mastering my morning routine as an entrepreneur. (+ chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats!)

my journey to finding a healthy morning routine as a creativepreneur – 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe. these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine!not your average overnight oats! these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine! #playswellwithbutter #coldbrew #overnightoats #healthybreakfast #breakfastrecipe #easybreakfast #oatmeal

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as you may know, over the summer i left my corporate job behind to pursue my creative entrepreneurial dream full-time.

& uh…that was in july…meaning, i’ve been doing this full-time creativepreneur thing for over four months already.


…holy schmoly. 😳😳😳

how time flies by so quickly, i seriously have no clue!!

the first couple of months of this transition were just that – a transition. things were a leeettle stressful, a leeetle emotional, & i may or may not have been feeling a leeettle bit of anxiety. i went into that a little more here, but as i really reflected on those first months & tried to understand what was driving all of that stress & negative energy, i realized it was really coming from lack of structure & routine in my new gig.

in the time since, i’ve been making a real effort to continuously do small things throughout my days that add up to a huge positive impact on my health & mental wellness.

here are 5 of the things that have really helped me &, of course, i’d love to hear from you – what are small things you do each day that amount to a huge positive impact on your life & health?

#1: a healthy & productive morning starts the night before. 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

i’ll be the first to admit that once 8 pm rolls around (which is typically my hard-stop for the night, when my laptop gets closed & my office lights get shut off), there’s nothing that sounds better than flopping down on the sofa to unwind with chris (& a glass of wine 😉).

but before i can get there, i always make myself do a couple of things to wrap up the day:

  • respond to the couple of quick little emails that are hanging out in my inbox.
  • write out my plan of attack for the next day’s tasks.
  • clean off the surface of my desk – throwing away notes that i no longer need, putting books & folders back in their rightful place, & bringing any dishes or cups that got pushed to the side of my desk throughout the day to the kitchen.
  • prep coffee & breakfast for tomorrow morning.

it seems like a lot (especially after a long day), but i’ve learned that this 15 minutes that i give myself is a complete gift. it really helps me power down mentally. i get to transition from “working from home” mode to “being at home” mode. & because the next day is all mapped out, i don’t have the “oh i need to remember to…” nagging thoughts in the back of my mind all night. it’s easier to relax at the end of the day, sleep more restfully at night, & the quality time with chris is always a bonus.

& as a bonus, prepping coffee & breakfast couldn’t be easier thanks to the new Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cold Brew Packs.  5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

i’m seriously uhhhhbsessed with these Cold Brew Packs! they make making homemade cold brew SO easy (which is great for this “i drink cold brew year-round” type of gal).5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

you pop the packs into a pitcher or jar with some water & that’s it! it literally takes 30 seconds & i love that you don’t have to putz around with straining out coarse ground coffee the way you do when you make cold brew from scratch. the cold brew sits & steeps overnight, & in the morning all you have to do is remove the packs & it’s ready to drink. how easy is that?!

(plus a bonus! the Cold Brew Packs from Dunkin are on Target’s Cartwheel app with a 30% discount now through november 4! that is a crazy(!!!) deal!)

#2: water, water, water. 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

i always, always feel better – both physically & mentally – when i’m well-hydrated.

but it’s always been tough for me to stay hydrated. i’m not one of those people who absolutely loves the taste of water & i have never been one to just sip on water all day.

this difficulty had been made worse when i started working from home because i always had coffee (my 1 true love!) located just a few steps away from my desk. refills were far too convenient, if you know what i mean.

something that’s been helpful in battling this is drinking a ton of water first thing in the morning, before morning coffee.  if i drink half of my daily intake of water by 10 am, i know i’m in great shape. 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

& it totally makes morning coffee feel like a special little treat. (as it should! 😍☕️)

#3: healthy, grab & go breakfasts are where it’s at.not your average overnight oats! these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine! #playswellwithbutter #coldbrew #overnightoats #healthybreakfast #breakfastrecipe #easybreakfast #oatmeal

even though working from home gives me the freedom to whip something up in the kitchen whenever i want, i’ve found that grab & go in the morning is essential. i’ve always been most productive during the morning hours, so killing 20 minutes cooking something & cleaning up the kitchen before i start my day doesn’t really work.

a healthy, grab & go breakfast is a total must. 

