My Work From Home Morning Routine: Expectation vs. Reality  ⛅😴

My Work From Home Morning Routine: Expectation vs. Reality ⛅😴

Shout out to Squarespace for
sponsoring today’s video. I don’t have a morning routine. It
all sounds really complicated. Okay. I’m just a girl with the wifi password
and a dream and a puppet and bubbles and snacks. I always try to have snacks.
Hey, YouTube world, it’s me Evelyn. It has probably taken me three solid years
and a lot of YouTube videos to get it through my head and finally understand
that I can’t just copy someone else’s morning routine because
they’re talented or popular, successful or extremely wealthy. Steve Jobs wore the same outfit
every day so as to not waste time clothing himself. Ava DuVernay drinks four glasses of water and writes five things she’s grateful for every morning, every
morning she got five things. Shonda Rhimes wakes up at 5:30 in the
morning just so she can have some alone time before her kids wake up.
That’s how much she love herself, that she would rather be awake and
in her own company than sleeping. Can’t relate. Your routine has to
actually make sense for you. It has to serve you and your lifestyle
and your responsibilities and the things that you value in life. So
here’s what I’ve come up with. I’m wanna wake up every morning and do something not related to the internets. Look, I know it’s my last name, but there have been way too many mornings
when I wake up and I stumble out of bed and walk directly to my computer and
start writing or editing something or I scroll through Instagram for half an
hour in the bed or I watch four pointless YouTube videos back to back
to back to back algorithm, just going wherever the
algorithm takes me instead maybe I could draw, I could read a book, mess
around on the piano. ♫ Eee, ooo ♫ (mumbles the lyrics to “The Box” by Roddy Ricch) What’s the next chord? People who are much busier than me seem to be able to do this and I get
that it’s because they’ve got employees, but they still understand the psychological benefit of easing into the day, especially in our hyper connected
world. You feel me? And to be clear, I don’t want this step in my morning
routine because I want to be more productive and get more
done and hustle hard. I want this step so that I can be happier. It’s like I said in one
of my previous videos, just because your job is cool
doesn’t mean it’s not a job. I don’t want to stare at a screen all day. Next in my dream morning routine
and this one’s revolutionary. Okay. Uh, I want to have
breakfast. Currently, I usually skip breakfast, um,
because I ain’t got no food. Um, I didn’t prep the food like
I don’t have any food items, um, to eat for breakfast and
I hate overnight oats. Don’t suggest it. They are disgusting and I’m trying
to eat something better for my body than Cinnamon Toast Crunch. But
it is the taste you can see. I would also love to form the habit of
showering and getting ready for the day every day. But for the most
part, I be here in this room. It’s a cute room, but I be, I be here. So that means I be staying
in the clothes that I slept in. Crust all in my eyes still.
I mean I brush my teeth, but I’ll usually get started on my
work and then shower later in the day. Maybe. Maybe. This is my reality and I
think that’s part of the reason why, I never know what day it is, like it be filling like three
Wednesdays in a row and I don’t like that. It’s taken me a while to understand the
things that I need to do in the mornings to feel like a well adjusted human and
it’s not waking up super early or even at the same time every day. It’s not being on a tight schedule
so I can fit more things into my day. It’s being able to incorporate
some play into my morning, some creative roaming around tinkering, and it can come in the form of choosing
which head wrap or which color eyeliner to wear that day. Those
things make me happy. Being on my Jamie Fox and spending
a couple minutes at the piano, just making myself laugh, a little
breakfast, a little nibble, all right and then we’ll get on with the day. I am probably going to track this in my
bullet journal and see how I feel after a while of doing it. I probably will update y’all
somewhere on the internets but I won’t be filming the process
because that I wouldn’t be doing it. I would be filming it, which goes
against the first thing on my list, so I feel good about this. So shout out to Squarespace for sponsoring today’s video. Voiceover Evelyn, do the drop girl. Squarespace gives you a powerful and
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In the comments below, let me know if you have any tips for
me on my journey to having an actual morning routine or, I mean, let me know if you think this is
pointless to be honest, if it, if resistance is futile, let me know if you have a very specific morning
routine and I will see you on the internets somewhere. Bye. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Every time I come around the city….bling bling I’m sprung…(mumbles)

