Forbes had a post several months ago on “The 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8AM” that got me thinking about my morning habits and rituals. They’ve certainly been better in the past than they currently are, and these habits are a good starting point for improving my life.
So, starting today, I’ve implemented a few changes to my morning routine. I plan to keep this up from now on:
My Morning Routine
1. Exercise. Not rigorous, but Ridge and I were out walking at 5:30 AM this morning for our walk. (That’s an hour before sunrise!) Ridge appreciated getting out of the house (he’s actually what woke me up this morning). I appreciated the opportunity to get moving and thinking about my day, before Lily and Hope woke up.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast. I went back to the old standby of plain cheerios this morning, and I remembered that I like them better plain than with all the fancy flavors. I think they have like a dozen or so of them now. Anyway, whole grains, dairy, and fruit to start the days works pretty well for me.
3. Make time for myself. The girls take up a lot of my time, and it’s crazy how quickly the day can pass without my realizing it, given how distracting they can be. So the morning it the perfect opportunity for me to get an hour or so of “me time” (for instance, reading my book).
4. Write. Morning pages have been used by authors seemingly forever to build momentum for their creative flow. I don’t need much creative flow, but I do find that writing something in the morning sets a good tone for the day. Today it’s this blog post. Another day it might be a quick journal entry. It doesn’t matter what it is, but I want to write something every morning.
5. Most Important Task. This is the key to my whole plan. For every day there is one thing that I must get done. In order to ensure that it happens, I plan to start working on it by 8 AM every day. Today, I have to mow the lawn, so as soon as this is published I’m going to get dressed in my yard-wear and get out there.
I’m not a super-successful person. I want to be, though. Yeah, I’ve got more degrees than I know what to do with, but right now I’m trying to sort my life out and put things together in the real world (post-postgraduate school). And, the number one thing that I think that I can do quickly to improve my current condition is to construct an rigorous, productive early morning routine.