I have a simple morning routine that I add to.
Currently, I get up later than I had planned. (I have ambitions for sleeping early and rising early. Sometimes it happens. Sometimes it doesn’t.)
I brush my teeth and brush my hair (not with the same brush). While doing that I read the Basic Principles from The Artist’s Way. I have written them out and posted them beside the bathroom mirror.
I then go to the kitchen and put the kettle on. I drink half a pint of cold water. I make a cup of tea for myself and a cup of coffee for my partner to be delivered to his bedside.
I then sit down to write my Morning Pages. These are three foolscap pages of handwritten stream of consciousness. I have been writing them now for two years and I wouldn’t stop. I really miss them when I wake up somewhere without the time or paper to write.
I discovered that this routine is a great way to add value to my day simply by tagging something new on until it becomes habit. The drinking of water and reading the Basic Principles are recent additions. I noticed that I was getting dehydrated and forgetting to drink water during the day. To correct that, I made a glass of water before bed and on rising part of my routine.
My next add on is going to be meditating while lying on the floor in semi-supine. I do this every few days at present but I’d like it to be part of every day. Including it at the start in an existing routine seems best. I’ve tried it a few times but I haven’t given myself the time yet.
One other change I want is to start getting up early. I’m going to try this for the next week. I’d like to get up about 7 every day. That means I need to be asleep by 11.30.
Do you have a routine that you use? Is it a routine of choice? Do you try to alter your habits?
Please let me know what you do in the comments below.