A Productive Morning Routine For Do-ers

Since quitting my job in 2017, going freelance, and starting my first company (hello Smalletics!), a question I get asked a lot is, "How do you manage your time now that you don't have a boss?"

Here's what's helped to better shape my morning schedule and set me up for success for the rest of the day.


Time + Schedule Blocking

10:00PM: A productive morning for me actually starts the night before. Laying in bed, I'll quickly pull out my notes app on my phone and write down everything I want to get done. After that, I'll fill it into time slots in my calendar for the next day. 


It helps to be both specific and realistic. For example, I'll include when I plan on eating my meals, and for tasks, I'll try to be as realistic as I can about how long it will really take me, and give myself a bit of a buffer for time. It's better to be ahead of your schedule than behind.

When that plan is cemented in my mind, my intentions are set, and I go off to sleep and try my best to get 7-8 hours.

Compartmentalize Social

6:45AM: Wake up. I'm trying to resist the urge to immediately scroll on Instagram or social media in the mornings and instead let natural light wake me up. I'll save the social for later, after I've woken up, made my bed, and cared for my health first.


Priming My "Wake-Up"

7:00AM: Wash my face with Ole Henriksen cleanser, apply toner, pop in my contacts and brush my teeth.

The Headspace app for meditation.

The Headspace app for meditation.


7:15AM: Put the water kettle on and retreat to a quiet space in my room to meditate. Depending on how I'm feeling, I'll either use the Headspace meditation app, or lead my own mediation. If I'm not in the mood, I'll do a quick 3 minute meditation. On mornings I'm really looking to take a breath, I'll do a 10 minute meditation.


Hydration + Supplements

7:30AM: I create my morning collagen matcha and sip it while reading The Skimm, checking emails, and social media. I also try to drink a glass of cold water along with it every morning. 


8:00AM: Get dressed for the day and put on a little makeup (usually a vitamin C serum, moisturizer, blush, eyebrows, and chapstick).


8:20AM: Pack my bag for the day, which usually includes all of the food I'll eat (all my pre-packaged meal prep), and my fencing or gym equipment.

Then off to start my day! Everyone has different needs in the morning—play with your routines, fine tune them, and stay aware of what makes you feel the best.