Courtney Hendricks

Designer / Front-End Developer

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Creative Mornings

My primary focus: My focus is self-improvement and creativity. I want to grow skills that will help me become a more well-rounded person, while waking up my brain and getting my creative juices flowing.

What habits will I do? Meditation, journaling, gratitude, affirmations, stretching, exercise, reading, walking, minimalism and, of course, creation!

What is my daily focus?

MONDAY: Learn
Read articles or watch TED talks that inspire and motivate me for the week

TUESDAY: Social
Reach out to one person I haven't heard from in a while (write a letter, send a message or email)

WEDNESDAY: Create
Sketch, doodle, print - create anything using my hands (*bonus: I'll stockpile enough little creations to give away to friends!*)

THURSDAY: Job Search
Checking job boards, updating LInkedIn... anything to get me closer to my dream job

FRIDAY: Design
Work a bit on one of my side projects

SATURDAY: Minimalism
Each week I will focus on a different area in my home to purge and find items I need to let go of (including items in my digital life)

SUNDAY: Reflection
Write a blog post, diary entry, or go for a walk and reflect on the week

Morning Breakdown: 

  • 4:30 AM - Stretching / Light Yoga (30 min)

  • 5:00 AM - Drink a glass of lemon water / Make Breakfast (20 min)

  • 5:20 AM - Reading / Eating Breakfast (25 min)

  • 5:45 AM - Bathroom / Brush Teeth (15 min)

  • 6:00 AM - Make bed / Get dressed / Pack Bags (10 min)

  • 6:10 AM - Meditation / Affirmations (10 min)
  • 6:30 AM - Daily Focus (60 min)
  • 7:30 AM - Hit the Gym (30 min)
  • 8:00 AM - Cycling Class (60 min)
  • 9:00 AM - Magical Coffee Reward! (30 min)
  • 9:30 AM - Back to Reality: Start Work

Bedtime Goals:

  • Camomile Tea / Ambient Music

  • No digital screens after 8

  • Five Minute Journaling (Reflect on day, Gratitude)

  • Affirmations

  • Reading

I've been following this routine for about a week now, and I am blown away with how much more I can accomplish. I thought I had a solid morning routine before, but Jeff's idea to incorporate daily themes keeps things fresh and makes it easier to sustain my new habits.

Thanks Jeff!

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