“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Do you ever feel like days can completely escape you? It can be so disheartening to look up at the clock not knowing where the last three hours went and how you’re going to finish that to-do list with the hours you have left. I know that feeling all too well. From the mom with her hands full, to the girl working on a side hustle after hours, the balance of staying fit, focusing at work, and keeping up with your community just doesn’t seem to fit within the waking hours some days.
Since starting my business I’ve had to be very conscious of how I’m using each hour in my day. As I began to split my days between my full time and part-time jobs, it was getting difficult to have my mind focused on the right thing at the right time. I felt like I was constantly behind, or could be doing better in different areas of my life, so I sought guidance from my virtual mentors. I looked at how Rachel Hollis and Jenna Kutcher were keeping the balance.
The result was a solid morning routine. Starting the day a little earlier than you’re used to with a focus on gratitude is what makes all the difference. To put this into action I purchased one of Rachel’s Start Today journals and began to religiously follow a new routine.
So here’s what it looks like…
- Wake up an hour earlier than my husband to have some alone time and get my mind focused on what matters.
- In the first part of that early hour, I write five things I’m grateful for, ten big dreams I plan to make my reality, and my one main goal for the day. This has helped tremendously in starting the day with gratitude.
- Next, I’ll read a few chapters of the bible. I’m working my way through the whole book, so chipping away each morning not only gives me a feeling of accomplishment but also helps get my mind aligned on my values daily.
- After I’ve finished reading I wake up my husband and we head to the gym for a workout. Getting your body moving in the morning really helps clear that brain fog.
- After we get back from our workout, I make the bed, freshen up and start a cup of coffee.
- Then, it’s off to work! (aka my couch :))
This routine has honestly allowed me to feel like I can focus on what’s important with a clear mind. I feel a sense of accomplishment before I even open my laptop, and that shift has given me a new level of confidence.
I know everyone’s mornings are going to look different depending on your circumstance, but I hope my little routine inspires you to set your own. All in all, I don’t want you to feel shame and disappointment at the end of the day. I want each of you to feel accomplished by your daily wins, proud of your commitment to what’s important to you, and confident that you can start it all again the next morning.