WARNING: reading this blog post may bring you happier days, more productivity and smiles that stretch so far that you have to increase your anti-wrinkle regimen due to the overwhelming happiness. consider yourself warned.
i’ve always been an earlyISH riser, emphasis on the ish because sure i wake up at 6am but i like to lay there, scroll through my emails, read about the latest and greatest news thangs, and flip flop around in bed until i have to get out because i’m officially late for work because i’ve been laying there for 2 hours doing nothing.
a few years ago, i said ENOUGH, if i’m up and being lazy, let’s make moves and be lazy on the couch. so i began a routine where every morning i’d still wake up super early, drag my comforter to the couch, and watch Jimmy Fallon at 6am from the night before. then, i added in having coffee while watching. after that, i added in having a light breakfast, like toast. cut to now, i wake up early, make a good breakfast with a cup of coffee, and watch Jimmy Fallon ALL AFTER taking my morning shower and if i’m super feelin myself going to the gym in the morning.
YOU CAN BE THIS PERSON TOO. but the trick is to do it the way that i did. you’re not going to just start going to the gym every morning at 5:30am because you want to. that is insanity and we don’t trust people who can just go to 0 to 100 that quick when it comes to fitness. they’re crazy and unstable. but start small! tell yourself you will crawl to your couch to watch last night’s show (whatever it is) that you love and then watch it progress. After time, you will see that you will get sick of just sitting there and want to do more and more until you’re making breakfast and working out and journaling and listening to podcasts about business development every morning like i do. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.
my sister Jayme/James/Jamestown outlines the best morning routine that i used to scoff at like “UGH. it’s so easy for YOU to say you live in a VAN you have all the time in the world! i like totally have a full time job** and all these totally important responsibilities so i dont have time for an hour in the morning”. Newsflash. You won’t do well at your job, you won’t do well in your marriage or your relationship, you won’t do well with your friendships, if you don’t find an hour of the day to give to yourself. Maybe it’s not the morning, maybe it’s not an hour of time all packed in at once, but do the below for yourself you will maintain the balance you need in life to contribute positively to your full time jobs, your side hustles, your friendships, or even that guy you’re “dating” who doesn’t text you back cause you know what, we don’t judge around here.
MY POINT IS. FOLLOW THE SAVERS METHOD. thank me later. or really Jayme. or really Hal Elrod who came up with it in the first place but still.
The SAVERS method is an acronym that combines 6 things you should do preferably all at once, but with kids and life and things who knows if that is possible. So I suggest you figure out how to make all 6 happen every day. Make it a challenge with a friend to do it for 30 days and check in with yourself how you feel after 30 days. I promise you that you will see a change in your happiness and your productivity. It’s been huge for everyone who has tried it!
5 Minutes of Silent Meditation
i’ll be honest i still don’t know how to properly meditate. i’m so horrific at it. but i know generally the point is to tell your mouth to shut the absolute hell up for a FREAKING SECOND OKAY PLEASE IM TRYING TO MEDITATE HERE. this is what i do with a 49.9% success rate. all input welcome, but this at least gets you a jumping off point. i sit in my bed in the morning when NYC is the quietest it will possibly be, shut my eyes and do what i read in a book once: don’t judge your thoughts, don’t tell yourself not to think, but don’t interact with them – don’t play frogger with your thoughts dodging in and out and trying to tell them to stop at green lights when they just want to go. no – instead, stand on the sidelines – watch your thoughts, observe them, observe your feelings and don’t react. it’s a super calming and uplifting feeling that kind of tells your mind – HEY GUESS WHAT, think all the crazy things you want, i’m just over here filing my nails. oh you’re done now? cool maybe i’ll listen now. when i think “omg i’m so stressed i have to do this, and this, and how am i supposed to afford this, and where is this supposed to come from? and why did he do this? and why is everyone so annoying?” i can sit back and – for one portion of the day – not have a single reaction. I can see what those thoughts are from the side of the road, let them all pass each other, and then move on with my day. i am not controlled by my thoughts.
