No wonder you’re tired.
You’re juggling work, relationship, kids, making time for food, and personal development.
Sometimes, by the time eleven o’clock at night rolls around, you feel too tired even to go to sleep. Your day is filled with a checklist of things, all of which need to be accomplished yesterday. And you know that tomorrow, you will add several more items.
If you don’t take control of your day, it will run all over you. You will feel overwhelmed.
So what is one of the easiest ways to take charge?
Start the day off right
Waking up, try to set the day’s pace. Take a few minutes to reestablish your center and to get focused. Get calm and relaxed. Breathe consciously for about five minutes. Then, redefine your priorities for that day.
A Turning Point
For me, I began to view my schedule differently when I heard this story. I became more conscious of my day.
Its a lesson I learned from a story about John F Kennedy. In all fairness, I am not sure if this is a true story, but the lesson is good.
The story goes. Kennedy was asked how he was able to handle the pressures of the White House. His response, was that when he first walked into the Oval Office, there was a stack of papers he had to accomplish, and the stack was considerably high.
What he said he did, was to take this gigantic stack, which was some days a foot or more high, and set the stack on the floor, out of sight from his chair. He grabbed only the top packet, set it on his desk, and dealt with only that one thing, until it was completed. When it was done, he placed it in the outgoing pile, and grabbed the next packet. This way his mind was free from all the things he had to do and he could focus on the task at hand.
This falls directly in line with a Hermetic principle. To focus on one thing at a time, and only one thing. Not allowing yourself to be distracted, to create the greatest results. And only then can you create miracles.
How I implement this in my life, is that every morning, I make myself a cup of tea. And as I relax and enjoy my organic genmaicha, I reflect on what I will create that day. Assigning the highest priorities. Then, I go to my to do list, and I assign the priorities to my to do list.
It is important to note that this is a meditative process, where at first I am receiving guidance from my inner voice on what I need to do and visualizing my actions and results. And then, I follow through with with the planning process, where I write down the priorities.
My morning tea takes about 30 minutes.
I’ll walk you through it in this video, so you can get a feel for the tone of this exercise. Its important to be comfortable. So go ahead and get in a comfortable chair, with a piece of paper and pen. And maybe grab a cup of tea. Then press play.
Remember not to be in a hurry to write things down, but to complete the meditative process. To give yourself the 30 minutes or so to clearly define your day. It may seem, at first, like this is a waste of time, but you will find that the mental clarity you gain from this process will make you far more efficient and productive in your day.
So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, and overburdened. Make a commitment to give yourself 30 minutes, first, every day.
What is your morning routine? Do you do anything to establish a peaceful tone? What do you still struggle with in your busy life? Share with us in the comments below.