I have been focusing a lot on my morning routine lately. Having heard about the many benefits of having a routine to start the day right, I decided to give it a go myself.
What I find is that a routine introduces a form of anchor to daily life. A morning routine forms the base to which one can then launch into the day, ready to make the most out of it. Even if it turned out to be a bad day, I can seek solace on having completed my morning routine which provides a sense of achievement (however slight it may be) and keep myself going.
My current morning routine (circa 2018) which I have recently put together based on I have learned on the interweb are:
- Wake at 05.00am
- Make Bed
- Cold Shower
- Protein based breakfast
There are reasons for doing each of the items above which I will elaborate more in the coming posts. It may seem a lot to do first thing in the morning, especially when you are used to waking up and getting out of your home in 30 minutes to start the day.
In my experience however, doing them first thing in the morning definitely gives me a feeling of accomplishment. By completing my routine, I get my first win of the day and readies me for what the day brings. And as mentioned earlier, no matter how unproductive the day is, at least I know I have accomplished something for the day that contributes to my well-being. It might have been a crazy day at the office but at least I’ve worked out to maintain my health.
If you feel that the quality of your day can be better, I strongly recommend trying out a morning routine and testing if it improves your life. And the best part is you don’t need to do a whole bunch of things in the morning to enjoy the benefits. Start small with one thing and continue layering as you get into it.
As you test, keep what works and discard those that don’t and you will arrive to a morning routine unique to you.