100 thoughts to “My Work From Home Morning Routine: Expectation vs. Reality ⛅😴”

  1. I filmed this a couple weeks ago before lots of people were ordered to work from home or lost their jobs due to COVID-19 closures. Most of my gigs that require travel have been cancelled, and to be honest I haven't started my "dream routine" – I've been watching Westworld and sleeping on the couch. Please don't feel pressure to be extra productive right now – take care of yourself first! Listen to my guided meditation: do something in my "overwhelmed routine" video: or watch these chill youtubers to calm you down in these confusing times:

    Love y'all like a cousin! <3 <3 <3

  2. I know you don't know me, but I think you should know that we're best friends. Love u bestie 😘😘 k bye

  3. I change from my night dress to a t-shirt and sweats….brush, sign-in, then eat and take an hour nap 😬 once I wake I start working

  4. Evelyn, you always are so relatable! 😂🙌🏽🖤 thank you for helping your internet cousin not feel so alone!

  5. Thank you for your honesty, however, you asked for suggestions and I'm able to give one. So, I do have a morning routine but it took some time getting there. When I wake up for work, after my toilet time and bathroom shananagens, I come in my room to do a 10 minute meditation. After, I may scroll through my phone, mindlessly, for a bit or just start getting dressed. I have my breakfast, which is cereal because I'm not trying to be late for work. Pack my lunch that's either dinner from the night before or a sandwich I prepped or made that morning, lets not forget my in between snacks. Make my coffee and then I'm out the door. Now that I'm working from home, for whatever the reason, I still wake up damn early but instead of getting ready for work, I would lay in bed for maybe 30 minutes before getting up to do my bathroom routine. I would then meditate for 10 minutes, get dressed (pajamas or sweats) and prepare my lunch which has been eggs with string cheese or yogurt, until I feel for cereal again. My thing is, I made this routine because it's not about anyone else but me at that time. I can't do be like Steve Jobs and I don't have any kids but moving around when the house is quiet is my way of creating my peace. Plus I'm seeing a nutritionist who is helping me with my meals, which I enjoy more than I expected. It's your rhythm, whatever floats your boat should be your vehicle in creating a better morning routine in my honest opinion.

    But I do enjoy you, girl. Thank you for being you lol

  6. This video was so what I needed. I work from home and I’m a single mom. Often I feel so much pressure to have a morning routine. I wish I could get up at 5:30 am everyday to meditate, to pray, and spend some alone time with myself like Evelyn mentioned Shonda does 😂💀but instead I wake up literally the last minute every morning. I beat myself up all the time because I feel as if I’m not productive. After viewing this and learning that everyone is different. However, I feel motivated to take this quarantine time to learn more about myself, spend time with my kid, and practice getting up earlier everyday. It’s extremely hard I must admit!!

  7. keep it simple, like super simple. Make bed, make breakfast, then write a to do list/ check calendar. If I get this far, not even doing any other tasks yet, I'm still so proud of myself.

  8. I used to have a morning routine. That lasted exactly one job, lol! After that, my morning routine became getting up at the last possible second and only making myself marginally presentable. Now that I work overnight, I've scaled back on even that. And now that Covid-19 has made it so that I now work overnight at home, I just said screw it to routines in general. I live a vampire lifestyle, lol.

  9. Morning routine : wake up , say thank you 🙏🏽 because im alive, drink some water, do abs routine and some yoga ( with a beautiful playlist of black women) , then i go brush my teeth, take a shower and ☕️ COFFEE.

  10. i always feel so seen when i watch your videos. you understand me so well! Last night i told myself that I was going to get up early and do yoga. I put on snooze as soon as my alarm went off. its hard out here!

  11. I just had a baby in November, so I've been trying my hand at a morning routine. I definitely notice the difference in my day when I do it vs NOT. And I too, like Shonda, wake up some days before my baby, just so I can have some quiet before he and his ping pong head daddy gets up.

  12. 6:15 lmaoooo…Evelyn, I must have played this over like 10x… hilarious! You have some talent there you seem to be able to harmonize and you're not tone deaf, from what I can tell. Yes, a morning routine is very important so I think you are on the right track to figuring out what routine works best for you. Mine is getting up during the 5am hour doing a 10 min meditation then either journal or simply sit with my thoughts… I'm a bit of a dreamer so I allow that time for myself to daydream, sometimes I write down all that I'm thankful for as well. I'm usually good at this routine but some days I sleep in and just do whatever. You will be fine. I'm looking forward to your updated video telling us how it all worked out for you. Always wishing you the best.

