Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I literally go to bed excited to wake up in the morning and start my routine, which is a very abnormal thing to look forward to as a college student (I have been known to voluntarily choose 8 a.m. classes – crazy, I know).

How you spend your morning will set the tone for the rest of your day. A good start is always beneficial. If I’m a mess in the morning, I feel as though I spend the rest of the day trying to catch up. If I am intentional about my mornings, though, the day tends to go smoothly as well.

As a full-time college student juggling three jobs (and president of a national PR club because might as well add one more responsibility to my never-ending list), my mornings aren’t perfect. I have mornings where I wake up extra early to be productive before tackling the day, and mornings where I snooze my alarm eight times and am lucky if I have time to comb my hair before rushing out the door. Everyone will have a different routine that works for them, their life and their circumstances, but I thought I’d share my personal morning routine. I know I’m always interested to know what works for other people!

6:30 a.m.: wake up

I’m pretty strict on waking up. I don’t snooze my alarm because I know the longer I lay in bed, the harder it will be to get up — so I just rip the band-aid off and get it over with.

6:35 a.m.: skincare

I do most of my skincare routine in the evening (exfoliate, cleanse, serum and moisturize), which leaves witch hazel and moisturizer for the mornings. I love having refreshed, clean skin first thing in the morning!

6:37 a.m.: make my bed

I cannot stress this enough: having a neatly-made bed makes me feel like I have my life together. Making your bed in the morning will not only make your room look more put-together in general, but it will also lower your stress level and improve your mood.

6:40 a.m.: make breakfast

When it comes to breakfast, I like to keep it simple and easy. My go-to breakfasts consist of avocado toast (with everything seasoning from Trader Joe’s—literally takes it to a whole new level), a bagel or a parfait. And no breakfast is complete without coffee! My favorite coffee is the Starbucks blonde roast with the white mocha creamer, but recently I’ve just been using half & half and some chocolate syrup to make an iced mocha.

7:00 a.m.: devotion

Spending intentional time with Jesus every morning truly does change my attitude. I find that the early hours of the day offer a peace and stillness conductive to hearing from God. Doing my devotions in the morning is a sure way to put God first in my day.

7:30 a.m.: get ready

The last half hour of my morning routine is spent doing my hair, makeup and getting dressed! I’d drop a makeup routine, but I’m no YouTuber.

Does this morning routine happen every day? Absolutely not. I slack off, I wake up late, I mess up. But I give myself grace and I try again the next morning. And I tailor it to meet my life and my schedule. Everyone’s morning routines are going to look different, and it’s important to establish a routine that works for you and makes you happy! Here are some ideas for a healthy morning routine:

Don’t get on your phone right away.

About 80 percent of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up. The worst thing you can do to yourself right after waking up is shove a bright screen in your face. When you wake up and immediately check your phone, you’re bombarded with several notifications, which can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Avoiding checking your phone for at least 30 minutes after waking up will help you start your day calm and in control.

Create a to-do list for the day.

Creating a to-do list every morning will help you stay organized and productive throughout the day. A similar method I’ve been doing is writing down two goals I want to have accomplished by the end of the day.

Multitask your mornings.

Take advantage of your mornings by multitasking: making breakfast while catching up on podcasts, chatting with a friend during your commute to work or picking out your outfit while your coffee brews. This will leave you feeling happier and more productive.

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