...I like mine with a kiss. YOU? How we start and end our day can dramatically impact our productivity, focus, moods and mind set. Don't you think?
I started discussing this in some on line communities and lots of ladies replied to tell me how they started their day and what time. Some of the routines sounded amazing. (Those people mostly didn't have kids and were able to start their day as they pleased with a flow and grace I can only dream of! LOL) However, as with anything I write here no one here is saying you should do anything. No one here is saying you have to create a great morning routine or evening routine that energises you, maintains a positive, solution focused mind set. No one here is saying if you don't do this you'll have a crap life or you'll have a bad day.
What I am saying is if you keep having a bad start to the day, or if you feel that making a few tweaks to your morning would make a world of difference to how you feel about you and how your day begins, then do it.
What I am saying is if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
Work out what feels good and right to you and make the changes YOU want to make.
The only person who knows if your morning and evening habits are helping or hindering you is you.
If they are not helping you consider this if you keep starting the day badly.
1. How do you start and end the day? Look at your routines/rituals.
2. What is your morning routine like? Be honest
3. What is your evening routine like?
4. What changes would improve this for you?
5. Make the changes, start today. See the results. Repeat repeat repeat.
I'll confess I've noticed lately that my night time routine isn't helping me. As a lot of the work I do now is on line and on social media I find myself finishing my 'work' and then being sucked into the on line abysses of Facebook, Periscope or Twitter.
Now this would be fine, but it does mean that there are times if I am honest, with you and myself, that I am missing out on interaction with the people who mean the most to me in the world, as well as not winding my day down properly. Does this happen to you?
It also means I sometimes lose a few hours, and the intention to have an early night because having worked until 10pm, having fitted my working day around my kids school day, suddenly sees me at 12 midnight, knowing it will impact on my morning. Yet I still do it.
Mentally it's because as a mum I crave a few hours alone, just me, no one else but I know it's not doing me any good and it's got to stop.
Last year I got my morning routines to work for me and now it's time to get that night time routine under control. If I want to be the best version of me I can be, I need to stop this 'MOMBIE' habit and come up with a routine that helps me become even more energetic and feel alive in the morning.
Have you got the same issue?
So as I always try to practice what I preach I have revised my morning routine to include a meditation and some journalling (not because anyone told me to but because I know it will, and has already, started to benefit me). It means getting up even earlier, but it is worth it. I am now determined to be asleep by 11pm having wound down properly with my Gratitude journal and having planned the next day as a minimum, and of course spent some quality time with the love of my life. Now, I can afford to get up that bit earlier.
Having lots of family who work shifts I'm referring to my start of the day as morning because that's what it is for me, but the same principles can apply for you if you get up later in the day or prefer to work through the night. Whatever works for you is important. Find out what helps you thrive and do it daily.
If you'd like a little support creating a new way to start and end your day, at whatever time suits you, please email me at michala@woodforthetreescoaching and I'll send you my free Morning Power Challenge.
I'd love to hear how you start and end your day and how it helps or hinders you in the comments below.