I’ve heard a lot lately about morning routines. Some of the blogs I read have been focusing on morning routines, I’ve seen people talk about it on Periscope and in July I saw a lot of morning routine chatter on social media.
Apparently morning routines are important, some would even say vital, to success, productivity, happiness, and health. I agree with much of the talk about morning routines and I soak up the information like a sponge. Then I file it in the back of my mind for future use and hit the snooze button one more time.
I am failing at morning routines. Back in January I woke up around 6 every morning and in February I meditated almost every morning. This morning my alarm went off at 6 and I rolled out of bed after 3 snoozes at 6:30. I groggily shaved and showered, got dressed and ate a bowl of oatmeal. Then I rushed to get a lunch packed and get everything ready to rush out the door at 7:15 to go to work. I felt tired, rushed, groggy, grumpy, irritable, disconnected and did I mention tired?
After 30 minutes commuting and 30 minutes at work I felt more alert and ready for the day.
Obviously my morning routine needs some help. Here’s what a typical morning looks like:
- 6:00AM – alarm goes off, gets snoozed
- 6:10AM – alarm goes off, gets snoozed
- 6:20AM – alarm goes off, gets snoozed
- 6:30AM – alarm goes off, get out of bed (usually)
- 6:35AM – shave, shower, personal hygiene, get dressed
- 6:50AM – make breakfast
- 6:55AM – eat breakfast
- 7:05AM – frantically get ready (make lunch, fill up water bottle, shoes and socks, etc.)
- 7:15AM – leave for work
I have a few problems with sticking to a good morning routine:
- I have trained myself to snooze between 6 and 6:30 so I will have to break that bad habit.
- Leaving at 7:15 for work changes during the school year. Sometimes I don’t need to leave until 9 or 10 and some days I have to leave at 7:15. There’s a lot of variation in the 7:15 departure time.
- Because of work and school schedules and commute times we usually don’t eat dinner until after 6, which means by the time we’re done eating and cleaning up, it’s already after 7. It’s tough to find the balance between going to bed by 10 or 10:30 and still have time to do chores, have leisure time, spend time together, read a book, do homework, blog, write, watch a movie and everything else that we need to or want to do in the evening.
I want to overcome these obstacles, so I’m searching for something to motivate me to wake earlier and stop hitting the snooze.
Once I can wake up at 6AM I am going to rebuild my morning routine.
Some things I’m considering including in that routine are:
- reading for 10ish minutes
- writing morning pages and/or journal writing
- quick stretching
Things I won’t be including in my new routine:
- frantic rushing
- hitting the snooze button
- checking my phone/laptop
- too much rigidity
I could really use some encouragement and accountability while I’m working on this. Can you keep me accountable? Also, please give me any suggestions or comments to help me out while I make this change.
Ask me how I’m doing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, via email or with comments on this blog. I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going and every morning between 8 and 9 I’ll post what time I woke up along with some thoughts and updates about my morning routine on social media (starting September 1st of course!). Let me know if you’d like to join me and I can start an email newsletter or we can get a good discussion going.