I want to be a truly successful Social Media Marketing and Personal Development Expert!…There I said it!…Realising this dream has meant, that over the last few months I have had to start re-evaluating my life and making changes for the better. The trouble is, I am a fulltime mum and girlfriend and I work full time.
I have been trying to make my life as simple as possible, making small but effective changes to my life in order that I can make this dream come true. I recently read a great book by a guy called Leo Babauta who writes about The Power of Less and the 6 Essential Productivity Principles that Will Change Your Life. I was attracted to Leo Babauta originally because he is a fellow blogger and author of the top ten blog Zen Habits and within a matter of a few short years he had fought hard to overcome, debt, and an intolerable work life balance.
His words resonated with me and the principles he taught seemed so simple and easy to implement. One of the biggest impacts his writings have had on me, has been the creation of simple and easily achievable routines. Just three short months ago, this concept seemed alien, how could someone who works so hard possibly make her life simple.
When you are working full-time like me (or even if you are not), there are 2 specific times of the day which you can change and make an unbelievable difference to your life. These times are known simply as MORNING and EVENING.
And to anyone who is thinking I can’t make mornings and evenings simpler, think about this for a second. The morning and evenings are two specific periods of the day when YOU and only YOU can decide what to do…..you decide when you get up and you decide when you go to bed. Guess what….. your boss doesn’t make you do any of that. YOU ARE IN COMPLETE CONTROL of what you do at EACH of these times.
But believe me, I am not special when it comes to making these times of the day work. Before I read this book, whilst I knew I could be more productive I repeatedly decided to get up late, to have no breakfast and decided what to wear 1 minute before I put it on.
My life was like this for many more years than I care to think about, and it went something like this…
Hitting snooze for as many times as possible without actually being late, having a quick wash, brushing my teeth, asking my daughter to get out of bed, dressing and washing her while she is half asleep. Flicking the TV on and making breakfast for my daughter in record speed…getting dressed, slapping some make-up on…turning the TV off, putting shoes and coats on, grabbing school bags and hoping everything was correctly in them….walking fast pace up the hill to school, kissing goodbye….running down the hill from school…..jumping in the car…. driving 45 minutes to work….running across busy roads…..catching my breath in a 1 minute elevator ride, pacing up the corridor, sitting at my desk and feeling like I just run a marathon and putting my head on my never ending to do list! ….I am exhausted already and its not even 9.30am and even worse I looked like this.
Now believe me, making a change to your morning routine is not easy. It takes will-power, focus and determination but this change has done me and my family the power of good. Mostly because I am not stressed out anymore and running around like a headless chicken who hasn’t had time to make herself breakfast, (probably because I had no head to feed.)
Whilst not everyone is a morning person, if you can get yourself up earlier than normal it will make the world of difference to you. The great thing about early morning wake ups is that there is not a soul about apart from the birds in the trees, which I love to listen too. It is silent, there is solitude, there is no hussle and bussle, I have time to sit, to reflect, to read, to write.
I like to use my morning time to do the following:
* Make a delicious morning smoothie
* Set the goals for the day
* Listen to music
* Peaceful reflecting and contemplating
* Take a bath or shower
Try to make your own morning routine, do it everyday for a couple of weeks and you will soon see the power of not rushing about and having time to breathe. Remember the key is to keep your morning as simple as possible it is not about cramming in loads of activities that you could have done the night before.
Here are a few ideas of what you might try:
*Have a coffee/tea
*write your journal
*take a bath or shower,
* eat your breakfast
* go for a walk
Whilst creating routine is easier said then done, making them habit is the key, make sure your routine becomes your focus until you have mastered your morning routine. Log what you find works and what doesn’t, revaluate and try again until you get a nice balance of simple activities you like to do in the morning. Don’t make your routines boring, or unrewarding, they need to be something that you look forward to. In the evenings make sure you prepare for the next day, doing things like making your lunch, choosing your outfit, packing school and work bags.
Have fun with it and let me know how you get on……Oh and by the way I look like this now
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