People often ask me what my routine is and how I seem to get so much done a day. I have always been an early riser, so it is normal for me to wake at 4 AM or earlier. Before I leave my bed, I offer gratitude for the things in life that bring me joy. It’s hard to be grumpy with a smile on your face. Next, I start the coffee, drink a glass of filtered water, and do a few stretches to maintain balance and flexibility.
The workday begins at about 4:30 while I have coffee (no more than 2 cups per day). I answer emails, write a blog post, or pack orders until around 6:30, when I usually have breakfast (recipe here). When the weather is decent, I go for a long brisk walk around the neighborhood. After a shower, I get dressed and work until I break for lunch, which always includes light and healthy (examples here). I do not eat more food for the remainder of the day unless it is date night.
I return to work at around 3:00 and will continue until about 7:00. Work may include research, problem-solving for employees or customers, bookkeeping, ordering or receiving products, photo editing, a photoshoot, or an administrative task. I own two companies, four websites, and commercial property, in addition to blogging, so there is always something that requires decisions or attention.
Exercise can be part of every activity. I am very active throughout the day, going up and down the stairs as I walk at a fast pace. Mornings may also include errands such as going to the bank, Post Office, and grocery store or cleaning something in my home. I do not watch TV. At about 7:30 PM, I turn off my phone and computer screens and all overhead lights and start to read a book. I will read for about an hour before unwinding enough to fall asleep.
Cutting down on interruptions and prioritizing tasks allows me to accomplish more each day. For example, I try to check my Facebook feed and other social media no more than once per day, but I check messages and respond to questions three times a day. I am careful to control my time on Facebook and YouTube since it is too easy to fall into the “rabbit hole” and come out three hours later with nothing to show for it.
My wardrobe helps to save time as well. I wear the same classic separates all year round in various layers and with different accessories. It rarely takes me longer than five minutes to chose what to wear and get dressed for any event.
The look shown here was thrown together in about three minutes at the end of a full day. Mr. Mickey took me out to dinner, so I wore a black tank top and duster length cardigan from White House|Black Market from a few seasons ago. These are the Nic & Zoe pants I purchased at Nordstrom while I was recently on vacation in Florida. The shoes are by Sam Edelman a couple of years ago. The bag is also about three years old.
On date nights, I enjoy wearing more dramatic makeup and heels. My evening looks are often all black with a lower neckline than I would ever wear during the day, with a dramatic necklace or long earrings. My skincare and makeup are always from Beautycounter. My website is here. (I am a manager at Beautycounter.) I will receive a small commission if you purchase from my links.