Now that we have that out of the way...for the month of October I have decided to focus on time management/organization because any goals or aspirations hinge on this very important aspect of life. I haven’t been very good with my time management in the last few weeks, and I can already see my life becoming more chaotic. I have also experienced more disappointments because I was not able to prepare for things such as orchestra, and I feel that I am not doing anything to work toward my personal and career goals.
This ends now. Okay, not really. You can’t just change habits on a whim, but it sounds much better than “Significant improvements will be made on this presently.” See what I mean? No ring, no punch in the gut.
THIS ENDS NOW.
The first step to managing your time is having a good morning routine. I’m definitely a morning person rather than a night owl, so I should try to make the most of the early hours of the day by waking up earlier, getting more done, and setting the mood for my day. So, after a few days of experimenting, I think I have come up with a routine that fits me.
1. Get my butt out of bed. Now.
Step one is often the most difficult, resulting in me lying in bed for half an hour (don’t judge me, you know you’ve done it too). This is often the result of going to bed at ungodly hours – like 11 p.m. Yep, you read it correctly. I’ve been trying to get up at about 6 or 6:30, but my ultimate goal is to get that to about 5:30, which means I need to go to bed at about 9:30 or 10 in order to get the amount of sleep I need.
2. Make the bed.
By making the bed it is a) less likely for you to crawl back in it, and b) a sign that first thing in the morning you are taking control of your life and your day. This morning I wanted to get into bed so badly I was on it while I was making it. It also makes the room tidier, which research has shown greatly affects your mood. That leads us to…
3. Clean 10 items.
I like to call this my daily 10, and it’s pretty self-explanatory; I just put away or clean 10 items. Sometimes I group several items together because I am doing the same thing with them. I try to work on one area like my desk or the bathroom sink so that I can see a noticeable difference and feel a sense of accomplishment. I’ve noticed that on mornings when I do my daily 10 last it is much harder for me to stay on task and I don’t get nearly as much done. This gets me moving and wakes me up and it lets me check something off of my…
4. To-do list.
I have recently discovered that to-do lists are awesome. I love checking off tasks because it makes me feel like I am doing something with my life and keeps me focused.
5. Eat breakfast and feed the dog.
It turns out dogs like food too…and they have bodily functions…
At this point in the morning, things are a bit more fluid and I have yet to really make it a routine. Ideally I would meditate, write, exercise, and practice cello, but many mornings I just take my dog, Cooper, for a walk.
What is your morning routine? Do you have anything that makes the rest of your day run smoother? Let me know!
Been up way too long today,