Wake Up to The POWER Hour
If you’ve ever wanted to learn what is the one thing that I can do enhance my personal, relational, and professional life? Well, consider the impact of creating a morning routine. A routine is simply a regular way of doing things in a particular order. The beautiful part of beginning our routines in the morning is a that we begin the day with a system of structure, order, and consistency.
We know that science supports the fact that a morning routine can and does affect our motivation. Creating a morning routine can give added benefits to your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Another benefit to getting the day started off right is that you accomplish a WIN to start the day as you don’t have to try to fit a routine later into your day when you’re much busier (i.e., receiving and answering texts or emails, juggling the kids, and so many other distractions or stimuli trying to get our attention).
Here is a morning routine that I use and help my clients with to create amazing results in their life. It is called the P.O.W.E.R Hour and it has revolutionized their productivity, focus, and sense of fulfillment throughout their day. Please note that you can start out with less time or duration and work up to the suggested times below.
P = peace:
When you first wake up, dedicate the first 10-20 minutes of your day to some form of quiet time like meditation, prayer, and expression of gratitude. Give yourself the gift of your own attention when you wake up. Starting the day off in a state of peace allows your parasympathetic nervous system to run the show as it prepares the mind to begin day with grace, focus and ease.
O = openness:
Then, capture your fresh morning thoughts by taking 5-10 minutes to journal about your intentions for the day. Your intentions could be stating what you need, value or a goal(s) to accomplish for the day. Setting your intentions allows your brain to begin going to work for you (priming the pump) as it will guide you to focus on taking action in your daily essentials (what is most important) while greatly reducing or blocking out the non-essentials (what is least important).
W = who, what, why:
I ask these questions every morning and include them in my journal. Who needs me today? What do I need to do? Why am I about to do the things I set out to do? This also helps me in serving the highest essentials in my life while aligning or joining my mission to my greater purpose. By asking who, what and why I will gain greater clarity and fulfillment while being highly productive at the same time.
E = exercise:
If you don’t make it to the gym, dedicate at least 10-15 minutes to physical movement such as: strength training, running, or walking, stretching, or yoga. Getting the body moving in the morning helps to increase blood circulation throughout the body that leads to increasing mental alertness, improving memory recall and stimulates creativity in the mind.
R = reading:
Take time to read something and stimulate your mind as you prepare for your day. Instead of putting on the news, looking at our iPhones or browsing social media, try another alternative of adding something purposeful, inspirational, or motivating to your day by listening to an audiobook, podcast, or TED Talk. You might know the saying, “garbage in, garbage out,” well let’s try to replace that with putting the right fuel source into our brains. Indeed, we become what we watch, read, and listen to so why not plant or plug only the best information (I call it the good stuff) into our brains first thing in the day.
30 Day Challenge:
Commit to practicing the P.O.W.E.R Hour for the next 30 days and see how it changes your attitude, productivity, and fulfillment.