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9 Spring Morning Habits for Writers (Simple Nourishment for an Ultra Productive Day)


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Who else here would like to manage their time better? *raises hand* What we do in the morning has a tremendous impact on setting the tone for the rest of our day. A dear friend of mine, Deigan Marie, wrote this post on her amazing blog a while back. It has inspired me ever since, and with spring in bloom again, I had to repost it for you all! So, here are 9 ideas to boost your morning routine and motivation to write.



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I'm sure you've heard the saying about first impressions. Yeah, me too. Multiple times. And mornings are like your first impression of a day. Starting off on the right (or wrong) note can set up that day, for better or for worse. So, here are a few of my morning habits that help me set up my day!



1 | MAKING MY BED


This may seem like an odd tip, even for writers, but just hear me out: making my bed resets my entire day. For some reason, it is so hard to get into a really good morning mood if my blankets are strewn across the floor and my sheets are all twisted up. If you write on your bed, at your desk in your room, or any other space in the same vicinity as your sleeping quarters, your brain can become clogged up by the sole fact that your bed is messy. Our brains like clean spaces and tidy areas. So, straighten up your comforter. Rearrange those 37 different pillows (hehe, guilty 👀). Your right-side brain will thank you. 😉



2 | DRINKING WATER


This . . . is one I need to do better on. Our body needs water to function. It needs it to keep everything running smoothly and without any hiccups. I am very guilty of not drinking enough water during the day, then getting a headache about mid-afternoon and having to overcompensate for my lack of thought for my body. Drink water. I keep a blue thermos next to my bed during the night. I have a small pint on the kitchen counter for when I pass through. Sometimes I even tote around a water bottle with me wherever I go. Don't neglect this step like I do. Just don't.


PRO TIP: You can add a splash of lemon to your water for a little more energy and rejuvenation or toss some frozen pineapple/strawberry into the water too (the combination is excellent). Just make sure not to add sugar. 😉


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3 | READING THE BIBLE AND PRAYING


Spending time in God's Word is one of my absolute favorite ways to set myself up for success first thing in the morning. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is. God wants to be a part of our lives. He wants to be the one you lean on, even when it comes to writing. If you haven't yet, I would strongly encourage you to invite Him into your writing. I did this a few years back and have seen such great improvements in my writing and my creativity.


Pray for the words to use. Pray for the story to tell. Pray that you would honor Him through your writing.



4 | STRETCHING/DOING A QUICK WORKOUT


Anotherr thing that is absolutely brilliant to do in the mornings that I . . . rarely ever do. *cough* It gets your body moving and your blood pumping. And doing that first thing in the morning with a quick workout routine or a few simple stretches, fills up your well, both physically and mentally.


I absolutely love Jessica Valant Pilates for most of my workouts, and she has some really short ones that are great for first thing in the morning. These are a few of my favorites of hers:




5 | TOUCHING MY STORY IN SOME WAY


Whether this be brainstorming, writing a few sentences, or finding face claims for my character, I love to try and touch my story every morning. Some days it just isn't practical, but when I can, I do.


Some of the ways I do this are by rereading notes I've taken previously and adding to them; filling out a few questions of a character interview; talking to a sibling/parent about an idea I had; or even writing a little bit of it. It will almost always trigger my brain into thinking about the story, so I end up getting lots of story ideas later on in the day too. 😉


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6 | CLEANING UP MY SPACE

Yes, technically this could go with the "Making your bed" part, but c'mon. It deserves asection of its own. 😉


As soon after I wake up as I can, I completely clean up my room. I put dirty laundry in the hamper. I open up the curtains. I clear off my desk and rearrange it. Lately, I've also been turning on an essential oil diffuser on my desk for an hour or two in the morning.


The act of cleaning up your workspace helps clear your brain too. I, for one, can't work at a messy desk. Putting away all my loose papers, etc. helps my brain declutter as well, and it makes it ready for work. I know a lot of people will disagree with me and say, "But if we work best with clutter, we should pile it up!"


