How you start your day and wake up in the morning is just as important as how you go to sleep and end your night.We get to create and change our negative and positive cycles when we become aware of our priorities and motivations. It’s up to you to decide how you want to live your life everyday.
My daily routine has changed and adapted to my lifestyle and what’s most important to me at the moment.
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What is your biggest motivation?
A few months ago I came to the realization of how important it is to find that one thing that that really gets you moving and excited. What gets your mind racing with ideas, your fingers typing, your body awake and ready to go? When do you find you lose track of time and can get caught up working on for hours at a time?
My life and priorities have changed multiple times. At age 17, working out was super important to me and getting it out of the way was motivating enough to do it consistently for a couple years. At that time in my life, it was exactly what I needed to start my day. I’d get up half asleep from my alarm, tie up my shoelaces and just start running, without eating. or even thinking about it twice. At age 20, my biggest motivation was the love for my husband and being an attentive wife. I’d wake up a couple hours before him just to make breakfast and lunch for both of us, then we headed out the door together to start our day.
I was ready to make a new morning ritual for my life today and wanted to figure out how to best start my morning. I had remembered how in shape I used to be in my early 20s and wanted to get in the habit of waking up to go running again. This turned out to be a huge fail because I ended up just staying in bed longer and sleeping in, even though I had enough sleep the night before. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get up. After it kept happening, I had to do something differently instead of feeling disappointed in myself.
My new plan was to wake up and see what I naturally felt like doing. This is how I discovered what I truly wanted. Let me remind you, I’m a highly motivated individual and there is no way I ever feel like waking up to do nothing. There may be people out there that really need someone to make a set routine for them to follow but as a creative entrepreneur, I work somewhat differently. When I woke up, I laid in bed 10 to 15 minutes after my alarm went off and I found my mind going in a few directions. I went to make coffee, lit a candle, then decided to sit and write. Some of my best ideas were pouring out.
At that moment it became clear that although I wanted to workout, my priority today is different than what it was 13 years ago. Today, I want to be healthy, not be on a strict running schedule. What’s more important to me is to get my creative ideas out on paper when I wake up. In the morning, my mind is fresh and my focus is on my current feelings from life and work, I’m not ready to workout. I couldn’t force myself to be doing one thing if my mind was somewhere else.
I still wanted to workout but found that it became better to do it mid afternoon to take my mind off work and get my endorphins up to regain energy for the other half of my day.
Start your day in your happy place. If you start your day well, with spirits high and on a good note, imagine all the possibilities waiting for you. What brings you happiness? What are you desiring and passionate about accomplishing? Do you want to write a book? Sing a song? Try some kickboxing?
It’s important to be kind to ourselves, it’s perfectly fine to find a way to get through our to-do list and goals on our own terms. If you need flexibility in your schedule create your own itinerary to make it happen.