Good morning to you all. It is early here in the Pacific Northwest. Fall is definitely in full swing here with the weather much colder this week, the trees changing colors and everyone wearing their coats. It is a beautiful time of the year, fall is my favorite season. I love to see the trees in full colors of orange, red and yellow. I have a few tree lined streets I love to drive down, just to see how magnificent they are.
When the season changes, I tend to evaluate where I am at. At least every few months, I am busy checking in with my goals and dreams and seeing what progress if any I have made. And today I was a bit startled to realize that I am not anywhere near where I desire to be. Now this isn’t a surprise really, but I think the fact that we are now into October and my personal achievements do not look much different than they did in March, was a disappointment. And it has me thinking about the culprits; the reasons for this. And I realized that one of the them has to do with how I begin each day.
How do you start your days? Are you a jump out of bed, ready to tackle the day kind of person? Are you happy and excited for the day? Or do you hit the snooze and drag yourself out of bed, with dread, worried about what the day will bring? I like to think I am the kind that bounces out of bed, eager to see what the day will bring. I would call myself a “morning person” as I am the most productive and creative at this time of day. I tend to feel I am at my best early in the morning.
For a long time now I have awoken early; now that I am no longer working a night shift, I am definitely more rested and feel ready to greet the day. My usual state is to be excited for a new day. It is a new opportunity each day to make it better than the day before. And I love new challenges, ideas, beginnings, etc. I love setting goals, making lists, marking things off and seeing progress. But lately I have been struggling with some things and I can see the evidence by my lack of personal achievement.
I am still that early riser, 5am comes quick. But I find I hit the snooze lately rather then just putting my feet on the floor. I have not been meditating or stretching. I can’t recall the last time I wrote in my journal or made a list of tasks for the day. When I don’t rise quick, when I delay and lay in bed, hoping for more sleep I do not start with the most positive mindset. And I find this is creating a cycle that is impacting my motivation and attitude. This one tiny thing for some folks, has the power to derail the whole day.
So today I am contemplating how can I get back to that positive attitude I was having. How can I be excited to get up and start a new day again? When I embrace the day with joy and excitement I tend to be more patient, receptive, creative and productive. As I have many ideas and goals that I want to accomplish, I need to get back to this way of living.
How do start your day? Do you have a full proof plan that helps you? Do you set the alarm across the room which requires you to get out of bed to turn it off? How hot or cold is your room? Is it conducive to staying under the covers or one that is easy to get up?
Here are a few ideas of how to become more of a morning person:
- Set the temperature to a level that you are comfortable to sleep in (colder is best they say) but have that heat kick on a bit before the alarm goes off so your room is comfortable to get out of the covers.
- Make a list the night before of the tasks that are needed to be done the next day. I am not very good at this, but plan to do this tonight. (I will let you all know in a month or so how this goes for me; if it really helps.)
- Read something inspiring before closing your eyes. Feed your brain positive, good things before sleeping. My belief is this helps create happy thoughts and dreams during the night.
- Stretch before getting out of bed. When the alarm goes off, do not hit snooze but do take a moment to stretch; arms far above your head and legs as far as they will reach. Really feel your body. When I was recovering from back surgery, I was advised to do some yoga moves before getting up, Cat and Cow, Child’s Pose. All are a good way to help you wake up.
- Wash your face with some cold water and drink a glass of water. I find this helps to wake me up and jump start my brain to work. I do this Before my first cup of coffee.
- Read, meditate, journal. I will be getting back to following the SAVERS (thank you Hal Elrod) plan as I have seen this work. Have a step by step routine that you follow that gives you direction and focus.
When you have a plan to follow in the morning, be it any of these above or your own created routine, you will be more productive than just laying around. If it is important to you to be someone who embraces each new day and desires to start the day feeling refreshed and renewed and positive, try some of these things. Or let me know what you do to start each day ready for living your best life. As always I love to hear your ideas too.