The Perfect Morning Routine for Bloggers and Freelancers
My morning routine is one that I’ve spent the last months figuring out. When thinking about sharing this, I wanted to design a morning routine for bloggers, freelancers, or people who don’t have traditional 9 to 5 jobs. While I’ve had to get over a bit of jetlag after getting back from Munich, I’m happy that I set up my routine. Today, I’m going to share it with you and hopefully, you can find some inspiration here. It’s definitely not perfect and will absolutely change once I move to London, but once that happens I’ll update this post!
8:00 – Wakeup!
The day waits for no one! I do like to sleep in til about 8 if I can help it as I do go to bed pretty late. I’m a night owl, but my body will naturally wake up around 8-8:15 without me having to do much. Once I’m up, I try not to touch my phone other than to turn on some light music or a podcast, but my Alexa allows me to do that without having to actually touch my phone. I get up, wash my face, brush my teeth, and toss on my gym kit. While I get ready, I check my planner to see what’s on the docket for the day. I fill it in right before bed to ensure it’s accurate.
8:20 – Workout
I try to start my day with a workout. Whether it’s using the spin bike in my front room, yoga, or just dancing to some music for 40 minutes, this is a great way for me to start my day. It also wakes me up and forces me to actually get my butt up and do something. While this does mean I start the work I have for the day a little later, it’s worth it. On days that are sunny, I do like to go for a little run up the street, for a mile or two, just to get outside. With the pandemic, this is about the extent I get out of my house other than the grocery store.
9:00 – Shower
Pretty self-explanatory. After a good sweat, I gotta shower and change into something comfy
9:15 – Breakfast + Work Blocks 1 & 2
I break my day up into a couple of work blocks! Normally, I’ll pop my coffee on the stove and check my notifications and emails while it brews. Once that’s done, I’ll make myself an iced coffee and venture to the office. My work blocks range from 25-30 minutes, with 5-minute breaks. This will take me up to about 10 am in my morning routine, which is when I do my first break. These first two work blocks are mostly admin work, like responding to comments, sending pitches, responding to emails, or similar tasks.
10:00 – Stretch break!
I use Headspace and take a 5-7 minute stretch break because I sit a lot during the day. We all do. I’ll check my planner again to ensure I’m staying task. Normally this is when I try to work on things that are a little more fun! The 10 am hour is when I do my daily language practice with Babbel, listen to an audiobook or Headspace. This is an hour to reset before I get back to serious work.
11:00 – Work Blocks 3 & 4
Back to work and this is my writing time. I normally try to work on the concepts for blog posts, Instagram scheduling, or other blog-related things at this time. Staying consistent in this time means that I know that this is creative time. If there’s a Tik Tok or Reel I need to schedule or record, I do it during this time and will often even try to edit it from start to finish. These work blocks are when I put blog posts onto my site, moving them from drafts to scheduled posts. This is an essential part of my day and helps me maintain consistency in my creating.
12:00 – Another Stretch Break and Scheduling
Scheduling is a major part of what I do. Every week I schedule 30-40 pins for the next few weeks. Most of these match up to blog posts which do help, but sometimes I have to get creative. Creating, drafting copy, and scheduling these pins takes a lot of time, so I’m really focused on blocking out time for this. After this hour is up, I have to eat!!!
My mornings are truly my creative time! Unless I have another work commitment, since I’m a freelancer at the moment, I really set my own schedule. In the afternoon, I work on not-so-creative aspects of work, like managing the campaign I’m working on locally. I hope this little window into my morning shows you a little more of what goes on in being a content creator and I hope you enjoyed it! If you’re a blogger and you enjoyed this morning routine for bloggers, let me know in the comments below! If you have your own version of a morning routine for bloggers, I’d love to see it! I hope you enjoyed it and if you want other tips on how to be productive, feel free to join my email list below and you’ll get lots of new tips!