I thought I came up with this funny phrase the “Hour of Power” to characterize my time in the morning until I started thinking it sounded like a TV evangelist’s phrase. So I Googled it and indeed it is. But for today’s purpose it is just a way to remember this great way of starting my and your day. 🙂
I’ve always been an early riser so I generally have at least a little time to myself in the morning before everyone else wakes up. Use these three simple tips however works for you, though. Shorten the time, lengthen, or even do at night if you are a night owl.
I try to do three things before AJ needs to leave for work at 7:15am in order to feel like I have a handle on the day so that I can tackle what’s in front of me well and not treat our kids like they are an interruption (any of you ever do that when you are flying by the seat of your pants and they’ve started your day instead of you starting your day?)
Read my Bible or this great book (affiliate link) by Dallas Willard and Jan Johnson to start my day right. I generally spend about 20 minutes reading and writing out a verse or piece of the book I want to keep in my mind. Writing it in your planner is a great idea because then you see it on a regular basis throughout the day or week.
Spend some time going over your calendar for the day. I got a Simplified Planner from Emily Ley last year and she sent the best quote with the planner: “The battle for our happiness is fought on the pages of our calendars.” (Bob Goff, Love Does) That quote nailed it for me… having a day that’s well planned with some margin is the best gift. I feel more relaxed after this time.
a. I’ve mentioned this before but since having kids I generally pick 1-3 big priority items to accomplish in a day. Setting the expectations lower helps me really focus on my important items and then move onto the other less important items.
b. This is also the time to go over my email and add in any appointments that I forgot to add in when they came up.
c. Before AJ leaves for the day we will check in quickly with each other about what our schedule looks like for the day or if there is something he needs me to do for him.
Run or walk. I don’t care if all I have time for is my loop that’s a little under a mile. Even if I’m not getting out to log miles just stretching my legs makes me physically feel better to start the day and mentally clears my mind. It’s also a great time to process what I just read or the day I just planned out.
Generally it’s all about quieting yourself. Quieting your schedule by writing it all down, quieting your mind so that you can think and quieting an aching body that hasn’t moved all night.
How do you start your day?
What are your secrets to starting out right?