My Horrible Morning Routine and How I Plan to Fix It

This morning I woke up, walked to the couch and opened my laptop as my eyes were still adjusting. I was going to check my email and catch up on social media like I usually do, but stopped because I heard a song in my head:

“In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
Give me Jesus”

Assuming it was some kind of prompting from the Holy Spirit, I closed the lid to my computer before even entering the password to log in.

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My morning routine is basically as described above — email and social media. The first 20-30 minutes of my day is spent catching up on the previous. But what if I started each day preparing for the day to come instead?

My friend Bob has a morning routine which I like quite a bit:

Bob - Morning routine

And maybe you can help as well. If you have a good morning routine, I’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comments section below.

7 Comments

  1. I start my day by getting out of bed and going to pick up my sister’s kids and then bringing them back home. So…an hour in the car. After that I essentially spend 9 hours chasing kids and then another few before my own son goes to bed. I was missing the time with God and had no idea how I was going to squeeze that in.
    And then I realized, I was going about it backwards. I’ve got an hour in the car…and a stereo capable of playing media from my phone. So, I asked friends for great ministers on podcast and then carefully selected one that fit with the style that I respond to best (challenging and engaging, but also compassionate and genuine). For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been listening to sermons in my car on my commute and then when I’ve got the kids engaged later, I re-listen (skipping to the points I want to record) and journal. This has been an amazing awakening for me as I’ve converted time that was wasted into time with my Lord. Since I selected the sermon series, I’m always excited to hear what he’s presenting next.
    It’s been a great focus for me. Hope you find something that works for you.

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  2. There are so many distractions that to do anything that is important has to be on purpose. And when you start to do something new, especially when it comes to reading the Bible, the distractions and interruptions are even greater. Thank you for being on purpose and truly desiring to spend time with The Lord every morning. We get up, make coffee, get out our Bible and devotional, and take that first hour or so reading. Love to sit outside and read. I don’t have the kid distraction anymore, but early meetings, starting to read other things –blogs, social media, or anything out of routine requires me to stop, set it aside, and focus. Having the Bible app helps to always have it with you. And pray for focus. We will pray for this specifically for you.

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  3. I’m late to the party here, but I say do what works for you. Morning is NOT the time for me to read or pray — it just makes me sleepy. Evenings are way better for that kind of thing. But I was having a hard time getting out of bed, and I realized I needed something to “get me out of my head” — make the hamster stop spinning around in the wheel.

    So now I keep the TV remote control and a bottle of water by my bed. I roll over, watch Jon Stewart and maybe a little Stephen Colbert, drink some water, stretch and STOP thinking. When I’m ready, I flip over to Netflix, start “Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog,” and race myself to see how fast I can finish my shower. The big goal is to make it before the “laundromat song.” Haven’t gotten there yet, but I move a lot faster!

    This is EVERY MORNING. And I’m 53, not some teenybopper who doesn’t know any better. It’s just what works for me.

    It also works for me to walk a block to an office I share with my brother (okay, I squat in his office). Getting out of the apartment is a biggie.

    Reading and praying, on the days it happens, happens spontaneously or in the evening.

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