So this post from last week inspired a lot of conversation via email, twitter, Instagram, and in our office. We’ve had a few new people join the 5 AM club for their morning power hour! I’m stoked! Not only because I know how powerful a morning power hour can be but because it’s an extra push in the morning if I know other 5 AM peeps like Rebecca, Karen, and Lindsay are all rolling out of bed at the same time! You’re not alone, ladies!
I received a few requests to elaborate more on what to do in a morning power hour. Here are some ideas to make the most of your power hour.
Tip #1 Babies are very good at interrupting you. This is not the way to maximize your time during your power hour. But this morning, as if to mock me writing this post, Maggie joined me at 5:06AM.
Now onto the good stuff.
1. Start with tea. I should really say start with stretching but it would be a big fat lie if I didn’t say I start with tea in the morning. My new favourite is Almond Cookie from Hamley’s in Barrie. It tastes and smells like an almond wafer. It’s heaven in a cup when mixed with some stevia and heavy cream.
2. Okay, now stretch for five minutes. Stretch on your own (hmmmm, piriformis stretches are the best!) or grab a foam roller and roll out those muscles. If you’re in Barrie, you can pick on up at our office! Not sure how to foam roll? Check out our video on how to do it.
…and here’s where it gets fun (really! I promise!)
3. Books. I made a 2013 reading list of 24 books I want to read by the end of the year. I’m on track to make that happen and part of it is that I not only commit to a minimum of 30 minutes each night before bed but I sometimes add in time during my morning power hour (15-30 minutes).
4. Journal. I used to be a collector of journals but I never wrote in them. Until my friend and colleague, Dr. Amy Robinson, inspired me to finally fill up those pages. She’s been journaling forever and has noted on many occasions how it has helped her stay connected, process thoughts, work through challenges, and more. So, I now journal. It’s also something I do right before bed if I don’t want to go to sleep with a string of thoughts running through my brain.
5. Purpose Book. Different than a journal. I add to it once in a while but not often. I created a book (picked up supplies at a local arts & crafts store) with the intention of each time I opened it I would be inspired. The pages include (but are not limited to and continue to grow – if you have some new ideas for me, please share!)
- A photo of my kids with the word “WHY” at the top. Because they are my reason for working hard and creating an exceptional life.
- A list of my values & value statements
- My purpose.
- A gratitude page
- A list of affirmations
- My kids bedtime affirmations
- My life list (a bucket list)
- A list of extraordinary people I want to meet
- A list of extraordinary places I want to visit
- Pages of quotes that inspire me
- A list of books to read (which has since been moved to my Amazon page so that I can access it whenever I’m in a book store or just want to order online)
- My goals for the year, broken down into quarterly objectives, both professional and personal.
- A page dedicated to each of the following topics: health & fitness, intellectual life, emotional life, character, spiritual life, love relationships, parenting, social life, financial life, career, quality of life, and life vision. I’ve written out what would be the ideal in each of these. (This took a while and I’m often modifying. I have a file in my computer with the same so I can add in/change as I see fit)
- An ideal day in my office (my vision for what an ideal day for me is so that each time I read this, I can picture it in my mind with such clarity that as I move towards it, it becomes a reality)
- A list of priorities for both my personal life and our office (a top ten list of things I would like to see in both areas)
- A list of five things that would make 2013 my BEST YEAR YET (thanks Robin Sharma for this one!)
- Pages with ideas from books I’ve read. For example, the Six Steps of Success from Think & Grow Rich.
6. Podcasts. Find something relevant to your field or something that inspires you to be your best you. Keep in mind I love inspirational information that revolves around health, parenting and self-development! A few of my favourites are:
- Life by Design
- The Wellness Guys
- Robin Sharma
- TED talks (not really podcasts but great ways to get motivated!)
- Inside the Champion’s Mind
- 10X Talk
7. Meditate. I haven’t mastered this one yet. I’m not even in the ball park. Meditation to me often leads to sleep, which would be against the purpose of power hour. But I’m willing to work on it.
8. Movement. Go for a walk. Do yoga. Lift some heavy stuff. I tend to leave this stuff to my exercise routine but I like to shake things up sometimes. If the mood strikes and it’s a beautiful morning, I’ll walk the dog down to the lake and just breathe. It’s lovely.
I hope this inspires you and gives you some ideas to go on. And please, share with me what you love to do with your power hour! I’m always open to new ideas too. I like to change things up, keep things fresh, and have fun with it. And I never forget my tea.