Do you have a morning routine? Or are you like me? You know you need one but just haven’t been able to pull it together yet. Let’s talk about this, okay?
I’ve been trying to develop a consistent morning routine for quite some time now. I can’t say I’ve been very successful, however. You know those people who sleep well, awake refreshed, and jump out of bed eager to start their day? Yeah, well…I’m not one of them. As a kid I was more of a morning person but over the years I’ve become a night owl and I just don’t sleep very well. It takes me awhile to process life when I first get up. I’m not grumpy but I want a quiet start to my day.
Fortunately my sweet husband understands. He gets up around 6:30, showers, eats breakfast and walks Shiloh. He makes my morning tea and then kisses me goodbye without expecting much conversation. Yes, he’s a treasure.
My grandmother had an expression that I’ve never heard anywhere else. When I spent the night she would make me a cup of tea in the morning and tell me to “soak awhile”. In other words, quietly sip my tea and take my time waking up. This suited me just fine…and it still does. When I don’t allow adequate time to “soak awhile”, I feel rushed and out-of-sorts all day. So I’m trying to work out a routine that balances my need for a slow start with the fact I have a lot to accomplish each day.
I’ve just about accepted the fact that I need a rather lengthy morning routine. There are several things I want to include:
- Morning Pages
- writing out my plan for the day
- lots of hot tea!
I then need to do a short “homekeeping” routine. I know that I concentrate better on my work if the house is in order. I can keep up with the basics in just 30 minutes a day so it makes sense to get that out of the way early in the day.
One of my main priorities for 2016 is my health. Daily treadmill time is going to be an important part of that. I think I should get that out of the way before beginning my work otherwise I tend to put it off and never get around to it.
Finally, I want to stop spending most of my day in yoga pants with no makeup. In fact, I’d like to start the work part of my day showered, fully dressed, hair and makeup done.
Realistically, all of this is going to take 3-4 hours. That sounds like a lengthy morning routine but if I can make all of this a habit I think I will be able to start work (I’m referring to blog work and freelance writing) feeling as though I’m on top of things. This ought to be good for my concentration because I won’t have all those nagging thoughts about all the things I still have to do.
What about you? Do you have a morning routine that works for you? If so, I’d love to hear about it so leave me a comment or email me. If you don’t have one or are looking to change yours, here are some of the resources I’ve been looking at to help me with mine:
I read this a couple of years ago and found it fascinating. Two common rituals for writers seem to be long daily walks and lots of alcohol. The walking fits in well with my fitness plans but I think I’ll skip the day drinking. 😉
This book is where I learned about Morning Pages – 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing done first thing in the morning. I’ve done this off and on. There is something rather freeing about a brain dump on paper. I want to make this a daily habit.
3. My Morning Routine – This site has an option to sign up for a weekly email which brings you a new morning routine every Wednesday. Some of the people whose routines are shared are really quite interesting.
I purchased this 14 day course several weeks ago and was very impressed. I only had time for a quick overview but I knew I’d be doing it again. Once purchased you have access to the lessons forever. I highly recommend this course. I’m going to be doing it again starting January 1st. If you buy it let me know. If enough of my readers are doing the course I may come up with a way we can discuss our thoughts about it.
A few articles about morning routines:
Morning Routine by Lifehacker – a collection of articles about routines
I’m doing a trial run this week and plan to start my full routine next Monday. I’ll keep you posted on my progress – and feel free to ask if I’m sticking with it. I could use the accountability.