Updated: Jan 27
Do you get to the end of your day and wonder… what did I really do today? In the past, I have asked myself that same question.
When I changed the way I did a few things I saw positive shifts in my productivity as well as my outlook.
You can win your day by winning your morning.
Listen in or read on below for a few things you can do even the night before to help you win your morning!
Are you getting to the end of your day and wondering… what did I really do today? I hear that a lot from people I work with and in the past, I have asked myself that same question.
When I changed the way I go to bed, the way I get up and the routines I have created in my mornings I saw positive shifts in my productivity as well as my outlook.
I am a very routine person. I love a good routine but I am also flexible and streamline my current routines, to try new things and create new habits that work better for me.
I believe if you win your morning you will win your day.
Yep, you read that right, to win your day you may need to make some adjustments to the night before first. So, let’s start there.
Create positive thoughts before you go to bed.
This strategy may help you sleep better at night, if you tend to wake up anxious during the night and it may also help you fall back asleep.
Many of you may have a gratitude practice that you implement each day. You know, think of 3, 5 or 10 things you are grateful for and write them down. This is a great practice and I encourage you to maintain or start this practice. But what if you had a gratitude practice at night?
What you go to sleep thinking about is generally what you will wake up thinking about.
Before you go to bed think of different things, events or people you are grateful for. Maybe they happened during the day or just in general. You do not have to write them down. But if you want to, then keep a gratitude journal next to your bed and jot at least one thing you are grateful for in your journal each night.
As you go to sleep think about those things you are grateful for. If you happen to wake up in the middle of the night focus on those things you are grateful for again.
Create a positive intention.
Consciously decide every night to create a positive expectation for the next morning.
If you go to bed thinking… “Oh, no I only have 5 hours to sleep. I need at least 7 hours of sleep to function effectively. I am going to wake up exhausted and be exhausted all day tomorrow.” Guess what? You will wake up exhausted and be exhausted all day.
Setting a positive intention for sleep is actually a very useful technique I have used when you may not be able to get adequate sleep. But as a Health and Wellness Coach I do not recommend using it all the time as our bodies and minds do a lot of repair work when we sleep.
Our minds really do control our bodies.
Set an intention before you go to sleep on how you want to feel - joyful, happy, content. Or maybe you have a big project your are working on. Set an intention the night before to be focused and productive.
What would you like to experience the next day and focus on that?
Get up when the alarm rings... the first time.
I know that one may be hard for some but hear me out.
What if you are resisting life? When you hit that snooze button for the first or fourth time or just lie there thinking “Oh NO! It’s already time to get up. I don’t want to wake up yet." It is as if you are saying, “I don’t want to live my life to the fullest.”
You are in a state of resistance to your day, to your life and to waking up and creating the life you say you want. Your day is starting with negative energy.
What if you bounced out of bed the first time the alarm went off and you declared, “Today is going to be a great day!” ?
Remember you get to choose how you think.
If you wake up with a negative thought, just say or think "No, I am going to be joyful, happy, productive and full of energy." Declare whatever it is that you want to be that day.
How great is that? What will you choose?
Here are a few things to help you shift your thinking before going to sleep and when you wake up.
There is a lot to be said about creating morning routines so I will cover more of that in another blog post.
What have you found to be most helpful for you to create a positive outlook and more productive day? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear.
Live life empowered!
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Sheri Johnson is a certified Transformational Holistic Health, Wellness and Life Coach in the Central Florida area. She believes everyone deserves an amazing healthy, balanced life, full of energy and feeling fantastic! When you get back on track in life and feel like yourself again then you can easily step into who you truly want to be, living out your purpose, passion and what you were called here to do.