My morning routine has changed considerably in the last year and a half, even two years.
Rewind to last year and this post, and my morning routine was all about health, staying fit and weight loss. Now, that’s not to say that this has changed, as these are still things I am conscious about, I’m all for the best morning routine, however, recently it’s more about my mental health that I’m looking after, with a side helping of the physical. (when I remember to eat better..)
You see, you may have noticed (I hope, it’s nice to be missed!) that I’ve been a bit awol/MIA/distant/not here, over the last couple of months (I did write a little about it here in case you missed it) and without going into too much detail, it’s down to the fact that I’ve been setting my own little business up. This is basically how my new routine came about. The best morning routine if you like.
A new project means change. It’s taken a little getting used to and I’m not quite in my flow yet, as hello six weeks school holidays and toddler to entertain, but I know what I need to do.
I’ve been reading a lot recently and along with a recommendation from a friend, plus having then read the book, my morning routine is taken from ‘The Miracle Morning’ concept. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest and recommend it. It’s not the holy grail. You don’t have to do EVERYTHING it says. It’s a great starting point to carve your own routine. Which is exactly what I’ve done.
The Best Morning Routine.
Get Up! Get Up!
I rise at 5 am sharp Monday – Friday.
I say sharp, as soon as my Fitbit wakes me I am up! No snoozing. No second questioning myself. I am up and downstairs.
It had to be 5 am, as our toddler is an early riser at anything between 6-7 am each morning, so this way, I get an hour to myself.
I chose just Monday – Friday as, well, hello! weekends!
Get those senses awakened! Wake up!
Once up, it’s time to wake up. So a fresh cold glass of water is first on the cards. having been asleep for 7-8 hours dehydration can kick in, so always good to rehydrate. Swifty followed by a toilet stop.
Cleanse, tone and moisturise – with Liz Earle of course. Just because it’s 5 am doesn’t mean that your skin should suffer.
And lastly, brush those teeth. You may not be talking to anyone (apart from yourself.. maybe.. just me?) but it’s all about routine and refreshing.
My brain is always ticking over. I am always thinking of the next step. The next job. The next.. whatever! Don’t get me wrong I do ‘finish’ things.
Meditation. I’m not a fan of yoga. As I mentioned, I like ‘doing’ something a bit more fast-paced. But I make sure I sit for 5-10minutes and just concentrate on my breathing and clearing my mind. This I feel centres me ready to work. Rather than getting up and bashing on the laptop. I use the Calm app for this. Just their normal timed meditation.
I use another minute for affirmations. Repeating my awesome. My goals. I don’t generally prep talk myself. Or big myself up. But I take this time to really channel that. I am worthy of happiness and success.
Work! Work! Work!
I always feel really focused and raring to go once I’ve done all the above. Which then always leads nicely into doing the work stuff.
By work stuff, this time on a morning is dedicated to my little business.
I generally have a ‘to do’ list each day, which I compile on a Sunday. This allows me to be more focused on what I’m doing for my 45minutes of peace and quiet, rather than what I generally do which is flitter between jobs and be/seem more busy than productive.
Some mornings I may just read a bit. Or listen to podcasts. Or some online training. It’s not all writing.
That’s basically it. That’s my set in stone first and most productive hour of the day. It’s not rocket science. It’s not fancy. It’s just what I do to get stuff done and work towards and for the life I want.
The best part is that I’m loving it. The early morning might seem a chore to some, but that’s your prerogative. Me, it’s my favourite time of the day. Not just for the peace and quiet, but that I’m my own boss. That I’m doing what I enjoy.
It’s that that matters. To me.
So that’s it. I’d love to know if you have a morning routine and what you think of mine.