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Morning Routines are Important

I like to think that morning routines are important, but there are many people out there who get along perfectly fine without a specific morning routine. If you listen to the Tim Ferriss podcast you’ll notice that a lot of successful people have specific morning routines, and a lot of others have no such thing.

Some of those successful people wake up, eat a specific breakfast, meditate a certain way, perform a specific exercise routine, while others simply roll out of bed and begin working. But, maybe rolling out of bed and beginning their work, immediately, is their morning routine.

Who says a morning routine has to involve more than one activity?

If you’re the type of person that feels perfectly fine getting out of bed and heading to work right away, then maybe that’s for you. If you’re unhappy with your days, and productivity levels, then maybe you’ll do better with added structure to your morning.

I noticed that I have better days when I execute my morning routine. I can ignore it for a few days and feel fine. But, if I skip my morning routine for more than four days I begin to feel off. It’s hard to explain, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I like waking up early and doing my usual morning routine.

I’ve told close family/ friends, and they think it’s odd that I wake up so early to mediate, read and eat breakfast. But, I think it’s odd that they wake up, and 15 mins later they’re heading to work 🙂 .

We’re all different. If you like how things are going for you, then keep your morning routine. If you feel like there’s room for improvement, then experiment and try something different tomorrow morning. Life is a big experiment, and there are very few out there who know how to live it right.

Daily program of Henry Miller

I found Henry Miller’s daily program very interesting. I’m sure you will find it enjoyable to read.

Daily Program

Mornings: If groggy, type notes and allocate, as stimulus. If in fine fettle, write.

Afternoons: Work on section in hand, following plan of section scrupulously. No intrusions, no diversions. Write to finish one section at a time, for good and all.

Evenings: See friends. Read in cafes. Explore unfamiliar sections-on foot if wet, on bicycle, if dry. Write, if in mood, but only on Minor program. Paint if empty or tired. Make Notes. Make Charts, Plans. Make corrections of MS.

Note: Allow sufficient time during daylight to make an occasional visit to museums or an occasional sketch or an occasional bike ride. Sketch in cafes and trains and streets. Cut the movies! Library for references once a week.

Henry Miller has a daily routine that keeps him productive and, if not writing, always in search of stimulation for his mind. This is extremely important because it keeps the ideas flowing and, of course, writing is almost entirely based on ones ideas. If you engage in too many brain numbing activities, this can really stifle your creative thinking. It looks like he knew this, which explains the reading, exploring and painting.

My daily routine is not as fixed as I would like it. Henry Miller’s routine did give me some ideas to consider when I decide to cement my own routine. I like his idea of exploring via walking or bike rides. I also like museum visits and socializing as a daily activity. I’ve never tried painting. But I definitely have to try it very soon. Who knows, I might enjoy it.