All the rage in self-development is a morning routine. Especially one that makes you more productive during the day. When I have to fill a large order for a store or have a show lined up for the weekend, I need my days to be productive. I have no time to waste!
Plus, how you start your day is a good indicator of how you'll finish the day. How do I create mental space for creativity when I need it? With a solid morning routine of course!
I love a good routine – it’s one way I manage my anxiety. And my morning routine starts before I even wake up. I believe deeply in getting enough rest; lack of sleep seriously affects my creativity (and energy) when I come home to design jewelry.
Because I need those precious hours after I come home, I’ve had to master the art of getting my whole self – mental and physical - ready for whatever the day throws at me.
Confidence is the Key to Success
I wake up at the ass crack of dawn to start my morning routine. When my alarm clock sounds off in the morning, it’s off to the races!
With time not on my side, I need to get it right...quick. That’s why I stick to a routine and a rotating, minimalist wardrobe.
I never walk out my front door feeling less than 100% confident in what I’m wearing. I don’t need to be stressed out over my Spanx showing, my shirt popping a button, or if I forgot to put on earrings. I’ve got too much of the world to conquer!
Here’s the rundown (cause I know you’re curious):
- Wake up
- Wash face
- Brush teeth
- Make coffee, stick in the freezer
- Grab a bottle of water
- Put on my makeup
- Walk Moose
- Get dressed
- Grab lunch, bag, coffee, and metro card
- Run to bus
Dressing for Success
Sure, it’s the same-o, same-o every day. But, I don’t give my wardrobe a second thought - everything I own fits well and gives me confidence.
To add a little variety, I coordinate my cardigans with colorful, simple earrings. If I have a meeting scheduled? I wear colors that are more muted, like darker purples and blues. But if my schedule is appointment free, I wear obnoxious colors like orange, hot pink, or chartreuse -- whatever! It’s just me and the screen, baby.
I also eliminate the need to make decisions in the morning. I decide what I’m going to wear the night before. And there are no take-backsies! In the morning, it’s easy to get distracted by other clothing options. You know what I mean…Hmmmm, I don’t want to wear this shirt anymore; let me pick something different.
STOP that. 🙅🏽
I don’t change my mind unless a calendar reminder pops up with a meeting I forgot. Trust me, simplifying this small portion of your day will make all the difference.
Another reason for wearing the same style on repeat?
I mean if Steve Jobs and former President Obama wore the same thing every day, why can’t I?
Michael Lewis wrote in a Vanity Fair article:
“You also need to remove from your life the day-to-day problems that absorb most people for meaningful parts of their day, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions.”
How much on a typical day do you spend thinking about what to wear or what to eat? #enoughsaid
Getcha Mind Right
Once I’ve gotten my physical appearance ready to go, it’s time to get my inner shit together.
With a laundry list of things I need to do before the day’s end, I can easily talk myself out of a good day before I even get out of bed.
My solution? Meditation and a gratitude practice. I take 10 to 15 minutes to meditate with my favorite app, Headspace, every morning (okay, almost every morning). It’s been the one New Year’s resolution I’ve been able to keep.
Meditation not your style? Or maybe you need something with a little more energy? Meditation is all about focusing and admittedly, sometimes I'm so scatterbrained that trying to slow down and stop the thoughts is not in the cards. When that happens, I plug-in my headphones and pull up a Soul Stroll by Erin Stutland. A Soul Stroll is an energizing 30-minute soundtrack of music and mantras that are designed to help you TAKE ACTION and MOVE FORWARD in any area that is holding you back.
Side note: Erin is AMAZING! And her other program, Shrink Session, has been life-changing for me. Hit me up if you have any questions for me. Not an affiliate, just a lover of the program.
Slay Your Day
So, yeah. I’m proof that even if you have little time to spare in the morning, you can make space for a routine. It truly can make all the difference.
So tell me, what’s your morning routine? Do you have any tips for boosting your confidence before you start your day?