Today marks the day of a new resolution! If you’re unfamiliar with my Year of Resolutions, check it out to see all my goals for 2013. The goal for February? Establish a solid morning and nighttime routine.
Why am I doing this, you ask?
Because I have been seriously lazy with getting up in the morning and with my schedule in general. I know most people have big grown up jobs where they have to get up early in the morning, but not I. I currently work in retail where the earliest I’d have to be at work is 10, and most days I work, I go in in the afternoon. Basically, I have nothing pressing me to get up.
For a while, I was letting myself sleep in until whenever. Sounds like a fairy tale, eh? Not really. It is nice to think I don’t have to get up really early to whip out a workout before my job and rush through some crazy schedule. But having nothing to truly wake up for when the only thing I’m doing is working at 2 pm? It’s kind of de-motivational. And it’s really turned me into a lazier person. Waking up has become increasingly harder than normal for me because I don’t get up the same time every day nor do I go to bed at consistent times either.
Why in the world did you call this goal “Good Day Sunshine?”
Because I LOVE The Beatles, that’s why! If you’re not familiar, “Good Day Sunshine” is a song by The Beatles’ album Revolver (1966). For some reason, as soon as I starting thinking about waking up early, this song popped in my head. I’ve contemplated making this my morning alarm just for added hilariousness. Listen to it over here.
What’s the Plan, Stan?
Obviously, I’m not going to turn around my morning laziness and my night owl-ness without a solid plan. I’ve crafted a very specific schedule for my mornings and evenings. I’m posting these schedules in several places at home. I’ve also gone all-out OCD and made a chart to track my progress. When I follow my routines well for the day, I get a check mark. If I get 90% of my check marks or better, I may just treat myself to something nice at the end of the month for some added motivation 🙂 And because I love making pretty graphics, I made a graphic for both schedules.
So, a bit of explanation is probably in order considering this is just an outline. My goal is to wake up no later than 6 every week day (this is not my schedule for the weekends, just the week days). A BIG change in my morning schedule is that I am now going to try to workout first thing. I usually have prayer time and devotional reading first thing, but this is unfortunately just not working. I do feel kind of weird about pushing my devos until later, but I need change in my schedule. Working out first thing energizes me, focuses me, and de-stresses me, helping me have a better day right from the start. Doing devos first thing sometimes meant that my workouts were pushed later and later because I would rather sit around in my pjs and drink coffee all day. Now by putting workouts and showering/getting dressed first, I don’t have the option to be lazy.
This morning routine is really simple, but I’m hoping that I can treat it like I have deadlines to be places. I want to wake up no later than 6, workout no later than 7, and sit down for prayer no later than 8:45. By putting all of the things I do in the morning into a time slot, it makes it seem more like an appointment, like I actually have to be there. Dear self, please be there. Now onto the evening…
Isn’t this a lovely little graphic? It’s so calm and serene, exactly what I want for my evenings. Right now, my evenings are pretty much go-go-go, on the computer/phone, busying around cleaning stuff up, and then BOOM – hit the bed. This is in no way relaxing to me, and sometimes I feel really stressed out as I go to bed (so not cool), or I can’t even get to bed at a decent time because I have such a desire to DO STUFF. It has to end. And so it does with this little routine.
Don’t worry, I have practiced this routine several times to know that I can and will do it. I love having a whole hour to decompress, reflect on the day, and put my worries aside for a moment. Something I really want to overcome through this month is being on technology at night. If you read my post about unplugging from technology the other day, you know that I’m wanting to become less tethered to my phone, Kindle, computer, social media, etc. I’ve also tried this in the past, but establishing a “tech-free” time of night is a really easy solution to this problem. By 8:30 every night, it’s time to be done with anything on the computer. Put away the gadgets! At this time, I’ll start getting ready for bed by washing my face and brushing my teeth. I like to tidy up a bit and then make a schedule for the coming day if I need to. Then I like to retire to my bedroom with a warm cup of peppermint tea (so relaxing to me for some reason) and read, write, reflect – just relax. I plan to be in bed no later than 10 each night to ensure I get at least 8 hours of sleep.
Okay, I so realize this isn’t like uber exciting or anything. Most successful people have a morning and night routine (at least imagine they do. Who knows?). But I want 2013 to be about living intentionally. I don’t want to let random factors of my life dictate what my day looks like. If I am not living with intention, that’s what happens. I’m honestly so tired of wishing I had gotten up earlier or wishing I had just taken some time to read a book and sip some tea. I desire consistency and peace to exude from the beginning to the end of my day. This month won’t be perfect. I probably will sleep in one day. Life happens. But from now onward, these are my intentions.
Questions for you:
- Do you have a morning or night routine & do you typically stick with it?
- If so, what does your routine look like?
- If not, is there something about your schedule that you’d like to make intentional changes with? Let today be the day.