I’ve been thinking quite a bit over the past few weeks about my daily design. There are quite a few folks who are huge fans of implementing structure throughout your day, specifically about the morning routine.
Presently, I’m sort of debating with myself about this notion. There have been times in my life where I did explore quite a bit of discipline and structure into my morning routine. One of those initiatives I explored for a bit was Robin Sharma’s 5AM Club. At that time, it was kind of great. At that time, I was very much an early morning person. I used to relish those wee morning hours, getting into flow, and getting quite a few things done before many were awake. But after a few weeks, the 5AM Club was not practical nor sustainable for me.
Another daily practice I implemented a while back was daily journaling. I really enjoyed using the impact planner from Tom Bilyeu and Impact Theory. (Bilyeu also has an AMAZING show too. Highly recommend it.) I like this planner because it has consistent questions / sections for each day and has pages for a couple of months worth of journaling.
I kept this practice up for quite a few months. But then I got bored with it, I think, and stopped this practice.
Other things I know about me, and had to be reminded of from time to time, is that I am more of an in-the-moment, go with the flow, and improv type of person. If I’m in a situation that is too structured, I begin to feel restricted, constrained, stifled, and claustrophobic.
Yet, I appreciate the value of some structure. I value consistency. I value rhythm.
Is a morning routine important? For some, probably absolutely. For me, my current view is not so much. Or maybe it is but my morning routine is a bit more free flow. I’ll elaborate. As I design my daily routines, including the morning rituals, I’m gravitating more towards a checklist style and approach. Rather than doing “x” at a specific time during the day, I identify what’s important for that day, without being too rigid about when.
I recently heard Matthew McConaughey share a pro tip regarding something he does immediately upon waking. This tip: Spend the first few minutes of your day to check in with yourself before you get out of bed. Don’t check your phone, don’t talk to others. Just spend a few quiet moments with you. When I heard this, I was like “YAS!” So this is something I do just about every, single morning.
Another part of my morning routine typically includes coffee. I enjoy those first few sips of a strong, black cup of that caffeinated beverage. The taste and warmth are important to me.
For what it’s worth, I started using impact planner again to start 2021. Why? I’m very interested in incorporating enough structure and practices I can maintain on a consistent basis for my own personal mindset, mental health, and well being. Of all the things I’ve experimented with in the past, this was one practice that seemed to be stickier for me. This too is typically part of my morning routine.
Here are some other things I find important for my daily routine, regardless of time of day.
Writing. Either via posts like this or journaling, I enjoy writing. I’m not hung up on whether any of my writing is ever read by another soul. I do this for me. And if you do read this and enjoy it, or hate it, thank you for taking time to read this. 🙂
Gratitude and appreciation. So, so very important to me. Sometimes the gratitude and appreciation is simply incorporated in my writing. Other times it is via sharing with specific people. I have so much to be grateful for! My family and I are truly blessed and very fortunate.
Disclaimer: These thoughts and words are my own and in no way, shape, or form represent the opinions, facts, and/or points of view of anyone or any organization but me.