First of all, I don’t do these as consistently as I know I should. But, when I do, it’s hard to point to anything that makes a bigger difference in my quality of life.
In my 30-Day Cashflow Challenge, The Meantime I see that most people are so burned out. They come to me wanting tactics on how to generate more money quickly and, while we go into plenty of ideas on that, the most important thing we need to do is carve out space for the basics to appear in their lives. We need to get them out of panic because panic is a terrible place from which to make business decisions.
How do we create that space? Well, there are many options but how we begin and end our days has an immense impact.
So, I’ve gathered some resources together to get your started on designing or freshening up your own.
Idea #1: Start Small.
If this is new to you, I recommend starting with a commitment to just five minutes for your morning ritual and five minutes for your evening ritual. Start there. Start with something you know you can do.
Idea #2: Your Morning Chug. Drink water first thing in the morning.
Before you go to bed, get yourself a mason jar full of water. I add three drops of Nascent Iodine in mine because we’re all deficient in it it seems. You can also squeeze in a bit of lemon juice to and enjoy these twenty benefits. And then chug it. If there’s nothing in your stomach, the water goes right through. Once you have any kind of food in your stomach, it will close to digest it and you can’t get any more water in. Sometimes I will, over the course of an hour or so, drink three mason jars full of water. In this modern world, 75% of us are deeply and chronically dehydrated. You can read some more facts on dehydration here. And you can learn more about all the benefits on this morning chug.
Idea #3: No electronics 30 minutes before bed or after rising.
It’s so easy to get instantly sucked into the screen. And, once that happens, you can kiss your morning and evening routines goodbye.
Ah. But your phone is your alarm clock isn’t it. So, I’d suggest investing in an actual alarm clock and leave your phone outside your bedroom.
Idea #4: Design a Routine That Is Doable
Not sure what to include in your morning routine? Here are a collections of articles full of possibilities. Give them a browse to see if anything new and worthwhile jumps out.
Five Mindful Ways to Start Your Day
The Morning Routine That Might Change Your Life
Five Refreshing Things You Should Do Every Sunday Morning. No Excuses.
This Morning Routine Will Save You Twenty Hours Per Week
Spend the First Hour of the Day On Activities That Add Value to Your Life
Ten Ways To Rock Your Mornings
What Successful People Do In The First Hour of Their Work Day
Do This Four Minutes A Day and Transform Your Body
Suzanne Falter-Barnes on Morning Routines
10 Minute Foam Roller Routine
The 50/30/10/10 Rule for How to Wake Up Earlier and Work on Your Dream
10 Morning Rituals to help us access the Sweetness Within
This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week
5 Exceptional Morning Routines That You Probably Didn’t Consider Yet
This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity
Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Life Tomorrow
7 Benefits of Waking Up Early (That Have Nothing to Do With Being a CEO)
How we end our days matters a great deal too.
For myself, I have found that I can best do most of my ‘end of the day’ things in the 30 minutes before dinner. During that time, I spend some time at my altar, plan my next day, do some stretching, drink some bitters to prepare for dinner and have some bone broth.
And then, just before bed, I just make sure that there are no electronics within 30 minutes of sleeping and I read and allow myself to wind down. I found if I tried to do that all right before sleeping, it never worked.
And, as above, here are some articles full of ideas that can transform your evenings forever.
16 Evening Habits That Make Everything Better
A Five Step Nighttime Routine To Rewire Your Brain While You Sleep
Arianna Huffington Explains Her Bedtime Ritual (5 min)
Arianna Huffington Interviewed About her Book The Sleep Revolution (23 min)
What You Can Learn From Bedtime Routines of the Sleep Experts
Honey & Salt: A Magical Mix For Sleep & More
10 Things Healthy People Do Before Bed
Drink Turmeric Golden Milk Before Going to Bed
Thomas Delauer’s Three Ideas to End the Day With