Camille Styles

Living Kindly

How To Build A Morning Routine

July 20th, 2017

Living kindly. Let’s talk about this for a second. I get asked quite a bit, What does living kindly mean? And the truth is, living kindly means something different for everyone. When I started this column two years ago, the focus was sharing my weight loss story, and how I made a pact to be kind to myself during the process. I had to learn to drop the shame, regret, and embarrassment around my weight. It’s since evolved into a column focused on not just being kind to myself from a health and wellness perspective — but in all areas of my life. While the content changes, one thing remains constant: learning to respect yourself and come from a place of patience and love will make you a better friend, partner, parent, sibling, colleague, boss, and human. That is living kindly to me. Be kind to yourself, and in turn you’re nice to others.

While I’ve talked about the importance of building a personal advisory board in the past, this month I want to talk about how you can set yourself up for success on your own. I’m a firm believer that what you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day — from your mood to productivity, and everything in between. One of my favorite questions to ask anyone I admire is: what does your morning routine look like? Typically, most of my boss-lady friends don’t just have a 9-5 job. Most have a side hustle, children, creative projects, and more. It’s amazing to me how they balance their day and what they consider to be important to their success. I’ve been collecting tips from everyone — friends, mentors, Tim Ferriss podcasts, and more. I’m happy to say with a little advice and a lot of trial-and-error, I’ve finally perfected my own routine. Here’s how I set myself up for a productive day.

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  1. Eva says:

    These are SUCH great tips! Thank you! Working from home is such a struggle when that early morning time can quickly become mid-day and I’m still working on breakfast. Regularity is really important, as is scheduling my time and good sleep/workout habits.

  2. I definitely want to work on my morning routine by including some yoga.. to give me energy throughout the day.

  3. Giselle says:

    Great advice. Simple and seemingly easy to follow. Thanks!

  4. Dalal says:

    Great tips, morning routines set the tone for the rest of the day, especially when you work from home. The most important tip I would say is the to-do list.

  5. Love setting a routine for my mornings. I will immediately start tomorrow with the workout before logging in. Great idea. I always derail my morning yoga.

  6. I absolutely love this post!

  7. I’m going to aim to get up in the mornings now to get to the gym. I think it would be so good for my routine!

  8. Living kindly is such a beautiful motto! I try to set up for my day during the mornings and adding that little reminder in the morning will bring so much peace to my day. I also really loved the last tip, looking at my goals on a daily basis motivates me and reminds me why I am where I am and helps me keep moving forward!

  9. Shelley says:

    Finally a ‘morning routine’ article that’s honest and wel-written. I love it! Not those captain-obvious tips that don’t really help at all, because yes I know I shouldn’t hit snooze, but I do it anyway. Keep writing these posts!

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