Daily Dose of Design: My Morning Routine: How to Be a Morning Person in 20 Minutes or Less

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Morning Routine: How to Be a Morning Person in 20 Minutes or Less



I've tried just about everything to be able to consider myself a morning person but most days, I just can't do it! It's crazy because all of my life I've been an early riser and for the past year or two I complain if I'm awake before 8. Believe it or not, in college, I was always the one signing up for 8 and 9 AMs too, and since I graduated something seriously changed, ha! I've tried going to bed earlier, trying to stick to a set sleep/wake up schedule - the whole nine yards. The only thing I've found to help make it easier is having a routine that I look forward to to get my day started on the right foot. I'm a planner by nature and I love having a routine that doesn't have to change (me and change don't get along) on the daily. Getting things done in the morning and planning my day are things I look forward to each morning, and it's made a huge difference.

Whether I have to wake up super early or let myself sleep in/relax a bit, my morning routine doesn't change a bit - and it really helps having it be a daily constant.


Have a healthy breakfast. It's no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it really is because the earlier you energize your body the better off you are! I am NOT a breakfast person... I never have liked breakfast, but since I've seen a difference I make it a point to have something every morning. I'm a huge smoothie person, so most mornings I have this strawberry banana smoothie, it's my absolute favorite! That, or avocado toast with eggs are my go-tos!

Take vitamins. Taking vitamins is one of my 10 things I do every morning before 10 AM. I don't feel as tired throughout the day, and it's a great way to start your day off on the right foot.

RELATED: 7 Tips to Sleep Better at Night

Write in my planner/plan my day. Planning is one of my favorite things to do, so I always have my day planned out before it starts! I try and have each day planned out the previous day so I know what to expect, but reading through my schedule helps me get motivated and I always am adding things/crossing things off, so my planner is always near by!

A full beauty routine. Not one thing makes me feel more refreshed and ready for a day than my morning beauty routine! I always start by washing my face with cold water and honestly, nothing wakes me up more. After my shower I start with a good moisturizer, and a few days a week I'll do a hydrating face mask in the morning (my favorite days!). I love feeling fresh and clean all day long, but most especially in the morning when it comes time to getting the day started! This Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is perfect for 48 hour odor/wetness protection *and* it's Dove, so you can be sure that it feels great on your skin! It has Dove's 1/4 moisturizers and NutriumMoisture in it that are the best for softer and smoother underarms. Ever since trying this deodorant out, I've never used another and I've never felt so good about using a deodorant before!


This Dove deodorant has been an awesome addition to my morning beauty routine! It's great for sensitive skin and it lasts for as long as you need it to, all day long. I love the scents it comes in - my favorite is this cool essentials scent, but it also comes in lavender fresh and revive.

Wake up to sunlight. I always sleep with my blinds cracked open because there is nothing that wakes me up more than bright sunlight in the morning! It surprisingly really does help too!

Make your alarm something you love hearing. I think the majority of us use our phones as alarm clocks, and I don't know about you, but I cannot STAND the sound of the annoying alarm beep on the iPhone. It scares the you-know-what out of me (especially when I'm in a deep sleep) and I just can't imagine waking up to that. Instead, I use a song that I love - most of the time it's a OneRepublic song (you guys know my love for them!) - or anything that is upbeat and fun to hear in the morning. It makes a difference in how many times you press snooze. ;) The more you snooze, the harder it is to get up.

RELATED: 5 Tips for Waking Up Earlier

What do you do to have a better start to your morning? Being a morning person isn't always easy, but it definitely makes for a better, more productive day!


XOXO

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

43 comments:

  1. I love your routine in the morning! I wake up early and exercise and then get ready for the day! Dove is defiantly apart of my morning routine!

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  2. First off I want to say I love your blog. The logo, the theme, simple, clean, elegant & so pretty. I used to be a morning person, too. I don't know what happened to me lol. I do have a morning routine, but after reading your article I realize I should include something to look forward to. Maybe play some fun music while I'm getting the kids off to school.

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  3. I need to start a morning routine because I just can't figure out which way to start my mornings. The only thing I do the same every day is head for my coffee pot, brush my teeth and put on my Dove deodorant.

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  4. I'm a morning person and I love to start my day all by myself to get my thoughts together and have my daily devotional. I then grab my planner to see what needs to be done.

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  5. I love Dove deodorant. My underarms are sensitive and this is the only brand that doesn't irritate me!

