Up @ 5. Coffee has been set to begin brewing at 4:50 am so it’s always ready by the time I make it downstairs.
Completion of yesterday’s bullet journal/tracking. Things I enter:
✔︎ Screen Time totals on phone (I subtract time spent in EPIC, Doximity, and Webex Meet as well as Kindle App time)
✔︎ Number of steps from the prior day.
✔︎ My daily habits from the day prior – recorded as dots on my monthly habit tracker. These include: spending time outside, hitting 10,000 steps, meditation app, listening to music, reading, and completing my workout.
Planning the current day
Having completed my review of the day prior (which is quick!), I plan the current day. To start, I look at my ‘hard landscape’, both on my phone and on my current weekly planner (for now, the Live Rich Planner). Apple Calendar on my phone works best for this since it pulls in from all other sources — Outlook, Google calendar, and anything that got natively entered. I record these fixed meetings at the top of my bullet journal page.
If it’s a patient care day, I will also open up Haiku (phone version of EPIC) and see how many patients I have scheduled and whether I have any gaps. I put the patients on my planner as little boxes (one diagonal line means I have seen the patient, the other means I completed the note & closed chart).
THEN (and only then) do I decide what to put on my daily to-do list, keeping the amount of time I will have in mind. I always have to prevent myself from adding too much! As my wise podcast cohost has pointed out, having a daily list with an unrealistic number of items does more harm than good.
Finally, I add spaces to track meals, reading, the day’s steps/screen time, and podcasts/music.
I went through a phase when I read nonfiction some mornings, but that has largely fallen by the wayside. For now, after I complete my planning rituals above, I write a post (daily for now as you know!) and then immediately get my workout started. This usually happens by 6 AM or a bit before.
(Current workouts: Beachbody’s 80 Day Obsession. They are generally 40-60 minutes, with at least 3 each week that are closer to 60. I am on day #54 today and starting to wonder what I will choose next! Considering The Prep/The Work. I am actually starting to miss running somewhat, but plan to continue these primarily indoor workouts until our weather sucks less which will probably be around Oct/Nov. PS: It is thundering/lightning rather violently as I type this, so I am very glad my workout is indoors and at home!)
IF there happens to be an extra 10 minutes before the kids are up, I will try to fit in my Headspace meditation, but that’s pretty rare.
Okay that was fun! Feel free to share your AM rituals in the comments (why are AM rituals so fascinating?!)