There is a particular relationship in fulfilling our aims and our cycle in the morning, and it should encourage the hunt for our aims. A morning cycle is what you do in the morning from when you get up to when you depart for or start work. The endpoint is up to you. A regular morning cycle for an under-achiever might be something like this:
- The alarm goes off. Looking for the snooze button. Repeat 5 or 6 times. Or just turn it off completely and sleep off.
- Eyes open. Finding your cell phone in confusion to see what time it is. “I overslept!”
- Running to the shower, get groomed in a hurry and hurry to the pantry for coffee and maybe a quick bite.
- Rushing for office bag, unable to find it. Rushing for car keys, and it’s nowhere to be seen.
- Pouring the coffee into a travel mug, grab bag and keys, say good-bye to family and rush to work. Get stuck in traffic.
- Get to the workplace late and be grouchy all day.
Isn’t it so familiar?
A good morning routine starts the night before. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to pack your business bag, put your footwear and keys where you can find them and layout the outfits you’ll wear in the morning. When you’re speeding, these items take at least twice as long because you’re focused on the case that you’re running late. Next, move your alarm to your table or somewhere you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Leave your telephone with your work bag.
Go to bed early. Give yourself 7 to 8 hours to sleep before the alarm goes off. Choose the sum that works for you and adhere to it.
When the alarm goes off, you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Make sure it’s a harsh, annoying alarm, not some kind chime you’ll sleep through. Do NOT go back to bed. Ideally, you work out now. You can do 5 hard minutes to start. Get your heart rate up and conceivably work up a little perspiration. Even if it’s stretching and leaping jacks, you can do something. Increase the workout time until you’re doing 30 minutes or more. Yes, you do have the time.
Start getting up a little quicker every day. Shower and dress for the day. Have breakfast at a comfortable pace, even if it’s just toast. When done, grab your work case, keys and anything else you need and head to work 20 minutes earlier. If you work from home, just like I do, you can get started 15 minutes earlier.
This sets you up for a fabulous day. Exercise in the morning is exceptional You’re stimulated and you’ve already achieved something. Your morning goes from a hurried mess to a regular time of successful transactions and habit building. There’s a lot more you can do with your morning cycle. Walk the community for instance. Spend 5 or 10 minutes in prayer or study. Write in your journal. Spend 10 minutes or more on your side hustle. Any of these things set the tone for the day. You’ve achieved something or numerous somethings before you start your workday. You’re not grouchy and fixated on how badly the day started.
You’ve set yourself up to hit the ground running and work on your purposes.