How To Have a More Productive Morning (with Woolly Threads!)

It’s no secret that I like to be the early bird that gets the worm, and with me putting my life all over the Internet, you guys have noticed! I’m the person who will respond to your text at 6:30 a.m., post a picture of my breakfast by 8, and already have 10 minutes of vlog footage before most of the city is up.

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This post has been sponsored by Woolly Threads. All thoughts and opinions are my own! 

Mornings have always been the time where I’m at my best. I used to get so excited in high school if I happened to get my harder classes in the morning (like senior year when I had AP calc first period …yikes!) because I’m more alert then. (But Calculus still sucks.)

Today, I’m passing on my early bird wisdom to you! With school starting soon, I know a lot of us are thinking about how to change gears and start being more productive in the mornings.

Go to bed earlier

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Outfit: Woolly: Woolly Threads / Leggings: Nike

Ya’ll – this is the first step!! Honestly, you can’t expect to have a workout done and 7 emails answered by 8 a.m. if you went to bed at midnight. Try to get yourself on a good sleep schedule! Most nights, you don’t have much to do after 10:30, so don’t be staying up when you can be resting.

Have a reason to get up

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Bedroom decor: Pillow: Bed Bath and Beyond / Dreamcatchers: Cassie’s Shop

This sounds silly, but from personal experience, if I don’t have a reason to get up early, I won’t. (I mean, I still wake up fairly early just because my body won’t let me sleep past 8. But I’m not just going to get up at 6 to sit and stare at a cup of coffee.) Having early classes helps, but I know not all of us have them. Instead, try to schedule a work out class or meet up with a friend to go work at a coffee shop. If you have somewhere to be – you’ll get up and start moving!

Make your to-do list the night before

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Lamp: Target / Planner: Erin Condren LifePlanner

When I know that I have a full to-do list just waiting for me to cross things off, I am more likely to move faster. If I haven’t even thought about what I need to do that day, there’s gonna be a whole lot of me singing 70s music on snapchat and ignoring responsibilities. Before you go to bed, get your planner out and schedule out the next day!

Schedule your chill time in the afternoon

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“Bloggers Gonna Blog” Print: Chicfetti / Woolly: Heathered Garnet Woolly

You’ll find that your mornings are so much more productive when you’re working towards getting an hour of quiet time. I’m typing away on my computer until lunch and then I know I can slow down after that! After lunch, I’ll be able to work a bit slower, and even take time to take a nap, go get coffee with a friend, or just sit in my room and watch some YouTube videos.

Wear a comfy outfit that you can still leave the house in!

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like my day is officially starting when I change into real clothes and not a giant t-shirt. However, it kind of bums me out to put on something uncomfortable. I need a good in between: something that is as comfy as my pj’s, but looks cute and can be worn out of the house without any weird stares, haha! I have absolutely been loving my Woolly Threads sweatshirts. I don’t care if it’s 105 outside – I’m always cold inside! (If you watch my vlogs, you know!) Plus, being so comfy makes me feel happy about being up and about, and I don’t miss my bed as much!

Have a designated workspace

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I’m a desk gal. Sitting in a spot where I have all my study supplies and room for a cup of coffee really helps me to get work done. Yours might be your couch, the kitchen table, or your favorite coffee shop. Whatever it is, make sure you have all the necessary supplies handy and that you’re comfortable for tackling your inbox or writing a paper!

Exercise in the morning

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Roll up tee: Woolly Threads

I love getting a workout in first thing in the morning! It wakes me up better than a cup of coffee and it gives me a feeling of accomplishment before I even get to my desk for the day. You don’t have to go run 5 miles or even hit the gym, any workout will do! So walk your dog or do a quick workout video online! Just get moving and you’ll carry that momentum throughout your morning.

Minimize distraction

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I’ve talked about this on the blog before, but I try not to check my phone too much in the morning! With working out first thing in the morning, I already devote the whole first hour I’m up to something other than scrolling through Instagram. If I do check it, it’s only for a couple minutes, since I have that motivation to get a lot done before noon. And also as I’ve said before, I have all social media notifications turned off, so that I don’t get distracted. I can always take time to get on social media in the afternoon since I’ve gotten so much done in the morning!

