I don’t know about you, but if I start my day rushing around like a mad person, things just don’t get done. I’m frazzled, moody and seriously unproductive.
And that’s why I wake up three hours before I start working.
I live for my mornings.
It’s my favourite part of the day, but it wasn’t always.
Morning motivation has sort of become like second nature lately. If it gets disrupted – like our power going off at 10am yesterday thanks to Eskom – it completely throws me off my writing. BUT, I know I need to be more flexible and just adapt (this is going on till 2 April apparently!) otherwise I’ll get all stressed out and anxious. Like yesterday. So today I’m working earlier and doing a workout mid morning. Not ideal, but what can I do?
The “Power Hour”
When things DO go right and there are no electricity cuts, I do this. I can’t believe how the rest of my day goes when I start the morning off right. It might seem impossible, but once you start doing what works for you and getting into a routine, you’ll wonder what took you so long to start in the first place.
Ever since I read an article on world renowned life coach, Tony Robbins’s “Power Hour”, I’ve become fixated on getting my zen on – even if it’s only for five minutes.
In case you were wondering what I do in those three hours every day, this is more or less how my mornings go…
5.40am – Wake up, eat yoghurt, drink water, stretch, feed the cats, get dressed in workout gear, meditate for five minutes
6.20am – Hit the road running or walking until 7am. Otherwise I’ll do a workout DVD. Then a little more stretching so I don’t ache all day long.
7.15am – Shower, eat breakfast, have coffee, and do a few odd things around the house.
8.30am – Start working.
I love this routine because I can really take my time getting ready and do the things I want to do, like working out and having a good breakfast. Even when I worked at an ad agency for five months last year, I managed to get it right most days.
I find I have way more energy and feel a lot more positive when I start the day like this.
Finding YOUR Morning Motivation in 5 Minutes
Of course not everyone has three hours, two hours or even an hour every morning to do this.
I get it. But even if you leave at the crack of dawn to beat the traffic and get to work early, you can still get in a slice of the “power hour”.
My suggestion if you’re really pressed for time? Block off five minutes and find a quiet spot – even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom away from the rest of your rushing-around family.
Stretch and splash. Stretch your arms above your head, bend over and try to touch your toes – or as far as you’ll go, and just move a little and stretch some more to wake your body up. Splash your face with cold water.
Your five minute zen time. Then sit down and close your eyes. Breathe in deeply for seven counts and out again for another seven. Do this a few times. This is what I like to call your “me time”. It’s when you centre yourself and just try to relax. I like to pray sometimes when I do this. Or other times I’ll just use it to feel more spiritual. If you find your mind wandering – which it usually will in the beginning – try and focus on the sound of your breathing. Breathe in “cool, positive” air and breathe out “hot, negative” air.
How to Find the Time
I’ve written a few articles this week on finding time for yourself and fitness.
If you need to get up half an hour earlier to get in your “me time” then by all means do it.
If you need to sit in your car in the parking lot during lunchtime and get your 5 – 10 minutes of zen breathing in for the day, do it.
Find your calm among the chaos. It’s fun, I promise 😉