Share your morning routine from the moment you wake-up to the the moment you open your first creative app (Sketch, PS, Illustrator, etc). If you have any workflows you use to make your mornings a bit easier, I would love to hear about them as well.
- Wake up
- Grab a brush and put a little makeup
- Hide the scars to fade away the shakeup
- Make some oatmeal, add blueberries, a dash of cinnamon and a spoon of stevia
- Go to the gym and workout
- Get home, eat rice with chicken / beef and a handful of broccoli, green beans or spinach
- Open up Sketch
Then I usually get distracted and start doing work at around 3 PM. Go to sleep at around 12 PM and tell myself I'm not going to get distracted the next day. Well, guess what...
The Chop Suey joke deserves many more upvotes.
Wow you focus on being healthy, but your routine would be a healthy one only if it didn't involve chicken (meat/diary)
You know, I can already tell that it would be useless to argue with you. Have a nice day.
- Wake Up
- Use the bathroom
- The world is my oyster.
- 7 AM waking up in the morning
- Gotta get fresh
- Gotta go downstairs
- Gotta have my bowl (gotta have cereal)
- Gotta get down to the bus stop
- Gotta catch my bus
- I see my friends
From there it gets pretty crazy. A lot of partying, a lot of fun. So excited.
- Kids wake me up
- Kids screaming
- Kids want to eat
- Kids don't finish their breakfast
- Kids don't wan't to brush their teeth
- Kids don't wan't to leave the house
- Drop off the kids
- Wake up
- Run 3-10 miles
- Gym for ~30 mins
- HN / DN
- 1 hour walk to work
Do you use a running app to log your runs?
I currently just use the Apple's Activity app which works well enough. I've tired Nike's app and a few other things, but none of them really stuck. I was actually considering switching to FitBit's app because if have a lot of friends with FitBits. That didn't last long though because FitBit and Apple don't get along so there is no direct integration from FitBit into HealthKit and vice versa without a 3rd party app.
2 hours of walking a day, that's awesome. Do you listen to a ton of podcasts on your commute?
Yeah, my Podcast list has all types of stuff. Design Details, Swift, Bitcoin, NPR How I built this, Machine Learning, and lots of podcasts around Swift and iOS development. I also have a couple of BS podcasts that are just entertaining.
I also use the time to call my Mom, Dad, family, friends, or whomever and catch up.
heck you must be ripped top to bottom
Nah, the snack wall at work kills all of that progress I make every morning :)
You dont' eat?
I eat when I get to work :). Usually oatmeal, fruit salad, cereal, granola, or yogurt.
- Wake up in a hurry > Damn i overslept again
- Bathroom usage Fast & Furious style
- Shower half asleep
- Public transport half asleep
- Buy a coffee > so good
- Smoke 3 cigs > hello darkness my old friend
- Turn on my icrap
- Reddit/ company's slack / DN / Dribbble
- Already noon > ohgodwhy.jpg
- Wake and splash water on face
- Brew tea/coffee
- Meditate. I use Insight Timer to listen to Tara Brach's 10 min meditation.
- Drink tea/coffee
- Look @ Gcal to review appointments/meetings, use it to block out time for work
- Write a bit in a Google docs "diary" to prime my brain, and separate out deep work tasks vs batch tasks (email)
- Start work
I like this
Try out Zazn meditation app for iOS and let me know what you think.
Noted. But all these meditation apps are getting me stressed out :p
I like Headspace, its also nicely designed.
What I've learnt about DN users:
Not many of you have kids...
Mornings aren't quite so free with kids!
That was your choice, childfree discrimination is rife.
Mine was an observation based on the comments I see.
I'm also making a statement based on my own experience of pre/post having kids.
