The morning routine is something that many people strive for. There are entire websites and communities dedicated to winning the first few minutes of your day.
I’ve been pretty good about my routine of waking up, not checking my email, meditating, showering and then jumping into work. But today I broke the rules and checked email in bed.
It derailed my morning.
Instead of getting up, I stayed in bed thinking about how I should respond. I stopped appreciating the opportunity each day brings, but instead started fearing for what other challenges may be ahead.
After that, my morning routine kicked back in. I hit the other items on my list and came into the work day feeling centered and strong.
Sometimes we make routines and rules for the sake of it. But you never know how valuable they are until you break them.