How to Rise and Slay

July 20, 2017

This post is for my girls who rise and grind Monday through Friday. If you wake up early and go to bed late, and have a packed schedule in between this post is for you. I know how demanding it can be to take classes full time or work a 9 ot 5. I’m going to share my best tips for making the most of busy mornings and slaying each and every day. At the end of this post, you might not be a morning person but you’ll be a person who owns her mornings!

Lay Out Your Clothes and Pack Your Lunch the Night Before!

Picking your outfit and preparing your lunch the night before can easily help you save up to 30 minutes in the morning! I have a mannequin that I use to display my outfits for the next day ( ย I promise, I’m not always this extra!) and I generally choose my clothes for the week on Sunday night. In addition, I pack simple, healthy lunches the night before and store them in the fridge overnight. Doing this takes off a lot of stress in the morning because I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to wear or what I’ll have for lunch that day!

Wake Up on The First Ring!ย 

I know that your morning alarm is likely as unwanted as a creepy Tinder message but you’ve gotta listen to it because it’s your key to a productive morning. I lose so much time when I hit snooze, and whenever I fall back asleep I end up even more tired and disoriented than I was when I first woke up. I have concluded that although it’s kind of painful, it really pays to get your butt out of bed on that first awful chime. Just do it! You’ll be giving yourself a head start that you can use to build a cheery and productive day.

Oils Are Essential

I love mixing 1-2 drops of my favorite essential oils into my moisturizer in the morning! This is such a good way to perk up and add a boost to your morning routine. Simply pump out a pea sized amount of moisturizer, add a few drops of oil, warm between your hands and apply to your tired little face. The aroma from the oil is sure to refresh you and wake you right up. The oils you use should be all natural and adding such a small amount to your entire face will not give your any trouble (Just to be safe start off with a tiny drop!). My favorite oils to do this with are lavender oil and a special blend of essential oils designed to boost energy!

Put On a Great Playlist

I don’t know about you but an amazing playlist takes my morning from terrible to terrific! I can’t seem to frown or be the least bit grouchy when I’m jamming out to upbeat summer songs. I listen to music throughout my entire morning routine and I recommend that you do too! It’s sure to set the mood for a great day!

Add Something Fun to Your Look!

I love makeup so I’ll be really excited to get out of bed if I know that I’m going to add a little something extra to my makeup routine! When I’m in a rush I love to play up one of my features and add a pop of color. You could go with a bubblegum pink blush, blue eyeshadow or orange lips – whatever you choose to do just make sure you have fun!

Get Your Brew On!

There’s nothing like a little coffee or tea to wake you up in the morning. If you’re a lucky duck who has a Keurig, pre-set that baby so you can wake up to the dreamy aroma of Americano! I am not blessed with a magical coffee making machine so I generally brew myself a little morning cup of tea. Having a warm beverage is sure to calm down your morning as your prep for a hectic day!

Set Some Timers (And Beat Them)!

The best way to streamline your morning routine is to figure out exactly how long each part of it takes! I like to set timers for each part of my morning and see if I can beat them. For instance, I generally take 10 minutes to brush my teeth and wash my face and 5 to check/post on social media. Start to take notice of how long it takes you to do things and hold yourself accountable by setting that timer! This will also help you pinpoint the points during your morning where you are wasting the most time. The best part is if you speed and beat the time you could come out with 10-15 extra minutes on your hands!

Leave a comment telling me your favorite part of your morning routine!

73 Comments

  • Bablofil

    July 20, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Thanks, great article.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:19 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicol Living

    July 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t have experience with oils. I like your idea of a few drops in the moisturizer. Brew & tunes always the best combo to start the day off right.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      I totally agree! Thanks for reading!

  • elsie

    July 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    This was an interesting post to read. I snooze too much and you are right about waking up even more disoriented! I have however been packing my lunches so thats a good thing! thanks for the notes!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, I’m glad you found it interesting! Snoozing always makes me start my day off on the wrong foot!

  • Tanvi Rastogi

    July 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I need to get into Essential Oils. Love your tips.

