How you start your day determines how your day will go.
For years, I woke up checked my phone (email/Facebook/etc) and laid in bed for 20 minutes scrolling through my phone.
Mindless. And such a waste.
About 3 months ago, I stopped doing that.
I now wake up and sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee, pen & paper. I write out 2-3 things I am grateful for. I then write daily intentions which are goals of mine, but with a slight twist.
Intentions such as;
- I am debt free
- I helped 8 Dads quit their jobs last week
- I drive a white Tesla (dream car)
- I send my Mom & Dad on a vacation once a year
These are all written as if I’ve already accomplished them. No “I want…” or “I will…” “I plan…”. These are already done, and that is how I write them out every morning.
I then write out my goals (more like habits) 5x.
I set 1 goal every quarter in each of the following categories;
I then journal, which sometimes is a brain dump of the
insane thoughts in my head. Sometimes I write about something that made my smile in the last 24 hours. Some days it;s 1 – 2 sentences and some days it’s 1 -2 pages.
This takes about 20 — 30 minutes, but sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Give it a try for a couple days. At least the gratitude thing, as that only takes a couple minutes.
I try and read at least 20 minutes everyday. I believe reading is such a shortcut to anything we want to achieve, and not enough people take advantage of it.
If you’re not a reader, start reading 10 pages per day.
In a year’s time, that is 3,650 pages, about 8 – 10 books, in 15-20 minutes per day.
This is something I am working on getting better at. I would say I do this 5 days a week, but am trying to do this daily. I am also trying to do it for longer periods of time.
Some meditate in the morning, and that didn’t work for me. I would fall asleep.
Some do it at night, and I do like that, as it relaxes me before bed. I prefer to do it in the middle of the day. A time to step away from everything and go relax.
I use an app on my phone called Insight Timer and has been very helpful. It tracks how you do, which is very neat to look back. See what days you’re more likely to mediate, how much time, what months you mediated the most.
The website claims they have over 3,600 guided meditations. I prefer guided, as I need to listen to instructions or someone walking me through breathing. When I try and mediate in silence, that is when the carnival in my head kicks in.
And it doesn’t stop.
You can also bookmarks meditations so that you can reference them in the future, which is very helpful if you find some you like.
If you’re not into meditation, this is a GREAT Zen proverb I refer people to…
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”
Start small. Find a 60 second guided meditation and do that everyday for a week. The following week, increase that to 2 minutes, and so on.
If you’re not a believer in meditation, here are some great articles proving how POWERFUL it truly is;
I work from home, and have never really had an issue with getting a workout in. Typically, I am looking for a reason to get out of the house, so going to the gym is pretty easy for me.
Or it was pretty easy for me.
Since having kids, things have changed.
To say the least.
I know do a little workout at the house 6x per week. It’s not a strenuous exercise, but I get a good sweat in.
I am not looking to be the next Hulk Hogan…brother!
It’s 30 seconds on, and 15 seconds off.
- Run in place
- Shoulder shrugs — 25 lb dumbbells
- Curls — 25 lb dumbbells
I do this for 3 sets, a total of an 11 minute workout.
I started with one set, which takes 3 and a half minutes. Then week #2 I went to 2 sets and have been doing 3 sets for the last couple months. Occasionally I do changed up the exercises as it can get boring doing the same exercise 6 times per week.
I should probably increase it to 4 sets, but 3 is a good workout for me.
This might be my favorite habit of mine. I don’t do this for the physical benefits, I do this for the mental benefits.
I am convinced that walking is better than just about any anti-depressant on the market (not a doctor, this is just an opinion).
If I am frustrated with something, or upset I go and take a quick 15 minute walk. 9 times out of 10, I come back refreshed and have a solution for the issue/problem I was dealing with.
It reminds me of the quote from Anchorman;
92% of the time, it works every time
Start small. Go take a 10 minute walk outside, and see how you feel.
Here are a couple articles highlighting the MANY benefits of walking…
I am a HUGE fan of the book The Slight Edge, and after I read the book in 2014, I started adopting daily habits.
These are some of the life changing habits I’ve adopted that have transformed my life.