I am not a morning person by any stretch. I have been a night owl for
as long as I can remember. In college I could do all-nighters regularly, but
waking up for an 8 a.m. class was impossible. My morning routine often
consisted of staying in bed until the absolute last possible minute, rushing
through the shower, throwing on the first outfit I came across and running out
the door to get to work on time. I’m never late, but it certainly wasn’t a
foundation built for a successful day.
I recently read an e-book by Laura Vanderkam called What the Most
Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your
Mornings—and Life. The book was extremely helpful for me, and I highly
recommend it if you are unsatisfied with your hectic morning routine. In the
book she suggests three things that should be done before the rest of the world
is awake: nurturing your career, nurturing your relationships and nurturing
yourself. I have applied these three categories to my morning routine and have
found them to be very beneficial.