A Recipe For Morning Success...
Friday, January 18, 2019
Recently I decided to create a new morning routine for myself. I thought about what I personally needed to get my fire stoked, my thoughts creative and body moving more. Then I decided I would make it something that I carefully build for myself. In other words, it would be trial and error until I found the right recipe that works for me.
It's now Friday and I believe I have found that recipe. The recipe calls for no more nights staying up until 10:00 pm, doing fairly unproductive things. I tried that one night, and the next morning when the alarm went off at 4:30 am, it felt like this dreaded event was about to happen called waking up and getting moving. That feeling was not what I was trying to build into my life at all. I want my mornings to be filled with purpose and motivation. I want to start my day with as much gusto as I can find.
I made the decision that staying up that late didn't work for me. So I decided to find what time did work for me. What time does my body like to go to sleep and wake up to be able to give me this purpose and motivation I was striving for? I chose to begin winding down at 8:00 pm. Electronics off, kitchen cleaned up, clothes set out for my workout in the morning. Rituals that I've found help me mentally to start shutting down. 8:30 pm into bed and some reading for 10 minutes. Then lights out.
After doing this routine for the last few days, I can say I've found my recipe for my morning success. I've woken up at 4:30 am each morning with the gusto I was hoping I would feel. Starting with a cup of juice in my new mug :) I spend 20 minutes reading two different books; Quantum Success by Christy Whitman, and It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig. Then off to the gym for a minimum of 1 mile on the treadmill. This mile brings to my morning clearer and more creative thoughts, movement that sends endorphins through my body that makes me feel happy and excited to start my day, and an overall sense of achievement. It's my recipe for morning success.
I would love to hear others' recipes, if any sparkers would care to share them with me.
Have a great day, sparkfriends!