I have struggled to get into a routine, and this has been an issue especially when it comes to productivity. Morning routines to get yourself into the right mindset during the day is so important… especially if you have ADHD (like me) and your mind kind of is all over the place. Even if you don’t have a set schedule, I find that having a routine really helps get you in the mood to do what you need to do.
I think that a lot of people have gotten into the habit of daily routines this year due to the pandemic and working from home, but I recently graduated and moved back home… so it’s been difficult for me. I will say, however, that my daily routine in college was not exactly consistent either.
Here are some things I would like to incorporate/reintroduce into my daily routine:
- making my bed
I know it sounds simple, but these things are often overlooked despite how powerful they are. Meditation in the morning can help set the tone for your day and keep mindfulness by your side throughout. People who meditate have found they are less stressed and more focused throughout the day, among other things. Journaling definitely helps you sort your thoughts and get your ideas down. I used to journal a lot in college, and in the morning I would write about what I had planned to do that day, what I’m thankful for, and anything else on my mind. It’s great for self-reflection, setting goals, and creativity. Last but not least, making your bed. Making your bed in the morning allows you to check something off of your to do list and give you a sense of physical productivity. Checking things off of your to do list, no matter how small, triggers a dopamine response and makes your brain feel a sense of accomplishment. This usually ends up in your brain wanting to do more!
Currently, I just wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, take my dog out, and then eat breakfast. I have started meditating, but definitely have had days where I skipped it altogether. I don’t think adding all these things to your routine all at once will be sustainable– at least for me it won’t. Knowing myself, I will be really into it for about a week and then just stop doing almost all of it after. Trust me, I’ve tried. I’ve gotten more comfortable and consistent with my meditation practice lately, so I’ll add another thing from the list!
I know I’ve just really focused on morning routines in this post, but I think the key to a good morning routine starts the night before. Make sure all your things are ready and in order for the next day, so you’re not wasting energy on finding and organizing them. Here are some things I think are important to do at night:
I know I have journaling in the morning and evening, but sometimes it’s necessary! In the morning, I feel like writing about what I’m thankful for and affirmations helped put me in the right headspace for the rest of the day. In the evening I would sort of reflect on the day and write about how anything that I liked or was bothering me– I’d be a little more introspective and write about things that were a little bit deeper than what I wanted to have on my mind in the morning. Planning for the next day is also really important so you don’t spend time in the morning trying to figure out what to do the rest of the day. Having a rough outline really helps. I also like to plan my outfits for the next day so I don’t spend mental energy on what to wear. As for cleaning, I don’t mean deep clean your entire place, but I do think that picking up and clearing what you didn’t get to during the day allows you to wake up to a fresh place in the morning… if that makes sense.
Anyway, these are the things that I want to do consistently every day. I have done them in the past and some I’m doing right now… either way, it’ll be helpful!