Good luck to those headed back to school this week and those that have started! Let’s have some productive mornings! 

X,

Cristina

  • I’m about to share this will all of my non-morning person friends. They’re all so confused about why I go to bed at 10, get up a 6 to go workout, and schedule all my classes for the morning. All of these tips are so spot on!

    • cristina

      Haha thank you!! I know, people think I’m insane, but it’s so great to go to bed early like a grandma and get up and get things done, LOL! 🙂

  • I’ve been waiting for this post!!! First off, cannot wait to start doing these tips. I would LOVE to get things done by 8; you still have the entire day! I’m also LOVING these pictures, your new room is SO cute!

    Shelby // thegolddime.com

    • cristina

      Thank you so much Shelby! Come visit 🙂

  • I am a huge morning person, I get up super early every day. Im suck in my routine but I get a ton of stuff done in the morning which is super good. I love that first sweater it is super cute.

    http://xoxobella.com

  • I love Wolly Threads! I have a sweatshirt from there and it was one of my faves!

  • I love these tips and definitely need to utilize them! I’ve been so bad about going to bed late recently, and I hate it because I love sleep! I think making a to-do list the day before is such an awesome tip!

  • These are amazing tips! I go to bed early and get up early, but my mornings are never all that productive. I’m definitely trying some of these tips x

  • Great tips, girl! As someone who’s starting to become more of a morning person, I can totally relate to a bunch of them!
    -Anna | http://www.fivefootandfabulous.com

  • I can relate to almost everything you shared in this! I’m totally a morning person and working out when I wake up is a great way to make me fully awake and ready to go! I’m also a desk person; I can’t work if I’m not at one! That’s so cool that you have all social media notifications turned off! I usually just turn my phone on do not disturb so I can’t hear them go off, but still see them on the screen. Your way seems smarter though!

    • cristina

      Yes working out first thing is my favorite, too! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Great tips, girl! I am slowly but surely working my way towards becoming more of a morning person although it hasn’t been easy/

    xoxo, Jenny

  • I also love mornings but only if I get to bed early. I make a goal to be in bed and asleep by 10:30 every night so I can feel well rested and alert in the morning!

  • Love these tips! I have always been a morning person — it feels so much better to wake up, get things done right away, and then have the rest of the day still!

    These pictures are too cute, too!

    xx emily
    baublesandbrunch.com

  • All these tips are great! Having a reason to get up early is such a good motivator!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • You make a good point about needing a reason to wake up early!! I do much better in the mornings if I have motivation to get me through the day.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • These Woolly sweatshirts are so incredibly cute! I need to go get myself one, especially that purple-ish one, it’s so adorable! I love wearing my comfy clothes around the house too. I definitely agree that I’m more productive if I change out of my pajamas (aka big tshirt lol). These are such great tips, Cristina! Will definitely use them as I try to inch my way into becoming a morning person!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

  • These are all such great tips Cristina! I know getting my butt out of bed and to my desk always changes things for me! I definitely am not a “morning person” but feel so much better when things move forward at a good pace.

    – Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

  • A designated workspace is key to getting stuff done in the morning! I also love sleep and going to sleep early is a must for me!

    Tori

  • Amy

    Such great tips! Never thought of making a to-do list the night before, need to try this! Also your Woolly looks SO cozy!!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • These sweaters look SO comfy + cozy. Going to search the site right now!

    Such great tips about being a morning person, and I’m glad I’m not alone in making a list to help you get moving in the am! I think it’s one of the best ways to actually wake up!

    xx, Jamie | theblonderlife.com

  • This is great! I am actually thinking of doing some sort of 21 day challenge to get up in the morning even earlier so I can get even more done in my day.

  • I always need to work on getting to bed earlier! Thanks for this post!!

    MaryClaire || Mainly MC 

  • I am SO not a morning person, so this post was definitely needed for me.
    Thanks for sharing all these awesome tips!!

    XO,
    Sami || sparkleandshinesami.com

  • Super cute sweater! I always like to make my to do lists the night before because then I feel like I can brain dump everything before walking away from work. I also feel better prepared for the day ahead and find that it reminds me of where I left off.

    Tori | chasethewritedream.com