  13. Before YT, recently, I didn't know what a morning or night routine was! But I been a parent since 20. If u feel u need structure then try everything u need to try. For me, I don't like confinement…of any kind! Whatever I do in the morning when I wake up, I do! Eat breakfast for dinner, take a shower whenever the day tells me to, watch tv all day, go out all day….its whatever, my freedom😎

  14. Been doin' this lately and it's super great:
    1) Wake up (mostly groggy AF lately, but sometimes well-rested…but mostly exhausted…)
    2) DON'T reach for the phone right away. F*ck you news cycle.
    3) Washroom. Do the things. Freshen up, brush teeth, weigh yourself, put on contacts/glasses, whatever.
    4) HYDRATE – get that wata' in.
    5) Grab phone. Don't read about the apocalypse. Don't go on social platforms (yet) put on Spotify, a happy playlist!
    6) Tidy up. Put clean dishes away, ponder what you might want for breakfast, feed the pet if you have one, drink more water, wipe down counters.
    7) Get dressed in some comfies.
    8) Meditate. (Sit comfy, use an app if needed, or a guided meditation on YouTube. Calm yourself, breathe deep, think, or don't, look inside yourself).
    9) Feelin' great! Now you can pretty much do whatever you want. I usually have breakfast at this point so as not to get hangry.
    10) Exercise: this could just be a walk outside, or a HIIT workout, or yoga.

    Then either:
    – shower and get ready for the day
    – stay in comfies and clean, de-clutter, journal, call a friend, work, whatever.
    – EAT LUNCH! Don't forget to eat healthy meals regularly to keep yourself sane during this messed up time.
    – Afternoon should be fun stuff; gaming, netflix, watch youtube, read a book, have a dance party.

  15. Love the idea of a less tech morning routine and your ideas of drawing and playing the piano! An ideal morning routine for me would be like a morning walk or a YouTube Walking Workout like Leslie Sansone Walk from Home, watching the sunrise, reading a bible verse, drinking water or tea.

  16. I tried to go to bed at 9pm, I was still up at 2am. This quarantine has my sleep schedule all the way messed up. So yeah mornings are hard. I end up waking up close to noon now that I don’t have to go into work.

  17. First thing I do is meditate. After that I drink ONE glass of water (not four Miss Ava don’t judge me) mixed with apple cider vinegar. Next, I shower I have to upload lesson videos on ClassDojo for my students. It’s a new normal.

  18. You are so relatable it's insane. I would love this too but being in the bed in the morning is my hap po y place. Its breaking the plane of the bed that burns my soul

  19. Try eating yogurt in the mornings. When I don't feel like making breakfast right away. I usually eat a yogurt or two.

  20. Cinnamon Toast Crunch was definitely my breakfast all last week and then my stepson came and now the box is gone 😭

  21. I have a morning routine that’s not rigid. I give myself 2-3 hours (depending on what time I wake up) of me time. Some days it includes journaling, sometimes reading, sometimes meditation sometimes devotional, and scripture of the day etc. sometimes it’s all of the above. Other times it’s music and dancing, or cooking breakfast, but the point is that it’s my free time to do whatever I want before I start my workday.

  22. "Look, I know it's my last name." 😂 Father God, thank you for Evelyn, and the joy she brings. Continue to bless her, Lord. May she always know that she is loved, and appreciated. 🙏

  23. First off, I struggled finding how to add comments on here through my phone app, but so glad I did! Girl!!!!! So happy you shared this because that morning routine struggle is real. Sis likes her beauty sleep too!! #foundmytribemember

  24. Yes! Your routine is for YOU. Take what works and makes sense, throw out the rest, and add some custom stuff.

  25. EVELYN! Imma need deets about that cute silk wrap you be sleeping in!!! please and thank youuu. I also hope it not too expensive on my student wallet 🤲🏾

  26. I hear this so hard. I will say I finally have a mor ing routine, but it took a while for me to develop it… like a year long while… I knew how i WANTED to start my day but couldn't seem to drag myself put of bed to do it all. I started just adding one thing a month after several months of inconsistency. It's much easier to wake up up only 5 minutes earlier than you have all month than trying to wake up an hour earlier just so you can do all of it all at once from the very beginning. Add just one step to your routine each month so you dont get exhausted and stop doing it!

