5 Ideas to Help You Design Your Perfect Morning & Evening Routine
Written by Madalina Voiculet
Building up a routine that resonates with me and keeps me going was not easy. I used to have so many requirements from my routine that it became overwhelming and I couldn’t keep up with it.
Telling the truth, it took me quite some time to build a good relationship with time and keep myself accountable for it. It was easier to blame that Facebook notification, that last minute meeting that came in or just replying to an old text and so on. This made me realize that I was not focused enough as I didn’t know exactly what I want to accomplish during the day or.. in my life. I lost sight of the bigger picture.
I am going to share with you some of my routines. However, before going into that, take a moment and reflect… what does that ideal schedule look like? Maybe it is exercising in the morning or spending time with your kids or taking your business to the next level. By knowing this, it is easier to work towards your goal.
Choose where your energy is going. I really like Steve Jobs routine for example… every morning when he woke up, he asked himself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”. This question puts things into perspective and it is also a wakeup call, not only reflecting about your day, your purpose and your dreams but as well how can you get closer to them, how can you make them turn into reality.
1) Choose a time to wake up everyday
To be honest, I am not a morning person. But I realized that if I want to keep my own practice, I need to commit to a morning practice: it can be meditation, yoga or breathwork. It was difficult at the beginning. Waking up every workday at 06:45 and rolling my mat was not something that I was looking forward to do. I was complaining that “I don’t like it” or that “I am not a morning person”, but in the end I was just sabotaging myself. So, I shifted my relationship to time, learning to commit to getting great at it.
In order to do that, I did a promise to myself that I will have 8 hours of sleep a night and I will not snooze on the alarm. When the alarm starts going off, I drink my water with 3 drops of lemon oil and I will get out the bed immediately and I roll my mat and do my practice. My body feels wonderful after that it is also very rewarding for the brain, knowing that I have achieved the first thing on my to do’s list.
Tip: Try our 21 days challenge! Every day you will discover another type of practice: different type of yoga practices, meditation, pranayama, pilates. You might like more vinyasa flows or maybe yin is the type of yoga that resonates with you. The practices are not longer than 45 minutes, so perfect for the morning. Check it out here.
2) Have your breakfast
After my practice, I have my shower and continue with breakfast. Another important thing on my routine was the breakfast. I used to skip it because I wanted to sleep more. Not anymore! And breakfast is not just coffee. 🙂 By eating breakfast you will boost your metabolism and keep your blood sugar levels stable during the day.
3) What are your priorities?
Before getting into my email and the day, I am writing down my goals for the day. I might write down 5-7 priorities, but I am focusing on three goals every day. In this way, I design my day and again I take ownership of my schedule. I commit myself in completing my goals. What you have as goals is an accounting of how you want your day to unfold, equipped with aspiration and attitude. Also, by planning your day helps you stay on track and not get distracted by the day (checking emails, social media, filling up the coffee cup… again) and react to what comes. Also this reduces the stress level and gives you the power to control the day. Design what you want to accomplish during the day!
Tip: Book in your agenda some creative time! Whatever that means for you. We tend to get absorbed by the daily tasks that we forget to stimulate our creativity.
4) Let your day unfold
Having your priorities sets, check your agenda and book free time in your agenda. Book some buffer time between the meetings. This will give you more control and you don’t need to run from one meeting to another. Stay focus. Multitasking is overrated. Studies show that we can’t multitask. Do one task at a time. You will be more productive and as well people will appreciate your attention.
Another good tip from Ron Friedman: “Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?” You should start by checking your three goals for the day and see if you have achieved to deliver on them. 😊
It is very important to me to spend time with my partner and my dog. Therefore, I book time in my calendar to take my dog out. Therefore, I do not need to worry during the day about this (which I used to do) because now I owe my agenda.
In the evening, when I finish my work, I do not check emails until next day in the morning. I used to stay on my phone and answer emails all evenings. That affected the time that I was spending with my partner as I couldn’t be 100% with him or 100% working. I was worried about work and refreshing my emails every 15 minutes.
5) Gratitude and reflections over the day
What are you grateful for? How was your day? Did you fulfill your three priorities? If not, why? What hold you back? Is it an excuse or is it a real thing that stop you from owning your agenda?
Before going to bed, I am writing down in my journal:
- Three things I am grateful for
- Three things I look forward to
- Three memorable moments from today
- Good Deed of the day
- What is my purpose
I believe that going to bed in a positive note and already planting the seeds for the next day creates a positive vibe in the following morning. Already grounded and with an idea about the day, it helps the mind to be positive.
What it is important to remember is that not all routines are created equal. My routine might not work for you. You need to establish your own terms and see what resonates with you. Also, try and see it. After a couple of weeks, the routine might become more and more automatic for you. Maybe an easy way to start is to create a not to do list… what are the things that you do that take you away from your goals and intentions for the day? Whether you want to stop scrolling Facebook feed, checking email all the time, not eating breakfast write it down so that it becomes real and you feel accountable for changing this.
You got this! Write me if you have any questions. I am grateful to be part of the process and support you as I can.