Ben's original comment contained absolutely ZERO discrimination. Not sure when making an observation became an attack on anyone? Also, if you're that quick to jump to conclusions and get defensive, perhaps it's best to stay of the internet o_O
beep beep (8:30 AM)
- Punch snooze / turn off alarm (8:35 AM)
- Fall back to sleep
- Wake-up and be shocked at the time (8:59 AM)
- Make breakfast
- Check world news, appointments and e-mail on phone
- Bathroom and other stuff
- Search car keys / office keys / sunglasses (which ever is missing @ 9:29 AM)
- Jump in car (9:35 AM)
- Drive to the parking garage
- Walk to the office (9:59 AM)
- Arrive at office (10:05 AM - 10:10 AM)
- Prepare team briefing
- First stand-up meeting of the day (10:30 AM)
Pro-tip: Shower before you head to bed on weekdays. You'll sleep better and save time in the morning. Other than that I've accepted that even with a solid 8 or 9 hours of sleep I'm never going to be a morning person.
Try getting less sleep. No really. Everyone is different but generally you need about 7-8 hours of sleep. I notice if I get more than 7:30 I feel lethargic. As if I got too much sleep.
Might be worth a shot, thanks for the tip :)
Get up late, get to work late, slack off
• Wake up around 5am
• Take shower and get dressed
• Make lunches for my kids
• Walk or bike to train to commute into the city
• Get iced coffee
• When slammed, work on train... when not, read Monocle
• Get to work a little after 8am
At 5AM? That's when I go to sleep.
Ha! I'm actually more of a morning person. When I do freelance, I'm usually up at 1am or 2am to do it. Around 8pm a switch goes off with me... and my quality goes the way of the shitter.
- Wake up
- Sleep again
- Wake up (kinda for real this time)
- Run 5km or cycle for 20
- "Ok Google, play my morning playlist"
- Shower && Coffee
- "Ok Google, what its on my calendar today"
- Cycle 10min to work
- Standup at 10:30
Wake up. Smoke. Freshen up. Dress. Commute. Coffee. Smoke. Emails. Read work priorities. Stand up. Work.
- Roll outta bed
- Locate and peruse a shower
- Stumble into clothing
- Obtain a ham cheese toastie with my coffee on the way to work
- Give DN a gander
- Wade through an ocean of emails
- Get crackin'!
- Wake up @06:00
- Jump! Move!
- Grab a roll of clothes and head to shower.
- Brush, shave, grab duffel bag
- Walk to work, get breakfast on the way
- Wake up (usually ~6:30am)
- Feed the dog & cat
- Do one push up (Tracking my habit with Loop)
- Get dressed to go outside
- Pour some cold brew
- Take the dog for a walk (~:45)
- Get ready for work
- Pack breakfast/lunch
- Drive to work (~:15)
- Setup my laptop at my station
- Prepare my breakfast (avocado toast) and get more coffee/water from the kitchen
- Eat breakfast while checking email
- Write down my daily todo's
- Get started...
It's interesting to get insight into other people's routines, it's how I've evolved my own over years. Hearing what stuff they fit into their morning/afternoon/night motivates me to always be assessing and improving my habits.
avacado toast! wh000
Wake 'n' bake, strong coffee, do a skid leaving the carpark, then spend the day making shit look more pretty for people who don't know what do
Wake up when the Sun wakes up. Stretch and bike for half an hour. Get fresh. Eat healthy breakfast. Go through to-do list, then e-mails + newsletters. Read out loud the daily book summary on Blinkist.
Get to work.
- wake up still drunk for whatever i did last night
- check email
- realize i actually replied with perfect grammar during a party or something
- eat something usually boiled eggs with salt and pepper and a toast
- go to uni
i dont work until ~5pm the trick is to always stay a day ahead of the deadline
- Open MacBook
- Boot Windows 10
- Drink an Activize by Fitlineglobal.com
- Start Figma
- Start Adobe Brackets
- Design in Figma, then Code
- Go Home
- 5:30AM rise and grind
- 9AM arrive at work
- Eat again
- Coffee x Coffee x Coffee
- 9:30AM standup
- Work, work, work
- Wake up
- Catch up on Facebook, Instagram, HN on my phone in bed (45m - 1hr)
- Get out of bed, maybe have a shower
- Have cereal while watching YouTube
- Find any excuse not to have to start studying for my exams
- Maybe do a bit of side project work
Between 5am and 6am - Wakeup (because the dog stares at me in the morning because she has to go out.) - Feed and take dog out - hower & get dressed - Make lunch or pack stuff to make lunch at office (we have a big open kitchen, mostly everyone cooks) - Wake up wife, prepare her something quick for breakfast.
