Having no routine is my morning routine.
That’s right. If you read over my last post, you know that I am trying to have a more productive morning by having a focused and task-heavy nightly routine. I am a night owl, so I am just the kind of person who has more energy right before bed than immediately upon waking. I mean, it’s hard for me to even shower or eat breakfast right after I wake up. And after years of trying to force myself to have this prim and perfect morning routine, I decided to just go by how I naturally wake and that means there is no routine.
So I figured, since I shared my nightly routine, I might as well share the “routine” I follow every morning before work or school. Since this isn’t really a routine (meaning there is no timing, order, or priority), it takes me as little as 5 minutes to do.
I won’t say it’s very productive, organized, or effective, but it works, and it gets me where I need to go on time.
Quick and easy, it takes me five steps:
Beauty maintenance: I say maintenance because the things I do in the morning are the bare essentials of appropriate hygiene. I brush my hair and braid it, brush my teeth, and put on deodorant. And that’s it.
Get dressed: Yep. I do this second.
Grab my coffee: As you know, I made my coffee last night. So this entails me just putting ice in a cup. Usually my mind can comprehend this early in the morning.
Get my stuff together: If I followed through with my nightly routine, I just slip my shoes on and grab my stuff off of the counter. Super simple.
Breathe: the last step
I am not a morning person. I have to set about 5 or 6 alarms in the morning just to get up, and I usually only get up about 15 minutes before I have to leave. Sometimes getting up so late is kind of disappointing, especially when I envision myself with a full face of make-up and my hair done nicely, but it’s just how I have been since day 1. Trust me, I’ve tried to change it.
But by giving myself enough time to just breathe before walking out to my car to leave, I don’t feel as hectic or out-of-control. I often find that when I can breathe in the morning before leaving, that I become incredibly thankful to the universe for tiny things like waking up next to a puppy who is so excited to just be alive, or to have a job to be late to, or that I remembered to pack myself a lunch. This is the most important step of my whole morning, and yes, I do wish I would give myself enough time to do 10 minutes of meditation, or draw one tarot card, but just a few deep breaths in the morning is a fine alternative.
What is the morning routine you follow? Is it different every day, or do you have a strict ritual? What is the one spiritual thing you do after you wake up?