I am doing a lot of reading about adult learning, brain development, and creativity. I’ve discovered many successful people and influencers who are engaged in fascinating research, entrepreneurial endeavors, and joyful lives, and they all seem to have one thing in common – a Morning Routine.
Some have bizarre (to me) breakfast habits or stringent physical workouts. Others are very cerebral. But they all are committed to their routines. This is the time that sets the tone for their day. It is the time to clear their heads, nourish their bodies, focus their priorities.
Night Owl to Morning Person
For decades, I considered myself a night owl. I was convinced that morning was my least productive time of day and that I did my best work after 10PM. Come morning, I would hit the snooze as often as possible, which made me late for everything. I skipped breakfast, rushed out of the house and drove too fast. I started my day feeling distracted, guilty, frustrated and often hungry. My kids picked up the same vibe while they lived at home, though they changed and developed their morning routines during their college years.
I did not learn to appreciate the energy of the morning until I did a cross country bike trip in 1998. As we approached the midwest and temps climbed into the 90’s and above, I had to get up and out very early to beat the heat. Some of the most beautiful rides of my life were those predawn mornings in the Dakotas and across the midwest. It was a learning experience on many levels.
Now my day usually begins between 5:30 and 6:00. No alarm. It is my most productive time of day.
Current Morning Routine.
- Do some stretches while still in bed.
- Cuddle with the dog and plan my primary objectives for the day.
- Drink 8-12 oz of water when my feet hit the floor.
- Let the dog out and feed her.
- Make my bed.
- First cup of coffee.
- Either sit with my journal or a book or watch TED Talks and You Tube videos on the research topic of the day.
- Begin writing.
Having a Morning Routine gives me a focus from the moment my feet hit the floor. I am far more productive…even with housework (my favorite task for procrastination). I generally do not eat or get dressed until around 10AM. I want to change that. I also want to build in an exercise time, but I struggle giving up writing time for the treadmill time. In Spain I was out walking within 30 minutes of waking and that really energized my day! So it is a goal to bring that into my routine at home.
Do YOU have a Morning Routine?
- What does it entail?
- How long does it take you to go through your routine?
- How long have you been doing it?
- Was it difficult to get in the groove?
Please, share your thoughts. My Morning Routine is a work in process but then so am I. I hope you are, too.