September was once a month I loved without reserve. Autumn arriving, those cooler days, and my favourite colours, beautiful golds, browns, russets appeared in the landscsape.
That was Australia. Now I’m in Sweden September brings with it a tinge of regret – the summer is over. Although we still have lovely bright days the temperature is slowing dropping, the dew lingers longer and the evenings a bit chilly. Still the colours compensate a little and I remind myself mindfully – enjoy the moment. So waking up this September morning to a wonderful sunny sky I seized the moment and remembering Leo Barbauta’s wonderful words about daybreak I started a new project.
The Daybreak: Make an Important Goal Happen with a Morning Habit.
The sun begins to come up, and the first rays of light begin to shine upon this fresh day.
What do you do with this time?
The most important thing.
If you have a project you want to happen (let’s say you want to write a book), this is the time to form a habit that will make that project happen. A morning writing habit will get the book done. Simply wishing for the book to get written, or saying you’ll do it “someday,” doesn’t make it happen.
If it’s important, you’ll make a morning habit of it:
- If you want to lose weight, create a morning walking habit. Or morning strength training. Or a healthy breakfast with fruits and veggies.
- If you want to start a new business, create a morning session where you work on it every morning.
- If you want to become more mindful during your day, create a morning meditation habit.
- If you want to work on your relationship with your spouse, have a morning habit of talking about your relationship over coffee.
- If you want to journal, make it a morning habit.
Why is morning a better time for important habits? Why not afternoons or evenings? Well, I’m biased, because I really love the mornings. But I’ve found the time to be quieter, less chaotic, better for reflection and focus. Some people will work better in the late nights, but I’m usually tired by then. So figure out what time is your magic time — I think for most people that will be mornings, but not all.
I’ve done pretty much all my important achievements through morning habits: I trained for several marathons by running in the morning, created this blog and wrote numerous books with a morning writing habit, have improved mindfulness through morning meditation, and became a regular exerciser and healthy eater. I’ve had morning walks, done morning journaling, morning yoga, and morning talks with Eva.
There are great habits you can create in the afternoons and evenings too, but I recommend trying a morning habit if you have something important you want to get done.
Make it a habit, and do it first. Sourced from Zen habits.net