Once upon a time, a long long time ago, I had a good morning routine. But then over the years that fell by the wayside. I found myself waking up early some mornings but lacking purpose. Hence I have decided to take control of my mornings.
I have a long list of aspirational activities for morning routine, like:
- Wake up before anyone else in the house (the backyard magpie doesn’t count)
- Brush and Floss (of course, focussing on the latter)
- Read the Bible and also meditate on a few verses at a time
- Read a few pages from a non-fiction inspirational book
- Drink 500 ml – 1 l of water
- Take a cold shower (I am pretty sure this was copied from someone else’s morning routine)
- Write in a gratitude journal
- Write morning pages (yes, more writing!)
- Work on a business venture
- Exercise (There is a reason why this is the last)
Thanks to the internet, I don’t think I will ever run out of ideas for morning routines.
Recently, I came across this Instagram account which had a bunch of pictures of watches. These images all showed the same watch, just at different times. Only on closer inspection, I understood what it was all about. This author was tracking his morning wakeup time and the book he was reading. What a brilliant idea!
Inspired by this, I have decided to take up my first 30-day challenge. So, over the next 30 days, I am challenging myself to:
(a) wake up by 6 AM and
(b) spend about half-an-hour reading 15-30 pages from a book.
Do you want to see how far I get along? Follow me on my Instagram – @sonyography and support me in this challenge.
My Morning Reading List
- The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma (27th August – 5th September)
- Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt (6th – 11th September 2019)
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (12th – 22nd September 2019)
- The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan (23rd – 29th September 2019)