I am not a morning person by any stretch. I have been a night owl for as long as I can remember. In college I could do all-nighters regularly, but waking up for an 8 a.m. class was impossible. My morning routine often consisted of staying in bed until the absolute last possible minute, rushing through the shower, throwing on the first outfit I came across and running out the door to get to work on time. I’m never late, but it certainly wasn’t a foundation built for a successful day.
I recently read an e-book by Laura Vanderkam called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life. The book was extremely helpful for me, and I highly recommend it if you are unsatisfied with your hectic morning routine. In the book she suggests three things that should be done before the rest of the world is awake: nurturing your career, nurturing your relationships and nurturing yourself. I have applied these three categories to my morning routine and have found them to be very beneficial.