I have never been a Morning Person. (And all my family said, “Amen!”)
I know the reasons for getting up early. I’ve read blog posts about the benefits of getting up early. I admire people who get up early. But I never really did it myself unless I absolutely had to.
I now have a morning routine that actually motivates me to get out of bed at 6. (Trust me. For me, that’s EARLY.) The strangest thing is that I sometimes wake up at that time even on Saturday when I don’t set my alarm. It’s alarming!
Here’s what I do:
1. I grab a little motivation in a can. I’m not a coffee drinker – can’t even stand the smell, especially in the morning. I gave up caffeine years ago and have no intention of getting addicted to it again, but I do allow myself one of those mini cans of real Coke first thing in the morning. I know it’s not the least bit healthy, but it’s delicious, it wakes me up just enough without making me feel jittery, and I enjoy it.
2. I have my quiet time with the Lord. I haven’t had a consistent quiet time in a while, and I think part of the reason is that I felt like it needed to be something structured and involved. But when attempting a study of that kind, I would invariably fall behind, feel defeated, and just give up. I’ve decided that, for me at least, a small amount done consistently is better than periodic bursts of intensity. I read the Scripture passage and devotion on my Our Daily Bread app, and I read the e-mail devotional from Proverbs 31 ministries.
3. I write three things in my gratitude journal.
4. I write a list of 10 things in my 10 Ideas a Day notebook.
5. Experts will tell you that physically writing down your goals has a powerful and not-fully-understood effect in helping you to achieve them. Of course, after writing them down, it’s also important to review them periodically. I decided to experiment with combining those two components by writing them down every day. I have 7 goals that I’m working toward, all with dates for completion (except for one – “finish grading every Wednesday”). It’s amazing how motivated I feel to not let one of those dates pass without that goal being accomplished.
[Side note: One of my goals is to memorize a certain amount of Scripture by a certain date, so I’m also writing out that verse (or those verses) every day until they are memorized. I’ve almost got down Deuteronomy 6:4-9.]
6. After those other tasks are done, I have whatever time is left until I need to get dressed and start the day to work on things that I enjoy – writing blog posts, creating a new website that’s coming out soon, working on a new course, etc. This is my time to fuel my interests, learn something new, and just focus on my personal growth. It’s invigorating and worth giving up a bit of sleep.
So what about you? If you’re a natural Morning Person, how do you take advantage of that time? If you work better at night, do you have a routine similar to mine, or do you do something altogether different? What would your ideal morning look like?