Adjusting my morning routine

Are you a morning person? I am not. Then again, I’m not sure I’m an any time person. I don’t seem to have a most-efficient time of the day at all it seems. When I wake up in the morning, I’m usually groggy and grouchy, unless I supermagically have a really good sleep.

I recently listened to Michael Hyatt’s latest podcast which talks about maximizing productivity by having a good morning ritual. I’ve been thinking about this lately as my life schedule has changed significantly in the last two months. My husband has gone back to school, which happens to be almost all night classes. Most days during the week this means I see him for 45 minutes in the day if I don’t get up in good time in the morning. Those 45 minutes require me to be home from work at 5PM, which means if I want to put in a good work week I either need to leave earlier in the morning, or work in the evening after he’s gone. Both are OK options.

Since I’m trying to figure out how to maximize my productivity, live intentionally, I’m wondering: Can I force myself to be a morning person? Can I engineer my life/day so that I get used to getting up in the morning? 

My components of a good day

There are a few things I’ve wanted to add to my life that I can never seem to make sure happen every day.

  1. Recently as I’ve started trying to run, I’ve found that after getting home and eating an early dinner with my husband before he heads off, the sun is almost already down making a run pretty uninviting! I’m looking at  scheduling a morning run/exercise. Granted, soon the sun will be down in the early morning, too.
  2. The other thing that I need to make a priority in my morning is a time to pray, read my Bible, and journal. This is something I try to do every day, but if I don’t make time for it in the morning it’s so easy for busyness to take over and it not get done. When I don’t do this on a regular basis I find myself feeling unbalanced, with my focus on the wrong things.
  3. The third thing that I’ve noticed has helped me have a better day is taking the time to review my schedule and my goals for the day and week.
  4. Finally, spend time with my husband and my DayLight (during the winter). See this post.

Exercise, Center myself, See my husband, and Day Prep. Those appear to be my components of a good day. I have been trying this out for the last week and have been surprised at the results already. The DayLight is helping me wake up early, and this routine is helping me feel more ready for my day.

What about you? What is crucial for your morning routine? 

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  • di

    hiiiiiiJess! A & I have just begun using ‘stayfocusd’- an extension for google chrome. It limits access to certain websites for the mornings (user can customise hours). We found that the first thing we were doing when getting up was immediately gravitating toward computers (email, FB etc.)- a bad habit!!! So far this has helped us use mornings more productively for quiet-times instead… prob. other apps available for iphones, macs etc…,2817,2388903,00.asp

    Also, this vid is great. Gives some insight into how our brains create neurological pathways as we adjust our patterns, repeat these behaviours and create new (hopefully good!) habits 🙂

    • Jess Versteeg

      Ooh thanks for the links!

  • Brad Stewart

    I am not naturally a morning person either, but in my experience, yes, you can change that. It just takes discipline to go to bed and get up at the same hour each day. Exercising early helps too; when i get back from a 7am swim, I am so much better prepared to face the day than whem I sleep in.

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