We’ve talked about how to create a perfect morning routine in our last post. Today, let’s talk about my own personal experience.
It all started when I decided to live a more soulful life this year, after my near-death experience last January. After I gave birth, I suffered from a weird seizure disorder and was in a coma for 10 days. Miraculously, I woke up (though in great pain), and here I am now. I’ll reserve that story in another post. And, as I have mentioned in my previous post, I have pondered for quite some time on how and where to start my “life-changing plan”. I already know the answer now: at the beginning of each and every new day.
To help me on my journey, I went back to reading one of my favorite blogs of all-time, Zen Habits by Leo Babauta. Back in 2007, I remember reading one article of his: his morning routine. I was a young student back then, and due to my irregular schedule (school and org events would randomly pop-out of nowhere), starting a morning routine like Leo’s was out of the question.
After a few years, I have been going back to this particular post of his, and every time I have a found a reason why starting a morning routine would be inconvenient. But now, I am finally braving the opportunity of my regular 9-6 work schedule to start a healthier morning routine and probably do other improvements in my life. Our baby wakes up around the same time anyway.
So in his post, Leo listed his morning routine:
- Wake up at 4:30am
- Drink water.
- Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) to accomplish for the day.
- Fix lunches for his family and himself.
- Eat breakfast while reading.
- Exercise or meditate.
- Wake his family at 6:30am
Of course, I still have to tweak this routine to fit into mine because one, I don’t have to fix lunches, and two, our family needs are different. I have a husband who goes to work with me, and we have a baby to feed every morning.
Somewhere else on the internet I have discovered another blog: Kat’s Boho Berry. She presented Hal Elrod’s “Miracle Morning System”: S-A-V-E-R-S.
S – Silence (Meditation, Prayer, Reflection)
A – Affirmations (Positive Mantras for the Self)
V – Visualisation (Creating “visions” or mental pictures of specific behaviors and outcomes you want to occur in your life)
E – Exercise (Any simple physical activity like walking)
R- Reading (Reading a book that encourages soulful living)
S – Scribe (Journaling)
Pretty interesting, right? Aside from these two blogs that I already mentioned, I also researched around the internet for other helpful articles that would help me come up with a plan that would fit my own personal needs. Hence, I was able to come up with the post that I have previously shared with you.
MY MORNING ROUTINE
And now let me present to you that initial “action plan” that I came up with:
- Wake up 4:30
- Drink water.
- Prepare water for shower, and while I’m doing that, I’ll plan for the day already.
- Shower and change to comfy clothes.
- Meditate / Exercise (and under meditation: Silence, Affirmation, and Visualisation).
- Eat breakfast while reading
- Get ready for work at 6:00
There were immediately two problems that come up: the plan was completely self-centered, I wasn’t able to make some time for Baby Agie and Justin; and another thing was that I forgot to account for the time involved in preparing for breakfast.
Eventually, after a few days of trial and error, I now have a solid morning routine, more-or-less:
- 4:30 – Wake – up
- 4:30 – 5:00 Drink Water, Shower
- 5:00 – 5:15 Prepare Water for Tea and Meditate
- 5:15 – 5:45 Journal / Read While Having Tea / Crochet
- 5:45 – 6:00 – Wake-up Justin and Prep for Work
- 6:00 – 6:30 Feed Baby Agie
- 6:30 – Leave for work
CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY
Coming up with this routine, and maintaining it was not easy. There were days that waking up early was unbearable. I just wanted to hug my pillow, and prolong my relationship with my bed. But I knew that this would just be equivalent to throwing my new habit (along with the other goals and habits that I’m planning to attain) right outside my window.
My first few days of meditation were difficult. My mind was cluttered, noisy, and easily distracted. Not to mention that I had to force my back every time because of my lack of having a good posture – which meant that relaxing was almost close to impossible. Well at least it was helping with keeping me awake!
Also there were days that I showered at night so it became a “valid” alibi for me to wake up later – around 5 to 5:30. Of course, that would break the “routine” and mess up my body clock. I could almost hear my body saying: “Make up your mind girl! If it’s 4:30, let’s stick with that. If it’s 5:30, I don’t care as long as it’s routinary.”
However, on the fifteenth day, things started to get better. I was already set on waking up at 4:30. My meditation was literally magical. I was having new visions every morning. And I was able to buy myself a new water bottle to launch my new water intake habit.
Of course, my mornings are still a long way from my ideal morning. I still need to make a lot of adjustments. We’re currently struggling with breakfast. When I didn’t have a morning routine, we would wake up late, rush to work and not have breakfast at all. But now, since we already go to work earlier, we have time to grab breakfast somewhere near our office. Pancakes and sausages from McDonald’s every day though is definitely NOT my idea of a healthy breakfast. Well, at least we have breakfasts now, right? It’s WAY better than not having breakfasts at all.
IN THE FUTURE…
In line with that, I am currently planning and researching on quick breakfast ideas. I also want to incorporate tea drinking to my routine – since we are ultimate tea fans. And finally, I am also rounding up my “Breakfast Book List”.
How about you? Have you started your own Morning Routine already? How’s yours going? I would love to hear about your experiences as well. Feel free to leave that on your comments below. If it’s also a blog post like this one, then leave the link below and I’ll be glad to read it. I just love finding out about other people’s morning habits!