It’s officially summer break which means my days look very different than they have for the past nine months. As a teacher, I love having a longer break in the summer to prep, plan, and re-set. However, I have so much more free time during the day now! If I’m not careful, I waste it, and that is something I really want to avoid this summer. That being said, I’ve decided on a morning routine that I feel will really benefit my productivity over the next few months.
6:30. Wake Up, Coconut Almond Latte, Journal
I’m trying to break a very bad habit of rolling over and checking my phone. Instead, I do my best to get out of bed, right when my (quiet) alarm goes off. Then, coffee is a must.
I’ve been starting the day with a coconut almond latte, frothing up my almond milk with a tsp. of coconut oil and mixing it with whatever happens to be left in the percolator after Ryan’s morning cup. I’ve been journaling using a version of a practice Rachel Hollis coined. Check out her podcast “Rise” (specifically episode 72) if you’re curious. My journaling includes gratitude, dreams, and goals.
This is my big, personal assignment (for myself) for the summer. I want to spend my time focussed on something, engaging my mind and my creativity. More to come.. I hope 🙂
9:00. Yoga Flow
After quarantine happened and I couldn’t go to my favorite studio MEND anymore, my body revolted. I find that I feel so much better when I get a good stretch in every day. My flow isn’t long, but it’s enough to get my blood circulating and my muscles shaken out.
9:15. Social Media Check-In
While I don’t love social media, it does seem to be the way to drive traffic to your blog/writing now a days. It’s a quick, easy way for people to connect. However, if I don’t schedule time to do something on social media one of two things happens. Either I mindlessly scroll or I don’t even bother picking up my phone.
9:30. Tend to My Gardens
A chipmunk ate my strawberries yesterday. We are now at war.
I’m dedicated to keeping my plant babies alive all summer which means ALL THE WATER. Everyday you’ll find me out at our beds, tending and nurturing. It’s also a great chance to get outside and assess the day.
10:00. Green Smoothie , Social Media Check-In
Back in the spring I started intermittent fasting and while I’m not totally sold on the process and I’m not observing that schedule as strictly as before, I did find that on busy days, it helped keep me energetic and mindful of what I was eating. That being said, I’m going through a good portion of my morning on an empty stomach. My first meal of the morning is at 10. I make Reese Witherspoon’s Green Smoothie Recipe (because who doesn’t love Reese Witherspoon) but add a little extra protein (almond milk instead of coconut water) and healthy fats (half an avocado.)
10:15. Clean House
There’s nothing quite like having a clean, organized house. While we save most of our deep cleaning tasks for the weekend, there are some everyday things that need to get done (dishes, straightening clutter, laundry, etc.) in order to keep our home in tip top shape.
10:45. Get Ready
During the summer, on casual days I don’t really “get dressed” or put on makeup. Most days, I spend my time in workout clothes or a bathing suit. That being said, I feel like it’s super important to have a moment in your morning routine to put on sunscreen. I’m trying to be more conscious about skin safety this summer and step one starts here.
11:00. Walk in the Woods
I was talking to a friend the other day and I came to the revelation that while sometimes I love going on a good, long run, most days, I don’t want to go. That being said, I don’t want to do something I dread just because I feel like I need to be “working out.” Exercise comes in many different shapes and forms. A long walk for example, does the trick for me. It’s all about getting your body moving.
12:00. Off to the Races
My morning ends around noon and then it’s off to the races for the day. Mostly yard work, some school prep for next year, etc. If you’d like to hear a little bit about what my week or evenings look like, leave a comment below!
This summer, I’m hoping to focus on consistency and productivity. Who knows, maybe by week three I’ll be so bored, I’ll have to get a summer day-job. Or maybe not.. 😉 Happy summer to all my fellow teachers out there!