I used to be terrible at waking up in the mornings. I would press snooze a half dozen times and I would always welcome an extra 5 minutes in bed before having to get up for work. Because of this I used to dread my mornings.
I also used to be a very bad sleeper. I used to find it hard to drop off to sleep most nights and there were many occasions where I would still be wide awake at 5am.
To combat all of these problems I decided to simply get up earlier and at the same time every day. I also realised I needed to build a morning routine that I could look forward to each night and as such have a slower morning.
- 6.30am – Wake up, make breakfast & sit in silence whilst I eat it
- 7am – 7.45am Time for coffee and some reading
- 7.45am – Tidy away breakfast things, load dish washer, tidy living room
- 8am – Shower & get ready for work
- 8.30am – Make bed and check house is secure
- 8:40am Leave for work
Obviously my weekend looks a little different. I still get up at roughly the same time but maybe have an extra hour or so but no more. If I lay in at the weekends then the next week is ruined for my sleep patterns.
As you can see I could have an extra hour and a half of sleep and rush out the house instead but that just leaves me anxious, stressed and unhappy. When my alarm goes off I get up straight away as I’m looking forward to breakfast, coffee and some time reading before my day really has to start.
What does your morning routine look like?