As your day starts, it’s easy to get lost in the habit of checking messages, replying to email, checking the news and your favorite blogs.
It’s easy to fritter your day away doing a thousand small harmless actions, but the essential actions get put off.
The antidote, I’ve found, is creating a morning routine, specifically for the first hour of your day. Why? Because it’s the most powerful hour. Treating it as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.
Sacred actions might include:
- Writing (or creating in some other way)
- Practicing or studying
- Practicing yoga
- Focusing on your most important task of the day
On the days when I’m able to take those kinds of sacred actions, my entire day is changed. I am more mindful, I am more energetic, and I’m more focused and productive.
Treating this first hour as sacred helps me to remember that every hour is sacred, if I treat it as such. It helps me to remember that I don’t have a lot of hours left (I have no idea how many hours are left!), and that I have to live each one with appreciation and mindfulness.
My Current First Hour
The time that I wake up, and my morning routine, has varied over the years. It never stays the same, changing sometimes monthly. But when things tend to drift off into mindlessness, I refocus myself and choose a sacred morning routine that I find helpful.
Here’s what I’m doing right now with my first hour:
- A short meditation
- Short yoga practice (or run with Eva)
I’ve only started doing this, so I keep each action fairly short (other than writing). The yoga practice, for example, is just a short series of poses, instead of a longer practice that I might want to develop over time. I’ve found it useful to start small when you get started, to form the habit.