& because i’ve been trying to drink tons of water first thing in the morning buuuut i’m also a total coffee lover (the extra little jolt of caffeine helps me feel so energized & focused!), i try find clever ways to sneak coffee into my breakfast.

like these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats. 😍😍😍 not your average overnight oats! these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine! #playswellwithbutter #coldbrew #overnightoats #healthybreakfast #breakfastrecipe #easybreakfast #oatmeal not your average overnight oats! these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine! #playswellwithbutter #coldbrew #overnightoats #healthybreakfast #breakfastrecipe #easybreakfast #oatmealthese chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats are so ridiculously healthy & delicious! they’re full of fiber from the oats, healthy fats from coconut milk & flaked coconut, & full of coffee flavor from cold brew. i also like throwing in a little collagen powder for its beauty benefits, but that’s totally optional.

after all, how could any day be bad when it starts with a healthy chocolatey, coffee-y, coconut-y treat?

#4: close all of those tabs!!! (& stay off of social media!!!)

this one. gosh guys. this one was SO hard at first. especially when a huge part of your job day to day is communicating via email & engaging with people on social media.

but. it didn’t take long to realize that little disruptions of responding to an email quickly or taking a “5-minute” ig break (…seriously, never just 5 minutes!) makes a huge impact on workflow & tank productivity.

what’s helped me overcome this problem is checking in first thing in the morning. in the first 30 minutes of my day i respond to emails & pop into social media to engage with our community a little bit before heads-down computer time begins.

at that point, all the tabs on my screens are closed, notifications are turned off, & my phone is put on silent mode (facing down!). i’m left to tackle the two or three big things on my to-do list for the day.

i’ll be the first to admit that, at first, this one was really hard. feeling disconnected was uncomfortable & took a lot of discipline. but with practice it’s gotten so much easier. i’ve come to really enjoy my heads-down time. crossing those big tasks off my list gives me a sense of accomplishment & the positive momentum really reduces anxiety & stress for the rest of the day or week.

#5: take a break. 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

specifically, a coffee break. 😍

by 10 am, after i’ve gotten a productive 5 hours of work in for the day, it’s time for a little break, which is always so important for productivity & a positive headspace for the rest of the day.

so, i get up. pbr & i usually go for a quick walk or play fetch & chase outside. the little bit of exercise & fresh air does wonders for someone who is cooped up all day long at their computer!

then, on my way back into my office for the afternoon, i swing through the kitchen for my favorite part of the day: cold brew time. 😍😍😍

cold brew in hand, i’m ready to tackle the rest of my day! 5 tips for a healthy & productive morning while working from home, plus a bonus chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats recipe! #playswellwithbutter #creativepreneur #workfromhome #morningroutine #healthymorning #healthybreakfast #easybreakfastrecipe

so…i’d love to know what your morning routine looks like! what are the little healthy habits that you’ve sprinkled throughout your day? do you have a favorite treat, like coffee? let me know in the comments below! i’d LOVE to chat!!! xo

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chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats
Serves 6
not your average overnight oats! these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
12 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
12 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
  3. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 cups Dunkin Donuts cold brew coffee
  6. 1 cup light coconut milk
  7. 1/3 cup maple syrup (or agave, or honey)
  8. 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  9. optional: 6 scoops collagen powder
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, cocoa powder and salt (& collagen powder, if using), mixing until everything is well incorporated. Transfer the oat mixture into 6 jars or airtight containers, evenly distributing the oats into each jar. Set aside.
  2. In a jar or pitcher, combine the cold brew coffee, coconut milk, maple syrup, & vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Carefully pour the coffee mixture into each jar, over the oats.
  3. Cover each jar with its lid, shake to combine, & store in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 6 days) for easy grab-&-go breakfasts throughout the week. To serve, top with additional maple syrup, cocoa powder, & flaked coconut as desired. Enjoy!
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not your average overnight oats! these chocolate coconut cold brew overnight oats do double duty as a healthy on-the-go breakfast & a jolt of caffeine! #playswellwithbutter #coldbrew #overnightoats #healthybreakfast #breakfastrecipe #easybreakfast #oatmeal

 

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