So I’ve been working with a life coach for a number of months now (more to come on that later) and one of the realizations I’ve had during our sessions has been the importance of a morning routine for me. I was struggling with my days getting off on the wrong foot, with feeling untethered and chaotic. It would seem like I would get thrown off track from the moment I woke up and then the rest of the day would just go to shit.
After talking through how I was I feeling and what my ultimate goals were we devised what I’ve started calling my “Mornings for Me.” They encapsulate a lot of different parts of my being - my desire to be more organized, my need for a little quiet time each day, and an opportunity to start each day with a win. They have really transformed my relationship with myself and my work so I figured, why not share my morning routine with y’all?
A typical “Morning for Me” takes about an hour or two, depending on the direction I go, and involves all or some of the following:
Coffee. Grinding the beans, brewing the coffee, enjoying a mug. The ritual is calming and if I can start my day with a cup of coffee in one of my favorite mugs, I’m already winning.
Journaling. A while back I bought The Five Minute Journal and it transformed my relationship to reflective writing. I’ve never been one to pour out his heart to a diary, and the prompts, quotes, and questions in The Five Minute Journal really allow me to gain some clarity on the things that are most important in my life as well as give myself some much-needed praise.
Personal Writing. This is a bit different than journaling. One of the other goals I’ve been working on with my coach is to do more writing in general, both personally and for pay. Each morning I make it a goal to write for 15-20 minutes about pretty much anything; reflect on a great dinner, write about a recent trip, or work on an article for publication.
Run/Exercise. Y’all, I’m running my very first half-marathon in like 5 days and I’ve had a bit of an up-and-down relationship with the training process. But I recognize how good I feel after I exercise and how energized I am to tackle the rest of my day, so whenever I can I try to get in a workout first thing in the morning.
And that’s about it! Some days I only get to the coffee portion before I move on to other things (or have like a 5am flight, in which case I am NOT waking up at 3:30 to journal.) Some days I complete everything and feel like a superhero by 8am. Either way I make a little space almost each and every day for my “Mornings for Me” and it truly has been transformative.