My morning routine has changed quite a bit over the years. When I was working full time, in addition to full time blogging, I wrote a post that showed the structure involved in that season of my life. Now, working almost 100% from home, my morning routine is all over the place. I honestly frequently forget to change out of my pajamas until I have events in the evening or head to the gym later in the day. (#Glamorous)
For whatever reason, I feel so much more productive when I get up, get ready for the day, and spend a little bit of time prepping before jumping right onto my computer. I feel like I have more of a purpose, more relaxed throughout the rest of the day, and I have much more fun with the activities that follow.
This week, I tested out a new morning routine, to which I was interested in the effects. While each morning looked a little different, the consistencies included:
- washing my face/brushing my teeth (fancyyy)
- making the bed
I gave myself 30 minutes to do this and let myself see how I felt. Would I feel more stressed with more work to do afterwards? Perhaps I would feel more tired meditating just after waking up? Would I feel lethargic with just “sitting” first thing?
And here’s what I learned… when we’re looking forward to the first things we’re going to do, it’s easy to get out of bed in the mornings.
I’m not anticipating every morning looking the same, but I am going to be okay with some “free time” in the morning. Taking the time to reconnect with our souls allows us to be more patient, loving, and present throughout the rest of our days.
So here’s my challenge, for both you and me. Take the time to write out or think through what you’re ideal morning includes. What do you love to do when you’re on vacation or have nothing urgent on your plate? Then wake up early and fit those things into your day. At least give it a shot. Afterwards, if you prefer taking those extra 30 minutes to just sleep, then go back to that routine knowing that’s how your day is supposed to start.
I would venture to say that the mornings are the most important part of our day. It is up to us to allow ourselves to wake up on the right side of the bed. You are worth the time.
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