Another day dawns. The alarm sounds on your smart phone. Ugh. You grab it, hit snooze, and reward yourself with a Facebook update, email check, and a quick re-tweet or two.
Your reward quickly turns on its head, and typically goes like this instead.
You look at the clock and CRAP! You're running late.
The day is now well underway. The distraction has left you scrambling for time and running late for work. Focus = gone. Stress = high. Productivity = Nil.
The morning is a gift for us all. It’s a time to rise, face the day, and be thankful that we’ve been given the opportunity to share our cause with the world. It’s also the time when we need to prepare ourselves for daily success.
Why then, do so many mornings start out in a fluster?
My mornings were once similar, and it made me angry. In fact, I was so disturbed at the lack of purpose and productivity behind every one of my days that I decided to do something about it. I wanted to make a change so that my thoughts are as positive and motivating as possible, my distractions limited, and make sure I focus on what’s really important to propel my effectiveness forward.
Like me, I know you’re here because you want more time in your day, and realise that the key to unlocking effectiveness and doubling your effective time starts with what you do when your eyelids head north.
I’m here to tell you it’s possible. I’m doing it right now. No, there’s no time machine. It’s a special formula that I have researched, revised, and practiced myself. But here’s the deal:
"Action is the foundational key to all success." ~ Pablo Picasso
Determination, motivation, and gusty action is what it takes to unlock your best day.
Say goodbye to hitting the snooze button, from this point forward, it’s all about taking action and sticking to a morning routine that has one focus - getting your day started the right way.
Follow these 8 steps, and watch the minute hand slow as you become a master of each and every day.
1. Mindful Awakening
What do you do as soon as you wake up? Hit the snooze button? Roll over and pretend that the morning hasn’t yet come? Jump out of bed in a rage and run straight for the coffee machine?
Instead of bolting upright and charging into your day, take stock and breathe, becoming slowly mindful of your consciousness, your state, your position in bed, whom you are with, and how good it feels to lie in silence.
I find this simple act allows me to appreciate the morning for what it really is - a gift. Each day I awaken is another day I have the ability to serve the world with my unique gift. Make your awakening from sleep an awakening of your senses, and an appreciation of what you can achieve next.
Practice for as long as you need. I do this for 3-5 minutes before rising.
NOTE: If you are prone to falling asleep after an alarm sounds, it may be a good idea to use the ‘snooze’ function to be sure you don’t accidentally sleep in!
I believe this is the most important step for your daily health and wellbeing.
The body consists of almost 80% water, and during your sleep phase is when you become depleted. Sleep is the time your organs choose to repair, re-energize, and refuel your body, filling your water stores with toxins and waste.
To flush these toxins away and rehydrate, it’s important to consume adequate clean, filtered water BEFORE you ingest any further material. I aim to consume at least a litre of water within 30 minutes of rising, which frequently turns into 1.5 litres.
To replace my electrolytes and jump-start my body, I also consume a large glass of green drink. With many superfoods, alkaline-rich plants, and packed full of vitamins and minerals, this green drink not only aids in my hydration, but is the icing on the cake of my daily nutritional intake.
Incorporating this habit also aids in reducing your hunger level, and subsequently the amount of food you consume in the morning – a great tip for those looking to lose weight.
I recommend the following products (all of which I have tried and loved) to help you get the best results:
Once you’ve started the process of re-hydration (which takes approximately 20 minutes), then it’s time to find a comfortable chair in a quiet room and meditate. Meditation can have great power in controlling disruptive thoughts, so it’s an ideal tool to ensure that these thoughts don’t multiply and control your day.
There are many ways to meditate, but I choose to follow a method similar to that outlined in the excellent book, The 8-minute meditation by Victor Davich, where I sit still for a period of 8 minutes or more, controlled using a stopwatch feature on my smartphone. However you choose to do it, you’ll find it’s a real game-changer for controlling stress and taking back ownership of your day.
For further information, you can read more about my daily meditation practice here.
4. Journal Writing
History is littered with examples of people who kept daily journals - morning pages on which they can record their thoughts, dreams, and ideas - no matter how crazy they seemed. But what on earth do you write about? Despite what you’ve heard, journal writing is a practice with as much freedom as the author desires. It’s really up to you.
For those wanting a starting guide, I use a structured journal writing session which I complete immediately after meditating, while my mind is fresh and clear. I answer a specific set of questions each day which I find useful to track my thoughts (I can compare my answers), and to keep the session short and focused.
Below is the structure for my morning journal writing which I have used with great success. It’s separated into two sections, one which I complete in the morning, and one just before I go to bed in the evening.
I’ve tried writing a journal by hand on paper, however I prefer to keep all my ideas, thoughts, and even my journal, electronically on Evernote so I can access it at any time.
If you're the paper type, then I highly recommend the Five Minute Journal.
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Hi, I'm Jason, founder of Kickstart a Cause, teaching you to unlock your true potential and create a life you were born to live. When I'm not inspiring greatness in others, I can be found travelling the world exploring the beauty of nature.
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