My Morning Routine
I love mornings and a good morning routine! I get up early, accomplish a lot, and by the time I get to work I feel I’ve already been so productive. So today I will share with you my morning routine, starting from when I get up to when I reach work!
It all starts when my alarm clock starts beeping at 5:25. I go to snooze it and the second one I have set for 5:27 (27 is my lucky number) is the one that gets my morning routine rolling. This might be super early for some people, but I actually really want to try getting up even earlier so I can accomplish more in the morning.
One thing I have started doing is pulling up the blinds in our room, and just using the thin white curtains. These bring in a lot of light and in the morning the light starts coming in around 5 am and this makes it so much easier to get up. I don’t even feel like not getting up! This is definitely not going to be the case in the winter when the sun rises later. But you can get those alarm clocks that start brightening up a room the closer to your alarm time it gets (my sister has one of these and loves it). I found this one on Amazon, so it might be on sale for Prime Day tomorrow!
I would love to say that when I get up, I get straight into the shower, however, I do spend a couple of minutes just checking to see if I got any messages/emails. This is one thing that I definitely want to change. It would be great if I had zero screen/phone time in the morning.
Then I head to the bathroom and spend around 20 minutes showering, brushing my teeth and getting ready. Yes, I do take a quick shower, I don’t have the luxury on weekdays for longer showers. I also start to do my Japji Sahib as I am getting ready and making the bed. This is when I get Gursheel to get up and head to the bathroom.
Then I sit down and spend 30 minutes finishing the rest of my Nitnem. I have been trying to just sit down with my eyes closed and doing my Nitnem out loud and I have been loving it! Before I would do it on the go and didn’t pay attention to what I was saying. But making sure I have the time to sit down is really making a huge difference in my focus. Jaap Sahib is still one baani that I do need to take a peek to make sure I am doing it correctly.
Okay, around 6:20 I head down to the kitchen and get some hot water from the tap and add some lime to it. I have been drinking this first thing in the morning because I have heard of amazing benefits to your digestions because of it. As I drink my lime water, I start packing our lunches. I have done a post on the Bento boxes we use for lunch and I have to say they are still an absolute favourite! Sometimes I pack the lunches the night before, but it doesn’t take long at all! We always take leftover dinner for lunch and we always have fruit and vegetables cut up in the fridge so it is super quick to just add it to the lunch box!
For breakfast for the past couple of weeks I have been drinking green smoothies/juices! I make it in the Vitamix and usually make 4 servings worth in one go. This means I only need to make the smoothie/juice every other day for both me and Gursheel. This past week I added spinach, kale from our garden, pineapple, cucumber celery and water and it was sooo delicious!
Once I’ve made the green smoothie/juice, it is usually around 6:30 am and I sit down with my laptop and get to work on the blog. I drink the smoothie as I work for the next 45 minutes. Every day I have a different goal I work towards and this holds me accountable and keeps me focused on one task. I have so many goals I want to accomplish for the blog but I also love my day job so I really need these focused 45 minutes in my morning routine to get things done.
A side note, as I work on the blog during these 45 minutes, I also use my jade roller. This is something I just started doing and I’ve noticed a little bit of my difference on my face in terms of puffiness and redness. Have any of you heard of jade rolling and do you do it as well? Let me know in the comments below! I have this green one but this pink one is super cute as well!
Around 7:15 am we get into the Jeep and head towards our bus stop. This is usually a 25-30 minute drive! So, we take advantage of this time and listen to katha. Currently we are listening to Pracheen Panth Parkash katha by Giani Sher Singh. I want to learn and understand more of our history and I have found katha has so much to offer. It also is hard for me to understand completely, so I love listening to it with Gursheel in the Jeep. If I don’t understand something, I pause the track right away and we discuss it. We have been doing this for a few months now and I have been loving it! Once we reach our bus stop, we just stop the track and continue on the next day.
We usually get to the bus stop around 7:45 am and because the bus schedules are so unpredictable, it really is variable when we actually get on. I have to say though it is pretty great that Gursheel also works downtown now, we literally do almost everything together! Usually I get in to work between 8:45-9 am and spend that hour reading on my Kindle! I am reading the Stormlight Archive right now by Brandon Sanderson and I am hooked! He seriously is my favourite author!
By the time 9 am hits I feel like I’ve already accomplished so much, but my day just starts! I love working in research and because I do enjoy what I do my day goes by pretty fast! Let me know if you want me to share my evening routine (it’s not as productive). I hope you found my morning routine useful and inspiring and not too long and boring! Haha! Anyways hope you all are having a wonderful day! Love you all!