I have been “experimenting” a bit with my morning routine, seeing what works and what doesn’t. I am mixing in exercise and specific eating habits, as well as planning strategies. I’m also mixing in the unexpected.
I went off my morning routine for a few days, over the weekend, and I found it does not work very well at all. I had a bunch of unplanned activities come up a few times, first thing in the morning, and that kept me from exercising. The rest of those days were not very productive, and I had a lot of trouble focusing and keeping up with what was going on around me. I also had temper problems.
On the days when I have been exercising, however, I’ve been able to really focus and maintain my calm and composure. I really think there’s something to that “exercise as cortisol management” idea.
What works best for me is exercising for a little while, right when I get up. I can think through my upcoming day while I’m doing that. Then I follow it with breakfast and vitamins, and I get into my day.
I have found that exercising really helps me clear my mind. Taking my attention off everything except my physical form as I exercise, helps me remove some of the clutter that just seems to “show up” as soon as I wake up. And working up a sweat while I’m doing it also helps clear out the cobwebs.
When my brain doesn’t have all those extra minutiae and distractions and unfinished/poorly formed thoughts rolling around in it, it can focus in on what needs to be formed — the snippets of ideas that are all running through my head have a chance to be carefully thought-through. And by the time I’m done exercising, I have a clearer image in my head of what I want to achieve, and how.