Fed up with how checking my phone/computer made me feel first thing in the morning (anxious, distracted), I knew I was ready for a change. I pressed myself to think of some alternatives for starting the day that are mindful and less compulsive. Taking a shower and getting dressed is a nice start (you are probably going to do that at some point anyways), but what else has the potential to make each day better?
Lately I’ve been experimenting with watching a TED talk each morning as I eat breakfast and before I tap into any form of communication. The thought is to start each day with some inspiration and set the tone for the day. I prefer to watch TED talks via Apple TV/Boxee since it eliminates the possibility of sneaking a peek at email or social networks. Plus, it’s much nicer on the big screen. I don’t pick out any talks beforehand or have a queue I’ve been meaning to watch (although you could if you like). I just watch whatever piques my interest at that moment in time.
I’ve stuck with my new habit for 2 weeks now and it’s been awesome. I start the day watching people talk passionately about a topic of their choice and always learn something new. It gets me in the mindset of doing the work I’m turned on by and funny enough, I’ve spent more time on the projects I love because of it.
So if you suspect your current routine isn’t optimal, I’d encourage you to give it a shot. It doesn’t have to be TED. Try the new Creative Mornings, a favorite podcast or a chapter of a book you’ve been meaning to read. What’s important is that you’re experimenting and finding out what’s best for you. If it doesn’t work out, you are always free to return to your old routine.
If you have other habits worth making or talks that have inspired you, do tell in the comments below. I can’t possibly cover them all!