This post has been sponsored by Purely Elizabeth. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I first started my food blog in 2018, I had no idea how to schedule my time. While I'm still learning time management every day, one thing that has helped me become more productive is Mastering my Side-Hustle Morning Routine. If you're anything like me, weekends are your most precious time to be productive outside of your day job.
Believe it or not, a successful side-hustle morning routine doesn't just mean hustling! Starting the day with a healthy breakfast, like Purely Elizabeth Oat Cups from Safeway, is just one of the habits I've implemented into my morning routine. I'm so excited to share how I've changed my morning habits to increase my productivity and reduce stress!
How I Mastered My Weekend Side Hustle Morning Routine
Truth be told, my side-hustle morning routine doesn't involve any food blogging or food photography work. However, what it does involve is time setting up the rest of my day for success!
Exercise/movement in the morning
Though I don't always get around to it, I always aim to incorporate movement into my day first thing in the morning. Sometimes, it's just as simple as a walk with my dog Bailey or lifting free weights at home. Other times, it's my favorite Barre class or a good sweat at the gym. It doesn't have to be intense, but this 20-60 minute time period of taking time for myself dramatically improves my attitude towards the rest of my day. Plus, I personally have found if I don't work out or get some movement in first thing in the morning, it's likely that I won't prioritize it for the rest of the day!
Eating a filling & healthy breakfast
This leads me to my next (and probably most important) morning routine. I actually sit and eat breakfast every day. Sometimes, this means whipping up some vegan banana pancakes, however, most of the time, it involves a quick and easy grab-and-go breakfast.
Recently, I discovered Purely Elizabeth Oat Cups at Safeway and I have to say—I can't stop obsessing over them! Luckily, I live walking distance from Safeway here in Seattle, so it's incredibly easy for me to stock up on my favorite flavors.
Safeway also has an incredibly convenient and easy-to-use mobile app where you can purchase your groceries and have them delivered to you. As an added bonus, you can save $.50 off Purely Elizabeth Oat Cups at your local Safeway. YAY!
My favorite Purely Elizabeth oat cup flavors:
Out of all the Purely Elizabeth vibrant oat cup flavors, my favorite is the Single Serve Blueberry Lemon. It has Blue Spirulina added in, which is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants. The blue spirulina makes this oatmeal cup so vibrant and colorful, too!
I prefer eating this flavor as overnight oats by adding water to the cup fill line and letting the oatmeal sit in the fridge overnight. When I wake up, I add in frozen blueberries, mango, and shredded coconut as toppings!
When it comes to the Purely Elizabeth Superfood Oat Cups, I always reach for the Apple Cinnamon flavor. It seriously tastes like fall in a cup and is infused with colorful superfoods for a healthy spin on a classic breakfast!
I prefer this flavor made as hot oatmeal by adding hot water to the cup fill line first thing in the morning. After mixing the oatmeal and water together, I top the oatmeal cup with almond butter, apples, and pomegranate.
What I love about these oat cups is that they truly make the easiest and healthiest grab-and-go breakfast for my morning routine! This means extra time spent on food blogging without having to worry about what I'm going to eat for breakfast.
Enjoy the morning without checking email or social media
I know it may sound simple, but I can solidly say that NOT checking my email or any social media until after breakfast has drastically increased my productivity. This doesn't mean I don't post on Instagram, pin to Pinterest, or answer emails that day. However, it does mean I make it a priority to enjoy my morning before starting to work.
After getting in some movement, my day starts with a homemade iced latte, looking over my pre-planned schedule (more below!), and enjoying my Purely Elizabeth Oat Cups before I check my phone. I've come to realize if I check my email first thing in the morning, I get stressed about all the things I "have" to do and spend more time thinking about them than actually being productive!
Planning my Schedule Ahead of the Weekend
When I say this has changed my life, I truly mean this has CHANGED MY LIFE. I used to wake up on Saturday or Sunday morning and think Hmm...what should I do today? Should I schedule some pins on Pinterest? Should I photograph my cake recipe? Oh, do I even have enough groceries to make that?
Basically, I was a bit of an unorganized mess. So, I bought a planner and started proactively scheduling my weekends every Thursday night. From there, I work backwards to figure out the groceries and photographs I need for each recipe. This is in addition to a quarterly content calendar I manage with all my recipes to come. Here's a little example of what a typical Saturday/Sunday might look like:
- Photograph hummus wraps
- 1 shot of all the ingredients
- 1 shot of just the hummus
- 8-10 process shots of adding on wrap toppings from overhead to make into a stop-motion
- 2 photos of wraps being "wrapped"
- 2-3 photos of final wraps from different angles
- Photograph vegan cookies
- 1 shot of cookie dough batter in a bowl
- 1 shot of cookie dough on baking sheet
- 3-4 images of final cookies (some stacked, some from overhead
- Write hummus blog post+ edit pictures in Lightroom
I now know exactly what ingredients I need to purchase at Safeway Friday night and how to spend my time that day. Though I create these lists before my weekend, it's one of the items I read over while eating breakfast. This method makes my "to-do" list organized, manageable, and SO much less stressful.
Last but not least, Don't Over-Schedule to Avoid Burnout
We all know having a side hustle is a TON of work. Sometimes, it means saying no to social activities because you are building something you love on the weekends. Sometimes, it means spending your Saturday in writing blog posts instead of going out with friends. However, try not to over-schedule yourself to the point of burnout. While adding structure to your weekends is important, learning to be flexible and rest is equally important!
Enjoy a delicious & healthy Purely Elizabeth Oat Cup with a side of coffee, go for a long morning walk, and implement whatever you need into your morning to feel energized and ready to take on the day!
At the end of the day, the key to figuring out your side-hustle morning routine is figuring out what works best for YOU!
My hope is the strategies I've implemented give you inspiration for ways to bring balance to your day, eat a nourishing breakfast, and plan ahead to avoid burnout. If you have any tips that you've implemented into your morning, share them below as I'd love to hear them! Happy hustling!