When was the last time you took a step back and assessed whether your daily routine is still working for you? I’m willing to bet, not in a while… I know I haven’t!
Our lives change so much over short periods of time, so it makes sense that our daily routines should be changed often too. Sometimes just one simple change can make such a massive difference.
I moved house a couple of weeks ago, and as a result I thought it would be the perfect time to start afresh with my daily routine. So, I wrote down my old routine and assessed what was working and what wasn’t working anymore. It turns out that pretty much the whole routine wasn’t working, and as a productivity geek, I could be way more productive with my time. I always get that butterflies in the belly excitement when I realise new ways to be productive.
Instead of trying to overhaul my entire day at once, I started small – with my morning routine. I’ve been trying to make myself a morning person for the past year, waking up at earlier times than my body is comfortable with and forcing myself to work when I actually don’t feel like working.
I’ve always been a night owl, and I work best in the evening and at night. In the mornings I love to read, journal or get inspiration and knowledge while I have my coffee. For the past year I’ve been fighting that because everywhere you look you get told that the wealthiest, most successful entrepreneurs get up at 5am every morning and do a bit of yoga before jumping straight into work. That’s bullshit. I’m calling that out right now.
You will be more successful and happy when you are doing what feels right for you and when you are enjoying the process. Those people that get up at 5am every morning and thrive, are thriving because that’s what feels right for them. If it doesn’t work for you – don’t do it!
Instead of setting my alarm for 5am every morning, I’ve started getting up at 8am. I have a quick shower and get myself ready, then I spend around thirty minutes reading, listening to a podcast or watching YouTube videos from my favourite inspirational people while I have my coffee.
By 9.30am, I am sat at my desk working… And this way of working feels good for me. My body feels more in-tune with this way of working, and instead of panicking about my morning, I’m looking forward to it.
I must add that I don’t do the morning school-run, and I know that plenty of mums do. I’m lucky that my partner works nights, so he does the morning school-run when he gets home from work, while I do the school pick-up in the afternoon. This allows me more flexibility when it comes to my morning routine. If you have less time in the mornings, then the simple answer is to schedule less to do in the mornings.
Find what works best for you and make tweaks to your routine over time. Don’t do something just because you’ve heard that you have to in order to be successful. Only do what feels right for you and you’ll be well on your way to happier and more productive days.
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