It’s been many months since my early morning routine has looked the way I’d like it to look. With remote working, energetic boys, and lots of commitments, I’ve been pretty exhausted, and it’s been hard to get myself out of bed at four in the morning. Most days, I have gotten up somewhere between 4 and 5, but even on the days when I have, it’s been challenging to check all of the boxes I like to check in the early morning – like exercise, writing, meditation, running, yoga, etc.
While it might seem counterintuitive to use my summer break as a time to get back to waking up earlier, that’s definitely my plan for the summertime. When the new school year starts, I’ll have a different schedule; my day will likely start a little later in the morning. That means that I’ll have even more time in the mornings for an intentional routine that helps to set the tone for my day and allow me to get some important priorities met before my kids are awake.
My ideal morning begins with waking up at 4 a.m. A few minutes later, I’ll either be writing or meditating – whichever feels more natural to begin with. I can definitely see this changing depending on the day!
I’ll drink a cup of coffee while writing. After writing and meditating are done – probably sometime between 5 and 6 a.m. – I’ll go for a run. When I get back, I’ll do some yoga and/or strength training.
THAT’S IT. It covers all of my major goals – running, yoga/strength training, writing, meditating – within the first two hours of the day. Which also happen to be, typically, my best and most energetic two hours of the day.
I’m planning to get this new and improved routine going starting today. So excited for a chance to reset my routine and get back on track with all the things.