Morning routines have saved me...
Morning Routines… If you knew me in college, this would never ever have happened. You would have never guessed, that 20 years later I would be a person that loves a morning routine. That now I set my alarm to get up earlier than I need too. And that even on the weekends, I still stick to a routine. Yes, I set my alarm most weekends because otherwise I just won’t do it.. I come up with some excuse and then I’ve missed my opportunity. We all do it.. say we are going to get up early but it just doesn’t happen. Setting a routine and sticking to it everyday works.
After my divorce, my life seem to get crazier with my kids and settling into a new lifestyle... there is a lot of adjusting with schedules, emotions, and just life. I know people think that when you share custody you have all this free time. FALSE. I almost think I’m more busy ( that’s a story for another time). I knew I had to do something different with my daily schedule. I needed time to find time to myself and not finding time to exercise was making me more stressed. I was starting to feel so overwhelmed with the changes in my life and not getting everything done in a day.
I decide to start a morning routine, which includes getting up at 5:15 am. This is not something that happens easy … it takes time to change habits and it’s hard. I had to change my nightly routine and go to bed earlier. And many days I have to drag my body out of bed and I still do..but I love it. Morning is my favorite time.. it’s my time. I usually go to the gym and workout for that hour.
Crazy thing happened...After a couple of months of sticking to a routine. I noticed that I am more prepared when my kids wake up and I’m not losing my shit every morning. I am more productive at work because I’ve had time to plan my day and think about what I need to accomplish. And I feel better about myself for getting up and doing something. It’s that feeling of accomplishment.
It’s my time of the day and I schedule it. I get to prepare myself for the day ahead and not feel so rushed. I hate that rushed feeling of not being caught up with life…. You start to feel scattered and running behind on everything in life..Routines keep me on track for the week.
Some days I go for walk, write a blog, listen to a podcast, follow up on small projects or just sit outside..but I stick to the same routine that includes time to focus for myself. Your daily routine does not need to include exercise, it can be whatever you want. What is something you want to do each day but can never find time… this is the time that you can schedule it. For me, this gave me an extra hour in the day.. one hour, 60 minutes, for seven days adds up.. it’s amazing what you can find to fill that hour.. and pretty soon it’s a routine for you and feels normal.