For a while now, I made my morning routine into a daily habit. I’ve tried different versions of a morning routine in the past, and have enjoyed them immensely. I just haven’t stuck with one for a whole month or more, but I finally have one down. The reason I like having a morning routine is that not only does it instill a sense of purpose, peace, and ritual to my day, but it ensures that I’m getting certain things done every morning, namely, my goals. I’m setting aside morning time as a time of peace and time to take small steps each day towards my goals. Here’s my morning routine, at the moment (subject to tweaking later):
- Wake at 6:00 a.m.
- Step on the scale.
- Meditate for ten minutes.
- Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today.
- Make the bed
- Fix lunches for kids and myself.
- Eat breakfast with the family.
- Take the kids to school at 8:15 a.m. (on certain days).
A couple of explanations: The MITs that I set for the day concern at least one item towards one of my goals, and probably the 1-2 things I MUST complete at work. There will be more that I do during the day, but my focus will be to finish at least these three MITs. I also often exercise in the evenings too, so on some days, I’ll have two workouts – maybe a run in the morning and a bike ride in the evening, for example. My body is still getting used to this, so we’ll see how it works out.
As for waking up at 6:00 a.m., I only started doing that within the last few months — before that, it was 7:00 or 7:30, and before last year I woke at 6:30, so I’ve become an early riser just in the previous year.