What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morn?

Routine. It’s important. Having a routine in the morning, announced my highly successful little brother recently, helps determine your outlook for the rest of your day.


And it’s true. We all have routines that we adhere to. Sometimes they’re helpful, sometimes they’re not. And most of the time we’re not consciously engaging in them, either. I used to get up in the morning and go straight for my phone to see what the latest news was on Facebook. “Did I get any external validation today?” was my first thought. Not a great way to start the day, seeking that validation outside of Self.

sleeping
Falling asleep on the couch? Yeah that’s a bad routine.

Having a productive and mindful routine that you do, day in, day out, regardless of the weather, or your mood, or your mind state, creates stability. It creates the expectation that no matter what happens or what your internal experiences are, you can count on your physical routine remaining the same. You know what to expect. And that’s comforting.
Oh? You want to know what my routine looks like in the early morn? OK. Here it is:

5:45 am: Wake up.
5:45 am – 6 am: Body scan relaxation.
6 am – 6:10 am: EFT Tapping
6:10 am – 6:25 am: Scratch myself, yawn loudly, procrastinate about getting up.
6:25 am – 6:30: Get out of bed. Go for a whizz.
6:30 am – 6:50 am: Yoga, followed by 5-10 minutes of meditation.
6: 50 am – 7am Shower, get dressed, out the door to work.

Did you need to know the specifics? No, probably not. But it’s important to note that in my recovery self-care is exceptionally important and, yes, it does involve making the time to go to the bathroom.

If you’re interested in mirroring the routines of shit-hot people who are highly successful, you may want to check out this post by a guy called Kevin Lee.
To successful routines!

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