Monday, January 8, 2018

ADHD Daily: The Morning Routine

So I know for me, my morning routine is the most important part of my day. I get up at 4:30 am, then I get something to drink, so I can take my meds. I check the news, and then I open whatever WIP (Work In Progress) I’m working on that morning. Then I write for the next hour or so. Around 5:30, I take a quick break and I go take a shower, and I get dressed, I sometimes eat Breakfast If I remember to do it. I check the time and If I have more time I try to get in more writing. At 6:45 am I get ready to leave for work. I have been getting to work early, so I stay in my car and I do a quick five-minute meditation and maybe listen to a quick podcast. 

See my morning routine sets my days momentum and gets my brain focused on something as soon as I wake up. When I don’t have my morning routine, I forget things. When I’m not doing a regular routine I forget to take my meds, or I forget to take a shower, I don’t write because I’ve been hyper focused on Facebook for the last couple of hours. Now I don’t have time to write, because I have to get dressed and get ready to leave the house. So It’s important to me to have that routine, so I don’t go three weeks without having written more than a twitter update. 

So how did I develop my routine? Well I looked at where I'd have the best opportunity to write uninterrupted, and when my brain would be the freshest. My routine is built around my writing not around my ADHD, however the nice side bonus is that it helps me manage my ADHD as well as have a great time for putting words to digital page. I could go on and on about the research that’s been done, but really it all comes down to this, having a structured routine will help you get through your morning better and start the day off on the right foot. Having a positive start to your day will give you the momentum to having a great day.

So here are a few tips for you so you can build your own morning routine. 

  • Have a set wake up time, and then wake up every morning at that time. 
  • Figure out what you need to have done each morning before you leave the house.
  • Do the same tasks every morning. (I would suggest taking your medication when you first get up and then build from there.)
  • Have a set place for your keys, and a set place for you to sit while you wake up in the morning. I would suggest getting up before everyone else in the house. So you have that quiet time without the chaos of a several people running around the house getting ready. 
  • Make a list of what you need to do to get ready for work. 
  • This might be a good time to start a meditation routine. 

For me it was pretty simple, I had a goal in mind when I set up my routine. I wanted to be more productive as a writer. I’ll be honest I haven’t been as discipline then in the past because I’ve been working through the grief process since my mom passed away back in March 2017. However, I have been slowly getting back to my routine. So I know that life is starting to come back around to the new normal. So this brings me to the next part. 

What do you do, when something blows up your routine? Well that’s the question I’ll be answering next time. 

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