5 Simple Ways To Start Your Morning Strong
It’s 9AM on a Wednesday. Read a chapter in a John Steinbeck novel, finished cooking a blueberry pancake breakfast for my two roommates, and now I’m curled up with a cup of tea and my laptop hoping to write something helpful about productive mornings.
I know, this isn’t a typical midweek rush-and-go kind of morning. In fact, I feel almost guilty that I’m not being productive enough.
Up until now, my mornings have been frenetic events of throwing together food into tupperware, mumbling sleepy “good mornings” to the roommates, and running to catch the bus while scrolling through The Skimm. Now that I’ve been handed an opportunity to work freelance while starting my own apparel company, I’m almost overwhelmed by the freedom. There’s a deep rooted insecurity that I’m not qualified to design my own schedule, especially that of precious mornings.
I ask myself daily questions like: Is this the best way to spend my next hour? Should I write an email or an article? Do I need to run first thing in the morning or can I do it in the afternoon? Should I squeeze in consultant phone calls now or maybe read that book on bootstrapping?
In my anxiousness to measure my productivity levels and making To Do lists for my To Do lists, I’m moving from task to task but not quite feeling accomplished.
I’m protective of my mornings to a fault and growing exhausted from forcing them into a structure that stems from fear. Fear of not feeling and looking like the rest of a rushed American culture. Fear of being left behind and missing out. In this battle with my pride, I’m realizing that rushed mornings are not necessarily the solution to a more productive lifestyle.
Maybe it’s time for a different conversation. Could it be that it’s not about how to be more productive, but about how to be more intentional?
Mornings are precious. Fragile almost. Our bodies have just been in a death-like trance for the past seven or so hours and then they are jerked awake by our phones. The tone of our day is set in a matter of a few seconds. We shovel food into bellies and throw ourselves into the rush of hundreds of other humans.
This routine is so set in my DNA that the idea of a slow morning sounds completely foreign to me. Savored mornings are for Sundays only, right?
Well, in my eagerness to experiment and try new things, I thought it might be high time to change up my routine. Over the past month, I’ve put on my invisible lab coat and have come to discover 5 ways to tap into the virgin morning glory for a better personal and working lifestyle.
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