I’ve been getting up early for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it makes things tricky if my wife wants to go to the theatre or put a film on after 8pm (I’m guaranteed to start falling asleep), but the upside is I get to catch some great sunrises.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve also been one of those creatures of habit. I tend to do the same things when I get up, in the same order. Literally. I can’t imagine tackling my early mornings any other way, but I’m sure there are many people who get up and have no choice other than to react to what’s happening around them. Military personnel for example, or parents with children.
My morning routine is as follows (omitting one or two things we all do):
- Brush teeth.
- Go downstairs.
- Ignore the cats yelling for breakfast.
- Add milk to oats ready for making porridge.
- Let the chicken out.
- Sweep the kitchen floor, brushing up spilled cat litter and other overnight detritus.
- Put a pot of coffee on the hob.
- Acknowledge the cats and feed them.
- Empty the dishwasher.
- Pour the coffee and sit at the table.
- Write a morning page.
- Read while finishing my first cup of coffee.
- Meditate for ten minutes.
- Cook the porridge that has been soaking.
- Feed the chicken a portion of the porridge with some chopped fruit.
- Eat breakfast while reading or watching a series episode on Netflix or Apple TV.
- Drink a litre of water that has been chilling overnight in the fridge.
- Make another coffee.
- Shower and get dressed.
- Start work.
One of my favourite parts of the morning is sweeping the kitchen floor. There’s something zen-like about it as a ritual, and even the cats seem to recognise this. They fall silent and watch every stroke of the brush with fascination as it passes over the floor making that gentle ‘fffffing’ sound.
The absolute favourite part of my morning ritual has to be that initial sip from the first cup of coffee.
I realise I’m lucky to be able to have a routine like this. Every morning I’m thankful for the quiet (once the cats have started eating) that gives me the opportunity to gather my thoughts and start booting myself up for the day.
A regular morning routine is a practice I strongly recommend.