    โฅ tanvii.com

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Sandra Negron

    July 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Such a cute and inspirational post! Definitely gave me the push to rise and slay everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      I’m so glad! Thanks for reading!

  • Hannah

    July 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    this is definitely helpful, i always find myself hitting snooze!
    xo, hannah
    hannahwithacamera.com

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      Haha me too, it’s just so tempting!

  • Samantha erickson

    July 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    These are such fun tips! Thanks for sharing!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed!

  • maria

    July 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    These are some very good tips! I like to put on the news in the morning so I can see what the weather will be before I leave the house. Great tunes and my tea in hand is another great way to wake up the senses.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      That’s such a great idea! I’ve gotten caught in the rain so many times because I didn’t check the weather ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annaliese

    July 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve been listening to different playlists in the mornings lately and it’s a lot of fun!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      The right songs can make a Monday feel like a Friday!

  • Marvina Stedge

    July 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Great tips. I work nights so I have to really plan things out so I can sleep during the day. It can be really hard, but I love listening to podcasts all of the time, and I love pinterest to get me going in the morning. I also love meditation, yoga and reading. Coffee is a must for me at night since I work all night long…and then some sort of a drink like tea in the morning.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Wow it must be so nice to have so much free time in the morning! And I’m with you, coffee is a must have for long nights!

  • Michelle

    July 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I do all of these except the oils. I’ll have to buy some and try it soon. Thanks for the tip! Great post!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks for reading!!

  • Jordyn

    July 20, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Setting timers sounds like it is a great way to get going in the morning. I also find it really helpful when I pack my lunch and plan my outfits in advance.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Timers really help with time management and planning the night before is essential!

  • D at Be you and thrive

    July 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Mine is journaling, reading, and training!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      That sounds lovely! I would love to add a little workout to my morning routine!

  • Nicole Booz

    July 20, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Music helps me so much!! I just get groovin’ and it really wakes me up. Along with coffee, of course! I love diffusing lavender and frankincense at night time. It helps me sleep better and I wake up feeling more rested.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Diffusing oils sounds like a lovely way to wind down! I’ll have to try!

  • nicholle demag

    July 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    If I didn’t pick out my outfit the night prior I would be perpetually late!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:18 am

      You and me both ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shauna Walker | shaunacoleman.com

    July 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I read that successful people wake up before 6 am. Every since I read that I always wake up super early before my alarm goes off. At first it was annoying but now I take advantage of getting so much done!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:04 am

      I love the feeling of waking up before my alarm, it really sets the tone for a productive day!

  • Theresa

    July 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    YES YES YES to all of your tips! I have been trying to stick to a similar list everyday. I don’t really drink coffee so I always make myself a smoothie the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight to give me an extra boost of vitamins in the morning.
    Sending love from Austria,
    Theresa

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Thanks girly! Love the smoothie idea, that would be amazing right before a workout!

  • Laura

    July 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    OMG! I am with you! I have to do everything the night before then when I wake up I’m only responsible for doing my hair and getting dressed!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:08 am

      YES! It makes the morning easy breezy!

  • Meg

    July 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    great tips! key for me is to open up the curtains and sit up as soon as the alarm goes off – if i hit snooze i feel worse! also, drink a big glass of water before my first cuppa, so that i keep properly hydrated!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:10 am

      Love the idea of drinking water before coffee, definitely gonna try that!

  • Amanda Faber

    July 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I prep all of my lunches on Sunday’s and this has helped me so much. I love getting up early and I now do it now even on the weekends. I love a jam packed schedule. Great tips!!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Haha I’ve yet to commit to early mornings on the weekend but I’ve been so busy lately that I might!

  • Christa

    July 21, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Coffee first, we can discuss the rest of my day after that!! I love the playlist idea, I’ll add that to while drink my coffee!!!!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Coffee and music are the perfect duo for a great morning!

  • Chrissey Bui

    July 21, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I’m definitely going to try your tips with the oils, I have a few sitting around my room that I should really utilize! I love all the advice and tips you gave!

