Creating A Morning Routine That Empowers You
How Do You Start Each Day?
With the new year approaching, perhaps it's time to take a look at your morning routine and ask yourself - is it benefiting or hindering me? I recently watched a video on the power of morning routines in an interview with Jim Kwik, the CEO and founder of Kwik Learning and a world expert on speed reading, memory improvement and optimal brain performance. Jim states that so often, so many of us "give up our sovereignty and power first thing in the morning" by checking our phones for emails and social media.
Personally, I won't look at my phone first thing in the morning, but I do see my husband check his email and depending on how many new requests have been added over the evening, will determine if he starts the day happy or stressed. Jim states that when we check email or social media first thing, we immediately expose ourselves to other people's schedules and demands, causing our own schedules and demands to take a back seat.
This Year, Design A Morning Routine That Empowers You...Jim suggests making a conscious effort to manage the first hour of your day. Instead of checking your email or the latest status posts from your friends, you can perhaps:
- Meditate or Repeat Positive Affirmations
- Plan Your Day in your Ignited Life Planner. Jim personally sets a small task list of 3 business and 3 personal initiatives that he wants to complete each day.
- Exercise. Go on a walk or bike outside, if possible.
- Eat A Healthy Breakfast
- Enjoy Coffee or Tea
- Write Down 3 Things You're Grateful For in your Ignited Life Planner
Try to unplug from your phone for at least an hour until you've addressed your demands from both a physical and mental perspective.
... And Make Your New Morning Routine A Reality
Jim states that "reasons create reality". Having a clear, desirable reason provides us with the motivation necessary to achieve our goals and affect change. I suggest you can start by first deciding how you are going to start each day in the upcoming new year and writing down your new morning routine in the Notes section of your Ignited Life Planner. If you have 10 minutes, I highly recommend checking out Jim's interview here: