Morning routines have become very popular these days. Every other YouTuber or blogger, especially the one who creates content on the topic of personal development, has made a video or written about morning routines.
A while ago, I had posted an article about why waking up early will change your life. In that post, I have briefly shared my morning routine as well. But my intention was not to share it in a follow-this-morning-routine kind of way. My intention was to make the readers aware of the importance of waking up early.
A routine is basically an organized set of activities. Waking up early is a part of a routine. In that post, I have not said that you have to follow a particular morning routine.
Morning Routines are Overrated
Okay, let’s get straight to the point. The topic of morning routine only sounds good for a video or a blog post. In reality, morning routines are overrated.
Morning routine contents are attractive to most people because they assume that by following a certain routine, they will become successful in life. The content creators present their videos or articles in such a way that people have no choice but to consume them.
How many times have you seen videos or read articles with titles like these:
- The Morning Routine of Millionaires
- My Insanely Productive Morning Routine
- The Miracle Morning Routine
- The Morning Routine of Billionaire Jeff Bezos
- Morning Routine For a Productive Day
- The Morning Routine of Extremely Successful People
We often see content with titles like these. Sure the title makes it seem like a good piece of content. But is the content of any real value to the viewers or readers?
The Typical Morning Routine
The things we find in such typical morning-routine content are usually the same. They usually consist of the following things that are in common (not particularly in this order).
- Wake up early
- Write a journal or a to-do list
- Don’t use your phone
- Eat breakfast
We all know that waking up early is good for us. We also know that doing things like exercising, meditating, reading, and eating breakfast is good for us.
Why do people prioritize the morning time so much? Sure, there might be scientific facts behind why the morning time is good for us. But it is definitely not for everybody.
Now I might have caused some confusion here – I wrote this article on why waking up early will change your life and now I am saying that you should not prioritize your morning time. Let me clear that out for you.
In my article, I said that waking up early will allow you to have a lot more time. You can do a lot of things in that extra time you have. But I did not say that you can only do the things in the morning time. In that article, I have also said that I sleep early. Now, what if you are a night person and you are most productive at night? That’s great. You can do your things at night and then you can get all the sleep you need in the morning.
Focus On Time Management
You need to shift your focus on time management rather than follow a specific morning routine. We all live different lives. We have different jobs, we live in different places, we have different priorities, and we have a different nature.
How can a specific morning routine be applicable to all of us if we are different?
The answer is that you need not follow a certain morning routine. Instead, focus on time management.
Make a routine that is suitable for you. Prioritize your time according to your needs. Some of the factors to consider while managing your time are your work, school, family, hobbies, health, so on and so forth.
Make Your Own Morning, Day, and Night Routines
You don’t have to watch some other person’s video on how to have a good morning. That other person surely has a different life than you. Make your own morning routine. If you want to sleep till 8 am, do it as long as you are also being productive and doing all the things that need to be done.
At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is your effectiveness of the day. If you woke up at 8 am and you had a wonderful day, that’s okay. If you go to the gym at 6 pm instead of 7 am, that’s okay too.
The things I listed before as the typical morning routine, are all very important things. For example, exercise is very important to us. Similarly, meditation, reading, journaling, using less of your phone, and eating are all equally important. As long as you do them, that’s okay. Take your time during the day, whichever is suitable for you, and do these things. If Jeff Bezos wakes up at 6 am and reads a book, for example, you don’t have to do that too. And, even if you try to do all the things that Jeff Bezos does during the day, you still won’t be a billionaire just by doing those things.
My point here is that you have to know yourself. Only you know what your life is like and only you can make it better by managing your time properly.
I stopped watching videos on morning routines as soon as I realized that I am a different person than the one who is making the video. Instead, I made my own morning routine – the one that works for me. I focus on time management according to the things I have to do during the day. As I said, things like exercise, meditation, reading are all very important. So I make sure to include them in my day. But, I do all of them in my own time.
Measure your day by its effectiveness. Again, make sure you are being productive and doing what needs to be done. Manage your time accordingly.
Also, remember to do more of what makes you feel good. If you are feeling good, you naturally will have a good day. So make your own daily routines and follow them. You don’t need a morning routine to do the things you love to do as long as you are doing them with great passion and enthusiasm.