Have you ever noticed that when your morning routine is completed successfully, your day tends to be better? On the other hand, if something screws up your routine, it feels like the entire day is off and you just want to crawl back into bed and be done with it! When everything happens to be in its place, your personal universe become ready to face any challenge with much more consistency. That’s why a time commitment of 10 minutes every day could change your life right now.
There are a lot of fitness programs that focus on speed and results. “Get rock solid abs in just 8 minutes per day!” the trainers will yell through the television. When you’re able to set aside 10 minutes for your morning routine at the very beginning when you wake up so you can make the universe right, then you’re giving that routine a 10 minute workout that will bring about mental fitness like you’ve never had before!
What’s the first thing you do every day when you wake up? For many, the first 10 minutes are about getting ready instead of preparation. Your body and mind are very receptive in this early morning state and what you choose to do will set the tone for your entire day. If you choose to meditate, for example, you’ll give yourself a better mental reserve for stressful situation. If you watch the news, however, you’re potentially increasing your risks of worry and anxiety.
That’s not to say that watching the news to get traffic reports isn’t important or that you shouldn’t eat breakfast or brush your teeth. The question is this: what is your very first priority? That priority will set the tone for your day.
The ultimate goal of your day’s first 10 minutes is to provide organization. Meditation can help people organize thoughts, but so can a checklist. So can a conversation with your spouse. What is important is that you focus on the tasks that will require the most mental energy right away so you can get the toughest work done when you’re most awake and aware. Good planning can improve your day by 100% or more!
It’s also about planning for interruptions. You can plan all you want for a productive day, but if you check emails and voicemails as the first thing you do when you get to your office, then all of your plans are headed to the trash can. Part of your plans must include how to adapt to distractions, interruptions, and potential emergency situations that require a fast turn-around. If you give yourself extra leeway during the day, then you’ll find many time dividends coming back to you throughout the day.
Instead of being stuck in neutral, a 10 minute planning session first thing in the morning can put your mind into overdrive! Take the time to get your universe set right tomorrow and see how much of a difference it could make for you.