Have you ever woken up late, jumped out of bed, quickly got ready and dashed out the door? How do you recall feeling? I know when I start my day like this, my entire day is “off”. I feel rushed and disorganized, that feeling like I am forgetting or missing something. And I’m pretty sure my scattered attention is apparent to others as well.
How do I avoid starting my day on the wrong side of the bed? It’s all in the routine. And trust me when I say, if I don’t start my day with my regular routine, I feel it for the rest of the day!
Everyone’s morning routine will look different. It’s important to find what works for you. To give you some ideas, here’s a look at a typical morning for me. Not everyday will be exactly like this – things do come up, but I do try to stick to it as closely as possible.
Wake Up: 530am (yes, EARLY!!) Trust me, you get used to it!!!
Exercise: 615am – either I’m at the gym – my personal preference is a small boutique gym doing a coach led session for an hour or I go for a run. Bottom line, is I get up and MOVE my body!
Gratitude: 730am, DAILY, EVERY DAY, NON-NEGOTIABLE. Yes, every, single, day I take 10-15 minutes to make note of 5 things I am grateful for from the previous day. Reflecting on things that made me happy, that I appreciated, no matter how small, help me to set my day off on the right foot and in the right mindset. Over time, you will begin to notice the little things around you that make your life a better place, it doesn’t always have to be some big event. There are many ways you can do this. In a notebook, a journal, on your phone, however you choose to write down your thoughts. I personally use the “Start Today Journal” by Rachel Hollis as I love the way the pages are laid out for each and everyday. Her book also has me write down my 10 goals that I want to achieve. The thing to note is that you write them as if they have already happened, thus training your brain to think of it as a positive, not something elusive that you can’t attain. For example, the first goal I write down is ‘Ran a Disney 1/2 marathon.’ Yes, I am working towards that and it is going to happen in February 2021 (you can follow more on that over the next year on future blogs!!). Bottom line – show and make note of things you are grateful for everyday and it will help you achieve your goals.
Morning Walk with my son: 8am Unless I have a morning meeting or event, I walk with my son to school every morning. Yes, he is in high school and no, he does not need an escort to school. And I recognize that he doesn’t want his mom walking him to the front door of the school – that’s just not cool! Don’t worry, I turn off at the lights a couple of blocks before the school and continue on my way around the neighbourhood. This is my 1:1 time with him where we get to talk. Often when he comes home from school he is tired and drained from the day. He doesn’t feel like talking and I don’t blame him. Who feels like telling stories about their day when they get home. But, by spending time together in the morning, he is awake and fresh to start the day, thus the conversations are more productive. Win Win for us both!! And as a bonus for me, I get another 3-4000 steps on my FitBit depending what route home I take.
Shower, Dress, Breakfast: 830am Time to get ready to start my day. Even though I work from home, I get dressed. Putting on clothes that you can go out in automatically makes you feel more productive. Wearing PJs to your basement office, not so much!
At 9am, I grab my cup of tea (in my new fave Hawaii mug bringing back memories of a great vacay) and settle in to start my day.
Yes, weekends area bit different, but I do still get up earlier than the rest of my household and do some form of exercise as well. And that quiet time with a good cup of tea and my journal, is sacred time for me on the weekend. And a lovely way to ease into the day!
I would love to hear what your morning routine looks like. Or are you not a morning person and looking to become one? It is possible, but does take time. I wasn’t always a morning person, but after some hard work and being diligent, it has now beome my way of life and made a huge difference to my overall well being. Don’t give up, if you are trying to change your ways. It takes time. For me it was a full 90 days to get into a routine that I look forward to and I miss when something gets in the way.
Amber Dinda is wife, mom of two teenagers and a serial entreprenuer. She has embraced the mid life years as an opportunity to enjoy and explore all that life has to offer and not approach mid life as a crisis. You can follow Amber’s journey and experiences by subscribing to her blog and connecting with her on Facebook or on Instagram.