• Johanna McFarland

The Ultimate Morning Routine!

Updated: May 13

Looking to freshen up your morning routine or get some morning routine motivation? Continue reading to learn how I start everyday and pick-up some tips for yourself.


I've been a morning routine person for close to 10 years. Over the years my routine has evolved and changed, but the goal of my morning routine has always stayed the same. I wake up for myself. Not for other people, not for my job. I wake up and show up for myself every single day. My morning routines have included everything like going to the gym, reading, meditating, doing at-home workouts, making breakfast, going for a walk. It's changed over the years, and that's probably the most important thing I've learned over the years of having a morning routine. It's good and okay that it changes from time-to-time. To say that I've had the same morning routine for the last 10 years would be a total lie and kind of messed up. Imagine doing the same thing over and over again. Isn't that part of a well-known definition of something? Its good to have a morning routine, and it's great that it changes over time!


I'm going to lay-out my current morning routine along with timing. It's important to note that I don't stick to these action items and times everyday, perfectly. The last thing I need to do is use my morning routine against me, and feel guilt if I don't keep up with it.


5:30am - ALARM. Most mornings I hit snooze once. I also take this time to listen to my body. If it's near the end of the week or I didn't sleep well, I'll skip some of my morning routine that day.


5:30am - 6:00am - Have water, take vitamins, prep my pre-workout drink, have some fruit.


6:00am - Get comfy on the couch with my pre-workout and Five Minute Journal.


I'm loving the Five Minute Journal right now. I've tried others like the Happy Planner, Danielle Laporte's Desire Map Planner, or just journalling on a big blank page. The Happy Planner gets your creative/crafting juices flowing - I loved customizing each week. The Desire Map Planner was my daily inspiration source, everyday was different and prompted me to really think about the different aspects of my life. Some mornings all I need is a massive lined piece of paper to just brain dump. The Five Minute Journal is perfect if you're looking for some condensed thought provoking journalling. It gets you to lay out what your grateful for, to do's, and affirmations. Everything is in three's so it's not too overwhelming. There's also space for you to check-in at night. I keep it in my night-stand so I can grab it easily in the morning and at night before I go to sleep. It's super efficient and makes it easy to set the tone for the day.


6:30am - 7:00am - Get dressed, do something with my hair, and head down to my building gym. I'm really lucky and super grateful to have the BEST building gym in the world. It's fully equipped, secure, and spacious. I couldn't ask for a better gym, there's really no excuses. I'll do a 30-40 min workout and sometimes I'll follow my workout with 30 mins in the Infrared sauna.


8:00am - 8:30am - I'm back in my apartment, having breakfast, and getting ready for work.


Then I'm ready to start my day! It's a couple hours for myself everyday and it's mine to control. I highly recommend waking up for yourself each day. Comment below with your morning routine! Also let me know if you have any questions on what I do to start my day.


xo Jo






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