How does your day begin? Do you enjoy waking up slowly each morning? Are you one of those who hits the snooze button two or three times so you can enjoy a few more minutes in bed, or are you the type that doesn’t even need an alarm clock and you hop out of bed at the same time each day? Maybe you are a night owl, and you don’t even like morning time.
I am a morning person and always have been. I usually get up around the same time each morning (except on vacations!) and I thrive off of a routine. If I oversleep, I feel frazzled all morning. Alternatively, if I wake up earlier than normal, I get excited thinking about the extra time I gained, even if it’s only a few minutes.
For years now, I have found that a morning routine sets the tone for my whole day. If that morning ritual is cut short or doesn’t even happen at all, I feel disoriented. My morning routine starts with me popping out of bed and heading to a room in my house dubbed “The Library.” It is a small room filled with bookshelves (obviously!), a comfy sofa, a cozy blanket, a few reading lamps, and a large window. Before getting settled down on the couch, I first light a candle. I don’t do this because there is anything mystical about it, but because I love the scent and soft glow it emits. My husband usually brings me a steaming mug of coffee or tea and plant myself there for some quiet time.
I begin by reading the Bible, some devotionals, and sometimes a chapter out of an inspirational book. I have my journal, my favorite writing pen, and some awesome pens/markers handy. Typically I jot down verses or quotes I have read that move or intrigue me, or take notes on something I have learned or want to ponder. I will then spend some time in prayer. After reading, writing, and praying, I quickly scan my calendar and note card (I use a note card system to keep track of daily tasks) for the day, read some email or the news, and then head out to walk with a friend.
Studies show the benefits of having a morning routine (just Google it!), and there are multitudes of books written with suggestions on how to achieve more in the day by establishing a morning routine. They typically recommend:
-waking up early
-spending time with spouse/family
-networking over coffee
-writing (journaling, thoughts of gratitude, etc.)
-making plans or strategizing
-read the news
I find such power in my morning ritual because it sets me on a right course for the day. That quiet time gives me strength to face the hustle and bustle of what’s ahead. I also feel more organized and ready to face any challenges that may arise.
Do you have a morning routine? How does your day typically begin? What do you find works for you to achieve balance in your day? I would love to hear about it. Let’s chat. Comment below or email me 🙂