the same day you have to create content. Separate the days!
4:00 PM: Schedule all your post for the following day whether that’s on social, a mail chimp email going out, or setting your content calendar for the upcoming week. I also like to give myself time to create content.
5:00 PM: Make sure all emails are read and go back to your to-do list in case you missed anything.
6:00 PM: I usually take my pup for a walk or enjoy family time. If I didn’t work out at night, I try to get a 30-45 min workout here. So focus on doing something that’s all YOU during this time.

The rest of the evening? I’m either disconnecting or reading my DMS connecting with you guys. I also spend tons of time with my family so I like doing that as well as watching movies with them. I do advise you to go to sleep early (10ish) at least Sunday – Thursday!

WORKING A 9-5? THIS ONE IS FOR YOU:

6:30 AM: set the alarm to wake you up this early, I know bummer, but you got this! (do not check any emails, text, socials… nada!)
7:00 AM: SIDE HUSTLE TIME! If you’re good to get ready in 30 mins. Let’s at least check all your emails for an hour on that side hustle. Schedule your post automatically throughout the day so that you can come back to them later on.
8:00 AM: head to your 9-5! I’ll see you when you get out!!
12:00 PM: When lunchtime comes around, schedule your post to go live during this time so that you can connect with peeps via social/DMS.
5:00 PM: you’re out and about! But you’re stuck in traffic? No worries, tune in to your favorite podcast on how to better your business. (two of my faves are @whatwesaidpodcast @workparty)
6:00 PM: want to get a workout in? You totally can. To help me with motivation @classpass to take classes nearby (pre-COVID19!) and @sweat because it has tons of workouts on the app (there’s a membership fee but it’s totally worth it!) I suggest a 30-45 min workout.
OR create content and batch it for the week. You can also alternate the days you go to the gym. For example, if you create content Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can go to the gym Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!
7:30 – 8:30 PM: I would use this time to make dinner and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
9:00 PM: Add an additional hour to your side hustle replying to any emails and scheduling them for the next day. In my case: blogs, videos, and photos all have a different day in which I dedicate time for them. If I film on Tuesdays, I’ll edit on Wednesday. I try to divide the work so everything doesn’t feel overwhelming because it will if you let it.
10:30 PM: read your book or finish the podcast and snooze! To repeat this schedule the next day!

Alright, you made it this far?

Wow! I know this seems like a lot. Trust me. I’ve done both. But all the successful peeps that I’ve been lucky to know practice self-discipline on their morning routines and how they spend the rest of their days. Sundays for me are “do nothing days” And anyone that knows me personally knows this. I like to give myself a day to fully refresh. My 9-5 peeps, I know this one is especially hard for you. I’ve walked in those shoes and life felt super complicated, but somehow I went from a 9-5 to working remote and it all started from how I began every morning. I know you got this. I believe in you!

If you liked this post and would love more, let me know any similar topic you’d like for me to cover, and of course, I’m so happy when you guys share my post over on Pinterest. talk soon babes xx

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