I may not be a morning person, but I know based on experience that I am more productive if I start my day early. I get more things done, especially if I do them in the morning. Waking up at 6 a.m. and working at 7 a.m. is ideal for me and is not really difficult. But after having my daughter, I feel like my time is no longer my own. What time I start my day depends on what time she went to bed the night before and what time she wakes up in the morning.

My daughter usually wakes up at 8 a.m. and depending on the quality of sleep I had, I will sleep in with her until she wakes up or I will get out of bed early. Now, she’s been waking up an hour earlier and I’ve been getting a wee bit better sleep than before. Both situations – daughter waking up early and me getting a good night sleep – if will continue, will give me at least an extra hour every morning, which in turn will give me room to add a few things to my morning checklist.

Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Drink a cup of green tea. My stomach is not hard-wired to drink something hot in the morning. Water or juice, as long as it’s not ice-cold is fine. But as I am overhauling my morning routine, drinking something in the morning would be a good ritual, especially if it’s something beneficial. I don’t drink coffee and milk, so they are out of the choices. Hot choco will load me up with too much carbs early in the morning that will add to the rice or bread that I will have for breakfast. And then there’s tea, green tea in particular. It can be hot or lukewarm, doesn’t need a lot of sugar, can easily blend well with additional flavors, and if the benefits are to be believed – it’s the healthiest drink I can take in the morning.
  • Stretch for 10 minutes. Ideally, I want to jog, bike or do cardio exercise. But I usually can’t get out of the house until the household help is ready for her babysitting duties. She cleans the house first, cooks breakfast and wash the dishes and will only be able to babysit by around 9 a.m. Until then, all forms of exercise must be done in our small room, while my daughter sleeps. If you saw our room in my previous post, you know that there’s very little space for big movements, so stretching exercises, and maybe some toning exercises, are all I can do.
  • Take a bath. I normally take a bath in the afternoon because I don’t like morning baths especially when it’s cold. But by this time, my eyes and hands are already tired from using the computer. And even if the whole world doesn’t believe in pasma, I still like to rest for at least half an hour before I get in the shower. This results to a downtime of an hour or two in the afternoon, which can be avoided if I take a bath before I work. Likewise, there’s something about taking a bath in the morning that makes you feel refreshed and all-ready to tackle the day ahead, which bolsters my goal of starting and finishing the day’s work early, being more productive and having more hours to spend with family. Or blogging.

I know that I can’t always include all these in my morning routine, especially because my daughter’s sleeping habits are not yet well established. (I’m still hoping it will improve as she gets older.) But making it an intention to do as many things as I can in the morning is as good as doing them for now.