Do you have a morning routine? If we are honest with ourselves, most of us have the same start to our day; we wake up, roll over and pick up our phone and indulge in some mindless scrolling before finally getting out of bed.
It’s so easy to get lost in the habit of checking messages, replying to email, checking the news and if you’re like me, a quick check on online banking.
Think about how much time you waste each week with these small harmless actions … but by wasting this time, it means that the essential actions get put off.
The antidote? Putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour.
Power hour actions might include:
- Writing (or creating in some other way)
- Doing yoga
- Focusing on your most important task of the day
- Indulging in mindfulness whilst enjoying a coffee
On the days when you’re able to take those kinds of power hour actions, your entire day will be changed. You will feel more mindful, more energetic, and more focused and productive.
Creating Your Powerful First Hour
The idea is to figure out what you think would be most powerful for your day and put those into your power hour.
You might not know what mix works for you … pick something and try it. A good mix might include:
- Some kind of meditation or reflection (gratitude journal, for example)
- Your most important task
- Something that takes concentration, like creating, reading, or studying
- Something physical, like a run, walking the dog or yoga
But none of that is fixed in stone. If you find that you can’t concentrate in your first hour, maybe you use it for physical activity like taking a walk. If you don’t like physical activity, maybe you do something you’ve been putting off for a long time, like decluttering.
The main question to ask yourself is: if you were given the gift of an extra hour in the morning, what would you spend it on? What would make a big difference in your day?
Then test it out. Try the routine for a week and see what happens.
Adjust if needed.
If you are already rushed in the morning and don’t have time to do all that, maybe start waking a little earlier and build that up until you’ve achieved the whole hour.
Doing something useful in your first hour doesn’t have to be a big thing. It could even be enjoying a cup of coffee in silence or finding new healthy recipe that you can try for dinner.
No one can design your perfect morning for you, we are all different and we operate on different styles and rhythms. So enjoy the experience and enjoy the experiment of finding the perfect morning routine.