Increasing “Me” Time For The Morning Person

Everybody needs time for themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO, stay-at-home mom, college student or just a regular old Jo like me. I want to share with you my morning routine that I’ve instilled for the past 6 months in hopes it will benefit you like it has me. Since beginning this routine I feel less stress, more control, more patience and overall happier as a result.

DAILY GRIND

Let’s take a look at an average daily grind. You know the one: alarm, shower, rush, out the door. Next, at least 8 hours dedicated to your craft, whatever that may be. Time to relax once you clock out (if you even get to do that)? Nope. Rather, make dinner, clean up, spend some time with the ones you love and prepare for bed. Blah. Where in there was time for just you? I didn’t catch any. Maybe it’s time for a change.

About 6 months ago I decided to start waking up earlier than I “needed” to in order to create more time for myself. How much earlier? Approximately 2 hours before I needed to be out the door. I will admit that I am a morning person so this advice will probably be best received by other morning people. It’s not that night owls can’t do this routine as well but by nature a true night owl may find they have the most energy and creativity in the evenings. For us morning folks, however, by the end of the day we are WIPED OUT. All I want to do is watch 10 minutes of Netflix and fall asleep on the couch. In the morning we are recharged, reenergized for a new day. Don’t you want to spend the time of day when you have the most energy doing something for yourself?

STEP 1: WAKE UP AND GET UP

TIME SUCK: APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES

This is the hardest part. We all know that. It’s so much easier to stay cuddled under that luscious down-filled comforter for 10 more minutes than it is to roll out of bed, weary and disoriented. No one is immune to this short-term gratification. But just think, do you really want to trade 10 more minutes of rest for an entire day of chaos and racing the clock? Open your eyes, hit your alarm (you no longer have a snooze button, sorry), sit, stand, walk. Then think. Literally do these steps before you think of anything else.

STEP 2: GET MOVING

TIME SUCK: APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES

It’s been proven time and time again that exercise is critical to your health and wellness. The key is to find the right exercise for you. Not everyone is a runner. Not everyone likes yoga. Who cares what everyone else likes. Do what YOU like. If you try to do something because everyone else is doing it and not because you truly enjoy it then it won’t stick. And cut yourself some slack, every day does not have to be 100% effort. This does not have to be a grand gesture. Walking counts.

Just tell yourself it’s not a choice; like eating or showering. Just because the negative side effects of not exercising aren’t as blatant as not showering doesn’t mean they still don’t stink. A trick that helps me (which is a little weird and not for everybody) is I sleep in my workout clothes. When I wake up all I have to do is put on my shoes. If you’re feeling unmotivated say to yourself, “Okay, I’ll workout for 5 minutes.” If after 5 minutes you still want to quit, then quit. I’m guessing though you’ll change your mind and decide to go the full time.

STEP 3: SHOWER. RINSE. REPEAT.

TIME SUCK: APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES

Obviously this chunk of time will be vastly different for everyone. Men typically can whip out a shower and self-care routine in less time than us gals. For me, less is more. Less choices equals more time. I don’t want to discount that some people use their clothes, hair and makeup as an expression of self and enjoy this process. If so, awesome. Make this window of time longer and give yourself time to be pampered. This is part of your “me” time.

STEP 4: TREAT YO’SELF

TIME NONSUCK: AS LONG AS YOU CAN

This is the bread and butter baby. What do you love to do? What do you wish you had more time to do during the week when you’re so overwhelmed, stressed and strapped for time? Well, now’s the time. Read. Write. Meditate. Work on a hobby. Drink coffee and stair out the window. I don’t care, just do what you’ve been missing.

STEP 5: BACK TO REALITY

TIME SUCK: APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES

You hear that? It’s the clock ticking again, time to return to the daily grind. But don’t you feel better? You’ve had an hour and a half (at least) for just you. Now you’ve got another 30 minutes or so to get ready for the day and complete any final tasks before your next adventure.

Try it for 5 days. One work week. Even if you’re not a morning person. You might surprise yourself. Set your alarm. The past 6 months have been so much more enjoyable for me. I’m healthier, more productive, more patient with my children and all around more fulfilled with each day. I want the same for you.

Good Luck!

Sammy

Read more from Sammy’s blog at www.disheveleddelight.com where she mostly talks about home projects, DIY, design and life hacks.