I know I have mentioned in several blog posts that I am trying to get into more of a settled routine with studying and working out. The challenge for me is the fact that my productivity nose-dives after 5 pm and it is nearly impossible for me to get anything done effectively after about 6 or 7 at night. So, when I leave work at 6 or 6:30, there is no way I am able to go home and study. It’s also just as unlikely that I will go home and workout. But, if I want to both study and workout each day, I don’t have enough time to do both in the morning before work… so what’s a girl to do?
For the past 2 months I’ve been studying in the morning and then working out after work. Many times, work ends after 6:30 which means I don’t make it to the gym at all. On days like that, I think to myself “I should have worked out in the morning!” But then, I probably wouldn’t have studied that day right? Uhg. There’s just no way to do it all.
Several months ago, I tried incorporating 10 min HIIT workouts into my morning routine and I really started to enjoy it. But somehow, that habit fell by the wayside and I stopped working out at all in the morning.
These days, when I wake up I immediately head downstairs to the kitchen and start my coffee.
Kyle and I use an Aeropress coffee maker and LOVE it. The Aeropress plus the Tanzania roast from Dunn Brothers (thank you Caroline for converting me!) is perfection.
I’m also usually pretty hungry first thing in the morning, so I make some kind of breakfast. Chia pudding has been a go-to this week.
Then, I head back upstairs and start studying/blogging/emailing/online shopping… some days are more productive than others 🙂
On the rare occasion that I don’t have to be at work until 8 am (last Thursday was such a day), I get in a short treadmill workout while studying.
After an hour hopefully studying and not reading about celebrities online, I get ready, hop on my bike (lately), and go to work.
Documenting my early arrival to clinic before any of my patients have shown up. Success!
Thinking about this routine makes me want to improve upon it. I know I can get more done in the morning and add more to my day. So, first, I am going back to my 10 minutes of HIIT each morning. I really hope this will kickstart my day, energize me, and get in a tiny bit of exercise for those days I don’t make it to the gym.
I’m also going to focus on NOT opening my computer when it’s time to study. It is way too easy to get distracted and I want to make the most of my morning hour.
If I was perfect, I would have water with lemon, meditation, yoga, and all kinds of other morning rituals that successful people do as part of my daily routine. One step at a time.
What is your morning routine?
What changes have you made to be more productive in the day?