I'm looking to improve my morning routine. I thought I could share my current routine here with my fellow developers, and see if anyone would be willing to share what your morning looks like.
After years of experimentation, I noticed that for optimal results (measured in productivity, peace of mind, sense of happiness throughout the day, sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, etc) I need about 2 hours of unhurried and uninterrupted time before my day officially starts (i.e., before work) to do all of the following:
Not so much for the caffeine anymore, because I've spent the past few months preparing my drinks with less caffeine to help with my anxiety; at this point, it's just a nice, relaxing ritual.
This is the most time consuming activity of my morning routine. I noticed that if a day goes by when I don't read, I feel like I did nothing exciting and learned nothing new. So I read in the morning, before the day gets busy.
Brushing my teeth, getting dressed, etc. Even though we're in a pandemic, and I'm mostly at home, looking put-together does something incredible for my mental state. I'm not entirely sure about the psychology of this, but I am definitely more productive, more cheerful, more ambitious throughout the day if I take the time in the morning to change into something new, wear light makeup, brush my hair, etc.
Counting your blessings is not a cliche, and it's very humbling to realize just how much I have to be thankful for. I came into this world with nothing, yet every day I have been given enough to survive and even thrive. Of course I work hard for what I have, but my intelligence, creativity, etc were not things I developed all by myself in a vacuum. The entire year of 2020 I was reminded that even to have breath in my lungs is not something I can take for granted.
Between my calendar and my todo list, I already have an idea of what my day will look like, but I also take the time to intentionally choose 1-3 things I really want to pour my heart and soul into. This helps me to have a greater sense of purpose and direction as I go about my day.
I don't have a set order in which I do these things, but I do them all in the first 2 hours of waking up. I try to do nothing else until these things are done.
What about you? What does your morning look like? Is there a part of your routine that you'd recommend?