Do you have a morning routine? Do you snooze the alarm? Do you then wake up drowsy and in need of 3 cups of coffee to feel alert and awake?
Do you dash from bed, to shower, to kitchen, racing around trying to get yourself and everyone else together before dashing out of the door?
Do you keep your phone by your bed charging? Do you use it as an alarm? Do you check it as soon as you wake in the morning? Are you drawn to it in the night if you can’t sleep?
Any of these options result in us waking up to demands on our time and to feelings of stress – even before we’re out of bed!
A lot of this will be very familiar to many of us – and has often been my reality, and my morning routine is something I strive to work on until I find just the right solution for me!
Did you know, our most productive time of the day is the first 2-3 hours? I know, I know, you’re shouting at your screen whilst reading this and rolling your eyes because “you’re not a morning person”. Guess what? Neither would I say I am. Guess what else? When I implement a morning routine – whilst that initial ‘get up’ is hard – what comes next is close to magic!! I say “when”, because as I always tell my clients, it’s all about ‘progress not perfection’ and I’m not perfect – so sometimes, it doesn’t happen!
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My investigation and experimentation with a morning routine started with this book: Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – I would recommend giving it a read – it’s not long, and I was hooked very quickly and read it in a day!
I tried it out back in January this year – whoa – dark mornings, cold house – that’s hard core and felt like I was getting up in the middle of the night!! The book is an inspiring read of what might just be possible if you get up earlier and apply yourself. It is quite regimented in its’ suggestion of what to do during that extra 30-60 minutes you give yourself in the morning.
Initially I followed it to the letter, and to the timings, but that all felt a bit contrived, and not necessarily like they were the things that benefitted me most. So then I tried just doing work tasks, getting a head start on my work day before the school prep and run – again, not ideal for me as it was too far away from focusing on my well-being, albeit I did feel good later when I had already achieved some of my to-do list.
So my experiments have continued, working out what makes me feel good and what I’m happy and eager to get up early to focus on.
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And where have I got with this? Well, over the summer, with the lack of structure, going on holiday and not doing the school run, the early morning didn’t happen! Now we’re all back to normal, the need to do this has crept back in, and my current pattern is to give myself 30-40 minutes before getting anyone else up. I do some yoga stretches to wake up my body and stretch out my back, drink water, take 10 minutes to journal, and then I read. The reading is HEAVEN – I just don’t get time to read otherwise, and I WANT to read. Wanting to do something is key in making it happen.
That time before anyone else is up and the house is peaceful, and you may get to see a spectacular sunrise, is really great!
Sometimes in my madness I will decide to get out and do my power walk or workout!! Now this is really out of my comfort zone, and mainly done if I know I have no other space in the day to get it done – but boy do I feel good, and very virtuous, for the rest of the day.
Do I always do it? No! Should I? Probably! How about you? Do you have a morning routine and what is it? Or is it something you would experiment with?