Every year around this time I start transitioning my morning routine for fall. I feel so spoiled by the long summer days when the sunlight feels like it goes on forever and time is endless. Sunlight (and the lack thereof) plays major games with my head. I have a difficult time when the sun starts going down before I’ve even left the office at the end of the day.
I feel rushed and pressured by time constraints. Anxiety sets in about it being dark outside when I haven’t cooked dinner or taken the dogs for their evening walk. I start feeling tired earlier than normal and my evening motivation flies right out the window. It’s a bad time of year for my productivity and in the past, I’ve struggled to adjust my schedule. I tried a few changes to my morning routine last year that I found worked out really well for me so I’m repeating them this year to help make this seasonal transition easier for me.
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Wake up earlier
This year, we adjust our clocks on November 4th for the time change and it’s one of the most miserable times of year for me. I don’t adjust to time changes well, whether we’re losing or gaining an hour it’s a tough transition for me. Last year, I started waking up 30 minutes earlier than normal on October 1st but otherwise keeping my regular routine. By the time the time change came around I felt adjusted without being exhausted for the first couple of weeks.
I also switched to this sunrise alarm clock which is a much gentler way to wake up in the morning. Instead of being startled awake by this loud obnoxious beeping sound, I wake up to a simulated sunrise that wakes me up naturally. I’m not a morning person but waking up in such a softer way helps start my day out on the right foot.
Cuddle the pups
I work long hours during the fall which means my poor pups see even less of me than normal. Brandon works from home so he’s already around for them but Wilkins is especially bonded to me and has clear depression when I’m not around as often as usual. I take advantage of waking up earlier and my new morning routine to give him a little extra one-on-one cuddle time after our morning walk.
Even if I’m just sitting on the sofa eating my noosa yoghurt and checking work emails, he’s on my lap. My favorite noosa yoghurt is the banana chocolate peanut and Wilkins almost always tries to sneak a little of it when I’m not looking. Chocolate is really bad for dogs though so instead I’ll sneak him an extra treat or two to let him know I do really, really love him and I’ll miss him too.
Morning praise report
During the spring and summer when the days are longer, I sit down after dinner with my Horacio Printing planner to record items in my praise report. During the fall, I move my praise reports to be a part of my morning routine. It encourages me to wake up, focus on the things that I’m feeling grateful for, and praise God for the blessings in my life.
I may be struggling with the time change, shorter days, darker weather, and cooling temps but there is still a lot to be grateful for and those praise report encourage me to focus on the positive things in my life. It’s a great way to start my morning!
There is so much to love about fall but the upcoming time change is definitely one of my least favorite parts of it. I’m hoping to stay ahead of it this year and prepare in advance for the things I know negatively affect me during this time of year.
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