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Have an Effective Morning Routine - Monday Tips with Nora


I haven't posted in a while and my inconsistency started to bug me, so I've come to a solution.

I feel the best when I update on my blog daily because it makes me feel as if it's really my job as I want it to be. So why not speak it into the existence!

I got this post inspiration from a very popular Norwegian blogger Annijor who I really look up to and decided to make this a weekly series on my blog, too. 

Each Monday I will be giving you a tip or two on different topics. Mostly surrounding beauty, fashion, and productivity. For the first part, I've decided to give you a tip on having an effective morning routine.

Although mine is not 100% perfect, I think it's still effective for a good start of the day.


Tip no. 1 -  Your morning routine starts the night before



I always thought morning routine was just a morning routine, but that's not quite right.

I've realized that you can't have a good morning routine if you don't have a good night routine. Why? Good night sleep. You can't sleep three hours a night and make the next day productive. At least not in a long run.

Before I go to bed - which is around 22:00/10 pm, I have a night routine. For that, I'll make a special post. I fall asleep before 23:00/11 pm on most days. I feel the best when I get enough sleep, which is around 7:00-8:00 hours. Everybody's different, you might need more or less. 


Tip no. 2 - Wake up early and meditate 


Meditation helps me realize what my goals are and how I can get them. I actually think while meditating - if you want a more detailed post on that, let me know. 

But the problem is that when you wake up early, meditation could make you fall back asleep. That is why I cheat a bit and look at my phone for 5 minutes to wake up better. After that, I put my headphones on and find some soothing meditation music on YouTube and listen. 

I usually meditate for 10 minutes, more or less.


One of my breakfasts; oatmeal with blueberries and cinnamon

Tip no. 3 - Get out of bed and shower


After I finish meditating, I immediately get out of the bed. To refresh myself, I must shower in the morning. It makes me feel clean and ready to start a new day. This takes about 5 to 15 minutes, really depends on a day. 

Then, I put my clothes on and do my makeup and usually, I leave my hair to dry naturally unless I'm leaving the house right after. 

Tip no. 4 - Eat a healthy breakfast, but add coffee to it, too


Some people do intermit fasting, either on purpose or not, but I think eating breakfast is better, especially a healthy one. Although I'm trying to avoid sugar, I still need my oatmeal in the morning

Up until today, I would eat a banana with it, but I've decided to go for less and had an apple instead. I also added a tablespoon of blueberry protein powder and a teaspoon of butter to it. 

Protein and fats are important in a healthy diet.


Just a first page of my bullet journal, full post on it soon

Tip no. 5 - Set goals for the day


Goal setting is a crucial thing to do if you want to be successful in life. And who doesn't? 

I take my bullet journal - which I'll share with you in the following days - and write my goals, to-do list and review my schedule. I gotta be in control of what happens in a day when it comes to work and duties. In the free time, I don't mind doing random things.


And those are my morning tips for you guys. What follows is starting my day by doing something. I either go for a walk, clean around the house, write or take care of my au pair kids. 


Do you like these tips? Do you have a morning routine? Leave a reaction below and tell me in the comments!


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