I’ve said it before, many times, so maybe it’s old news now. But routines are critical. They give you a daily advantage, structuring your time so that you have less to think about. This allows you to use your brain power for other things.
Morning is one of the trickiest times, because it quite literally establishes the flow of your whole day. It’s important to have a routine in the morning that sets you up for success. For example, you could start your day with a light workout, followed by some quiet time for reflection and then a nutritious breakfast. Having a consistent morning routine can help you focus and be more productive throughout the day.
For me, it’s about thirty minutes of journaling while having my coffee, followed by a trip to the gym. I follow this routine most every day, even when I have to wake up at four in the morning. Which, let me tell you, I don’t particularly love.
But I know it’s key for me to prioritize my health and well-being, so it’s worth it. After the gym, I’m energized and ready to tackle the day. Or, on the weekends, sink into the couch with more coffee and some cartoons.
Beyond those two elements, though, it’s a crap shoot. Make the bed, or do the cleaning. But the sun is up, and it’s a beautiful day in the City of Angels, so getting outside is nice too. All of these factors make it difficult to decide what to do first. However, with a little bit of planning, it’s possible to get the most important tasks done. Taking a few moments to prioritize tasks can help to make the most of each day.
This is certainly why scheduling and routine go hand in hand.