3 Hard to Implement Morning Habits That Will Change Your Life
Most times we know what to do to create change. It’s not the knowing, it’s the doing. Doing what’s required to create change is hard as hell.
I recently watched an interview with Oprah and RuPaul. He talked about how he came to the realization that his bad habits were addictions. Not addictions in the way you might think, either. I’m not talking drugs or alcohol here.
Here’s the Interview:
What explained was that he was addicted to some feeling or vibe certain actions brought on. Let me explain…
Being late. When you’re late you rush and scurry around like a mad person. There’s a rush of adrenaline that comes with the frantic feeling of OMG! I’ve gotta hurry up! You become accustomed to that adrenaline rush and so you unconsciously start getting ready too late by watching one more video, or scrolling through social media one more time, etc.
I watched the interview, took mental note of how interesting it was, and forgot about it.
That was until I kept being confronted with examples of how morning routines make or break your days, weeks, months and years. Discipline is an undervalued and underrated asset. It takes discipline to get up early and handle your stuff. People think willpower it what it takes. It is not. Discipline is the name of the game. I soon realized that I had my own set of addictions that would require a new level of discipline for me to break.
A few weeks ago I started trying to get up early, read and respond to emails, meditate, drink water and enjoy some me-time before starting my day.
It was rough den a mug! It’s a process and I’m still in the process of processing it. I’ve definitely made some improvements, but I still have a ways to go. I’ve decided to eat this elephant one bite at a time, so I’m focusing on three main changes for the next 2 months. Then when I feel I’ve mastered those, I’ll add a few more. But for now, here are 3 hard to implement morning habits I’m working on mastering
Get Up Early
My goal is 5a.m. I’m currently sitting at a smooth 6:15 a.m. A month ago I was jumping up at 7:45 a.m. knowing I had to be out the door and to work by 8:45 a.m. I know. A mess!
It feels so good to have so much time to do what I need to without the adrenaline rush I was definitely addicted to and experiencing every morning. I get sooooo much more done in my day when I get up early. I’m looking forward to hitting the 5 a.m. goal.
Create A Night Ritual
Doing the same thing every night before bed tells your mind and your body that it’s time to rest and recuperate. Watching YouTube or Netflix in bed until you drift off is not a good thing. Rest is so much more important than we’re led to believe. All that sleep when you’re dead crap will have you dead sooner than later. Why do you think we put kids on a night time routine? Hellleeerr!
I find that I don’t struggle to fall asleep like I did before. My mind knows to shut down and my body knows it’s time to sleep. This was hard to get to because my nights were so “whatever” and freestyled all the time. I still miss some nights but I’m much better about it.
Keep My Space Clean
I used to be the one who would let it get just embarrassingly out of hand and then spend 4 hours straight cleaning up when I was disgusted with my own damn self. That is the worst.
Keeping a clean space helps you keep a clean and clear mind and emotional state. When you look around and there is clean open space and tidiness all around, trust me you will be more productive. I touched on this in a prior post titled Benefits of A Clean Space.
Keeping my work area has been the toughest thing to do. However, because I now wake up earlier and sit at my desk to work, I do notice that I’m much more inclined to clean up that area at night so that I wake up to a clear space in the morning.
The next set of habits I’m going to implement will be:
- Not looking at my phone for the first hour I’m awake
- Doing 30 minutes of exercise in the morning
- Journal daily
- Reading 20 minutes a day…err day
Do you have any habits you want to implement? How are you going about it? Let me know.