Waking up early and giving yourself ‘YOU’ time, is the most productive thing you can do in the morning. Now, I know mornings can be stressful and you may think that prioritising yourself when you have a million and one things to do is reckless, but allowing yourself to have this time to focus on whatever you need to, will make you more productive when you end up starting your day. I understand that some people have different working hours to the 9-5 and may also have to care for others as well as themselves, but if you can prioritise even 15 minutes to yourself before getting ready for the day, it's a start!
The key to a good morning routine is to wake up earlier than you need to, the world is silent, no notifications, emails, phones calls, social media or texts! It's quiet with no distractions. Waking up earlier is a process, so start with 10 minutes and slowly work your way back until you have the amount of time you want! And remember, a good morning routine starts with preparation the night before with a decent amount of sleep.
So now you’re waking up earlier, what do you do with that time? This time should be spent on whatever you want from meditation to reading or prepping your dinner and cleaning to starting that project you've been daydreaming about. I spend those morning hours meditating, journaling, exercising and learning French. This time has allowed me to be more focused during my days and really is a highlight, I genuinely look forward to waking up and having that time to myself. Here are a few more activities you could do during your morning routine:
- Learn a language
- Learn something new
- Start a course
- Make something, get artistic!
- Go for a walk
- Start a side hustle
Once you start your morning routine, you'll notice a shift in energy. You'll no longer feel bitter about the rat race, because you've prioritised yourself. Every.. Single.. Day! You'll feel more in control of your life and set the tone for the rest of your day. As humans, we always feel like there's never enough time, but by having a morning routing you give yourself time to do what is most important to you, your mental health and happiness. I recommend a book called ‘Make Time’ by Jack Napp and John Zeratsky, they delve in deeper into helping you spend more time doing the things you love.