6am - 7-7:30am - Commute to work ( I live 70 miles away from my office ) - Curse at traffic on highway - Curse at in town traffic
7:30 - 8am - Grab a coffee and read Designer News for a bit
8am - 9am - answer emails, update projects in PM suite, read unread Slack messages, check any updates in GitHub
9am - Greet team every morning, grab more coffee
My super streamlined morning routine: 1. Wake up as late as possible 2. Shower as quickly as possible 3. Joylent (4 min breakfast) 4. Walk to subway.
Currently: 1. Wake up 2. Brush teeth 3. Stretches 30 minutes 4. Have tea 5. Eat 6. Go out Would like/need to fit in meditation after 3.
- Wake up [07:30]
- Give food and attention to cat [07:30 - 07:40]
- Shower and bathroom-stuff [07:40-08:00]
- Go back to bed to cuddle with cat and girlfriend [08:00-08:10]
- Make a cortado and eat a cracker [08:10-08:30]
- Put on clothes and fill backpack with laptop etc. [08:30-08:45]
- Say goodbye to cat and girlfriend [08:45-08:50]
- Longboard to train station [08:50-09:00]
- 15 minutes train to Amsterdam [09:00-09:15]
- Longboard to office [09:15-09:30]
- Arrive at office
- Check phone for the first time
- First alarm (7:35)
- Wake up (8/8:30)
- Check emails/DN/social
- Get dressed
- Feed dogs
- Cold Brew
- 15 minute drive to work (9:30-9:45)
- Stare at my screen until I'm actually awake (10-6pm)
Shit, Shower, Shave, Sketch(ing)
- Get woken up at about 5:30 by kids
- Put cartoons on and attempt to get more sleep
- Eventually have to get up because they've pooped themselves
- Walk 20 mins to my office and buy coffee on the way
- Wake Up
- Cold water shower
- 1.5 hr Yoga & Meditation
- Check out design blogs for 20min
- Go to work
Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition, and yawn and stretch and try to come to life.
7-ish: wake up 7:35-7:45: first-third alarms go off. Get dressed etc. 8:20ish: walk 15-ish minutes to transit to take me to work 9:05-ish: arrive at work, make coffee, fill a 1.5L bottle of water, and hole myself up in a room somewhere to check Designer News and work till Scrum at 10:30.
- Wake up (6:30a.m.)
- Drink a full glass of water
- Walk to work
- Eat breakfast and brew a Chemex
- Read for 30 minutes (Currently Happy City)
- Review calendar and make daily to-do
- Get working!
- Wake up (6am)
- Sync with developers overseas ~5 hours
- Breakfast (1-2pm)
- iBooks ~2 hours
- Push the Espresso button on coffee machine. Twice.
- Read and prioritise email on phone whilst waiting.
- Sit on balcony, drink coffee and have a cigarette, get short emails out of the way.
- Move to office, get cracking.
If it's a holiday, I bathe.
- Tell Alexa to stop the alarm, and give me flash briefing
- Get dressed
- Post for east coast stand up [8:30 am]
- Walk to MUNI, read feedly for news on commute (~40min)
- Roll up into office and make Avacado toast and grab a tea (dope office avacadoes)
- Prep stand up materials/show n tell
- Attend west coast stand up [10am]
- Wake Up
- Kettlebells (~15 min)
- Get dressed
- Drive to Work (~15 min) [Arrive: 8AM]
- Cold Brew
- Product Hunt/DN/Email/Slack
- Knock a few things out in Sketch
- First Standup [9:15AM]
- Wake up (5:40am)
- Drink cold brew
- Put on a podcast
- Drive to Crossfit or Gym
- Drive home
- Eat breakfast
- Drive to work (9:30am)
- Wake up
- Crossfit or a quick run
- Check email (and sometimes HN and DN)
- Start work
ps: I'm less focused during the day when I don't workout in the morning.
- Laze in bed for as long as possible while looking at my phone
- Hygiene stuff
- Dress myself
- Brew coffee (Chemex)
- Walk to work
Same, except work from home.