Ani Blinova’s Morning Routine

Ani BlinovaAni Blinova is COO of Wink Frozen Desserts, a low-calorie frozen dessert (that’s free of pretty much everything) based out of New York City.

What is your morning routine?

5:30-6:00am: My alarm wakes me up somewhere in this time frame. I quickly shut it off so it doesn’t wake my fiancé. I get up, stretch a bit, and walk to the bathroom. I splash my face with cold water, put in my contacts, and throw on my gym clothes (which I prepped the night before). I look over my e-mail and make sure there’s nothing pressing I need to attend to. I also check Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

6:00-6:45am: Next I walk into the kitchen and make myself a glass or two of fresh lemon water. I plug in my kettle to make some coffee using a French Press – it tastes best that way! While the water’s heating up, I prep my house for the day. If there’s laundry and/or dishes to be put away, I do that first. I walk the dog. I’ll do whatever cleaning wasn’t done the night before. By then, the water is hot and the coffee is ready (thank goodness). I take my coffee into the office and look at my to-do list (which I prepped the night before). I mark off my top three tasks of the day. I know that if I do these three tasks, I’ll feel accomplished at the end of the day. If there’s some more time and I feel inclined, I read the news.

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Michael Spinali’s Morning Routine

Michael SpinaliMichael Spinali is a husband, father, and writer of fiction from Newport Beach, California.

What is your morning routine?

My morning routine begins at 5:00am, a time suggested in a random Elmore Leonard video, rather than invented by me. Once I’m awake I brush my teeth and walk downstairs to begin my fiction writing.

Those days, the tired days, having ten minutes to myself is a treat before I confront the blank page. I never prepare for the morning, there’s no pre-write; just spontaneous words on the page. Amazingly, a short while later, it’s done. During the 30-60 minutes it takes to write, edit, and publish that day’s continuation of the current story, I’ll make coffee and drink it.

Most days I don’t go back to bed because I cherish that time to myself, about an hour before the wife and kiddos wake up. I’ll sip on the coffee, work on my novel, browse the internet, check email and my phone, research stocks, or just read.

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Abby Stewart’s Morning Routine

Abby StewartAbby Stewart is a teacher, writer, and all-round fun-raiser from Houston, Texas, currently living in San Francisco, California.

What is your morning routine?

My alarm goes off at 6:00am, I then make a decision regarding whether or not I want to wash my hair that day. If I decide to go for a wash, I head to the shower – if not, I press snooze until 6:30, when my manfriend’s alarm goes off.

I do my hair and makeup and dress myself, which usually takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on my level of comatose for that given morning. I always pick out my outfits and hang them on display before I go to bed; otherwise I will spend an additional fifteen minutes throwing clothing about the room before (always) eventually deciding to wear whatever my first choice was. Then, I turn on the Keurig.

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Mike Moloney’s Morning Routine

Mike MoloneyMike Moloney is an entrepreneur, designer, and the founder of FilterGrade; offering high quality Photoshop actions and photography filters. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Mike now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

What is your morning routine?

I typically wake up between 9-10:00am and will grab a quick glass of water and a small snack before heading to the gym for a short 30-minute circuit workout.

After that I will come home, shower, and head to the computer for work.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

This has been my routine for almost three months now, it being something new I tried in the summer.

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Nova Rella’s Morning Routine

Nova RellaNova Rella is (in her own words) a lone wolf in black sheep’s clothing who hails from Victoria, BC, Canada.

What is your morning routine?

Every morning I wake up to my alarm clock at around 6:00am. This isn’t my ‘get out of bed’ alarm, it’s a ‘take a stomach acid pill’ alarm. You have to take these things an hour before you eat anything and I like to have breakfast as soon as the coffee’s ready around seven.

So I swallow a tiny yellow pill and go back to sleep for an hour. Then I get up around seven-ish, usually after hitting the snooze button four or five times. My dog Tank sleeps out in the living room and so the first thing every morning is to get him his breakfast. While he’s eating I get the coffee going and let him out in the yard for a pee.

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Doug Belshaw’s Morning Routine

Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw is the Web Literacy Lead for the non-profit Mozilla Foundation. Enthusiastic about all things related to education, technology and productivity, Doug currently lives in Northumberland, UK.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up sometime between 6-7:00am, depending on when my children wake up or whether my wife’s going for a run. I have a Lumie Sunrise alarm clock which sometimes wakes us up, sometimes doesn’t. Our kids, however, can always be relied upon! My wife and I used to take it in turns to go running on alternate days, but I found (bizarrely) that it seems to be a trigger for my migraines. It’s a real shame, as I used to really enjoy it.

It’s usually me who goes downstairs with my two kids (ages 3 and 7) to get us breakfast while my wife goes for a run or gets ready. I have a combination of fresh fruit, a special nut/seed mixture my wife puts together, and Greek yogurt. I also have a cup of tea (I’m down to one cup of coffee with my lunch, these days).

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James Clear’s Morning Routine

James ClearJames Clear is an entrepreneur, weightlifter, travel photographer, and writer from North Carolina who uses behavior science to share ideas for mastering your habits, improving your health, and increasing your creativity.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up, take a shower, get dressed, drink a glass of water, write down three things I’m grateful for, read 20 pages of a book, then get into whatever my work is for the day.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

The majority of the routine I’ve been doing for at least two years. The 20 pages of reading is a new addition that I’ve been doing for the last three months.

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Aoife Clerkin’s Morning Routine

Aoife ClerkinAoife Clerkin is a social sector enthusiast working as the charity engagement manager for a startup that works with over two-hundred charities. Passionate about social change, Aoife is based in Dublin, Ireland.

What is your morning routine?

The success of my morning routine lies in the ordinary, not the extraordinary. While I admire people who start the day with running and meditation, I am not one of them.

I’m a big believer in the power of quotes and I always have one pined to my bedside locker. My current quote is “Ships are safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships are built for”. I love that the first thing I see everyday is something positive.

I follow the same steps every morning when I get out of bed: stretch briefly, open the curtains and a window, and make my bed. There’s a teddy bear I’ve had since I was three days old so he gets pride of place on the bed.

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Bethany Dickey’s Morning Routine

Bethany DickeyBethany Dickey is an accounting student, compulsive shopper, and an ambassador for Junior Achievement Novia Scotia from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

What is your morning routine?

I get out of bed at 7:15am and wash up in the bathroom before heading downstairs to spend some time with my very elderly dog and make and eat breakfast while I catch up on Instagram, Twitter, etc.

While downstairs I put together a packed lunch if I’m taking one – which I really try to do. I head upstairs, brush my teeth, and blast some upbeat music while I get dressed and do my makeup and hair. By this time I’ve realized I have extra time before I have to leave for work, so I pack my bag and sit down with a book or catch up on reading blogs.

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Natalie Bidnick’s Morning Routine

Natalie BidnickNatalie Bidnick is a digital strategist from Austin, Texas who loves telling, reading, and hearing compelling stories through song and text.

What is your morning routine?

My day begins at 6:30am with a song from my iPhone. As a classical singer in my spare time, I simply can’t wake up without music; an alarm buzzer would send me straight to the snooze button.

After turning off my alarm, I hop out of bed and wake up my boxer, Scarlett. She’s a sound sleeper and not a morning “person.” Once she’s up, I grab her leash and we scoot outside for a brisk morning walk. If it’s a nice day, we’ll take a leisurely stroll around our grassy neighborhood, but on rainy mornings it’s more of a mad dash until she does her “business.” Then it’s back inside for her breakfast.

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