As a busy business owner, it was rare that I spend any time doing something relaxing or not attached to technology. I wake up at 6:00 am each morning which meant that I started work at 6:30 am because I had the urge to check what disasters were on my plate for that day. Always anticipating madness, I never took the time to start my day off the way I wanted.
I started thinking about things I never got the chance to do except for while I was on vacation. So I decided to set strict business hours for myself. This was for me to lose the guilt I felt each day when wanting to stop working but there was more work to do. But I did realize that there will always be more work, no matter how hard I worked, or how long I worked. There was always more to do.
Once I decided I needed to work only during business hours, I had two full hours to whatever I wanted at the beginning of each day! This was something I was excited about. Having the best part of my day as soon as I woke up was such a joy.
Now I had to decide what I was going to do before work that would help me have a good day. I put much thought into what I should do to have a positive day.
Here is my morning self-care list:
- Do the dishes (a clean house is important to my productivity since I work from home)
- Feed the dogs
- Make some tea
- Read my book for 30-60 minutes (depends how good the book is)
- Yoga (usually if I feel stiff or sore from sleeping)
- Water my plants
- Shower + Listen to music that makes me feel powerful, happy, or inspired.
- Review my daily calendar & make my to-do list (be realistic, I don't overload my task list)
I find that if I adapt my morning routine to how I am feeling that day, like spending more time reading or meditating if my day before is still on my mind or I have a busy day ahead of me.
This routine works for me because mornings are the best time for me to reflect the day before and hope for the day ahead of me.
If the weather is nice out, I enjoy doing most of my morning routine outside. I have two dogs, playing outside in the fresh air reminds me to be grateful for the little things like breathing fresh air, feeling the happiness when watching dogs play with each other, the warmth of the sun.
Relying on this routine can keep me from feeling craz when I am attached to my computer or phone for 50% of my day. This is a habit of most human beings, but it is something that makes me feel drained and less human. I prefer to replace that habit with something different. To set myself accountable for avoiding staring at my phone for hours in a mindless fog. I found that in iPhones settings you can turn on downtime for specific ads during certain hours and days. I have the settings activated to avoid business notifications after my business hours. That downtime is key to remain sane.
I also restrict myself with all the social media apps, I only view my social feeds for 1 hour each day (combined for all social apps). You might think it is silly, but it causes me to make the decision to ignore the downtime restriction and continue or go do something more "human". I prefer the urge to go outside and enjoy the real world.
Comment with your favorite parts of your day or routine.