Habit sequences — stop thinking
Lately my morning routine has gone all over the place and I think it has contributed to a feeling of chasing my tail (plus a persistent headache). I’ve been waking up at different times in order to maximise sleep cycles (multiples of 90 minutes), usually getting at least 6 hours which doesn’t sound too bad. However, by waking up at different times straight away I’ve added at least 5 decisions that I don’t need to make — When should I set my alarm for? When should I get up? Snooze or not snooze? Have I got time for Duolingo practice? Have I got time for yoga? Have I got time for breakfast?
Looking at motion and momentum, when we walk, if we concentrate on each part, left foot up, heel down, toe down, right foot up etc. we lose the flow and trip.
My best mornings are when I just flow from one activity to the next. This does tend to mean a 2-hour morning (writing in my journal and setting my priority for the day, some Duolingo/Memrise practice, 40-min yoga routine, breakfast and get changed). However, the cumulative effects of these tokens paying into my energy buckets for myself, my mind and body, help me throughout the day, the week.
For me, the easiest way to start a new habit, is to plan ahead and think about where I can tag it on to an existing habit. My morning routine used to just be 20-minutes long (breakfast and get ready), then over time I’ve added different activities, add-ons. There is no ‘one day’ or ‘when I have time’, I have to make time for it. It requires forward-planning and commitment but once set, it’s automatic and no longer drains me as I’ve already removed the decision making.