Good Morning Bloomers! I am excited to share with you my life-changing new way I start my day. Let’s start by declaring that I am not a morning person. I would rather stay in bed as long as possible watching the Today show. I used to be on auto-pilot all day long. We do our routines, we face each day as it comes, we then either decide when the sun goes down or if someone asks you, “how was your day?” what kind of day we actually had. Our days usually spiral around out of our control and then we do it all over again. Well, I have broken out of the cycle and have found more happiness and control than I could have ever imagined. Let me tell you what I do.
I now do a lot of reading and follow blogs that help me think in new ways. I have tried some things and found success, but some things just don’t work for me. There has been a lot of chatter lately on how the most productive and successful people start their days with a solid and unwavering routine. I read a few books with lots of ideas. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is really popular. It was a motivating read for sure, but most of his suggestions would have me up hours earlier. I can’t do it. I love my lazy mornings! I also loved Jessica Dimas and her approach. I bought her digital guide and worksheets: The 7 day mini manifesting boot camp for $18 and it helped me refine further what was right for me. I knew that I loved the idea of starting my day with intention and clarity of what I wanted to accomplish and feel. I combined what worked for me from multiple sources and came up with a quick 10 minute start to my day that has truly yielded amazing results!
I use an app on my ipad called Grid Diary- simple way to journal by Sumi Interactive. It is simple and easy to fill in every morning. You can customize the squares to whatever prompt you want to answer. They do also have templates of their own you can use.
This is what my grid looks like and then I’ll explain what I do each morning….
Some mornings are better than others, but my ideal routine would be to wake up, grab some coffee, find a chair and take a few minutes to fill out my grid. I have done it quick at work once I get there, but ideally you want to do it as early in the day as possible and with the most intention and focus you can.
I start with the weather and emotion icon at the top. It’s good to recognize the sun or rain and the mood you are in at the very beginning of the day. Then I take each prompt, give it a thought or two, and type in my intentions. For the affirmations section, this changes for me from time to time. I read it out loud. Basically its a statement to the universe affirming your intentions on a more higher level than your daily wants and needs. I have many examples of affirmations on my pinterest page. If time allows, I like to do a quick read that is aspirational or of special interest. The book Simple Abundance- A daybook of comfort and joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach is wonderful. It is setup as a daily read. I like to write a quick takeaway of my reading in my grid. I don’t usually meditate until later in the afternoon or evening so I don’t write anything in the morning here. In the evening, sometime before bed I like to take a peek at my day. 90% of the time I can honestly say, I felt like I wanted to feel, I did what I wanted to do, and I saw the magic in the day of gratitude and mindfulness. My day never gets totally out of whack anymore with unreal expectations of what I didn’t get done. I really only prioritized 3 things! I am more conscious about letting go the junk that I didn’t plan or want in my day. It truly has been life-changing. Now I can feel those rare days when I realize I didn’t start out with my grid. When I am back on auto-pilot letting the day run away from me, I quickly find a moment and a quiet place and fill out my grid!
I encourage you to give this a try. It doesn’t at all have to be my way. Find your way! Do it in a written journal or even in your head on the commute to work. Taking the time to declare what you want is just like putting your fast-food order into the Universe. How does the Universe know what to give you if you haven’t even put your order in? 🙂
In Love + Light, C