One Simple Way to Improve Your Morning Routine
It's late, and I'm so tired. So, instead of setting an early alarm like I know I should, I don't set one at all. The next morning, I let my body wake me up when it wants to, and surprise - it's far later than I had hoped. I tell myself that I can lie there for just a few minutes, scrolling through Instagram, and a few minutes turns into ten (or, let's be real, thirty) until finally I manage to drag myself out of bed and make some coffee.
It's time for work now, and I've effectively wasted the most important part of my day… again. I know that mornings set the tone for a successful day, but instead of using mine well, I've found myself falling into a routine of bad habits that feel impossible to break.
If you can relate to this at all, know that you're not alone. And know that it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, I've implemented ONE simple discipline in my life over the past few months that's radically changed my mornings. It's a simple thing to do, but I've found it's made a massive difference in how my mornings (and therefore, the rest of my day) goes.
Charge your phone the kitchen.
Seriously, that's it. It's a simple concept, but I've found that it's the perfect solution. I know from experience that first thing in the morning, I don't have the discipline to resist the scroll, so I've eliminated the temptation all together. I've read that 60% of Americans check their phones first thing in the morning, and I believe it's that first decision that paves the way for other bad decisions to immediately follow.
So, instead of waking up and immediately checking my phone, I wake up and I actually get out of bed. Because there's no reason to just lay there. I get up, make the bed, and go make coffee. I typically make French Press coffee, so I let myself be quiet for the ten minutes it takes to prepare. Because, let's be honest, how many of us really allow ourselves to be silent throughout the day? Then, I sit down with my coffee, and I read my Bible. I do the important work before I let social media influence my thoughts, and I've found that the rest of my day is so much better for it.
P.S. - I hear you over there saying, "But I need my phone! I use it as an alarm to wake up in the morning!" and I have a simple solution for that as well: buy an alarm clock.
You're welcome. :)