There's nothing I love more than my routine. Not only is it a source of discipline, but it's comforting—it grounds me from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to bed at night. It is truly what supports me as I move through this busy, crazy world.
Your routine starts as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and ends the moment you close them at night. So take a moment to think about it: What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Do you start thinking about your day? Look at your phone? Get coffee and open your computer to check emails or the news? Sounds like a normal beginning to a morning, right?
I encourage you to take an hour to create a more mindful routine for yourself, because it makes a world of difference. The first thing I do is mentally go over what I dreamed about to help myself understand what's going on in my mind. Then I step out of bed and onto the foot that corresponds to the nostril that is more open and flowing. I do this because the very first waking moments set the tone for the rest of the day. There is a universal energy flowing through our bodies that is very supportive and energizing at this moment, and you can learn to tap into it through this practice.
By stepping out of bed and standing on that leg for a few breaths, I allow that energy to flow through the most open side of the body and mind and align myself with this energy. If you want to open up to your highest and best potential in this moment, you'll need to follow a simple routine that optimizes your energy and directs it toward the things best-suited to you. A lot of energy is lost on a routine that steals energy from us, because the routine is either disorganized or it filled with too many things to do.
Here are the essentials of maintaining a highly effective and productive routine.