There’s nothing quite like writing down the routine you’ve found yourself falling into to make you realise there are somethings you’d like to change. When I posted about my routine the other week it made me more conscious of what I’ve been doing in the morning so I started to pay more attention to what I was doing last week.
Through the course of the week, I realised I was spending a bit too much time in bed bumbling on the internet at the start of the day and then rushing through some other things that are more valuable. Last week I decided to try something out. I left my phone alarm to go off as it always does, then I set my little alarm clock to go off at 07:15 in the hope that its blaring sound would be enough to pull me out of my snoozing habit.
With the alarm waking me more thoroughly I found I was naturally ready to get out of bed a bit earlier. The one problem was that I was still slipping into my habit of lying in bed for longer than I needed to. So this week I added a new part to my wake-up.
Using my habit app of choice Streaks I added a new task with a timed alert for 07:30 to get out of bed at that time. So far it’s been working. I’ve been out of bed at that time every day this week and showered, dressed, and in my chair by 08:00. It’s given me another 20 minutes of space in the morning to spend a bit longer on my quiet time and even start writing some blog posts like this one. The big test will be next week, it’s one thing to keep doing something the week you start it, it’s another picking it up and carrying on for a second or third week.
On my lunch break today as I sat reading some RSS feeds, I came across a Daily Blogging Challenge that started on the first of March. As I clicked through to the organising site to find out more I discovered that each day they are sharing a prompt word that everyone taking part should use to kickstart their post for the day. I’m not going to commit to taking part everyday, but I liked the prompt from 1st March, routine.
Routines have always been a bit of a comfort to me, mostly they just happen and I realise that I’ve settled in to one without considering what I’m doing. My morning routine for example is one that I’ve realised I’ve settled in to without really considering.
I wake up with my alarm around 07:00 and spend the next 45 minutes or so waking up. That involves a bit of snoozing, a bit of morning messaging, and a bit of bumbling around on the internet. Then I get out of bed and head towards the shower.
I’m usually dressed and ready to start my day by around 08:20. The next step is a glass of juice and my meds, followed by a sit down in my chair and a bit of time to have a quiet time with whatever reading plan I’m using in the Youversion app at the moment.
Around 08:40 I’ll turn on my Mac and head to the kitchen to make coffee and sort out some food for myself before I settle at my desk to contrive the days business.
I didn’t realise this was a routine I’d fallen in to until I came across Pablo Picasso’s daily schedule and it started me on path looking in to the routines of other famous creators, something I’ll be looking into and sharing here.
This is a very well timed article. Since going self employed I’ve come to realise how important my routine involving an hour long commute was in preparing myself for a days work. This article has some handy tips at spotting routines and establishing new ones.