The Tale of Morning Routines: What Went Wrong and What Went Right — I Ramble: 11 October 2019

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Ola! So I find myself yet again trying to improve my day-to-day living, and productive mornings, as emphasised by everyone and anyone who’s anyone, are still eluding me. Problems I have with mornings are waking up at the desired time and having a good energy level. Good enough to not only last me for the entire day but also good enough to even begin my day with.

I tried to be up and about at 5am but man, that didn’t happen. I kept going back to sleep despite my multiple alarms at 5.30am, 6am, and when it was my final alarm at 6.15am, that’s when I finally decided that I had to get up or I will end up late.

So where is the problem?

The root of it, of course. I didn’t have enough sleep to begin with! This is my difficulty when I end up working late: I have lesser time before my bedtime for my evening routines. I ended at 8pm yesterday and reached home at 9pm, which leaves me with only one hour before bedtime. One frigging hour. And I chose not to order takeout for dinner so I had to make dinner and then eat and then let my stomach settle, on top of washing up and all that jazz, I really had to push back my bedtime. As a result, vicious cycle is vicious, so of course I can’t get up early.

I feel like we’ve had this conversation many times so I’m not going too deep into it. I think what a lot of productivity gurus have left out is productivity for people who work shifts. I mean, seriously, all that productivity jazz is really for those who work 9-5 kinda jobs. So there, I have exposed a literature gap for anyone to exploit and turn rich from becoming a shift-worker productivity guru. Who wants to take it up? Please credit me. Lol.

Anyway, what went wrong aside, what went right took me by absolute surprise. I followed the tip of drinking a cup of plain water first in the morning, and I decided what they hey, I might as well chug down a supplement.

And lo! The wonders! Had the most satisfying shit of the week! Month maybe! Hahaha!

And hey, I even managed to have breakfast and I even took the early bus to work.

So yeah, the fact that I managed to do all that within 40 minutes (because I actually got out of bed at 6.20am) perhaps show that I am the time-pressure person. I am less productive and efficient when I’m given more time because my mind will always think that I have plenty of time whereas having less time to do more, makes me go at a faster rate. But if one were to simplify that concept, it is quite atypical of procrastinators. Always rushing and pressured. Ironic sometimes.

So how now brown cow?

Well, I will persevere and I aim to settle back into my 5am routine (once upon a time I was successful, okay, I even cooked and read Quran daily). Let’s give a deadline, eh, since I’m so good at working under pressure.

As much as I hate it, starting from tomorrow onwards, I will wake up at 5am everyday for seven days.

I said it here and you read it.

And Allah is Al-Ghafur, The Forgiver. – MM


Author: Metropolitan Muslimah

Born 1989. Female. Metropolitan Muslimah. Songstress. Teacher in the Early Childhood Care and Education sector in Singapore. Gooner since the signing of Mesut Özil on 2 September 2013. We won two back-to-back FA Cups since. Made my first trip to the Emirates on 10 May 2015 followed by my first home game against Swansea City on 11 May 2015, which we lost 0-1.

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