There is a Latin phrase “Carpe Diem,” which translates to seize the day, and I believe this year you can make it more relevant than ever. The dictionary actually defines it as an exclamation used “to urge someone to make the most of the present moment.” I think the best way to make the most of your day is to start it off right. Having a morning routine sets the tone for the rest of my day, and if you look at athletes or high achievers, you will find that I am not alone.
Consider Serena Williams, one of the best women tennis players of all time, she sticks to her schedule every day in order to be her best. She ensures she gets at least 7 hours of sleep, wakes up early every day, eats breakfast, and is on the court by 8am, every single day. Tom Brady is another great example of having an extremely focused morning routine. He is up by 5:30am, drinks 20 oz of water, does some stretching, hits the gym, and is back home by 8am to eat breakfast with his family.
Athletes aren’t the only ones who are strict about their morning rituals. Steve Jobs was known for starting his day at 6am, making his bed, and would self-reflect before even looking at his emails. In his commencement speech at Stanford, he stated that every morning he would look himself in the mirror and ask, “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?” This way, he made sure to prioritize his tasks and not waste time on things that would not make him better. Even Oprah has a morning routine. She wakes up every day at 6am, goes for a walk, meditates for at least twenty minutes, journals, and then has breakfast around 8:30am. She feels that this helps her get ready for a full work day.
Habits to start a morning routine:
- Wake up 30 minutes earlier than when you normally wake up.
- Make your bed. Making your bed every day starts your day with a very simple accomplishment. It helps set the tone for the rest of your day.
- Drink a glass of water. Your body naturally will dehydrate while you sleep, so it is important to get some H2O first thing.
- Do a prayer or meditation to help calm your mind.
- Write down a list of three things you are grateful for. Expressing gratitude puts you in a positive emotional state for the day.
- Make a list of what you need to do for the day. Circle the three most important and prioritize them.
- Get moving. Walk your dog, do jumping jacks, push ups, anything to get your heart rate going.
- Eat breakfast. Think of food as fuel.
For this #MakeItHappen Monday, work on creating a morning routine so that you can seize your day. Let us know how you’re jumpstarting your days, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social.Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”
– Ralph Marston