How many times have you gotten up late, leaving you to rush around like a crazy person, setting yourself up for a “frenzied mess” kind of day? More times than you care to admit?
You, then, spend the rest of the day being reactive instead of proactive, never accomplishing anything that really needs to be done.
Oh, my friend, I lived this way for entirely too many years.
But, I’m ecstatic to say that I’ve learned how to take my day and set it up for peace and success, and I’m feeling freer than I’ve ever felt before.
One of my favorite quotes is from Brian Moran and Michael Lennington’s book, The 12 Week Year
“If you’re not in control of your time, then you’re not in control of your results.”
So very simple, and yet so very powerful….right? The key here is being in control!
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When you start your mornings behind the proverbial eight ball, it sets you up for chaos the rest of the day.
You wind up running around putting out fires all day and accomplishing, most likely, nothing that really matters in the big scheme of things. Nothing that is putting you closer to your goals.
Starting the morning off with good habits and systems in place can turn your “putting out forest fire days” into far more peaceful, controlled, “crushing your daily conquer list days” and that’s when you’ll begin to see your life change.
It’s time for a change
Clearly, if you’re here, then you’re ready to make some changes. You’re ready to take control of your mornings and live more peacefully. Because let’s face it, living in a reactive state day in and day out is just downright exhausting!
So let’s dig in and start finding more peace in your life!
What’re your weaknesses?
What are your weaknesses?
You have to begin by identifying your weaknesses, so you can put habits in place to start making changes.
Here’s another way of putting it, what goes on in a typical morning that causes you to begin your day on the wrong foot?
Do you hit the snooze button multiple times before getting out of bed? (I will neither confirm nor deny that I’m one of “those!”)
Do you have kids that come flying into the bedroom and wake you up from a dead sleep? Do you frequently have something that sidetracks your morning to put you behind?
Be honest with yourself! You must identify these frustrations in your mornings in order to make a change.
What does an ideal morning look like?
Now I want you to consider what an ideal morning would look like for you.
Perhaps getting up early enough for some time to yourself to get a quiet shower before everyone else wakes up.
Maybe for you, it’s having a cup of your favorite beverage before you’re bombarded with the kid’s lunches, rushing out the door, getting the dogs fed.
Do you feel more at ease having your day planned out the night before, or are you fine with setting aside a few minutes to plan it in the morning?
Does spending time with Jesus set you up for a more peaceful day? (If you haven’t already, be sure to read, Why God Desires Quiet Time With You.) Maybe spending time listening to a Christian podcast on your way to work would help ground you and start your day feeling more peace than chaos. (My favorite podcast right now is The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey. You can add it to your home screen and just push play on your way to work.)
For me, my ideal morning routine is to get up around 6:00 a.m., grab a cup of chai and sit down with my devotional and prayer journal. (Right now I’m reading Sarah Young’s, Jesus Calling.)
Now it’s your turn! Grab your favorite beverage, a comfy chair and sit down with a pen and some paper and write down what an ideal morning would look like to you.
Start a routine
Everyone’s routines are going to be a little different, but the key word here is “routine!” You’ve got to set one up.
Research shows that it takes 66 days to form a new habit.
Truthfully, that seems a little daunting when we’re talking about trying to get a system set up. But, my friend, how do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time, of course!
Don’t look at 66 days from now. In fact, don’t even look 30 days from now. We’re just looking at today.
In Brian Tracy’s book, Eat That Frog, he says
“The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you seem to be naturally motivated to continue.”
So right now, this very important task is to make over your morning! To start a routine that will set you up for more peace in your life!
What this may look like for you!
Here are some examples of what your new routine may look like for you.
- Have your coffee (or if you’re like me, your chai!) and clothes ready to go the night before so you don’t have to think about it in the morning.
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier. I know, I know! Everyone says this and it’s just so darn hard sometimes. But I’m saying it too! It makes a world of difference in your day when you can start the day off in a positive way instead of flying out of bed late and running around like a chicken with your head cut off. Start by getting up 10 minutes early and then slowly increase it. I promise, it does get easier and I have no doubt you’ll come to enjoy that precious time!
- Start your morning with a daily devotional, favorite podcast, meditation, yoga…..something calming to move you from sleep into being awake and ready for your day.
- Write out your daily conquer list. Don’t forget to include time blocks. (If you aren’t familiar with it already, read Time Management Made Easy – Time Blocking. When I started working this way, my productivity skyrocketed!)
- Eat your frog first. Take that one task that you’ve been procrastinating and make it #1 on your daily conquer list. I’m telling you, getting this done first and crossed off your list sets you up for an easy rest of the day. After all, if you’ve already eaten your frog, then everything else will be a cinch! (If you’ve never read, Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, I highly recommend it!)
I believe in how powerful a good morning routine can be and I’ve seen it completely transform my day, my mood, and my ability to actually conquer my goals, so I know it’ll do the same for you.
I’d love to hear from you! Comment below and let me know what your biggest struggle is.
If you have something that you do in your morning routine, I’d love to hear it! Afterall, we are all in the trenches together learning how to best live that life we can be proud of so I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time, my friend……
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