Have you discovered the wonders of listening to Podcasts? It is amazing how much I learn about different topics!! Recently, I found a trend or a theme. It was the importance of a good Morning Routine. I had a good one, I did had a good Morning Routine, I just didn’t follow it. It was not a routine with intention. My phone would ping when it was time to:
- get up
- have my quiet time
- head downstairs for breakfast
- shower / dress
- be out the door
Prior to my intentional morning routine, I would hear my phone ping and think, it’s 6:30 am….ughhh and roll over and actually get out bed when it was time to go downstairs for breakfast, never did I actually stick to my intended program.
What shifted? As I read about how the lives and businesses that were changed by having a morning routine to which one gave thought and energy, I knew I wanted ‘some of that’! I began reading the book, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, one of the things he wrote struck a big, long, loud chord with me, there was no personal accountability in ignoring my prompts to wake up and move to each activity I had set up for my morning success. It was sending a message to me, that I really didn’t care about me. I am not important. It was time to change that attitute with different actions! Each item in my routine was a step in achieving my spiritual, physical and mental goal I set in my 2015 goals. I really let me down. I knew I needed to begin NOW. Listening to these podcasts and reading The Miracle Morning really helped me to have a plan of action and a place to begin.
I knew one of my stumbling blocks was ‘entering the Earth’s atmosphere’ or waking up in the morning. When getting to sleep at night is a challenge, it makes waking up a little difficult. The podcast I listened to help with that challenge. They recommended an app called “Sleep Cycle”. Once your alarm is set to wake you at an appointed time, the app will alarm in a 30-minute range of your set time to wake you when you are not in a deep sleep. Ah ha! That has helped me so much!!
I have also discovered the wonders of Essential Oils! Amazing what that natural wonder will do to help quiet my nightly busy brain and help me to sleep! I also diffuse lemongrass essential oil in the morning to help wake my brain. It is a happy scent I really enjoy as well.
Being the organizer that I am, and a person who LOVES to check off the things I have accomplished, (measurable results – that is Goal Setting 101, right?) I created a checklist for the week to help me do all the items I want to accomplish before heading downstairs for breakfast. It has been almost a week, and I haven’t missed a wake-up call. It is amazing how good I feel and the energy I have in the morning!
I am happy to share my tips for a Successful Morning Routine with you. For a complimentary 20-minute session on how to have a great morning, start with a Productivity Strategy Session, click here. Don’t delay. The schedule on my phone was set up in October, 2014 and here it is 6 months later and I am finally getting the rest and having energy to accomplish so much more than I have in a very long time!