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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Heather Wardell’s Morning Routine

Heather WardellHeather Wardell is the self-published author of fifteen novels, all (in her own words) women’s fiction with depth, humor, and heart. Her first book, Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo, is a free download, having been downloaded 380,000 times.

What is your morning routine?

I get up between 6:45-7:15am via the Sleep Cycle iPhone app then get dressed to work from home. (If I have to be out that day I shower at this point.)

I feed the cat (the most consistent part of the routine because she won’t let me forget!), grab a big glass of water, and settle onto the couch with my phone nearby to do my morning pages. The official morning pages concept as put together by Julia Cameron requires three pages of free-form writing, but I set my phone timer for 15 minutes so I know how long the writing will take. I usually get out any worries I have about the day then either think through what I plan to do or just write about whatever comes up.

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Paul French’s Morning Routine

Paul FrenchPaul French is a writer, wonder junkie, and ​football (soccer)​ fan from London, now living in Berlin. ​He loves Marmite, but only in randomly located blobs on hot buttered toast.

What is your morning routine?

The curtains are drawn tight but I wake with the first light of day. I’ve got a travel alarm clock with bright green numbers that makes a nasty noise. I must replace it.

I don’t jump out of bed immediately. Instead, I think about the absurdity of the human condition and how fast technology is moving and how we just happen to be alive at the time that our species begins to leave Earth. I can’t help it. I just need to get it out of the way so it doesn’t blindside me later in the day.

So my first thought is always… WOAH.

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Cat Noone’s Morning Routine

Cat NooneCat Noone is a designer, entrepreneur, and cereal lover originally from Brooklyn, New York, who currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where she co-founded Liberio: an eBook creation and publishing startup.

What is your morning routine?

As of last weekend my morning routine changed a ton! My significant other and I got a puppy, Dexter, and our mornings have definitely changed as a result. With that said, this is my brand new morning routine:

6:00am: The first time I wake up is to take Dex outside to use the bathroom, after which I go back to bed for about an hour while he does the same.

7:00am: I wake up a second time because Dex is officially up and chewing on his toy bear or kong (grateful we bought the both of them). While he occupies himself, I’m watching him play and going through email and notifications to see what I’m working with for the day.

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Garrick van Buren’s Morning Routine

Garrick van BurenGarrick van Buren is a product strategy consultant for web-based applications, publications, and commerce, alongside being an avid homebrewer and father of four.

What is your morning routine?

My morning routine is currently eighteen tasks. It didn’t start this way.

As I mention in my article on habit forming it started with flossing my teeth after showering and marking on the wall calendar that I did. One thing. If I forgot, I’d run up to the bathroom and floss as soon as I remembered.

Once the flossing habit was established I added an additional task: clean my glasses. Same process; cross it off on the calendar once completed, do it immediately if I realized I hadn’t yet.

Over the course of two years I’ve reached eighteen items:

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