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  6. I love the Dove brand :). I try to get into a morning routine, but I also love to sleep in! Having to get up super early because of my long commute, it's hard to get into a better routine.

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  7. Mornings are always hectic so having a quick and simple routine with dove is perfect.

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  8. I've been wanting to incorporate more time in my mornings to plan my day, week, month out...so I definitely want to take your advice here & see how it works for me! x, nicole // www.nicoleeigh.com

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  9. I really struggle when it comes to mornings. I need to get back into the habit of making a smoothie. But that means I need to get up early enough to do it!

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  10. I am a morning person but not by choice. I would stay in bed till late afternoon if I had the opportunity to do so. Anyway, since I get up very early in the morning, I have some time for myself to take a long shower, fix a good breakfast and enjoy my cup of coffee. I always remember to use Dove moisturizing lotion after my bath too. That is my "feel good" part of the day.

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  11. Love Dove! I have tried so many different deodorants, but I always come back to Dove!

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  12. Love this deodorant! Having a morning routine is essential for me.

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  13. Such a lovely morning routine! I love slow relaxing mornings to linger over my coffee and take my time getting ready. However, that is not reality! So instead I drink my coffee while I do my makeup and hair and cherish the non work mornings I get to take slow. I also love Dove. Their deodorant has been a long time favorite.

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  14. Strangely enough, I love the mornings. I feel my most productive in the morning. I don't have a problem with getting up and getting to work.

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  15. I will put this to practice. I fail to dress for success. Sometimes I could just blog and sip my coffee all morning. I need to step it up. Thanks for your post

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  16. I am definitely a morning person. I like to wake up early and get started on my day's chores right away. Thanks for sharing tips on your morning routine.

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  17. I actually need to pick up some deodorant. I've been running around a lot lately and the ones I have currently just aren't doing the trick.

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  18. The mornings are my jam! 4:00am and I am going!

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  19. I am not a morning person, but I find keeping my product in one bag that I use in the morning makes things easier and faster

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  20. These are great helps! I have a really hard time getting going in the morning. If my morning could start at about 10 I'd be good lol.

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  21. I'm so not a morning person, I want to be but I haven't gotten there yet. I'm trying to be the person that gets up and exercises before I get my day started.

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  22. Funny you mention the alarm sound! I switch up my ringtone wake-up song frequently. After a while I start to hate the song, haha.

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  23. The sunlight tip is so great! I do that too, and I am not a morning person haha!

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  24. great tips!! going to try these tomorrow morning haha

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  25. I have never been a morning person, but lately I have no choice because my kids are up early lol.

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  26. I do all of those!! Hahaha :)

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  27. Dove is my favourite, I have been using it since I was little.

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  28. A good morning routine is key!

    Alix | www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

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  29. I have never been a morning person. I try and it just doesn't work for me. I do find though as I've gotten older I wake up earlier than I used too in college (then again I was up all night). I have not used any of Dove's deodorants before but I've heard great things about it.

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  30. Dove is an awesome brand I love their products, I used to be a great morning person but not so much anymore

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  31. I have the same wake up routine as well. Like you said, doesn't matter the time, it's the same. I love Dove products!

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  32. I love Dove deodorant! It keeps me dry all day and smelling good! LOL!

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  33. I love reading about bloggers morning routines! I'm obsessed with Dove beauty/skin products!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  34. Such a great morning routine! Dove has many great products! My favorite is the body wash!

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  35. I use that same exact deodorant! It works wonders!

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  36. I use this deodorant too and love it! it really works

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

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  37. I am totally not a morning person, but feel like I need to be with a toddler! This is a great list, I am definitely going to start trying it all and see if that helps :) Thanks for sharing!

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  38. I need to start becoming more of a morning person again! Also, I've heard so many good things about this deodorant!
    xoxo,
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  39. from head to toe, we are a dove users, from soap, body bath, lotion, and deo! i just love it~!

    -Catsvill

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  40. I've never tried dove! Glad you love it!


    xoxo,
    http://befittingstyle.com/love-full-skirts/

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  41. Though I wouldn't claim to be a morning person I do have a similar routine which gets me out the door for work or days out. I do love Dove too but not tried this one yet

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  42. That deodorant is definitely one of my faves! Love the scent and how fresh it feels!
    Katie | Millennial on the Move

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  43. I am a morning person and I love using Dove too because it's really nice on the skin.

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