One of my 2019/20 Goals is to establish morning and evening routines, routines that correspond with my life goals.
Some of these are already established, for example I drink Matcha Latte every morning, yes it is an acquired taste, but I love it that much now, sometimes it’s what gets me out of bed. On a work day, I make my Latte and drink it whilst I’m getting ready, but on my days off I really savour it, I do nothing else, just relax, drink it and enjoy!
The gym is not practical on my workday mornings, as I leave for work about 6.30am, the time the gym opens, so I would not get to work on time, but this is my ideal morning routine, on my days off.
I now do a daily morning meditation (5 or 10 minutes) to get me started and establish it as a daily habit, I hope to build this up to 20 minutes or 10 in the morning and 10 in the evening. I have been meditating for about 3-4 weeks now, and only missed one day. I am not entirely sure how this has helped, however, I have noticed a couple of changes in me which may be attributed to the meditation. I seem to be less stressed, most noticeably I am thinking much clearer, I seem to be able to focus my thoughts better. To give you an example of this, I sometimes do ‘Sudoko’ in my Dad’s newspaper when I visit, I have only on the odd occasion been able to complete the ‘Hard’ level Sudoko, but this week, not only did I do it, I completed 3 ‘Hard’ ones. The main thing I noticed is I didn’t have the usual thought in my head of “This is too difficult for me, I just can’t do these”, I calmly and systematically completed each one, believing I could.
I have recently started reading 15 minutes each day, again this is easier to do in the morning on my days off. On my work days, I read in the evenings. I am currently reading ‘The Celestine Prophecy’ by James Redfield. One of my goals was to read 1 book a month, this is my second book this month.
The next 12 months I intend this ideal morning routine to be my actual routine.
Similar to morning routine, some of these such as bathing, brushing and flossing teeth are already part of my routine.
Other things such as prep food / snacks for work are not consistent, which means I have to do in the morning, which is not my ideal. Although the past week I have prepped every night, this makes me feel so much more organised and helps me to eat healthy too.
Similarly my journalling is hit and miss too, but like the other tasks I have most of them in my habit tracker in my planner to help me establish my ideal routine.
Like my morning routine, most of these are linked to my life goals in one way or another.
If you want to establish morning and evening routines, write a list of what you would like to achieve in a day in terms of good habits that will help you move towards your goals. If you plan to write a book, you may want to add in 2 hours writing into your day or even 15 minutes is a start.
Once you have wrote your list, then divide into what you can or would want to do in the morning and what you would want to do in the evening. Then create your morning and evening routine, if you use a daily habit tracker put as many tasks as you can in there, otherwise just use your planner. You may want to just concentrate on one thing as a time to help you make it into a habit as part of your routine, it’s entirely up to you. The key is to do daily, the odd occasion missing a particular habit won’t matter much, just keep striving for what you want.