In this post, I’m sharing my quarantine morning routine.
Even on quarantine, I still wake up early and maintain my pre-lockdown rituals. By doing so, I remain productive despite current situations.
So, let’s dive in:
I set an alarm for 5:30am, but I normally wake up before it rings. I learned from the book The 5am Club by Robin Sharma that waking up early allows a person to get uninterrupted and quiet time since not many people are up. I enjoy the solitude this gives me. It also gives me ample time to prepare without rushing.
I like to open up my windows as soon as I wake up. My room window is facing east, so it allows me to see the sun rise. I also like to admire the view from my room.
I wash my face and gargle with mouthwash after. I’ll do what I have to do in the washroom as well. I don’t brush my teeth yet because I’m yet to eat breakfast.
I allocate time for devotion. I spend about 15 minutes reading Bible passages. I highlight verses that speak to me, and write them down on my journal. I usually do this at my balcony, if not, by my window. I took advantage of quarantine to rebuild and strengthen my connection with God.
After that, I drink a warm glass of water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. I call it my “detox water”. I just eye ball it, but if you’re a perfectionist and want everything measured, the recipe is 1 to 2 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon and 1 glass of water. You can also add sugar or honey to make it more palatable. I like mine without any sweetener.
There are a lot of claims that this drink is good for digestion and aids with detoxification, but a post from HuffPost Australia stated otherwise. Regardless, I still continue drinking my “detox water”. I make sure to gargle or drink water after as this drink is acidic and may weaken the enamel on my teeth.
Then, I make my bed. Making my bed every morning gives me a sense of accomplishment. Keeping it unmade also makes my room look messy since my bed occupies half of my room space.
Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S Special Operations, once mentioned in a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin that, ”By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
I continue my morning by cleaning my room. I dust, sweep and mop. I also re-arrange my things when necessary. I like a clean space. It helps me think better.
After finishing all those “preparation” activities, I go ahead and start with more strenuous stuff.
Fist thing, I do my workout. Working out in the morning gives be a boost of energy I need for the day. I workout for about 20 minutes. I list down the apps I use to guide with my exercise routine on my 30 days of working out post.
When that is out of the way, I do my tea. I prefer tea more than coffee. I am not drinking any special tea for now. I only drink Lipton yellow label tea or green tea. Depending on my mood, I prepare it with milk and honey, or with lemon and ginger.
Sometimes, I prepare toast to accompany my tea. I’m currently loving avocado toast!
As I am drinking my tea and resting from my workout, I journal. I plan my activity for the day. I also write my ideas and aspirations. I’ve been doing this for months now, and it really helped me accomplish stuff. I will share my journalling habits and tips later.
Occasionally, after journalling, I study. I’m interested in about 12 topics, and it’s too much. To streamline this, I draw a schedule. I also group topics that goes together. Say social media management and blogging. I allocate at least 30 minutes per day to study.
I wrap my morning up by taking a bath and brushing my teeth. Rarely, I dress up and put minimal makeup which also helps me feel productive.
Here’s how my morning usually looks like:
You could also curate your own morning routine by downloading a printable template below. I find that it is easier to perform a task if a reason is attached to it. Write your own reasons why you’re incorporating such activities to your daily morning rituals.