I’m already crushing most of my goals for 2015. But there is one little bugger of a goal that for a while I could not seem to get a handle on in my life.
Waking up earlier. This bothered me because for a while it felt out of my control. Then I changed something to put myself back in control of my life, my habits and my systems.
Already I get up at between 5:30 am -6:00 am on most days. I’d like to get up at 5 am to get more things done, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m still working on this. However, before the new year, I was getting up at 6:30 am everyday and this felt right. I had just enough time to get up and get my son ready for school, and then get back in my office to start my day. Yet, I wasn’t completing my own personal development and I was missing things in my day.
So right before the new year (I didn’t even wait until January 1), I decided to start getting up earlier and creating a new habit to make my life better and easier. So far so good, but there have been mornings when the bed just feels so damn good and I don’t want to get up. Ever have that happen to you?
I remind myself in that moment that getting up is going to serve me better and that usually helps me get moving. However, I am now challenging myself to get up a little earlier to get even more in. Doing this will allow me to get more time in for personal development and a little work done before my son wakes up.
Everyone has a different schedule and it is important to figure out what works for you and what habits you need or want to change. The early morning routine is just something that triggers productivity for me. Plus, the more I do it the more it becomes my routine and everyday my body becomes ready to get up at that same time.
Other than this morning routine, my day is pretty structured and routine. This is what I would call my habits. Your habits help you to get your life streamlined and get things moving. Without habits there is a chance that you’ll be unproductive.
Your habits keep you in a constant state of performance. People who have an eating schedule tend not to snack outside of this schedule and therefore a regimen keeps them healthier. People who have a regular exercise routine or habit, tend to be healthier as well because they have a schedule, a habit and this is something that is part of their day.
Making something part of your day, something that is integrated into your day is easier to accomplish than something that is not consistent. This is why a schedule and habits are encouraged to keep you in a system. The system that you create for yourself will then help you to grow because you can modify, change and add or delete things from this system. It puts you in control instead of making you feel out of control.
Many people who do not have habits or a system in place feel out of control in their lives because they don’t always know what comes next.
Therefore, try creating a system for your life and some daily habits to put you back in the driver’s seat and helping you to achieve more of what you want. When you are actively making the choices in your life and creating these habits, you will less likely leave things to chance and have more opportunities to make conscious decisions about your life.
In love and light,