When it comes to morning motivation, our girl @mandimnewman just gets it! Her latest post has us rethinking our weekly routine already. Now, if only we could ditch the wine before 7pm on weeknights...
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"I was not always a morning "creature" yes I use this word as most think I am #cray for setting an alarm for 4:30AM. Hear me out, I have converted a few naysayers on my journey and maybe I will persuade you to consider setting your alarm for even 30 minutes earlier than you previously. Through my late teens into my early twenties I was what I thought was a night owl, I waitressed as a part time job and this did not pair well with early mornings. I always felt sluggish "sleeping in" after a late shift and found it difficult to motivate myself once I was up to execute anything, night time was actually my worst for productivity but who gets up before 6 am? Only "morning people". I rarely set an alarm and often overslept. This led to terrible study habits, eating habits, and a general feeling of mediocrity. Once my #serverlife ended and I was onto that #officedweller life I carried those late night habits into my first 9-5. I could barely get myself moving to get to work on time, I was always "running behind" and typically didn't feel alive at work until the late morning. I was doing OK at work but still feeling "mediocre" and as my current VP of Sales George Leith says "Who gets out of bed to be a 5/10?". After about a year of working through sleep fog and losing motivation as the day continued, I knew I needed a shake up. Insert a Tony Robbins tagline about a book "changed my adult life" I picked up a book called "What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast" by Laura Vanderkam. This did in fact change my life. I won't drag on with every detail of this book but essentially it contains small tips/real life tricks to transform how you view the morning and it doesn't start with MAKE SOME BIG GRANDIOSE CHANGE. In fact it's the opposite, its small day to day #selfish rituals that we do consistently that lead to forming positive habits long term. Self discipline is a muscle and the later in the day it gets the more fatigued your "self discipline" muscle gets.
When I started this "early dweller life" it was not easy, I like to say I hibernated in the beginning. The alarm went off, I moaned, dreaded, pressed snooze, felt unmotivated, and frankly HATED IT. How do people do this? Further to that I turned down plans consistently because I was so exhausted by 7 PM that weeknight plans seemed ridiculous if not downright impossible. After a few months of this I started to miss I being social, wine with friends, and enjoying what my little city has to offer. How can this be sustainable? I won't have any friends left and I will lose the joys I find in life, new food, cocktails with friends, and supporting the local business's I love! I was in a strange paradox of loving and hating this early wake up call.
Love: morning workouts, the built in moderation of not overdoing food/drinks because #noplans meant less likely to overdue drinks/food, morning productivity at work, morning quiet time to myself, and a head start on the day! My self discipline muscle is STRONG AF in the morning so it seemed far more maintainable to continue these healthy habits consistently.
Hate: social FOMO (fear of missing out), missing out on local food and drinks, avoiding friends/plans out of fear of overdoing food when I have too many drinks. Finally regretting when I was "social" because I had zero moderation, I was either going to bed early and hibernating and "eating clean" or I was going out too late, overeating, and exhausted with regrets the next day..."
Read the rest here!
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