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This video accurately shows 2 different types of people: larks and owls. Baby 1 is a lark, or a morning person. Baby 2 cannot even right now…cannot even any time before noon, really. She’s a night person, or owl.
Knowing yourself will help you establish habits that have a chance of sticking. If you’re baby 2, you’re not gonna have much luck creating the habit of getting up at 5am to meditate. You’re just not. You’re going to be better off establishing the habit of meditating after work or during lunch. Because let’s be honest, you’re lucky to get out of the house with your teeth brushed. If you try to go against your owl nature and establish habits in the morning, you’re just setting yourself up for failure. No bueno, baby 2.
If you’re baby 1, then creating habits in the morning is your jam! Go for it! But if you try to establish the habit of, let’s say, creative writing at 9pm every night, then you’re not setting yourself up for success. Shame, baby 1!
Morning routines are awesome…the older I get, the more I appreciate that. I actually use to be a baby 2, but now I’m a baby 1. I guess aging brings that change. I’ll tell you my routine, but first, my co-worker, Patti, has a really cool routine that I’d like to share with you.
Upon waking, she lays in bed and listens to music while singing along, followed by getting ready for the day. She then heads down to her swanky apartment lobby, drinks coffee while journaling about how she’s feeling. She does this in the lobby because she gains energy from being around people. She finishes her morning routine with reading something that either stirs her soul, reminds her of her passions/ambitions or simply inspires her. Then she walks 2 blocks to work. Ready to take on the day.
Patti told me the most important part of her routine is giving herself space to be. If she wants to lay in bed and sing for an hour, she will. She listens to her inner needs and caters to them. She let’s herself BE herself, before the demands of work and life set in. In the past, pre-good morning routine, Patti would wake up, check her email, get ready and head to work, while thinking about what she needed to do at work. She gave herself no space at all. But not anymore…not she sets herself up for success everyday.
(Doesn’t she look like a person who’s had just the greatest morning ever??)
So this is my morning routine: 10 minute yoga sequence, coffee and journal (sometimes read a bit), go for a walk, do a workout, take a cold shower, drink a shake while getting ready, pack lunch, go to work (either bike or walk to light rail). A podcast and some music is included in there. I get up somewhere between 5 and 6 and get to work around 9, so I take my time doing this routine. It feels great. Any time I have to actually rush in the mornings really throws me for a loop.
So you may not want to lay in bed and sing, or go for walks, workouts or cold showers every day…and that’s fine. But can you give yourself some space? Whether it’s in the morning for you baby 1’s, or later in the day for all my baby 2’s. Also, think about the times of day you’re trying to establish habits. Cater those to your nature and you’ll see more success.
Good morning, ladies, it’s great to see you up!