If 1am counts as the morning, my mind is incredibly productive in the early hours – my morning routine starts before I sleep. But that’s not good enough for the new wave of wake-up braggers. Yoga, meditation, cleaning, emails and a Ritz breakfast before nine. Having routine whilst everyone else keeps drifting in the land of nod, has become quintessential to those wanting success and productivity.
Writer Kat Stoeffel for Elle Magazine spoke my words, when she wrote about ‘work-life balance’, and how women are now likely to be asked about their routine as oppose to their outfits. I love the morning; the fresh, crisp air – appreciated without crowds of people. The thought of the day ahead – excitement, wonderment… And I do wake up at 5.30am for a long commute, black coffee, and some Instagram catch-up. I do drink lemon water and make a smoothie filled with chia and all sorts of healthy goods. My bag’s packed full of nutritious snacks and a well-prepared lunch.
I have no issue with those who like this type of schedule – I dabble in it myself. But what’s creeping in society, regardless of how nocturnal you are, is that the morning is somehow linked to betterment. Sleeping in a little later – lazy, unmotivated. Exercising after-work – not as great if you’d have done it at 5am. Not as proud or strong-minded.
There’s a flurry of advice teaching you how to develop as a morning person. Surly what you need to make sure, is that you can get-up on time for work? The rest is fairly optional. Studies I know, frequently advise numerous benefits to a morning routine. Which ten years ago, meant waking up for breakfast. Perhaps eggs instead of the usual toast. With the technology, social-media era, you’re pressured to go through an itinerary before your day starts.
What about Mark Zuckerberg?
Or Winston Churchill, Pharrell Williams, and Karl Lagerfeld – all reported by Business Insider UK as not being early risers. The desire to chase dreams and live life to the full – never wasting a mere breath, has actually stopped us living. By the time I get home from a long day, I have a couple of hours to consider priorities before I try my hardest to keep my eyes closed for five hours. I’m juggling exercise, failing terribly at blogging, and all the mundane life stuff. Why would I waste time fretting about recommended morning routine guides?
US writer Benjamin Spall interviews highly successful men and women for a living. Writing for The New York Times, he shared his findings from his book on the morning routine of high-achievers. His research concludes a wide variety – no routine the same. It’s about experimenting, figuring out what energises you and adapt. Collectively, it’s as simple as doing what’s right for you. So why then, do we still scour the internet for advice?
The best advice you can’t read
Most tips I source are cliché and obvious. Show gratitude, don’t overthink. Try to experiment… I often find the words that linger, are those that say – don’t think about a house or a mortgage, get your career planned and wait, or pick a handful of items and invest. Make them expensive so your clothes last. Debateable, thoughtful and unique wisdom. My own advice I’ve curated this past month, is to seriously just stop. Digest what other people do, listen and experiment. But if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. It doesn’t make you any less motivated or any less heading for success. A morning routine is beneficial regardless, if it keeps you happy and fulfilled.