“I have to get back into a routine!” If you’ve been muttering that to yourself lately, especially after having enjoyed a summer full of vacations, parties, late night movie binges and a less structured schedule, you’re not alone. Fall has a way of saying, “Hey, it’s been fun, but don’t you think it’s time to buckle down and focus?”
If you’re reading to get back in the groove, this article might serve as motivation. In You Get 25,000 Mornings as an Adult: Here are 8 Ways to Not Waste Them, author James Clear calculates the average number of mornings we experience as adults.
That’s what you get in your adult life. 25,000 times you get to open your eyes, face the day, and decide what to do next. I don’t know about you, but I’ve let a lot of those mornings slip by.
Once I realized this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine. I still have a lot to learn, but here are some strategies that you can use to get the most out of your 25,000 mornings.
I can identify with this article, because I’ve had a morning practice since 2006. It’s played a huge factor in so much of my life, like reducing stress, manifesting goals, gaining clarity about my intentions, and deliberately making an impact for others.
If you’re ready to get back in the groove and implement a little more structure to your day, mornings are a good place to start. Here are the eight steps Clear shares in his article, which are geared toward his work as a writer:
1. Manage your energy, not your time.
2. Prepare the night before.
3. Don’t open email until noon.
4. Turn your phone off and leave it in another room.
5. Work in a cool place.
6. Sit up or stand up.
7. Eat as a reward for working hard.
8. Develop a “pre–game routine” to start your day.
While these ideas might not be an exact fit for your particular job or responsibilities, they can be adapted to your own circumstances, or serve as inspiration to come up with a morning routine of your own.
What Is Your Morning Routine?
What do you think of the article? If you already have a morning (or daily) routine that works for you, please share it here. What works for you might work for someone else – let’s inspire each other!
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