It is time to put this English degree to good use...by...being a...realtor? No, I have wanted to publish this blog page on a more consistent basis, to cover topics that can both help an audience and myself grow. Not so coincidentally, my weekly mailer has diminished in both open rates and personal motivation, so the natural course of action is to transition the weekly mailer into the weekly blog. So as I get the blog started back up, it is an ideal chance to review the purpose of the weekly mailer, which is now becoming the weekly blog: To provide weekly motivational tips, reminders, and strategies to help my audience continually learn and keep our mindset strong.
So in honor of the renovated blog page, let’s review THREE keys to our morning routine that are proven to help us start successfully. Number one is to wake up to physical activity of any sort, but be sure it is something you enjoy or it will not become a habit. Go for a walk, do some push-ups, run the house stairs, or the traditional method such as hit the gym. Research shows that getting the blood flowing has a positive effect on the brain and helps get the day started the right way. For more information, try Kirsten Nunez’s 13 Benefits of Working Out in the Morning, or check into a slew of articles just like it. Make it a positive habit, and there are a plethora of strategies to help motivate you to establish habit - but those will be for a different time and blog.
Second strategy is to have morning calendar ticks to create consistency and productivity in the morning routine. Now, if you have not been following the mailer, a calendar tick is an activity set up on your digital calendar that makes a notification sound at a set time in the morning. Establish one-two activities in the morning that you need to complete, for example I have to check on my friends/family birthdays, and then each day has another activity such as Instagram post, or send a friend an appreciation note, or to make a video, et cetera. This tick is set so you don’t have to think about it, they notify you automatically, and the sound reminds you to do it - start the day being productive.
Finally, now that we got some physical activity done, a few productive activities to get us moving, the third morning routine tip is review your daily task list - take on the toughest item first. If you do not have a daily task list...step back, use any method you want: physical calendar, note cards, PLENTY of apps for the phone (click to see a few), be sure it is something easy that you can add to the list if necessary even while busy. Once you have a calendar and/or task list to keep track of what NEEDS to be done everyday, rank them toughest to easiest - you want to make the best use of your time. You have to decide on what NEEDS to be done, what could be done, and what can be done later - have set time that you can be distracted from the list, but also have a set time that the task list must be done (those other phone calls can wait until later). Sounds easy? Good.
That’s it, that’s the list--simple, straightforward way to get your morning started successfully and consistently. I appreciate you taking the time to read up on the blog, we will spend more time breaking down specific skills, mindset techniques, and methods for you to be and stay successful. And as always, feel free to leave constructive comments and topics that you would like to cover.