Follow along as I provide day-by-day updates during my ten-day case study. I’m changing one simple daily habit, and letting readers learn first hand the impact it’s having on my life.
Three days down and seven to go! I’m happy to report that Day 3 went well, though I did get off to a bumpy start. I snapped out of bed this morning, but just didn’t have much energy during my morning routine. I continued to feel sluggish for the next few hours. My energy levels did improve in the afternoon, but this was a good reminder that our bodies don’t just change overnight. This is day three of a journey.
After three days, I’m starting to get a sense of my morning process. It doesn’t mean it’s super easy, but I’m beginning to find my groove. My routine went as follows:
- Meditation – This is definitely my first activity every day. I’m enjoying the way I feel after meditation and it seems to stimulate my brain and sharpen my focus.
- Affirmations – I felt a bit odd on Day 1 with affirmations. Sitting in my office writing and verbalizing positive statements just felt weird. However, I’m starting to enjoy these and they will definitely be part of my daily short list.
- Exercise – 30 minutes of yoga. I know I need to incorporate some type of exercise into my first hour, and yoga is the most convenient (considering its a tad cold outside) workout for me.
What Does Success Look Like?
Now that I’m 30% through my case study, it’s time to check in and review my purpose: what am I trying to accomplish? I mentioned in the initial post, that I’m focused on personal development. I’m creating an hour in the day that is just for me to meditate, exercise, read and write. My goal is to create a daily habit of personal development activities that will ultimately help me live a healthier life. But how the heck do I actually measure success?
Good question. I don’t really know the answer. And honestly, I can’t measure the sustainable benefits after just ten days. But here are a few things I think will happen if I stick to my plan:
- Greater Productivity – I’m confident that one of the immediate impacts I will observe is the ability to just get more things done over the course of the day. I’m already feeling this now, as that first hour of my day is packed with activities.
- Relaxed Mindset – Spending the first hour of every day with meditation should lead to a more positive mindset the rest of the day. Ideally, this will make the day more enjoyable, not just for me but for anyone who gets stuck dealing with me all day (you should be laughing now).
- Healthier Self – I’ve always struggled to keep a consistent fitness schedule in the morning. Whether it was running, yoga or the gym, I always failed to keep the routine for more than a few days. If I can stick to this, and make exercise (albeit shorter spurts) a part of my daily routine, I KNOW I will see benefits in how I feel and how tight my suit pants fit around my waist.
Real Challenge Starts Tomorrow
As I mentioned yesterday, tomorrow starts the Monday-to-Friday work week, which means a 6:00 am wake-up call. I think I’ll know a lot more about my self over the next five days, as 6:00 am every morning doesn’t sound like all that much fun. That being said, I have three days under my belt and feel like I’m well prepared for success. This evening, I do plan to spend five minutes (prior to falling asleep) getting myself ready for tomorrow’s wake-up call and mentally preparing my mind for the start of the week.
Check back tomorrow, to see how this turns out!