“A bad system will beat a good person every time.” — W. Edwards Deming
Here are 3 ideas on how to improve your morning routine:
- Gratitude. Look at the good things you have in your life that you’re grateful for. It could be something as simple as food for the day, a roof over your head, and the ability to live and breathe. You can either say it out loud or write it out on a piece of paper. That sets your mind up to keep a lookout for the good things life has to offer.
- Writing. It could be anything from keeping a dream journal, writing down your ideas, or a stream of consciousness kind of thing. It’s weird what valuable things can come from this simple exercise.
- Spend 1 hour focusing on yourself, at the very least 30 minutes. This is what the average morning usually looks like: Wake up, make breakfast, check the news, check your email/social media, get dressed, go to work. What you’re effectively doing is that you’re looking at what everybody else wants you to think, feel, and do. The questions should be: What do YOU want to think about? How do YOU want to feel? And what do YOU want to do?
Sure, once you go out the door life will inevitably happen. But at least you’ve taken time to zone in on what your plan is instead of just blindly reacting to every incoming stimuli.
That’s why all of these things are meant to put your focus inward. You’re far more likely to get outcomes that are closer to what you want out of life.
This doesn’t mean you get to steamroll over everybody else’s wills, wants, and needs. It just means that you put yourself in a position to respect and align your behavior with your priorities and values as well.
Here’s an exercise that might give you an idea of how it works. Grab a pen and paper or jot it down on your computer/phone/tablet/device:
- Look around you. Really take in your surroundings for a solid 20–30 seconds. Then look back at the screen for further instructions. Done?
- Without peeking, write down everything you saw that was blue.
- Look around again for 10 seconds and come back to the screen. Now, this time you saw a lot more blue, right?
- OK, tell me everything you saw that was brown.
This is basically what that routine does. If your routine sets you up to look for blue you’ll see a lot more blue, if it sets you up to see green you see more green, etc.
We might go in with the best of intentions every day, and that’s a good start, but that’s not enough. We need to create consistency.
The trick is to be mindful and purposeful about what it is you want to focus on and set up systems that enable you to do more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.
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