Yesterday I shared about the value of taking time regularly to reflect and set up the systems that will cause you to succeed. I do this twice a year, before the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. These prep weeks are crucial: they give me a chance to think about HOW I do what I do, rather than just trying to GET IT DONE.
One of the systems that is key for me is my morning routine.
I set aside this two-hour block each day just for me. Jon Acuff says to be selfish at the right time of day. For me, that time is 5 am. I can wake up and spend a couple hours on myself before anyone else needs anything from me.
So what do I do each morning? I make a cup of coffee. I have a half hour quiet time of scripture reading and prayer. I read a nonfiction book for 30 minutes, because I am never done growing as a person. I eat a healthy breakfast and get dressed. Finally I create and share something new, such as a bit of writing, an image with an inspiring quote, or even a video.
Two things happen thanks to my morning routine:
First, I leave the house in a state of inspiration and anticipation of the day ahead. I can’t tell you the last time I rushed out, flustered and late. That’s not a thing that happens in my life because I have a two hour buffer. Second, I make small progress toward my spiritual, intellectual, and entrepreneurial goals every day. The rest of the world waits for the stars to align and circumstances to be just right to spend huge blocks of time on their goals. I just put one foot in front of the other, day in and day out.
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