If you’ve ever had something not go according to plan, then this post is for you. Spoiler alert: this post is not about being vegetarian!
Making over my morning
One of my goals this year is to get into a good morning routine which will help to set me up for success so that I can be more productive each day. But more than that, a few of my goals for this year are all tied up in doing things related to a productive morning – consistent quiet times, jogging in the early hours and more! So I knew that nailing down my morning routine would be a huge factor in achieving several of my goals this year.
But after trying to get myself into a routine by sheer will power, I decided it was time that I needed a push. So I did the Make Over Your Mornings course.
Want to know what I discovered?
Mornings don’t suit my life!
Now, don’t get me wrong! I LOVE mornings. I love the crisp fresh air when I go for a jog in the park. The early sunrise filtering through the morning mist. And the birdsong.
But I’m a gigging musician.
If you know some musicians or even live with one, you’ll be aware that they’re not known to be morning people.
Sporadic late night gigs aren’t really conducive to early morning routines!
So I feel, in part, like a walking contradiction. Because I desperately love and crave an early morning routine, but one of the hats I’m passionate about wearing means that I see plenty of late nights!
What does this mean for me?
I considered whether I should just give up on the idea of ever having a consistent morning routine. It had never worked before, so why should it work now?
But during the course, Crystal asked on Day 13 of the 14-day course “Are there areas of your routine in need of some rethinking?”. And then it hit me!
I didn’t need a morning routine. I needed TWO morning routines!
B is for (save my) bacon
I needed a Plan B for the mornings after I’ve come back from a gig at 1am and getting up at my ideal time of 5am is not an option. I needed a Plan B for the mornings when I’m sluggish because I’m not 100% well, but the kids still need feeding (or so they say).
With a Plan B, I don’t have to feel like a failure when I don’t wake up at 5am. I know I have a backup plan that’s ready to be put into action.
Having a second plan means that I can still be productive even if I’m starting out late. I can know that the basics will get done and my bacon will be saved!
Why you NEED a Plan B
It doesn’t end there. You see, this principle can be applied in other areas as well. For example, let’s say you’ve arranged to have lunch with a friend who’s a bit on the flaky side. Having a plan B means that, even if your friend has to cancel (again!), your precious time won’t be wasted.
Or if you’re working towards a goal, but feel that you continue to get derailed due to outside circumstances. Make a Plan B to put into action the next time this happens so that you’re still moving the needle forward in your goal.
I now have two evening and two morning routines. My ‘ideal’ Plan A’s and my ‘still productive’ Plan B’s.
My question for you is: are you ready to save some bacon?