It’s taken me time to make this morning routine, and a big breakthrough I had for it was when I invented the Midas Touch exercise that I share in my book. One day, I decided to write down everything I touched in the day, i.e. every object I literally laid my hands on. That exercise made me realize that my morning routine did not feel good—I had scratchy sheets, my notebook and pen were way over on the other side of the room, I was thirsty and did not have water by my bed. It sounds small and unimportant, but making these little changes (turning these moments into gold like using the Midas Touch) was huge in improving my morning routine into something that worked beautifully for me.
Also, it took me several years to confidently lay down boundaries about my morning time. A rule that helped me was I decided that only five times in a year would I set my alarm—that way if I had an early morning flight to catch or something, I could use one of my five “mulligans” and set an alarm.
I’m always fiddling with my routine, I’m just obsessed with self-development that way! Currently, I’m trying to get better about flossing and applying sunscreen in the morning. The eating yogurt or eggs in the morning is pretty new, because left to my own devices, I often skip breakfast and have an enormous lunch or dinner instead. I’m the type of person who can forget to eat because I get so sucked into what I’m doing. I’m also experimenting with working out in the morning vs. the afternoon. At peak healthiness I work out with a trainer five times a week for an hour in the gym in my building. I used to feel really guilty about having a trainer, but now she is like a friend and adviser to me. I love having my workout “done” simply by seeing her, and that means anything I do beyond that, like taking a walk or going to a dance class, is a fun “extra” because my baseline workout is taken care of.
I’m also currently looking for a good breakfast-in-bed tray because I’ve finally given in to my “embarrassing” work-in-bed habit, and now that the shame is gone I’m really eager to maximize it with cute helpful accessories like a tray. I’m also thinking of getting an Amazon Echo and keeping my phone out of the bedroom, because oftentimes the phone is really only there for me to check the time, and I could easily ask Alexa, “Alexa, what time is it?”