Back in 2017, I published my morning routine on my blog. It was titled “My Morning Routine is 4 Hours Long.”
Four. Hours. Long.
It was filled with all the basic enlightening, perfect personal development tasks ever written by best selling productivity gurus.
This was it:
WAKE UP AT 7 AM EVERY MORNING
If my husband is still home, snuggle and kiss him for a few minutes. If my husband is gone for work, get right up.
Drink the rest of the water in the mason jar from last night.
GET DRESSED IN WORKOUT CLOTHES PET ALL BABIES
Let them out onto the balcony as I’m going downstairs to use the bathroom.
BATHROOM AND WATER
While I’m downstairs, drink another mason jar full of water (my mason jar is 18oz)
This is a quick clean up of the floor. It’s mainly sweeping because having 5 furbabies makes the floors messy.
RELAX ON BALCONY
Go out on the balcony with the babies and lie out for at least 30 minutes. Feel the sun, breathe the air, meditate. I usually set a timer for this because I can lie out there for hours and not care.
Read my vision (more about this in a future post) and review the bullet journal.
EXERCISE AND SHOWER
Follow the exercise plan. Take a shower afterward and drink more water.
Okay so that was so eye-rolling shit right there. Did you roll your eyes?
That morning routine was all fine and dandy, but the think was…
I DIDN’T ACHIEVE ANYTHING!!
Nothing got done past that morning. I never got to work. And when I did, I was so worn out that my brain was drained. I had no mental energy to be creative for my business.
So I just laid on the balcony. Oh how I loved that fucking balcony….
The real productivity rules are to use your brain on important tasks while it still has the energy to do so.
Get the important stuff done FIRST and then try to do everything else.
By spending FOUR hours every morning on a routine that I thought would enlighten me, I wasted all my brain juice on relaxing, journaling and mental exercises.
Again there’s nothing wrong with those things. But my life would have been better if I worked on my business more.
I didn’t want to after 4 hours.
My Morning Routine is Boring as Hell Now
So what am I doing these days? The most boring routine ever.
It’s not glorified. No would want to watch my morning routine on YouTube. It’s not cute.
Here it is on a good day:
Try not to go on the phone.
GO TO THE BATHROOM
Blow it up.
GET TO WORK
Grab a drink, the laptop and GET TO WORK.
That’s it. It takes a matter of 5 – 20 minutes depending on how hard it is to leave the bed that day.
I have to get to work right away or I’m not going to do it.
I can’t exercise beforehand or I’m “exhausted” for the rest of the day.
Sometimes when I wake up late, I’ll eat before getting to work. Most days I write first and it always starts with a braindump. So maybe that counts as journaling.
But, I found that this is so much better for me to get things done. I don’t need an overproduced morning routine that gets me nowhere.
It’s not that I deprive myself. I exercise after work. I hang out with furbabies all throughout the day. I can’t relax on a balcony anymore but my couch and bed are nice.
Even though it’s boring as hell, I’m so glad I stopped trying to be “perfect.”
Perfection wasn’t getting me the results I wanted.