There was once a time in my life when I felt like I had more control over my days. When I could determine what time I went to bed and what time I woke up. I could come up with a zealous to-do list and have a good chance at getting through a decent portion of it so long as the motivation came along for the ride. Though back then, I had the same 24 hours in a day that I do now, time didn’t feel as scarce.
Since becoming a parent, time has turned into one of the greatest riddles of my adult life. Much as I try to bend it, contort it, or tighten my grip on it, the more it seems to get away.
Over the years, I’ve turned to various routines, productivity hacks or to-do list apps. In our productivity-obsessed culture, there’s no shortage of these 'life optimisations' being touted as a way for us to feel our best so we can do our best – and let’s face it, by best, we generally mean most.
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We’re told we should have a morning routine that might include anything from meditating to doing an internal body scan, journaling, gentle stretching, rigorous exercise, setting an intention, drinking a lactose-free marine collagen green smoothie, while making a list of the day’s top five priorities, but absolutely not checking our phones at any stage of the process.