My New Morning Routine
I love routines but not when my life becomes one. That might sound like an oxymoron; so, let me explain. My days are usually hectic and unpredictable, due to the nature of the acting industry; I never know when I am going to have an audition or a callback or be called in on set to work. I can get an audition for the next day only the night before. The filming schedule might be moved to an earlier date or pushed to a later one or change altogether. This instability while exciting can also be stressful. So, I like to add some structure to my life to keep my sanity. This is where my daily routines come into place.
Most of 2018 I followed the same routine. I would wake up at 6 am five days a week and go to the gym from 6:30 until 7:30 am. Then I would come home and make breakfast around 8 am and start my workday at 9 am with a hot cup of coffee. Then the day would turn into a whirlwind where around 3 pm I would get very sluggish as I am sure many of you are as well. After dinner, I would try to work on my passion projects, but by then my brain would be so exhausted that all I could do is to veg out.
There were two main problems with that routine:
1) My morning was very stressful. No matter how much I like to work out putting my body through strenuous physical exercises is not something I want to do first thing in the morning.
2) By the end of the day, I didn't have enough energy to work on my side projects.
There was a benefit to working out first thing in the morning. I had a feeling of accomplishment. I felt like no matter how the day went; there was at least one thing that I accomplished. It also seemed like there would be a lower chance of me skipping a workout. But as a result, my morning turned into the most detested part of the day.
Also, I realized that I am most creative in the morning when it comes to writing and painting. While in the evenings I most productive when it comes to coding or working on more logical tasks. And during the day I am sluggish and sleepy. So, let's cancel all work-related activities during the day! Juuuust kidding... However, it turns out that working out during the day is the best option; especially, when I feel like I need a nap.
So, this year I decided to try something new. Instead of putting my body through the unnecessary stress of morning workouts I moved them to the second part of the day.
I still wake up at 6 am, but now I have three hours before work for my own passion projects. I have time to edit the book I wrote at the end of last year. I am writing my blog posts and painting. I have my breakfast, and I am not in a hurry anymore. Not having to rush anywhere first thing in the morning is the most pleasant thing!
Do you feel stressed in the morning? If yes, I highly recommend rethinking your morning routine. Sometimes a small change can make a big difference. Are there tasks that you have to do first thing in the morning that you could move to a later part of the day? Or maybe you can do them a night before? If you feel like you rush through your morning, try waking up an hour earlier. It might be hard, in the beginning, but by getting that extra hour in the morning, you give yourself time to wake up properly and seize the day.
Now that I don’t exercise in the morning, I have to schedule my workouts ad hoc, which for a control freak like me is an adjustment. I am trying to see it as a good life lesson - to be more flexible. I also started new workout classes. I signed up for a month of unlimited classes at Pure Barre, and so far I am loving it. It's too soon to talk about the results. I will write a review in a month, once I have more information to share on pros and cons of this method.
It's my second week with this new routine, and I am happy to report that I feel less stressed in the morning, I have more energy during the day, and I get to work consistently on my side projects.
What's your morning routine like?