My day begins pretty much the same as every other day. This is my morning routine: Around 7am, give or take (usually more take then give), I’m woken by an adorable, yet demanding, three-year-old wanting a sippy cup of milk, breakfast and cartoons. Then I check my phone. Twenty minutes later, I pour some milk and open an individually-sized carton of yogurt. Maybe adding a muffin or piece of fruit to the plate for my girl before we head to the living room for a little Doc McStuffins. And I check my phone. Before I know it, an hour of “Time for Your Checkup” has passed and I’ve done nothing. I jump in the shower and get dressed, checking my phone in between, before changing my tot’s clothes and starting our day. And I check my phone again.
Only … right now, we’re living in a friend’s basement and our normal routine is a little off-kilter. Plus, my phone service is spotty at best. And the way we usually do it – the morning I described above – just isn’t quite working.
In three weeks, my husband and I will close on a new house and while we’ll be getting back into a predictable routine with high-quality cell coverage, I don’t want to just go back to the old norm. It’s time for something new, something better. I’m ditching my morning routine that wasted so much time engaged in media and technology.Sometimes you need to shake up your routine to find a new norm, a better norm.Click To Tweet
I’m using this change in our lives as a springboard to other healthy lifestyle changes, specifically in regards to how I spend my time interacting with media and technology. Not only do I need some better boundaries with my phone and TV but I want to model moderation and self-discipline to my always-watching daughter.
My morning routine is going to change.
I love what H.A. Dorfman has to say about self-control: Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear – and doubt … He [who is self-disciplined] is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.
I don’t exactly know what these boundaries will look like yet (although I am anticipating some hard-core withdrawal), and I’m willing to try a few different things until I figure out what’s best for me and my family. And I’m hoping to replace a few not-great habits with some better ones. Maybe I can spend the time I’m not on the phone this summer, getting some healthy exercise in with my toddler by going on nature walks, visiting the community pool, and riding our bikes.
Saying no to what doesn’t matter means you say yes to what does.” (Gemma Stone)
You don’t have to move into a new home to reset a family or personal norm that just isn’t working. As we kick off summer and I’m changing my morning routine, what do you need to stop or start to make your life healthier? Let’s join together in searching for a better norm!