One of my goals for 2019 is to create a morning routine that works for me. Now that I’m working for myself, I get to dictate how my mornings go, and I want to find a routine that is enjoyable but also gets me ready for a productive day.
I’ve been working for myself for a month now, and for the most part, I’ve been getting up around 7. I feed Blanche, make a pot of coffee, eat breakfast, and pretty much start working… yes, still in my pajamas.
I had several articles saved that talked about morning routines for successful people, and I took some time this weekend to read them all. I took note of anything I thought might work (or would definitely NOT work for me).
One thing I noticed about most of these articles is that they said in order to have an effective morning routine, you must have an effective nighttime routine.
This makes total sense, but will be a huge challenge for me. I admit I’m always trying to cram as much as possible in at night, whether it’s watching one more TV show, finishing chores, or working on this blog… I’m usually up kind of late.
One of the articles I read said to get up before 6 every morning. It had several reasons for this idea, but one of them was that you already feel like you’re winning if you get out of bed before most people.
I think I’m going to have to disagree with this one. I feel winning when I don’t have to get up as early as everyone else! I can sleep in a little since I don’t have to get ready or commute to work. This article also said that in order for this to work, you have to go to bed by 9:45pm. No.
Other tips included:
- Do your most important work in the mornings when you’re fresh and focused, instead of late at night when you’re tired and inefficient (totally agree with this one).
- No more scrolling through social media or surfing the internet before bed (this is going to be tough, but I think it’s a really great idea).
- The very last thing you do before bed tends to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the next day (I think this is true).
- Things to do before bed that will have a better impact: read, make a to-do list for the following day, reflect on the day, meditate, picture tomorrow’s success, disconnect from work, lie down on a positive note (I like all of these ideas… still, not saying they will be easy).
- Start the day calm (definitely going to try).
- Block off the first hour of every day; this was basically saying that if/when you check email first thing in the morning, you’re going immediately into react mode and you’re giving your best time to replying emails. This is probably my favorite tip, because I’ve noticed myself being OBSESSIVE about checking email, and it’s a time suck.
Okay, well this is a good start to my new routine. What are you guys doing before bed and/or in the morning that make for a better day? Are there things you’ve tried but didn’t work? I’d love to hear all about it!