The alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button...again, again, and again. By the time you turn it off, you're flying out of bed scrambling to get ready so that you can get out of the house on time.
Does this sound familiar?
It does to me. I used to wonder why I would always feel so rushed and behind when I got to work in the morning. Hello?!
Then I read Hal Elrod's book, The Miracle Morning, and it changed the way I viewed my morning. I started getting up over an hour earlier (thus, I started going to bed an hour earlier) so that I could have some time to myself in the morning instead of sprinting the minute my feet hit the floor.
Hal gives suggestions about how to start your morning. Check out this YouTube video, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. It gives a summary of Hal's acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. and how you can start your morning on a much more positive note.
I took Hal's ideas and tweaked them to fit my lifestyle. Here's what I make sure I do every morning:
*Take my thyroid medicine and drink a glass of water (and feed the cat)
*Do a 10 minute guided meditation
*Do my bible study and pray
*Complete my morning 5-minute journal entry
*Stretch and/or workout
*Read if I have extra time
My morning routine takes anywhere between 30-45 minutes. If I have the extra time to read then I add 30 minutes.
I'm at a place in my life where I have more time to myself. I completely understand all the busy moms and dads out there going from one place to another trying to keep it all together (been there, done that). However, it isn't impossible to squeeze 10-15 minutes for yourself each morning. It's all in changing the mindset and prioritizing yourself at the beginning of the day.
Trust me, if you start with yourself first thing in the morning, you will find more peace and contentment in your day.
“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.”
– Mandy Hale
I'm going to write a series of blog posts on self-care. I've written about it in various pieces, but I think it's so important that I want to devote a few weeks to it specifically.
Why? Because we live in a world where there is so much negativity. Many people experience depression, anxiety, and stress, and they don't know where to turn. There are high levels of overwhelm at work, home, with money, and in relationships.
It's necessary to remind ourselves that in order to face the stress and pressure that happen we absolutely have to take care of ourselves first.
We are worth it!
Have you ever thought about how much your time was worth?
I’m sure a lot of you have, but I haven’t and maybe that’s what is holding me back from bigger and better things.
I’ve never bought into the whole, “I want to be a millionaire,” picture. It doesn’t work for me.
In fact, I’ve gone the other direction. I went from making $72,000 a year, to $55,000 a year, to roughly my present income of $35,000 a year. All by choice.
So, yeah, the whole money thing isn’t a priority. As long as I have the love of an amazing circle of family and a few close friends, a roof over my head, dependable transportation, a job that I respect and enjoy, and an emergency fund, I’m good.
And I have that.
However, Anthony Moore recently wrote “Pretend Your Time is Worth $1,000/Hour and You’ll Become 100x More Productive”, and the headline alone was enough to grab my attention.
It isn’t about becoming rich beyond your wildest dreams. It’s about upping your productivity game, and that I can buy into.
I started to reflect on how I’ve been spending my time lately and I’m not sure I would be worth $20 an hour.
A lot of procrastinating, being lazy, and doing everything but being productive.
While there are some legitimate reasons like getting acclimated to a career move and getting my husband to relax long enough to heal after two recent surgeries, my down time has been truly down time.
And yes, down time is necessary for self-care, but I seem to have taken it to the extreme.
To the point that the last time I published a piece on Medium was January 8.
So, I started to visualize what my time at $1,000 an hour would look like, and this is what I have determined so far:
Planning: Not only will I continue to be an amazing planner but I will follow through on those plans. I will determine what my upcoming week will look like on Sunday.
Action: I will put my butt in the chair. Whether it’s writing, working out, eating healthy meals, working hard for customers, or cultivating relationships, it’s all about action and consistency.
Check in: Each day I will look at my plans in the morning, check in midway during the day, reassess and make revisions as necessary.
Reflect: I will take 5–10 minutes to reflect each evening. That way I can make any adjustments for the following day. At the end of the week, I will take 20–30 minutes to understand what went well, what didn’t go as planned and why, and then begin the process of planning for the next week.
While I haven’t completely worked out the details, the four steps of planning, taking action, checking in, and reflecting will put me on the path to being more productive…and closer to earning $1,000 per hour.
Wow, life feels like it's happening at warp speed lately. I'm trying to catch my breath, but some days it's like a sprint from morning until night. Know what I mean?
Here are some quick nuggets:
*I started a new job on January 14. The high school counseling gig wasn't working for me, so I said, "Adios," at the end of the first semester and jumped into retail at the deep end of the pool. It's been a whirlwind but a great change so far. I have intentions of writing about it but it hasn't happened yet. Stay tuned!
*GTI Wednesday is still coming out weekly. If you haven't subscribed yet, you are so missing out. It's a five-minute midweek positivity boost. Go to the home page and get yourself subscribed!
*Today I Will is a bite-sized dose of focus each day. It's a one-sentence statement that gives you a challenge or a task to concentrate on for the day. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
*If you haven't checked out our Facebook group, The Clutternators, come join us. We are just starting our first book club selection, Marie Kondo's, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While our group is all about getting rid of clutter, we need to organize what we have left over. Ask to join the group and you're in. We are super positive with each other and offer great tips and suggestions.
*My book is FINALLY going to be launched. I know, I know, it's about time! I have the physical copy of the proof in my hands as we speak and I'm editing it one more time before I send it in for final revisions. So excited and pumped that Slices of Life from the Little Blue Desk will be a reality in March 2019!
Okay, that's it for now. How are you doing? Drop me a line and let me know. I would love to hear from you! :)
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.