Don't. Just, please don't. Take a moment to straighten everything out, even if that just constitutes dumping everything in your junk drawer. (C'mon, I know you have one! Don't try and deny it!)




7 | MAKING A CUP OF HOT TEA


How many of you saw this one coming? *smirks and sips some tea*


But my apparent tea addiction aside, tea has some AMAZING health benefits for you. There are so many different blends out there to wake you up, calm you down, give you energy, setting nerves to rest. Even if you're not much of a tea drinker, I would still encourage you to find a brew you like. No, I'm not hating on coffee—I love that stuff too! But sometimes, just a nice cup of warm green tea in the morning is all I need to give me energy and prepare me for my day.



8 | GOING OUTSIDE AND GETTING SUN IN MY EYES


Seriously, guys. THIS ONE IS SO IMPORTANT. As soon as you can after waking up, GO OUTSIDE. Get sun in your eyes. Water your garden. Read your Bible and drink some tea.


Getting at least five minutes of morning sun in your eyes every day is so, so important. It resets your circadian rhythm and actually helps you sleep better at night. And, while you're out there, embrace your inner hobbit and take off your socks. Stand in the grass for a few minutes barefoot to get grounded and let all the electrical charges in you even out. I understand if some of you can't get outside because of x, y, or z, but in that case, stand by an open window and get some air while you're at it.


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9 | GETTING SOMETHING NOURISHING TO EAT


I'm one of those people who if I go for more than a few hours without food, I get all shaky and sick and develop a migraine. So, I try to at least grab a quick, healthy snack before getting to work. For me, that includes a fruit smoothie; a piece of two of toast (with either peanut butter, avocado, or banana on top); some sort of fruit; a quick turkey roll-up (because turkey + Dubliner cheese + yeast = AMAZING); or something else quick and small.


Don't overlook this step. Don't get so wrapped up in work/writing/what have you that you forget to take care of yourself. Your health and well-being come before any other pressing deadline or looming to-do list. Your body is your temple. So, take care of it. <3



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Self-proclaimed hopeful romantic, Deigan Marie is a forger of words, a wielder of swords, and a daughter of the King. She is notorious for singing the only line of a song she knows over and over, quoting movies on a regular basis, and periodically acting out the engagement scene from Pride and Prejudice. When she’s not talking to herself in a British accent, she can be found sprinkling whimsy on her family, drinking too much English Breakfast Tea, or dancing in the kitchen. She lives happily ever after in western USA with her family and their wide assortment of rescued pets.



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LET'S TALK

Are you more of a morning person or a night owl? Which of Deigan's habits do you want to implement the most? (For me, it's getting outside first thing in the morning!) I'd love to hear from you in the comments!




Now go change the world,

-Ava



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Issabelle Perry
Issabelle Perry
5 days ago

Oh my goodness, I feel so exposed. 🫣 😁 But these are some GREAT tips and definitely have things that I need to get better about doing more, like drinking water. Yeah not too good about that one either. XD I definitely feel more inspired now to work on my morning routine, because it is usually my most productive time of day! Thanks for sharing, Ava!!!

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Aw, Ava! Seeing you reposting this made my day! 💙 Thank you so much! Also, your blog is stunning. Like, if hobbits blogged, this would be their theme. 🥰

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Ava Hope
Ava Hope
May 06
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Oh yay! Mission accomplished😉 < 3 Thank you for writing it! Aw, thank you, friend! I aspire to be like a hobbit😂

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Emily
Emily
May 03

These are amazing tips!! Thank you SO much! Now I'm off to forward this to my sister 😏

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Ava Hope
Ava Hope
May 06
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Yess, they are! Deigan is an inspiration. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Emily!

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These are SUCH good reminders!! Thank you for reposting this, Ava! Now I'm off to drink some water and read my Bible and work a little on my story. :P

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Ava Hope
Ava Hope
May 06
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It was my pleasure! Thank you for reading, Saraina! <3 Ooh that sounds lovely! *cheers for you*

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