Now I will admit to being a lazy slacker. I have been known to sleep in until between 8 and 9am. I’ve also been known to wander around the house aimlessly until Midday. I’ve avoided making calls. I’ve put off doing stuff. But I mean, HAVEN’T WE ALL??? I think it’s called being human. None of us are perfect (unless of course you are God and then I am sorry – lol). But seriously, I have done both – starting my days strong and starting them lazy. And I definitely know what makes me feel better, be more productive, have more energy, eat healthier, drink more water and appear more organized. Today I thought I would share what I do to start my days strong and you don’t have to do any of them, but I felt it could assist in creating your start to the days on firm footing.
Firstly, on Mondays, I attend the local fitness Bootcamp. It’s a full hour of interval training which at 6am – is a definitely difficult for those of us ‘morning’ challenged! Then from 7:15am until 8:30am, my morning looks like this:
- Personal and dreams diaries;
- Gratitude Journal;
- Personal development reading and audios;
- Throw open windows for fresh air;
- Contemplate how I can give someone joy and hope today;
- Choose to be happy.
I then move onto work for a couple of hours before I spend the next couple with my toddler.
Tuesdays are different in that instead of fitness Bootcamp, I travel a couple of hours to train with my tennis coach just over 100km away (yes, I am dedicated). Now I don’t recommend everyone does this, however when you live in a rural area, you are usually more prepared to travel a greater distance to do something you love, than someone living in a built up area.
Wednesdays are pretty much the same as Mondays with Thursdays only change being Personal Training instead of Bootcamp and Fridays is Clinical Pilates.
So you can see there’s a real mix of exercise and personal development. It’s not just about setting myself up physically for my day, but mentally and peacefully as well.
By the time 10am comes along, I’m feeling pumped, fired up and ready to take on whatever the day throws at me. I don’t feel as tired compared to when I lay in. I am more likely to stick to my calendar, meaning I’m more productive. I tend to make better food choices and drink more water more regularly than if I start the day slowly.
So I challenge you for the next 7 days – start your days strong. It doesn’t need to be at a fitness bootcamp or driving 2 hours to a sport lesson. It can be something as simple as walking the dog at 6am. Riding a bike. Jogging. Hiring a personal trainer. Attending an early morning Yoga class. Whatever you would enjoy doing. But commit to it and just do it and see how you feel. I am betting you’ll feel all the better for it – and so will your business, team members and customers. What could be better than that?
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