We Added in a Morning Routine to Our Day - Here's What Happened
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” We hear this statement all the time. However, not many people are talking about the time spent before that meal. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, shouldn’t our first waking moments be the most important time of the day?
After listening to many wellness podcasts and surrounding myself with successful business owners, I began to realize I was not optimizing my time and energy to their fullest potential. As a recent graduate, I was used to rolling out of bed late and running straight to class. I used to wonder why I was always so tired throughout the day… interesting.
So after talking to my coworkers about this, I decided that I should probably give this morning routine thing a try. Here’s what happened:
My First Attempt
As with anything, this new morning routine took time and attention. I began by adding in a meditation every once in awhile. I also quickly learned that it’s a terrible idea to meditate right after waking up while still laying in bed. I wish it were that easy, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Although I was reluctant, I began to get up out of bed to add other things into my routine before my meditation. This is when things started to click.
Two days in a row turned into three which then eventually turned into a daily morning meditation. Throughout the first few weeks of trying this out, I adjusted or added in something new to truly nurture this new habit. Finally one day as I was walking to work after a solid few days of my new routine, I noticed how energized I felt. That energy translated into a better mood and a serious increase in my productivity. It was that point of acknowledgement that made me appreciate this lifestyle change.
From that point on, I have stuck to that routine: wake up, run (sometimes), oatmeal, matcha, meditation, shower, get ready for the day.
What I Learned
The beautiful thing about this new lifestyle change is that it’s different for everyone. The morning routine I have built works great for me, but everyone takes a different approach. A morning routine can be as simple as just waking up and having breakfast or as complex as a 3 hour ordeal with all the things. The goal is to create a process that encourages you to wake up and stay energized throughout the day.
If you are like me, you may not like falling into routine. I have this irrational fear of being too comfortable - just sailing through life without having to think. This was why I was so hesitant to start a morning routine to begin with. Don’t let that scare you off though because after this little experiment, I realized it is greater than that. It’s about setting an intention.
I always think of it like this - before every flight, the flight attendants will demonstrate how to use the oxygen masks in an emergency. They ALWAYS tell you to place the mask on yourself before you help others. As I wake up every morning now, I think of this analogy. I love to remind myself that I will be incapable of investing in others and in my job if I don’t invest in myself first.
The most important relationship is the one with yourself. Remember this. This is why creating time and space in the mornings (or any time of the day) is so necessary. Whether you are trying to optimize your time, love better or be more productive in the workplace, you must invest in yourself.
Place the oxygen mask on yourself first because without it, you won’t have the breath to help others find theirs.