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Do you ever feel like smashing your alarm clock into little pieces?
Do you feel like that most days?
Sometimes it’s hard for me to get out of bed in the morning. I think my lack of get-up-and-go spirit is the result of several factors:
- I didn’t do the dishes last night, and there are dirty plates and cups all over the counter waiting to greet me.
- I have no clean clothes.
- Skyla’s snoring kept me up all night.
- I’m scared to open my work e-mail.
- It’s still dark outside.
- I was just in the middle of that dream where I’m a flying superhero who lives in a castle and Johnny Depp was giving me a foot rub. Oh, yeah…
Whatever the reason, I couldn’t keep dreading my mornings and then spend the time in a mad rush when I finally did haul my butt out from under the covers.
I’m in the process of establishing a morning routine so I’ll actually want to get up.
Here are some questions I’m asking myself (and you should answer them too!):
- How do I want to feel when I wake up?
- What can I do in the morning to start my day off right?
- What can I do at night to make my mornings easier?
I know I want to feel energized and excited about starting my day. I also know that starting my day with a short meditation or some soothing music would put me in a good mood (that will hopefully last the rest of the day). And after a bit of reflection, I thought of a few tasks I could do at night instead of leaving them for the morning.
Here’s what my revised morning routine looks like:
- Wake up at 6:00 am (Really, out of bed and standing at 6:00. No snooze button allowed!)
- Bathroom and hygiene stuff.
- Get dressed. (Again, for reals. Pajamas are not proper work attire.)
- Make tea and breakfast, usually fruit and oatmeal.
- While tea is steeping, go into the office, close the door, and meditate for 5 minutes.
- Eat breakfast and talk with Chris.
- Turn on my laptop and open my work e-mail at 7:00 am (Yes, I really start work that early. My company is in the Central time zone, but I work remotely from my home in the Pacific time zone.)
You’ll probably have different tasks in your morning routine. For instance, I exercise at night because it helps me sleep and I start work so early. You might want to exercise in the morning to help wake yourself up and to get it over with before you think of excuses to blow it off.
And here’s what I’m doing at night to make this routine possible:
- Update my to-do list so it’s out of my head and I can sleep peacefully.
- Fill and run the dishwasher at night.
- Lay out tomorrow’s clothes.
- Review my meal plan and make sure I have all the ingredients for tomorrow’s meals.
So far, this new routine has been working pretty well. I feel more invigorated and less stabby (must be the meditation…omm…).
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