When was the last time you planned your morning routine? We go through the same thing every morning, day after day, year after year. It’s a big part of our life and sets the standard for the rest of the day. Everyone knows this but few people seem to sit down and write a detailed step by step plan for their morning routine. One might argue that they don’t have the time or energy to do anything productive before work but isn’t that even more reason to do so?
I didn’t nail it the first time. It took a few changes before I found my morning routine. A lot of people recommend exercise in the morning and I gave it a try but it didn’t fit me. I’m not a morning person and can’t motivate myself to do one hour of exercise right after I wake up. Even if I could, I’d have to get up really early just to have this extra hour . Not worth it.
Now I do my exercise right after I get back from work. Before I settle down for the day.
My process was full of changes before I finally got the current routine. It will change. Several times, I’m sure. However, it fits me at the moment and it’s a great way to start the day.
- Wake up using alarm on my iPhone
- Turn on the light in the ceiling (wakes me up)
- Splash my face with cold water
- Weight myself using Withings WiFi scale
- 10 minutes of Sun Salutation Yoga
- Shower and think about the most important tasks of the day
- Shave myself
- Face cream
- Brush my teeth while revising my ToDo-list
- Get dressed
- Fix my hair
- Go out and meet the day
It’s the small things that really takes your morning routine to the next level. Turning on the light seems like such a small thing to do but it’s night and day. As soon as I hit the button, a switch turns on in my head; saying – it’s morning, time to get up. Another thing is yoga which reminds me of an animal waking up and stretching every inch of its body. You’ll feel great afterwards.
Now it’s your turn. What does your morning routine look like?