Do you struggle to get your day started?
- Constantly hitting snooze on your alarm.
- Immediately pick up your phone, start to scroll, and continue to lay in bed (sometimes for hours).
If this is true for you, let me start off by telling you that for most this is a normal routine. The urge to just sit in bed and delay the tasks needed to be done for the day is a regular temptation of mine.
1.) If I don’t get up when my alarm goes off, I have failed to “attack the day”.
- I am training my brain to be complacent when it comes to getting things done.
- If I do not get up, I will have less time to get things done.
- Continuing to lay in bed is starting the day with a failed task, getting up.
2.) Why do I not want to get the day started?
- Do I feel anxious in the morning? (too much to do)
- Do I feel depressed? (this day is going to suck anyways, so why get up)
- Do I not have any real reason to get up on time?
- Did I even set an alarm in the first place?
3.) Do I have a morning routine?
- Chores that need to be done.
- Action items to get your mind ready for the day.
- *Everyone has a routine; it may just be a default behavior because it’s never been an active thought to have one.
4.) What drives me?
- I love my job.
- I things I must get done today that contribute to my long-term goals.
- I have pets that I am responsibly for.
- I have kids that need tended to.
Hopefully that got you thinking. Now let’s talk about how to combat it.
Attacking The Day
- What needs to get done?
- What do I want to accomplish today?
- I must wake up, (get out of bed) because I have positive intentions for the day.
- Why are all the above things important to me?
- I am getting up because I know this habit will bleed into other behaviors of mine.
- I am creating a habit of doing something I don’t want to do in order to have a the outcome I want.
- Going to bed and waking up at the same times allow you to set a Circadian Rhythm (better sleep)
- You will feel more rested therefore having more energy throughout the day.
- Gives your brain and body and opportunity to rest and recover.
Setting intentions for the day is a form of self-love.
- I am going to wake up when my alarm goes off because I love myself and I know its within my best interest.
- I am consciously going to construct a morning routine because I love myself.
- I am disciplined because I know this will contribute to other areas of my life.
- Most people are not out to hurt you.
- It is healthy to see other people’s perspectives.
- Your thoughts are not the “end all be all”.
Example of a healthy morning routine
- Set an alarm (allowing 7-8 hours of sleep).
- Alarm goes off, get out of bed.
- Drink a tall glass of water (to combat dehydration)
- Journal – Focus on gratitude (positive intentions for the day)
- Meditate - even if for 5 minutes. (help rewire your subconscious)
- Make your bed (it counts as a task accomplished and prevents you from going back to sleep).
- Do something active (yoga, push-ups, go for a walk, etc.)
- Get your day started based off your individual goals and needs.
- NO SCROLLING ON YOUR PHONE UNTIL THESE ARE DONE – scrolling through social media kills most of your brain power making it hard to find the mental energy to get things done throughout your day.
At the end of the day it is up to us, nobody else, to take the necessary steps to ATTACK THE DAY.