4 Steps to a successful morning routine
Rise and Shine Everyone! Create an easy morning routine to boost your creativity for the whole day! A good healthy breakfast, Yoga, write some “morning pages” or spend 5 minutes in your Sketchbook.
I am not exactly a morning person because when the alarm goes off I will just stretch a little and sleep for another 10 minutes, If I smell coffee it will make it so much easier to get up. And, If I am given a mug of coffee in bed I will be happy for the rest of the day.
The things happening in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. The coffee is so important to me so I added in some more of the good stuff.
Below you will find the best tips to make sure you get more creative!
However, there are so many better ways to start your day than by following the usual patterns. Yes, you can journal, exercise, read, or meditate.
1. Fuel up with a healthy breakfast!
Nutrition experts have for years said that a healthy breakfast provides the energy you need to start the day. Get the most out of your mornings with these 12 healthiest foods for breakfast. Read more The 12 Best Foods to Eat in the Morning
- Greek yogurt
- Chia seeds (The new “it thing” )
- Green tea
- Protein shake or smoothie.
I will spend 10 minutes yoga before I begin drawing or work on the morning pages. To clear my mind through yoga has been immensely helpful for preparing me for the day and keeping my focus, and just as wonderful is that it kept me strong and fit. Here is a quick and good yoga lesson that I like.
- Flexibility and stress relief are the most popular reasons for starting yoga.
- 36 million Americans practice yoga.
- There are thought to be 300 million yoga practitioners worldwide.
- Between 2012 and 2016 the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%.
- Good benefits especially for those suffering from back pain.
3. Morning pages
Many creative people like to do this first thing every morning. (This technique is also known as morning pages, have a look at Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages. ) a practice devised by Julia Cameron that clears my mind and helps to clarify what I want out of life. if you put the time and effort into the writing it will help you to get a productive day.
To do your own Morning Pages, simply sit down and write three pages. They can be about anything just write each and every day. If you want to learn more How To Mind Dump
- What I am grateful for
- What I am going to do today
- Daily affirmations
- Great things that happen yesterday
- One thing I could improve upon
- Morning pages
Here is a quick introduction on what to sketch.
You want to approach your sketchbook with a sense of presence and actually enjoy what you’re doing it. I like to date each page in your sketchbook. This helps to see the progression over a longer time, and it will create a visual diary of each year.
The main thing to remember is your project is about getting productive, So just create anything. I would suggest taking some inspiration from the video below of the “Design 100 Somethings”. And here is how you can manage to do it without even worrying that you don’t have time. Make a sofa studio.
Here are some methods and examples
- Set 5 minutes for a page. (You can always do more.)
- Try your hand at different media. Sketch the same thing on 4 different pages, and try 4 new styles.
- Do the same drawing but change the materials, for example. Pencil, pen, watercolor, and collage.
- Choose a main color each day and experiment or try this!
- Experiment with new art materials.
- You can do some stupid scribbles on a piece of paper for a minute or two before you tackle the sketchbook.
- Not everything in your sketchbook has to be a drawing. Take some notes, write to-do lists or collect quotes but spice it up with your doodles and drawings.
You can limit the sketchbook to be on one subject. You can pick something you love and that makes you smile. It’s easy to start and easy to finish.
Here are some ideas
- Your breakfast
- Draw with your left hand
- Draw a cartoon of what you did yesterday.
- Draw Faces
- Join a challenge. There are many great challenges out there you can do, you can do a 30-day challenge and draw something new every day from a list of 30 words.
You can join a timed artistic challenge on Instagram you can always new challenges that are on “now”. The fun on Instagram is that you will share your work, have a look at this hashtag #Inktober . Challenges like this will make you much more likely to commit. Here is a link to Pinterest for more ideas.
Some of the challenges I know are
And now if you try these easy steps, at least 3 of them, then tomorrow your creative juices are sure to flow!
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