A friend of mine, Scooter Taylor, made a post on his blog last week that I wanted to share.
This list is not perfect, nor all-encompassing, but it reminded me of what I have control over. I used to wake up. Turn my alarm off. Roll over and proceed to open facebook, instagram, or snapchat. What was everyone up to while I was asleep? Oh, email notifications lets click through those — WHAATTTT@%$#?!? Next I knew I was heading into work and an email already had the best of me. A co-worker pointed out my negative-nancy attitude right away. The introspective voice in my head immediately began to investigate. I asked myself, “why are you turning this anthill into a molehill?” If I had waited till I got to work would this be as big of a problem? Maybe, but probably not. My morning routine was building the wrong foundation for my attitude.
Reading Scooter's blog post was a reminder to focus on what on what I can control. You can't control what shows up in your inbox or your social network feeds when you wake. You can control when you read them. When I read Scooter's blog post it was first thing in the morning. Ironically, it was at the top of my newsfeed and it was the only thing I read before starting my morning routine. I literally got out of bed and put the phone down after reading it. A lightbulb went off. This leads to my first tip of 2016.
Start your day off reading something positive or inspirational. Do not start your day by checking your emails, news feed, or snapchat stories. These channels can knock you off the wrong side of the bed by planting a seed that grows as your day progresses. Again, it comes down to understanding what you can control. Do you want to be the person that is dreading the day before it has even begun or do you want to be like Bill?
Jokes and horrible memes aside, we all face daily obstacles and challenges, and things will go wrong. It's a fact. Starting the day off with the right mindset is the key (insert DJ Khaled joke) to overcoming these obstacles effectively. Ant hills will remain just ant hills and you will find yourself solving your challenges and struggles in stride. If you start your day off fueling your anxieties you will forget about what you can control and your day can snowball until you realize you really need to readjust your attitude.
This all brings us to Life hack or Tip #1 - The first thing you read in the the morning should be something that sets the tone for your day**. Frame your mindset in a positive way. If you know social media feeds fuel your anxieties, your email inbox(es) can set you off, or the circus show on the news makes you want to move to Madagascar — choose to avoid it. Remember you can control your thoughts. You can control what your mind eats first thing in the morning. Find inspiration through blogs or articles that intrigue you or push you to grow. Bookmark them for the morning. Ignore all other notifications and spend 10-20 min reading something that will feed your mind positive vibes to kickstart your day. You will begin to tackle challenges with the right attitude that is infections to others.
Try it! Let me know if your commute to work is happier or you notice yourself tackling obstacles in stride with a smile. Maybe you won't sweat the small stuff and have to write "Negative Nancy" on the Hello-My-Name is stickers anymore.
Be sure to check out Scooters blog and give him some love! https://medium.com/@scootertaylor
*I mean you technically can, I am not saying or advocating de-friending every person who makes you feel a certain way, cause technically you can control that. I am talking about more about not controlling what is there when you wake up and open those feeds.
** Realize this is only one specific way to start your morning routine. Many of you like myself find other ways like meditation, yoga, or exercise. I endorse whatever works for you, but I still stick to my guns about controlling the first thing you read.