I’ve come up with a plan to shake up my morning routines for 2015. While I will still do my “happy habits” like meditation, reading, and journaling, I will give each morning a focus. I will share this with you to give you an idea for your own routines for the new year.
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My focus will continue to be building and maintaining positive habits, a sense of accomplishment, clarity of purpose, a good start to the day, learning and discovery, curiosity, reflection, self-love, ME time, injecting fun and play during each day, and shaking things up when it gets boring.
Habits I will do
Here’s a list of happy habits I plan to do: gratitude, yoga, meditation, affirmations, make my bed, journaling, reflection, walking, OBE practice or lucid dreaming, reading, exercise, discovery, learning new skills, bucket list, lifestyle design, get out in nature, move my body, laugh, play, make music
Monday: Bucket List
What’s the next step on achieving something on my bucket list? Research? Set a date? Book a flight? Call or email? Maybe brainstorm some new ideas. Use this time to do it now.
Tuesday: Rec Center Day
Go to rec center, exericse. You know the deal! All I gotta do is just make it to the rec center and I’ve achieved my goal. The sooner the better. Once I get there, doing the work is easy.
Allow myself time to practice OBEs, astral projection, or lucid dreams. Try a WBTB technique. Get up, eat breakfast and maybe watch a video or read for 15-20 minutes and then go back to bed and try to stay conscious and present as I fall asleep. Remember to keep in mind any goals for my out-of-body travels like experiencing my higher self, spiritual essence, or flying to the moon. After that, continue on with my routine.
Thursday: Movie Mornings
Get up, watch a Netflix or YouTube and just enjoy it. Then after, do the rest of my routine like normal. Maybe while I watch I can write in my journal.
Use about 30-60 minutes to do something fun or enjoyable. Write a note to someone to express love or gratitude. Laugh or draw a picture. Play piano or make a quick song in FL Studio. Write down an idea or two for a song. Play a game online. Go for a jog or learn a breakdance move. Whatever! Just do something fun.
Get Out Saturday:
Take about 30-60 minutes to get outside! If it’s cold, bundle up! Walk in the neighborhood or at the park. Use this time to experience nature. Listen to an audiobook or podcast or nothing at all. Walking in nature allows ideas and inspirations to come naturally. It gets me out of my thinking mind and into my body.
Spend a half hour writing in my journal reflecting on the week to keep into perspective how far I’ve come. It’s easy to forget. What emotions have I felt? What successes or struggles? What’s progress like on your goals? Review the To Do list.
Morning Routine Breakdown
Note that this schedule should be flexible as it would be impossible to follow it strictly to the minute. Use this as a guide to inspire your own schedule if you’d like.
- 7:00 am: Wake up, make bed, bathroom, brush teeth (10 min)
- 7:10 am: Write in journal (dreams, gratitude, daily goals, affirmations) (10 min)
- 7:20 am: Eat breakfast, make coffee (10 min)
- 7:30 am: Daily focus (see above) 60 minutes
- 8:30 am: Shower (20 min)
- 8:50 am: Do dishes, tidy up any messes (25 min)
- 9:15 am: Reading (15 min)
- 9:30 am: Break, miscellaneous (15 min)
- 9:45am: Meditate, stretching, yoga, weights (15 min)
Knowing my tendencies, I’ll be gung-ho with this for a few weeks and then get a little lazy and fall off the wagon. But that is usually a signal to shake things up and try to make it more interesting. I’ll try my best.
Morning Routine Template (plus more)
If you are interested in my freelance work schedule beyond my morning routine, I have included it in my downloadable Morning Routine Template. I created a daily routine that includes my morning habits plus my ideal work schedule.
Now that I’m officially working on my own (I left Go Media after 9 years), I need to give myself some structure as a freelancer and self-employed entrepreneur.
If you’ve got any ideas, tips, or suggestions, leave a comment below.