Create Before You Consume
Today, I want to talk about creating or doing something for yourself that energizes you first thing in the morning (or whenever you start your day) BEFORE you dive head first into work tasks or chores or anything that is for someone other than yourself. If you want to boost your energy for the day ahead and start your day with a sense of accomplishment then keep reading. If you prefer audio form like I do then I listen to the Podcast episode.
For the first 21 days of July I was doing a challenge with some friends. We had to pick one thing to give up or one habit to create. My choice had to do with getting better sleep and waking up earlier (no snoozing allowed). I started the challenge off strong. The key to my success was plugging in my phone in my bathroom and NOT on my nightstand. Like many of you I use my phone as my alarm in the morning. I pick it up and I hit snooze and wait for the next 9 minutes to pass so that I can hit it again…
Leaving my phone in the bathroom at night has helped me with a couple of things.
It helped me to not waste time on my phone but actually disconnect and rest.
It kept me from hitting the snooze button. Which I hear that waking up and going back to sleep multiple times actually makes you even more tired.
It got me out of the bed and moving immediately.
It helped me to get back into my morning routine.
Two weeks in to my challenge I started slacking off. My mornings became rushed again. I didn’t look forward to waking up because it was the same routine… Wake up, get dressed and out the door. I didn’t think much of it until one particular Monday I was driving to work and I started to feel this tightness in my chest. I was suddenly caught in my thoughts and feeling completely overwhelmed and anxious. How could I have gone from feeling ok to feeling like I was having an anxiety attack?
Luckily for me on Monday’s I have my standing appointment with my therapist. This morning I had contemplated canceling my session because I felt “fine”. I had nothing new to discuss or follow-up on. At this point, however, there was NO WAY I was going to cancel my appointment. It was a sense of relief to sit down and talk about how I was feeling. About halfway through the session she answered exactly why I was feeling the way I was. Before I get into her answer I must give you a little back story.
Rewind to the beginning of June I was feeling strongly like I needed a little break from doing so much and I started slowing down. Then at the end of June while driving home from Florida back to SC I got sick and ended up in the hospital which lead to 2 more weeks of rest. Since then I have been struggling to do anything creative. Which for me, being creative is like the ultimate energy boost. At this point its been a solid month of ZERO creativity.
Fast Forward back to me sitting in my therapist office. She says to me, “you are having anxiety because you are not doing anything for yourself”. While my 9-5 is a great sponsor for the life I really want to live, it is not where my true heart and passion are. She was sooooo right. It was so clear that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been able to see this on my own. I literally went from going all the time to doing nothing except working for my 9-5.
All of that actually led me to this post. Where I want to share with you how important it is to start a practice of creating before you consume.
First on my list was to change some of my bad habits and kickstart my morning routine. One of my favorite personal development books to date is by Hal Elrod called, Miracle Morning. Hal talks about the importance of a morning routing. He also helps you get started with creating a morning routine using a simple acronym “S.A.V.E.R.S.” which stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading & Scribbing. This is something that I turn back to often when revamping my morning routine.
Although I failed to stick out the full 21 Days of my challenge I returned to the idea and made a decision that night to plug my phone up in the bathroom and got up the next morning and start working on my podcast. It gave me a real sense of accomplishment to keep my word to myself. I felt like screaming YES, I can do this, I am doing this!!!
I encourage you to find that one thing you have been wanting to do for quite sometime but keep putting off.
Do that thing first thing in the morning.I know right now it may seem like I am over simplifying this but it really is that simple.
First take care of you
then you can take care of others.
It's day one for me doing this and I am excited to see, as the days progress, how it helps me with that sense of accomplishment I was missing. With my anxiety around not doing the things I am passionate about. We have to be mindful of giving to ourselves first before we take in what the world is throwing at us. This is your life and you can design it the best way that fits your needs. It may take a little sacrifice but it will be worth it.
Who says that Mon-Fri has to mean your 9-5 takes priority. If there are 24 hours in a day and 8 of them are spent sleeping and the remaining 16 hours are at your discretion to prioritize. You legit have 8 hours to do you and create your life how every you want.
I’d love to hear what you plan on doing for yourself and how you plan on make the most of your mornings.