11 Apr A good rising routine
Since getting married almost a year ago I still have not been able to secure my morning routine *crying*. I love and thoroughly miss waking up early and sleeping early. I miss the routine I had pre-marriage: prayers, Qur’an recitation, fresh homemade coffee, gym, shower, dress, smoothie and off to work.
Post-marriage: prayers, back to bed, hit snooze a thousand times, crawl out of bed on all fours, buy coffee and journey to work.
It is not conducive to a productive day and definitely not self-caring. It takes between 21 to 30 days, commitment and willpower to form a habit and so here are some realistic goals / habits for a good rising:
- Once up, stay up – start the day early, avoid rushing and sleep earlier
- Pray tahajjud as well as fajr
- Read Qur’an – even if it is just a single ayah
- Drink lots of water and a smoothie – thrive on the body’s natural energy
- Consistent workouts
- Quick showers – save on time, water and the bills!
- Read – I find my mood tends to be better when I read a few pages of a novel in the morning
- Bullet journaling / gratitude journaling – productivity and feelings of achievement and progress are definitely feel-good consequences of a journal / bullet journal
NB: consistency and dua for ease are key to positive results.