This week, as I began listing all of my good intentions for the New Year – complain less, disconnect more, speak more loudly for things I care about, work less, eat less meat, run a half marathon (just to name a few), I felt…totally overwhelmed. Last year, we had a list of 8 resolutions hanging on our refrigerator for the first few months of the year. Looking back, I would say I gave about 25% of that list my best shot, of which, about 50% became a part of my routine (if you are a math person, that means 1 of our 8 resolutions stuck, which I will get to later).
The whole concept of creating New Year resolutions reminded me of one of the most impactful books I read in 2016: Present Over Perfect. The main message of the book is that we all have limited energy. We can’t 'Do It All', and if we try, the most important things are ultimately sacrificed. So I’ve decided this year that instead layering my resolutions on top of everything else, I am going to put all of my effort into starting each day with more intention. This means clearing my head and allowing time for a full reset before the day takes hold versus immediately slipping into the reactionary trap.
So instead of 8 things, I am simplifying and focusing on one goal, and I am hopeful that this will create the space I need to accomplish many more priorities throughout the year. I think we all have ambition and values to make positive change, we just need the right mindset and perspective to clear the path.
I’ve pulled together three simple steps to help you create a better morning routine in the New Year.
1. Clear your mind.
Brady swears by 10 minutes of guided meditation. I swear by going for a run outside, or sinking into an elaborate tea and coffee routine. Whatever works for you, practice some form of mindfulness in the morning, and try and do it everyday. Some days you will fail or only get about 2 minutes of a quiet mind, but it will still be better than nothing.
2. Stay disconnected.
There is nothing that will destroy your morning mojo quicker than looking at your phone (Brady) or computer (me) first thing. If you can push off the temptation for at least 30 minutes, you will remain in the present and be able to create priorities for your day versus react to someone else’s priorities.
3. Spend 5 minutes setting intentions.
Reflect and write down the things that would make today great. This is the 1 out of the 8 I mentioned earlier from last year. Brady and I have both become huge fans of The Five-Minute Journal. We even gifted it to all of our employees for Christmas this year. By answering 4 simple questions in the morning (and 3 in the evening), you set your perspective for the day. It is so simple and impactful.
No matter what the New Year brings, I hope you are able to create space to let your core values shine. And if you do, I know you will flourish!
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