Here in Oregon, we went from summer to winter in about a week. My garden loved the extra warm days of October, and it eeked out a few more tomatoes and green beans, but all the fall planted lettuce quickly went to seed. But we are solidly into the colder, rainy days (shhhh, don’t tell anyone I really love this time of year… blustery winds and rain outside, cozy blankets, hot tea, and books inside.) and that means another opportunity to think through my morning routine.
I’ve done a lot of morning routines over the years, someday I’ll pull out all my old bullet journals and maybe do a blog post on how they’ve changed over the years. (This year it will be 9 years of bullet journaling!) One thing morning routines have taught me is that if I absolutely need to get to something that I usually procrastinate on, it’s got to be done the first hour or two after waking up. If I can get to it before I’m fully into my day, it will almost certainly get done. Quite a few years ago, I was working through the couch to 5k running plan and after many, many starts and stops and much procrastination I moved it to the first of my day, and was finally able to complete it. The same for reading hard books (or as I call them THICK books, written in ye olde english). Or in those years with toddlers and young children, I had to put Bible reading in that top spot or there was no way it would get done.
So in this new season of life (the one that I thought I’d have all this extra time without homeschooling or young children) I find myself yet again, at the mercy of “I’ll do it later Kari.” She’s the worst. She thinks that it’s probably better to tackle that project after coffee, or after a string of YouTube videos for motivation, or after she scrubs the gross window railing… or sometime next month. She always turns into “I stink at this Kari” and avoids looking at her goals or planning anything because she knows she stinks at it and will never do it. Eventually she rolls around to “Try again Kari” and here we are. Me, writing a blog post at 6am, with coffee, because I need to rework that top spot to match this season of life.
So all of that to say, this is my current morning routine. If I stay faithful to it, you’ll know because you’ll see more regular blog posts and I’ll actually start making progress again on the new Bible study through 1 Peter. The times listed are variable. I don’t always get up at 5, but the routine is the important thing. Each line is a half hour time chunk, more or less-ish. (And I get up at 5 because I go to bed really early, like an old lady, which my friends often tease me about. Their evening is just getting started at 9pm, I’m in jammies and looking forward to reading a sleepy page or so of my nightstand book by then.)
5am – up, make bed, empty dishwasher, coffee
The first rule is: I DO NOT take my phone with me. I leave it charging and on silent, otherwise, I’ll never get anything done. The bed is made right after I get up because Corey is already headed to work by then. And emptying the dishwasher takes 2 1/2 minutes on a regular day, 3-4 minutes on a very full day. That’s how long the coffee takes to brew.
5:30 – heart prep questions, Bible memory
The heart prep questions are daily questions I work through in the morning, then review in the evening. I’m still working out the kinks –they are paraphrased from an ODG (Old Dead Guy). When I get them worked out well, I’ll share them in a blog post. Remind me if I forget!
Bible memory– I’m still plodding along through 2 Peter. I’m currently rocking it at 7 verses in <–[sarcasm font] I was hoping to memorize the whole book by the end of the year, but hey, 7 verses is 7 verses more than in January.
6am – Writing Pomodoro 1
This is Bible study writing/studying session one. Before I write a Journal and Doodle study, I study through the book myself. I’ve dropped off with this new one because I’ve reached a hard part and thought I’d ignore it and question my whole life first. Ugh. But, that is a normal part of writing for me and I have to get back at actually writing. I don’t want to bury what the Lord has given me in a field… so this is now first on my morning routine. I’ll work for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. The 5 minute break is doing something “up” like putting in a load of laundry, or putting away the dishes that were still wet and set out on the mat to dry when I emptied the dishwasher.
6:30 – Writing Pomodoro 2
Same as above, round 2. This 5 minute break will be either switching the laundry, or doing a swish and shine in the bathroom, or tidy somewhere for a couple minutes.
7am – Work Pomodoro 1
This pomodoro is either to work on a blog post or some behind-the-scenes blog stuff that I need to get to. 25 minutes of work, then 5 minutes (or a bit longer) to put on my mucking boots and let the chickens out of the pen for the morning. I say hi to each of them and tell them what good girls they are as I check their food and water and bring them any kitchen scraps.
7:30 – Work Pomodoro 2
Same as above, but with less chickens.
8am – Workout
By this time, I’m ready to move my body from sitting for a couple hours. I pull up a Pahla B workout and get moving.
8:30ish – Shower, dress, breakfast
That’s my set in stone part of my morning routine. After this part, I can check my phone for missed calls, texts, etc. But from here on out, I’m usually just working through a list. This will hopefully allow for normal life interruptions as they happen. I’ll work through my Bible read through, reading my Well Educated Mind book, reading the chapter of the Sermon on the Mount for Bible study group, etc.
So that’s it for this season’s morning routine. Do you have a routine? I’d love to see what yours looks like, leave me a comment below and share for other women who want ideas!