We're all stuck at home and a schedule is more important than ever

We've always been a big fan of having a good morning routine, but with nearly everyone stuck at home, fretting about the future, going a little stir-crazy, keeping a schedule is more important than ever. If you're working at home and this is new to you, it may be challenging to get into a groove.  It's time to revisit the "morning ritual" inspired by brain expert Jim Kwik.  Here goes: 

  1. First thing when you wake up, try to recall your dreams.  When you dream, your subconscious mind processes solutions to problems you work on in the daytime, but most people forget them
  2. Make your bed.  Making your bed is a success habit.  When you return at the end of the day, you come back to success.
  3. Drink a big glass of water with a squeeze of lemon and maybe a sprinkle of cayenne.  Water is important because most of us are very dehydrated at night. Take your supplements and probiotics.
  4. Do some deep breathing.  Breathing techniques fully oxygenate your body and your brain.
  5. Read your Bible.  There is wisdom, comfort, strength and direction in scripture.
  6. Write in a journal.  Studies have found that many geniuses journal. But do they journal because they’re geniuses, or does the process of journaling and reflection make them geniuses?
  7. Create a "to-do" list, a "to-feel" list, and a "to-be" list.  
    • To-do list:
      • Pick 3 personal and 3 professional goals to complete for the day.
    • To-feel list:
      • Decide how you want to feel so you can design your day: to feel loved, to feel curious, to feel bewilderment, to feel connected, to feel gratitude?
    • To-be list:
      • Who do you want to be today – a good partner? A good friend? A good leader? A good teacher? A good coach?
  8. Pray. Spend at least 15 minutes with God.
  9. Get outdoors.  Get some sunlight in your eyes and on your skin. 
  10. Move your body. Go for a brisk walk to get your mind and body moving.
  11. Take a cold shower.  Cold therapy works helps to reset your nervous.
  12. Make a "brain power" smoothie. Include green leafy vegetables, water, blueberries, avocado, protein powder, walnuts, etc.

Finally, START THE DAY WITH YOUR MOST DIFFICULT, IMPORTANT TASK.  In the morning, you have the most nervous system energy so take on the biggest thing on your list.  Usually, the thing you don’t want to do is the thing you should do that will make everything else easier.

We love you, we're praying for you, and we hope to see you soon!  

Love, Kathleen and Marie


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