You listen about routines on podcasts, you see Pinterest pins about them and you see everyone talking about them on Instagram, but what if ‘boss’ routines are just not for you?
When I was scrolling on Pinterest the other day, *so* many posts were coming up of “10 successful women who had morning routines”. Because I am nosey and like to know what other people do, I read the articles.
One thing that became quite common is that they woke up early. And not just 6 am early like 4 am early. On top of that, they usually started their day with exercise classes and meditation before 9 am. Which I guess makes it easier to do when you wake up so early.
But the whole time I was reading them, I started to feel really ashamed and like I was a failure because I wasn’t doing that, and probably never could.
You see, I have always been more creative at night. Mornings in bed were one of my favourite parts of the day and when the sun went down, I was more productive.
I then started reading articles about how ‘people who say they are more productive at night are lazy and you are more productive in the morning when you have the most energy’.
So I changed my routine. I couldn’t have people think I was lazy, or should I say I couldn’t let myself feel like a failure because I wasn’t being productive in the morning.
I set my alarm for 5 am (that’s the best I could do..) and woke up the next morning surprising awake. I took Olive for a walk then I came home and did some work, made breakfast, had a coffee and then started my other work at just after 8.
Boy did I feel like I made it! I was a girl boss now!
… yeah right.
By 10 am I hit a wall. Thought it was just because it was the first day I was waking up early, but as the week went on I noticed that after 10 am I was in a mind fog – totally *not* productive.
I had failed at being a ‘successful’ woman. I couldn’t wake up like the women I had read about.
Yes I did work in the morning but I still found that as soon as the sun went down, I was productive and creative.
That lasted two weeks.
So why do we think we have to wake up early for us to be “successful” and make the most of our day?
Don’t get me wrong, it is *amazing* those women have been able to find their routine and have it work for them, but that is exactly it.
They found a routine that works for *them*, not me.
It is all about finding a routine that works for you and optimising that to get the most out of what you want.
For me? It now consists of me waking up at 6 and not getting out of until 7/7:30 because I have realised that coffee in bed and reading (or even Netflix) is an important time for me, call is self-care. Then starting my work/errands/catch ups/chores/PD – then doing my work in the afternoon night.
I have found my energy and mood levels have been higher and have been getting a lot more achieved.
So really think about what your body needs, don’t be swayed by the things you read on social media about how if you don’t wake up early you won’t be successful – because I’m sure there are a lot of successful people who do their best work at night but it just doesn’t have the ‘girl boss lifestyle’ that early risers do.
Written by: Kye Anderson