No PO of any size could replace the deep contentment I feel when someone stops me to say: “Hey- I heard you speak and when you talked about X it really helped change my life.” It’s. The. BEST. Yesterday I received that feedback. A coworker who saw me speak earlier in the year told me my “Day Before the Day” formula improved her daily routine and her friends too!
That’s blog post worthy, don’t you think?
What is a “Day Before the Day”? Pretty much the best thing ever. It’s your opportunity to set yourself up to rule the day NO MATTER WHAT comes your way. It all goes down before you get into the office.
Think about your morning routine today. Wake up, look at your phone, freak out over the number of emails, rush in the shower, throw on some clothes, in a frenzy to get to the office? Yeah – this is not that. This is eliminating all of that.
How does it work? It starts with building in extra time during your morning each day. It could be ten minutes, it could be 2 hours. You create a morning ritual. Time for yourself to spend preparing your mind for the day ahead. There is no looking at email during this time. This is sacred time, maybe the ONLY time you will have to yourself all day to get in touch and remember your purpose. This looks different for many people. I will outline my “Day Before the Day” and you can use it as inspiration to create your own.
- 4:45am – Rise
- 5:00am – Mediation, gratitude journal, perhaps a little reading
- 5:20am – Chug trader joe’s concentrated coffee aka “crack”
- 5:30/6:00am – GYM. (could be boxing, weight lifting, Crossfit style classes or hot yoga with my husband)
- 6:45am – Cook breakfast
- 7:00am – Shower – not rushed
- 7:30am – Walk, drive, or ride the bus with my husband to work – chatting or reading
- 7:45am – Call my Mom every day at this time
- 8:00am – Starbucks – chat with my barista family
- 8:15am – Gratitude journal #2 then open email and start the day
There is NO FREAKING WAY my day #2 (8am – 5pm) could be bad with that Day #1! I’ve got perspective because I’ve practiced gratitude for all I have, I’ve sweat it out so my energy/endorphins are high, and spent time connecting with loved ones. This is not how my friend at work spends her “Day Before the Day.” She has a cup of tea in the morning in peace. Her friend catches up on her favorite TV shows. Others walk their pets or read a book. It is all so great!
Could you wake up 10 minutes earlier and do what you love? That thing you have been putting off “for the weekend” or “when you have time”? Make time. It will only make you feel AWESOME but you will have a sense of calm for the day ahead that was not previously present.
Email me and tell me your “Day Before the Day” stories. #DBTD
Peace, Love, Sales,