My Morning Routine
I personally love reading about how people start and end their day. I like the idea that small things done in a habitual manner can be really impactful, without much effort once the routine has begun.
One of the best things about morning routines specifically, is that it really sets the tone for the entire day. Even though I'm a morning person by nature, it doesn't mean I spring out of bed and instantly want to run a marathon or something (contrary to popular belief). It takes me about an hour to feel like speaking. So, take heart that even if you don't love mornings, you can build yourself a routine that serves you.
- Check my phone for overnight messages - Even though sure most people say I "shouldn't" do this, a lot happens overnight with the team in China. (2-3 minutes)
- Make my bed - This video explains why. (30 seconds)
- Kneel beside my bed and thank God for the privilege I have to wake up from a comfortable bed and begin another day. I also think about what I have going on today and send up some special requests for myself and other people. (1 minute)
- Drink as much water as I can stomach - usually about 8 oz. (20 seconds)
- If I'm hungry, I'll have a bite of an RXBar or a spoonful of peanut butter. (1 minute)
- Exercise - I have a pretty set workout program each week so I know on what's on tap each day. Generally I'll take a rest day on either Monday or Wednesday but I try to make that decision the night before so I don't have to think about it when I wake up. (60-75 minutes)
- Cold blast in the shower - this is a new addition for me thanks to my friend Mike who challenged me to do it every work day for the rest of the year. Google effects of cold showers or cold water blasts. (30 seconds, as part of shower)
- Two mornings a week, I shower at the gym and get to work an hour or so early for "Personal Growth Time". I've carved out this time to write or work on other side projects while I eat breakfast at my desk. (60-75 minutes)
That's pretty much it! In a nutshell, my morning is focused on getting an intentional start to the day. On days when I wake up, lay in bed thinking how I don't want to get up, open social media, and then tinker around the house getting ready for work, it's no surprise that I'm more lethargic and less focused at work. I tend to be more impatient and less kind.
As you can see by the time stamps, no one step takes very long. It's all about doing the same things over and over again, even when you don't want to, so that eventually you have ingrained habits that can really propel your day.
I'll write about my evening habits in another post so be on the lookout for that... it's going to be equally riveting. But in all seriousness, a successful morning routine is influenced by your evening routine and vice versa.
You have the choice to wake up and be grateful that you did. Make the most of it.