    Chrissey

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:12 am

      I really love that tip! I hope it works well for you too!

  • Kait

    July 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

    if anyone is EVER having a hard time getting up on the first ring… download one of Jocko’s motivational ringtones. I swear they’re awesome! My husband loves them & they help him get up to go to the gym at 4am every day.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/psychological-warfare/id1183222322

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:13 am

      Thanks, I’ll have to look into it because I definitely fight my alarm!

  • Robin

    July 21, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I love these tips! I’ve discovered many of the same secrets–buying a big jug of iced coffee that I pour before I even open my eyes in the morning; listening to a podcast while I get ready; picking out my clothes the night before (always with something fun, as you suggested!); and also making all of my breakfasts and lunches for the week on Sunday so I just have to grab my mason jars from the fridge and head off to the train. I’m currently working on not hitting snooze anymore by not setting alarms on my phone–I set them on my Amazon Echo instead, which is in the kitchen (forcing me to get out of bed and go get my coffee 5-15 minutes earlier!).

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

      I’ve got to do a better job preparing my breakfasts the night before! I’m currently taking the train to so it’s really nice to have a cheery start to my day before I leave the house! And setting your alarm far away is an excellent idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenny

    July 21, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Love these tips! I wish I could wake up with my first alarm haha.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:41 am

      Haha don’t we all :). It’s nearly impossible!

  • Shannon

    July 21, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Right up my alley. I have essential oils – I’m going to try adding it to my moisturizer. Great tips, thanks!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:43 am

      Essential oils are great because they’re natural and have tons of uses, I love them! Thanks for reading!

  • David Elliott

    July 21, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Getting up can be so difficult in the morning. And that first ring is like a creepy tinder message as a turn off. But you really need to get up with that first one and get moving. It does get easier.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:49 am

      I agree! Once you get going, it’s all uphill!

  • Kate

    July 21, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Awesome list! Esp love the essential oils tip. Ive been trying to incorporate more into my routine and cant wait to try this!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:48 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the post!

  • Amrita

    July 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Get up on the first alarm sound is something I need to do .The music always helps and I lay out my clothes out too!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:47 am

      I can relate, that first alarm can be a rude awakening!

  • Swati

    July 21, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Great article and one of the best reminders I give myself – decide what to wear and keep that ready the night before. If possible, also the accessories you want to wear with it

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:44 am

      Thank you! I love putting my entire outfit together the night before, it’s actually relaxing for me!

  • Cameron – Diary of a Southern Millennial

    July 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    These are great tips! My issues is definitely waking up with my alarm – if I don’t get out of bed I end up stuck there haha. But once I’m up I’m good to go! Having my coffee pot on a times has also been amazing – I can have it brewed right when my alarm goes off and the smell def helps me wake up!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:46 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed! There’s nothing better than waking up to freshly brewed coffee!

  • Ashlen

    July 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I love this, a great job waking up and getting ready for the day. I need to try some of these!

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 12:43 am

      That sounds so delightful, thanks for reading!

  • Amanda

    July 21, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I am all about the oils too! I have a great facial oil that has EO’s like grapefruit and lime for that extra picker-upper in the mornings. Great post!

  • Courteney Noonan

    July 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I always pack my lunch the night before so it’s one less thing I have to do but I can never ever wake up on the first ring! I have to snooze at least once haha

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I try to tell myself I’ll snooze once but the next thing I know I’ve slept an extra hour!

  • Veronika Sykorova

    July 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I find that putting on a happy upbeat playlist in the morning really helps me ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the tip with the essential oils, I usually do that in the evening with something like lavender to wind down.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Lavender is so lovely and relaxing, thanks for reading!

  • Maryanne | the little epicurean

    July 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Great tips! It definitely helps to pick out my clothes the night before.

    1. lailaanne.co

      July 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nina Tekwani

    August 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I looooove these tips, especially the essential oil one! I run social media for an essential oil company so that one spoke to my heart!!

    1. lailaanne.co

      August 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks Nina!

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