There is nothing more difficult for me than leaving my warm and cosy bed, especially if I do not have anything pressing to do in the morning. However, if I do not start my day early and have a healthy breakfast without having to rush, I end up feeling unproductive or just plain unmotivated. When this happens often I end up anxious and depressed.
Setting up a morning routine could make me feel better. I knew this, but I resisted working on it for a long time. I like feeling like I control my day, instead of my day controlling me.
Rita Mae Brown said that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” (this quote is often misattributed to Einstein). So, I finally came to the conclusion that, in order to live the life I want, I need to take the reins and make changes.
I decided to set up evening and morning routines.
Here is what I have accomplished so far.
I start by making a list of things to do the next day.
I then committed to going to bed earlier. I turn my lights off at 10:30pm.
I also forbid myself from using electronics after 10:00 pm. However, I do leave a podcast on with a sleep timer, since focusing on the podcast prevents my mind from ruminating on worrisome thoughts.
Since I have been sleeping earlier and better, I can wake up earlier now too. I set my alarm at 5:00 am and try my best to get up as soon as it sounds.
I still hit the snooze button from time to time, but I have other alarms in place, thanks to an app (Fabulous app) that make me get up quite fast. [This post is not sponsored, I am just trying this app to see if I like it. I am still trying to decide since it has some features that I find a bit annoying. Feel free to try it or to suggest one for me to try in the comment section below.]
The app gives me a reminder of my morning routine actions with each alarm.
The first thing I do after waking up is drinking water.
I also make my bed right away, which prevents me from being lured back into it.
I then go to the washroom and get ready for the first part of my day.
After that, another alarm reminds me to do a few minutes of journaling. I also double check my list of things to do.
By the time I am done journaling I am quite awake and able to prepare a healthy breakfast.
After breakfast, I go for a walk or run.
So far, this has been my morning routine. I want to follow it for as long as possible, perhaps tweaking it to include other activities, but so far, I feel like it works and helps me start my day feeling like I am in charge.
I am not working on implementing any other changes yet. I do want this routine to stick, so I try to give it my full attention at the moment.
Tell me, do you have a morning routine. Do you do anything differently from what I do? Has it helped you be more productive?
If you think this might be something beneficial for your, give it a try. You just have to commit to starting now.
Keep going, my friends.