Do you remember the days when we used a real alarm clock in the mornings rather than our iPhones? When we didn’t have a list of over 30 sounds such as Constellation, Illuminate or Crystals to wake us, it was just one pretty annoying buzzer or beeping sound? I would roll over and with as much energy as I could muster, hit the snooze button, again and again until the sound was too unbearable to stand and I would eventually stretch and yawn or in the words of the wonderful Dolly Parton, “Tumble outta bed, and I stumble to the kitchen, pour myself a cup of ambition, and yawn and stretch and try to come to life”
First Thing You Do In The Morning
Nowadays I often feel I have started my working day before I have even really opened my eyes. Why? Because not only is my iPhone my alarm clock (waking me gently to the sound of chimes) it is also my whole life. It might sound a little dramatic, but with all four email accounts, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and any other tool for communicating on my phone, there is absolutely no escape. The moment my brain makes the link that it is now time to be awake the first, and it is the first thing I do is roll over and pick up my phone. I automatically check my emails first, followed by my Facebook account. So is this really the way I want to start my day?
Since I committed to getting up an hour earlier every morning (some people might think I’m crazy for choosing this hour to be up and functioning rather than in the land of nod, and I would have said the same until I was aware of the incredible benefits and energy I would see and feel), I have also made a conscious decision NOT to check my phone as the first action I take. I still use it as my alarm, but what I don’t do is roll over and as soon as I have hit the alarm to the off position, grab it and through squinting eyes, check my emails. The world will not end if I take 60 minutes to focus and set my intentions for the day ahead. I am not that important that an email can’t wait to be read or responded to.
Step Away From The Phone
By making a choice to allow myself that time to really focus my attention on me and what I want to achieve, I believe I am beginning my day positively which in turns serves others too. A day that is filled with all sorts of communication and interaction with others. In order to be the most effective and impactful communicator, surely it is only right that I spend some time communicating with myself before I engage with others? Now you might think, ‘What are you talking about?’ but think about it. If you choose to spend just a few moments in the mornings having a positive inner dialogue with yourself and setting some clear and achievable intentions for your day ahead, don’t you think any interaction you might have will be even better? I do.
Interestingly, “looking at your phone” isn’t listed in this list of 14 Things Successful People Do First Thing in the Morning either.
So my challenge to you, if you wish to accept it, is to give yourself permission to change the first thing you do in the morning and spend a minimum of ten minutes talking to yourself. Maybe write some affirmations that you can read and verbalise if you choose, maybe just sit in silence and each time a thought enters your consciousness, take a moment to acknowledge it. If you find you are having a rather negative or neutral inner dialogue, then maybe make a choice (because it is your choice) to change that thought to a more positive and empowering one. Go on, what have you got to lose by giving it a go?