  27. For your lovely singing at the end, T-Pain said "I'm sprung, dog she got me, got me doing I things I never do, if you ain't been, I'm telling you"

  28. As long as you're being productive and also setting aside time for yourself, it's fine. I don't think its mandatory to have a set routine, but it definitely helps. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer before being evacuated and brought back to the US. I used to have a daily checklist and tried my best to check everything off on that checklist. Shower, eat, drink 100oz water, pray, devotion and water plants were an everyday thing. Other things were read a book, practice Spanish, something else important and then to call a loved one. Now, I'm currently in a 2 week self-quarantine. My routine has been waking up to eat, shower and Netflix. Or shower, eat and Netflix. I had a Spanish lesson this morning, talked to 6 different people today and edited a podcast episode today to be productive. I told myself that I'm going to do my podcast course tomorrow, so hopefully I'll do it. If not, it'll be shower, eat, Hulu and possibly Netflix.

  29. I chuckled so much at this video. Now that I’m working from home I can definitely feel the WFH struggles!

  30. I just feel more normal when I get up and get dressed before working from home. I wfh on a normal basis (pre quarantine) so it’s been my goal to at least style my hair and put on decent clothes. I feel more awake when I do that too

  31. “But it is the taste you can see!” #DEAD😂😂😂 I think this is a great idea! I was definitely thinking about this since I know find myself working from home due to the Rona 😑

  32. I'm so glad someone finally said it. I always felt like I was doing something wrong or something was wrong with me if I did do other people's morning routine. but it's so good to hear that you've got to find what works for you. And over the year I just felt drained by trying to wake up early or go to bed early or do what works for other people. I think I'm going to follow you on your journey by doing a morning routine that makes me happy.

  33. Hi Evelyn! I dont have a specific routine, but every day if I have to get a lot done, I'll make a list of things I must do and plan that accordingly. For the most part I like showing the night before and eat whenever I'm hungry. Routine is so harsh, I prefer something like a 'morning guide'

  34. Honestly, all creatives always talk about waking up at 3-5 AM and a sis just CAN’T. I rather go to bed at 3-5 AM because I was writing. So I think your goals of just making breakfast and showering are legit. Especially during this lockdown, now that I’m at my desk for MOST of the day between work and class, I have to remind myself to take a bathroom break lmaoo. So I understand how showering and breakfast can get lost within your day. I’m rooting for you!

  35. My routine is sleep and more sleep I sleep as long as possible, lol, then wish I had gotten up earlier because I have no time, but damn I love to sleep. Love your videos you always make me laugh. I'm getting ready to start work from home, my job sending me home ….social distance ing… and I'm sure I'll never be out of my sweats…or pjs… but takes okay for right now.💜

  36. Morning routine can help. Do what works for you. I’m like Eva. I have children so I’m up early to get as much as possible before they’re up and start calling my name

  37. Wednesday after Wednesday after Wednesday 🤣 I’ve realised that a shower by myself without interruption from small humans is really lovely.

  38. I never thought about having a morning routine. Or waking up earlier than is required to get 10 minutes for breakfast and then run after the bus. You might have changed my life today.

  39. The only "routine" I have in the morning is 1st thing, drinking hot water with lemon wedges in it, then a couple of mugs of green tea. For me it's about hydration to wake me up.

  40. My current morning routine:
    -Thank God for waking me up & say my daily declarations (i.e. "I have the divine power to do all that God has called me to do!"
    -Sing/have a dance party while I freshen up
    -Have quiet time (read a devotion & pray)
    -Breakfast while watching YouTube
    -Get to work crossing things off of my To Do list! ( My job is on pause due to COVID-19, so I'm trying to declutter my apt., read, avoid spending too much time on the overwhelming amount of IG lives and challenges going on right now😑, etc.)
    *I need to start working out in the morning again, but I'm not there yet. I'm hoping to get back into it soon, though!

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