Hi, my name is Elyssa and I’m a chronic snoozer.
[I’m pretty sure this is the part when you say ‘Hi, Elyssa’ back]
I literally set my alarm 15 minutes early so that I can snooze for three 5 minute intervals. And then I set a timer for another 15 while justifying why I can’t possibly face the day yet. Yes, I know, it’s rather pathetic.
All my years as a homeschooled high schooler and an independent college student, and I never got a grip on my mornings. I wish a million times over that I had because it is an area of life that requires cultivating and intentionality.
Seriously, good mornings are one of the best weapons in your arsenal to battle the junk that comes flying in on a daily basis. Have a stressful job? Get a grip on your morning. Too many classes this semester? Get a grip on your morning. Kids driving you crazy? Get a grip on your morning. Too many problems, don’t know where to start? Get a grip on your morning. New projects to work on? Get a grip on your morning? Just want to feel better about life? Honey, get a grip on your morning.
What do I mean by get a grip? I mean taking some time and deciding what you need your morning to consist of and then committing to it. Before anyone else has say in your life, get your grip.
The Happiness Project author, Gretchin Rubin, considers September to be a kind of new year, a concept she talks about in her book Happier at Home. It makes sense because it’s the beginning of a new school year, the end of the summer adventures, and the start of a brand new season. So when this past September rolled around, I decided to do the same thing. New season. New challenges. Top of the list–mornings.
September was good. I was more consistent with my morning routine than I have been in a long time. It wasn’t perfect–I still snoozed, but it was a start in the right direction. But I need to do even better. It’s October now, and there’s one more piece to my morning puzzle that I need: early rising.
So yesterday, was the first day of the month and I didn’t hit the snooze button or set a timer. I actually got up, grabbed my water bottle, and headed for the treadmill before I could talk myself out of it.
[I think there are supposed to be some sort of congratulatory remarks or maybe a hand clap or two here. I don’t really know how Snoozers Anonymous works, but it seems appropriate]
Yeah, because writing for 31 days straight and launching a podcast isn’t enough challenge in one month, I have to tackle something else too. And this thing, so seemingly mundane, is huge because waking up at a decent time so I can have time to do my life is important.
But that’s how it goes right? You have to stop and commit to the little things while in the thick of everything else otherwise you lose yourself. I didn’t manage this very well when I was in school. This is one of those things I wish I could go back and tweak but I’m committing now. And now is better than never, yeah?
So what does my good morning routine consist of?
- Wake up between 530 & 600. I’m shooting for 530 but I’m giving myself a grace period to get used to it.
- Treadmill for 1/2 hour
- Bible reading & journaling for 1/2 hour to 45 min
- Write for 1 hour
That’s it. There are other things that I need to schedule during the rest of my day but I can’t get that under control until I get a grip on my mornings first.
Good morning means my body is awake (treadmill), my soul is awake (Bible reading & journaling), and my creativity is awake (writing). I add breakfast and a shower to that combo and I’m ready for the races! My attitude is better, I think more clearly, I’m more apt to respond rather than react, and I’m much more patient.
Good mornings are something I wish I got a grip on earlier in life but am determined to master now. They will fluctuate and change with the seasons but the grip remains. Maintaining that control, preparing your body, and letting God speak to you before anyone else does is so important. So when all the junk comes flying in, you’re ready. It’s not easy but you’ve made ready and no one can take that from you.
Have you got a grip on your mornings? What does your routine look like and how does it help you deal with the crazy life brings? Do you need to get a grip and have good mornings? What kinds of change do you need to make to get your routine going?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!