What’s the very first thing you do in the morning? Snooze? Check e-mails? Check Facebook? Take a shower? Check Facebook, again? Your morning habits affect your whole day, for better or worse!
By coincidence, I was inspired to change my morning routine. I watched a Facebook live, by Gry Sinding, where she talked about why she read 30 minutes every morning. I read an article in the newspaper, where five leaders shared their morning routine. I’m reading the book, I’ll tell you my secret, by the eccentric billionaire Petter Stordalen, where he shares his morning routine. Different stories, different routines, but they inspired me to think about my own morning routine.
Are You, Like Me, Addicted To Check E-mails?
A poll done by emarketer, shows that almost everyone checks messages as a part of their morning routine. Nearly 50 % of the respondents had checked Facebook. I fit perfectly in to these findings. Sleeping with my iPhone on my nightstand, I have been checking different social medias and doing some e-mails, even before getting out of bed. What an inspiring way to wake up my creative brain cells? Not!
Time For A Change!
I decided to try something new. Many advised me to have the same morning routine, every day. Sorry, I can’t do it! The reason is my two beautiful toddlers. Every second day, we have a fixed morning routine together.
So I decided to change my morning routine, the other every second day, when their father take them down for breakfast and getting them ready for kindergarten. I decided to make some small changes, that I could stick to.
10 Minutes of Mind Blowing Inspiration!
This is what I have been doing. I give myself a ten minutes of motivation and inspiration, before getting out of bed.
- I find a short motivational video on YouTube. Below I share one, that I listened to the other day.
- I use the TED app and find a TED talk about an interesting topic. It can be leadership or something completely different.
- I read a book for ten minutes. For a long time, I’ve used the Storyteller app, but I have started reading again. As I wrote above, I’m now reading the fascinating story about mr Stordalen has been running his business. It’s perfect for a short morning inspiration. Short chapters with inspirational stories.
After a shower, I go downstairs and join my family for breakfast. Already at this stage, I can feel my brain being more active and enthusiastic!
Previously, when I read e-mails, I started thinking about all kind of details and things I had to do. A real creativity killer!
The brain absorbs my morning inspiration like a sponge! When I leave our house, I feel lighter and more energetic for a great day at work.
Finally, on the bus I do my first quick e-mail session!
Try it out and share your experience!
Have a great day!
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