Whilst I pretend to be cultured a lot of the time, in reality I’m just as likely to be watching YouTube videos as reading poetry of the Romantic period. I have many favourite types of video, but one I like to search out on a regular basis is the “morning routine” video, even though these tend to be made (as, to be frank, is a lot of YouTube material) by people who don’t appear to have real lives.
The basis of the “morning routine” beloved of the YouTube influencers is pretty standard. They wake up, scan social media, make their bed the minute they get out of it, waft into the kitchen to make herbal tea, waft to their couch to do five minutes of stream-of-consciousness writing, read a book for five minutes, do a little stretching exercise, then spend an hour showering, cleaning and moisturising their face, and getting dressed. Then they waft to their desk to do their “work” which involves, for the large part, simply being pretty.
It is all very addictive; it is also completely silly.
So what does your “morning routine” consist of? Perhaps, like me, you have an imaginary morning routine that you always think you’re going to follow, only to find that you keep on doing the same old things you’ve always done. Here are my versions.
My imaginary morning routine goes something like this:-
- Alarm goes off, get out of bed, go to the toilet – because, honestly, who has a bladder that allows them to laze around in bed looking at social media before they go to the loo?
- Grab my reading glasses and phone from the bedroom and leave them on the settee
- Click on the wax melt burner to start the day with an uplifting scent
- Go into the kitchen to make a pot of Breakfast tea – two cups to be drunk with milk before anything can actually happen with the day
- Take a couple of brief moments to scan the news on my phone
- Spend at least 20 minutes reading a book (five minutes is not long enough to read anything worthwhile)
- Spend at least 20 minutes writing in my journal (again, five minutes doesn’t get me anywhere)
- Spend a little time writing my plans for the day
- Head to the bathroom to brush my teeth then into the bedroom to make my bed and get ready for the day
- Eat breakfast
- Sit down at my desk to write, or grab a knitting project to put in some quality work on the settee
My real morning routine currently goes like this:
- Alarm goes off, get out of bed, grab my reading glasses and phone and bung them on the settee then go to the toilet (see, I’m off to a good start)
- Make a pot of Breakfast tea, because it is actually true that nothing can happen in the day until tea has been imbibed
- Scan the news on my phone, falling down many an astronomy-based rabbit-hole (or “black holes” as they are known in the trade) and thus far exceeding my estimated couple of minutes
- Spend around an hour writing in my journal – no, I don’t write an exceptional amount; I write it very slowly
- Realise during the above hour that I totally forgot to switch on the wax melt burner and debate whether an uplifting fragrance will improve things
- Head to the bathroom to brush my teeth then into the bedroom to make my bed (which by this point has aired nicely) and get ready for the day
- Eat breakfast
- Dither over what I want to do, write a list of the order I will do things in, then immediately do something that isn’t even on the list because I just fancy doing it and I might as well do it straight away rather than add it to the list to do later – this morning that was sorting out a label for the front of my new Quotes book and writing in a quote I found last night
- Possibly do something off my list if I am being very good indeed.
I must point out this is very much a “lady of leisure” morning routine and when I get back to having to leave the house to work, it will change again. Basically, getting out of bed, going to the loo, having a cuppa and eating breakfast, brushing teeth, making bed, and generally getting ready for the day are the must-do items. I do enjoy writing in my journal in the mornings because somehow it seems a little too stimulating to do last thing in the evening. Perhaps I just need to put a bit of distance between myself and the day before I can write about it.
I’d love to hear about your morning routines – feel free to leave a comment.