Calibrate the tone of your day before all the craziness
When the alarm clock rings and you wake up to a brand new day, do you get a moment’s peace to internalize how great this day might turn out for you? Perhaps you belong to the other end of the spectrum where there’s just no extra time to pause. You’re so used to scrambling your way around a rambunctious morning routine.
With two small kids to raise, a 4-year old and a 1-year old, they already keep me busy as it is. Then there’s also our household to run, a job to go to, my avocational interests, my health to take care of, and the list goes on… An untamed, bustling schedule is treacherous for any one’s sanity. You may very well know these pain points because I bet yours look jarringly similar.
Busyness has its way to reel in our psyche to a defeated default setting. We anticipate the day to look like pandemonium with the many responsibilities we have to balance on our plate. We need to be physically, mentally and spiritually prepared to take on the day because it could get overwhelming, fast.Busyness has its way to reel in our psyche to a defeated default setting. Click To Tweet
Persuade your will to grab hold of your consciousness and control your actions. Get up an hour earlier to have your own quiet time. This is when you calibrate the tone of your day before life’s demands rush in. Trust me; you need this time more than you think you need extra sleep.
We need to be on the offensive and have a plan. These are various components of quiet time that you can practice starting today:
Take a notebook and do your best to fill-up at least half of the page listing down things you’re thankful for from just the previous day. This will enable you to start the day flooded with gratitude. Quietly utter words of thanks stemming from the heart toward the source of these big and small blessings alike.
My book of choice is the Bible because it keeps me awake when I read at the top of the morning, and I deem it as living and active, relevant to my daily affairs. But if that’s not your cup of tea, then you decide on a book with healthy content that feeds the mind.
Close your eyes for a set duration and imagine a desired future state, where you are bold to go after what you’ve always wanted out of life, not bound by any limitations. What does your life look like if everything were possible? Bask in that version of reality and think about it deeply until you can believe that it is in fact possible in real life too.
Review Your Goals
A man without a goal is like a ship with no rudder, says philosopher Thomas Carlyle. Don’t let the wind blow and toss you aimlessly. Think through and set goals that will push you to grow. Layout your goals annually, then break them down quarterly, monthly, and weekly. Out of sight is out of mind. So keep them where you see them daily.
Set Your Day’s Focused Tasks
Align your daily actions to give you the best chances to hit your goals. This needs to be a focused task list of only three (3) main items that will move the needle for you. At the end of the day, it should give you the satisfaction that you worked on things that matter to you.
These are morning rituals you should observe until the habit is installed permanently. Start here, and then develop your quiet time into one that fits perfectly for you. It will be difficult at first but plow through it; it’s worth it. It will allow you to reprogram your outlook on life in general.
Tomorrow when you wake up, remember that you have the power to affect your choices and dictate whether you wake up calm and collected, or resign yourself to a constant state of rush. These activities are optimal to be carried out as soon as you wake up or at the start of your day. But give yourself sufficient grace to find your bearings, and just find your quiet time at any point of the day from sunrise to sunset.