For the last two weeks, I’ve been re-thinking and re-shaping my morning routine. I started a graduate program at KU this fall, and I also work full time at the University Career Center in addition to teaching cello lessons and gigging on the weekends, so I’m pretty invested in optimal time management at the moment.
My current morning routine looks like this – I wake up at 6:00 am, and let my dogs out. I have two terrier mixes, Jake and Mia. I feed the dogs, and make one cup of strong pour-over coffee. I meditate for 8 minutes (focusing on my breath, tuning into sounds around me, feeling the weight of my body on the cushion, acknowledging thoughts that come up, then tuning back into my breath). I then eat breakfast (steel-cut oats with fruit and nuts) while reading (sometimes for class, sometimes for pleasure). I then spend 30-40 minutes doing homework for class. I get dressed and ready for work, and head out on my bike at 7:45. I arrive at 8:00 to begin my work day.
I try to stick to this routine whether it’s a workday or the weekend. Consistency works well for me. Although it seems like there is a lot of activity packed into that 2-hour period, it actually feels relaxing. Having a well-rehearsed morning routine helps to set me up for a good day, because I don’t have to make decisions about what I will eat for breakfast, or in what order I will do things. I am a morning person, in that it’s the time of day when I feel my mind is at it’s sharpest, and I’m the most capable of retaining information. My routine helps me make the most of that.
What’s your morning routine?