For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a creature of habit. Waking up at the same time every day, going to the gym at the same time, having the same breakfast, meditating at the same time, drinking coffee before biking to work, etc. I was operating like a well-oiled machine for a few years. But ever since quitting my full-time job, moving across the country, and adopting a puppy, my morning routine has been flipped upside down and inside out. This is both a good thing and a bad thing.
A routine may sound boring to some people, but I’ve found routines to be helpful with many things:
- Provides structure for your day
- Helps build good habits
- Increases efficiency
- Reduces/negates the need for willpower and/or motivation
Part of me knows that the shakeup to my routine was much-needed, but I’ve also found myself struggling with a lack of order in my day if I have lazy mornings like I’ve gotten accustomed to. Instead of beating myself up about being a slacker, though, I’m instead trying to use this time to develop a new morning routine based on my vastly different life on the west coast. I don’t have the nitty gritty down yet, and I’m still trying to figure out the best time for certain activities, but here’s what I’m envisioning for a typical weekday morning:
- 5:30AM – wake up, take Indy out to go potty
- 5:45AM – bike 2 miles to the gym to workout
- 7:00AM – bike 2 miles home, make coffee, green juice, and breakfast
- 7:30AM – meditate 15 minutes
- 8:00AM – long walk with Indy or a 3-4 mile run
- 9:00AM – write for an hour
I’ve always been an early riser and am a huge fan of morning workouts, but I’ve been pushing workouts to later in the day since I work from home now. But I know myself all too well, and if I don’t go to the gym first thing in the morning, the chances of going later in the day are slim.
Does the word “routine” make you cringe and feel like you’re suffocated by too much structure? I get it. Routine sounds kind of severe, so maybe habit is more your style. It can help you save some much-needed brain power by putting certain tasks or activities on autopilot, and that’s a great thing! Need some inspiration? Check out the morning routines of everyone from writers and entrepreneurs to CEOs and teachers at My Morning Routine.