3 Minutes of Affirmations
GAHH THIS IS SO IMPORTANT…make a list for 3 minutes of all the things you hate about yourself. it will be easy, i assure you. 3 minutes will fly. now on the other side of the paper, take a minute and a half (AS IN NINETY SECONDS) to write down all the things you LOOOOVE about your sexy a$$ self. DO IT cause you’re freakin amazing. and THEN take another minute and a half to SLAM those negative thoughts you listed before. okay so for instance, i may write – i have massive thighs that never want to decrease ever they just grow and grow and im basically a tree trunk. to NEGATE that, i would write, i actually love those tree trunk thighs because they are me and they are my body and i’m not spending any time not being thankful for the body part that gets me to all of these amazing places in my life. TAKE THAT LIST THEN, the one that shows you lovin on the things you love about you and also lovin on the things you don’t love about you and (…this is important…) speak them into a mirror. okay fine, you can start by speaking them out loud in the shower or in your room but OUT LOUD IS THE KEY. your brain listens to verbal words which is why we get caught in our heads. if you tell yourself OUT LOUD that you love yourself and you are proud of you EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. do you even know what you could accomplish? i’m scared of the potential to be honest! we could take over the world! lets do it actually!
5 Minutes Visualizing your Goals
i have a 1 year, 3 year, 5 year, 10 year, and HUGE UNREACHABLE goal excel spreadsheet that i look at every single day. i know the financial goals i want to hit at work. i know the networking goals i set for myself to build my net. i know what i want to do with this blog, in my personal life, with my finances, etc. Close your eyes and watch yourself celebrating those wins, even if they’re a year from now. IMAGINE yourself walking down the aisle to the man who will make you laugh forever. PICTURE yourself giving a Ted talk, or receiving an award, or getting that dream job that feels so out of reach. I truly believe the universe listens to what we envision and gives it to us. If you think all you deserve is mediocre and keep envisioning that subconsciously, the universe will give you mediocre. If you envision next level greatness EVERY SINGLE DAY, you will end up exactly where you want. I PROMISE you.
20 Minutes of Exercise
i think this speaks for itself. just move your body. movement is necessary. walk, run, get a trainer, do something that moves your joints. just don’t do a marathon because that’s batshit crazy and i will judge you in my mind which i’m clearly joking about and is an amazing thing and i have to write that so you don’t sue me but you’re still f*cking nuts.
20 Minutes of Reading
again pretty straight forward but get your mind ELSEWHERE, get LOST. i also do personally believe podcasts fit into this, because i feel the point is to be transported. be taken away. laugh, imagine another place, imagine another persons perspective. if you listen to a podcast about business or data or any of that boring nonsense, then you’re not doing it right. we, as humans, need creativity and openmindness – so read a book! read about faraway tales and autobiographies and short stories, etc. expand your mind past your bubble – it builds empathy, creativity and just overall joy in the end.
5 Minutes to Scribe
Ahhhh journaling. Something I have HATED pretty much my whole life until now. I found the right journal though that guides you and it makes you write certain things every day…most importantly – what are you thankful for, what have you learned and what were some wins of the day? Some days are HUGE!! Those are easy because you either win big, fail big, or have major things to be thankful for. What about the monotonous days? What, then? I’ll tell you. “I’m thankful for my bedroom because the light that comes in always makes my mornings. I learned that I need a trashcan by my bed because i’ll forget to take my contacts out and just atke them out and stick them on my dresser and forget about them. I’m thankful for the salad guy at Chopt because he always makes my Southwest Cobb perfectly no matter what”
there is always something to be thankful for, something to learn from, etc. i assure you.
MAYBE ITS NOT THE SAVER METHOD but do this until you find your own thing. the mornings are amazing, and for me, they are sacred. i strongly urge you to consider the beauty of an early morning so you can relish in the productivity. i guess this could go for night owls too – the process doesnt judge! make some time for yourself, you’re like so effing cool and you deserve it and you should do something good for yourself besides drink a full bottle of wine on a tuesday. i mean, totally do that also, but also do the above! balance?
**my sister totally works a full time job, i mean have you ever seen her + her husbands blog? it’s insane. and the #1 site when you google Van Life which doesn’t happen over night so if she has the hustler spirit to make 20k followers in a year from a passion her and her husband built with each other and can still make a morning routine happen, you can too!