Minimalist Moments: A New Morning Routine

I wrote about my morning routine many months ago, around the time that our second child was born, when mindfulness and focus were heavy on my mind.

At the time, I thought I had a solid routine going, but life with two children grew challenging, and old habits ultimately took over. I had not fully internalized my routine, shifted it from schedule to habit, but why?

This routine was not my own.

My old attempts at a morning routine started from looking at what others were doing, comparing my habits to the habits of people I look up to and trying to integrate their success into my life. Like so many other attempts at habit change, it lasted for a little while, and then it fell apart and I gave up.

I realized that my routine needed to come from within, following my passions and filling my morning with joy. So I spent the past several weeks thinking about what matters most, what my ideal morning might look like, and this first installment of Minimalist Moments is the perfect time to share.

My New Morning Routine

Here’s the short version:

  • Wake up early
  • Pour glass of Elixir or cold brew
  • Write for 15 minutes
  • Shower and get dressed
  • Brew morning coffee
  • Make breakfast
  • Wake up the boys (if not already up) and eat breakfast
  • Pour tumbler of cold brew and leave for work

I currently wake up at 6 and make my way downstairs. Fighting the urge to catch up on Instagram before anything else, I pour myself a glass of Elixir (or our homemade cold brew) and sit down in front of my laptop to do some writing.

My goal is 15 minutes, although I could easily spend hours each day, whether I’m working on a blog post or simply jotting down my thoughts in a private journal. I set a timer for 15 minutes so that I know when to finish my thought and continue with my morning. (On weekends I will write for more than 15 minutes. This is my reward for getting up early when I would usually sleep in.)

After my 15 minutes of writing, I’m back upstairs to shower and get dressed. Our 10-month-old is frequently waking up by this point, so I will take him downstairs to play while I make coffee for my wife.

Now that my coffee gear has been limited to only that which sparks joy, the only decision I have to make is which coffee to brew. I brew a single cup in the Hario V60 every morning and tidy the coffee bar before moving on to breakfast.

Once breakfast is ready, I wake up our 3-year-old and attempt a family breakfast before heading out. I usually pour myself a tumbler of cold brew to drink on the way to work, and once I’m in the car my morning is finished and I’m ready to face the day.

It isn’t always easy, however.

This is the ideal¬†morning that I am working toward, and the unpredictable nature of young children can throw off my schedule. Right now my focus is on writing for 15 minutes while sipping Elixir. It’s early enough that the house is quiet and peaceful. No matter what happens throughout the rest of my morning, I have this block of time for writing and reflection, and that’s all I really need.

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