|Coffee Break by Kenny Louie (Flickr)|
I suspect that the real problem is that I tend to be way too ambitious with my to-do lists. Or maybe I’m just not choosing things that really do energize and motivate me, but things I felt I “have to” do. As a participant in the “Create a Perfect Morning Routine” class with Skillshare, my goal is to create a plan that is not only manageable, even on a fully packed day, but is also filled with enjoyable activities that won’t leave me searching for an excuse not to do them. I need a routine that’s not about chores and things I need to get done, but one that prepares me for the stressful day ahead.
My Primary Focus
My primary focus is destressing my life. I want to begin my day feeling refreshed and optimistic about what lies ahead.
Devotional Bible Reading, Exercise, Listening to Music, Journaling, Meditation, Prayer, Self Improvement, Staying Informed, To-Do List
Option 1: Journaling
Option 2: Listening to Music (Pandora channels, Amazon Prime Music, or Classical KUSC FM 91.5 radio)
Option 3: Prayer
Option 4: Devotional Reading (Bible)
Option 6: Self Improvement (reading self help books)
Option 7: Staying Informed (BBC News, NYTimes, NPR, theSkimm)
Option 6: Creating a To-Do List
Ideal Morning Routine
7:00 a.m. – Wake Up
7:05 a.m. – Check Email and Text Messages (in case of anything important)
7:10 a.m. – Daily Focus (preferably with hot chocolate or a vanilla latte)
7:35 a.m. – Exercise (Daily Yoga app on Android phone)
7:50 a.m. – Meditation (Calm app on Android phone)
8:00 a.m. – Begin day
Note: This morning routine was created as the project for the “Create a Perfect Morning Routine” class on Skillshare, taught by freelance designer and illustrator Jeff Finley, author of Wake Up: The Morning Routine That Will Change Your Life. My review of the course: Sure, it needs some editing, and some slides with bullet-points would help. At times I even found the content a little dull. However, I was finally motivated to establish a workable morning routine, and for that reason I'm grateful for this course. Therefore, I recommend it.