So this post is fairly similar to the last one, which was about the importance of routine, written by Ms. Rivera. Lately I started my own morning routine which helps me prepare for the day and I thought I’d share it. Now I am a person I would describe as flexible, adaptable, capable of accomodating unexpected events–in other words, I can go with the flow, even if the flow is inconsistent. I can arrive at the last minute to work or other events and be just fine. These attributes have helped me in my professional life and working with toddlers, but I have learned that when I give myself the grace of easing into the day, easing intro transitions, I am a much more pleasant friend, colleague, and teacher. The grace I have been learning to give myself is the same grace I hope to offer the children in my class. Because I don’t want to be ‘just fine’ if I can be great! (Is that on a poster somewhere?)
As far as my routine goes, it’s fairly simple. I try to get to work early, maybe just by 5 or 10 minutes. I make sure I have caffeine (a vital part of my everyday ritual), something to eat, and a pen and paper. As I munch on my food and sip my coffee, I make a list of goals I want to accomplish during the day. Some of the goals are personal (‘get your butt to the gym!’) and others are classroom related (‘teach so-and-so to open their own yogurt’). I enjoy knowing I can accomplish something, however small, every day. Sometimes all I accomplish is completing my morning routine, and I don’t get to any of the items on my to-do list. And that is okay. For me, the biggest achievement has just been learning sometime new about myself, which is I need that morning routine. It is a courtesy to myself.
So many of you probably already have some kind of morning ritual and if you do- bravo! Keep it up! Life gets crazy and everyone, even go-with-the-flow people, need some kind of consistency to keep us grounded. I think it can be a simple way of self-care. If you don’t have a morning routine, think about starting one. For me it’s become a little gift I can give myself everyday so that I can be a gift to others. (Okay, that was sappy and I should seriously start writing inspirational posters…haha!)