I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Tweaking my morning routine

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.

Routines

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.

Routines Are Not the Enemy ›

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.