This time of year always makes me appreciate the time we have. The mornings are lighter, giving us more time each day to get things done.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the getting things done that we forget to enjoy the time we have to ourselves, the time we spend with family and friends and the time we have to accomplish the jobs each day brings.
One way I’m finding I am making more time to spend with those I love and for myself is to start each day off well and with intention. I have always been a morning person, I just can’t lay around in bed when the day is calling me. Yet I waste those first few hours by checking up on social media or watching TV. Not setting myself up for a good day ahead.
So, I started to create a morning routine that worked for me. It helped me get my head straight and focused on what I want to achieve. It has also allowed me to fit in some of the things I love doing for myself but never had the time to do.
How I created my routine?
Firstly, I sat down and thought about what I enjoyed. Then what I need to do to make sure each morning went the way it should. I wrote a list of these things down in two columns. One side titled Need and the other Nurture.
Then I made sure that I would have enough time to do these things. I usually get up around 5, this hasn’t really been intentional. It is just when my body decides that I should start the day. I do go to bed at a reasonable time, around 10 so I get a good nights sleep.
Once I’m up, I make a drink of lemon water and write for the first half-hour. It is a blog post or something for myself. I’ll listen to a podcast, either something for leisure or something to grow my mind.
I’ll have breakfast,
Then the kids tend to get up and the morning routine changes into theirs.
To find a routine that will work for you, I suggest you make a list. Choose a few things to do each morning, alternating for the first few weeks to see what works for you. Maybe you want to do something different every day or like me stick to the same things. Whatever you choose, make sure it is leaving you ready for the day ahead with a clear, focused mind. You’ll get so much more from each day this way.
I look forward to hearing about your simple mornings…