How you start your day is how you’re going to live your day. And how you live your day is the way you live your life.” – Louise Hay
Being deliberate about how you spend your time in the morning is an essential element of leading a fulfilling life. It sets the tone for your day and preps you to handle things in a manner that is consistent with who you are at your core.
Here are a few tips to help you start your day off right:
1) Create A Ritual
Being delivered into your day via a ritualistic routine can help ground and center you.
No one is their best when they slam into their day. You want to ease into it in a way that allows you to wake up at a pace that’s best for you. Do this by creating a routine that has meaning for you. There are no rules here, so think outside of the box.
To help get you thinking, here are example rituals that a few of my clients love. When their eyes open, they immediately:
- Get a cup of coffee, light a candle and sit down with gratitude journal.
- Sit with a cup of tea and beloved pet in lap to wake up.
- Morning walk and prayer/meditation.
- Morning run to inspiring music
Make up a routine that you love and treat it as sacred.
2) Keep A Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal is a sweet practice that keeps your mind’s eye on what’s working in your life. There is much to be grateful for that we don’t always stop and acknowledge! Much is missed when we get caught up in the day-to-day busyness of life. Keeping a gratitude journal helps prevent this “unconsciousness” that is so easily slipped into.
How to start and keep a gratitude journal going:
Every morning in a notepad (paper or digital), write down five new things you’re grateful for. Make sure to also write down WHY you are grateful for each thing.
(There’s been research done to show the effectiveness of a gratitude practice in contributing to overall happiness! One of my favorite researchers on the topic is Dr. Shawn Achor. You can get your hands on his most excellent book here.)
3) Don’t Touch Technology
Until you’ve had your special space in the morning, DO NOT check your phone, email, etc. This puts you into a reactive mode (which is the opposite of a productive mode).
Just because the world is reaching for you does not mean you’ve got to respond right then.
You are not a slave to the world. So don’t act like one.
4) Look Ahead At Your Day
At the end of your personal morning space, think about the day ahead of you. See what is on your schedule. Think about your top priorities for the day and how you can fit in time to make sure those get the attention they need. It’s good to know what you’ve got ahead of you so that you are mentally prepped for the kind of day you have.
Use these tips to create a short space of time each morning and you’ll be set up to attack your day, instead of it attacking you.