Good morning to you all. Here we are, November, Wow…the months just keep flying by. This morning as I have pondered what I could share with you all, my mind went to what the magic is?
What is the magic for…..success, health, wealth, family, relationships, or happiness. Maybe magic is the wrong term but I could use terms like the secret, the formula, the process, the habits or routines.
I am curious to know some of the routines of yours on what you feel is the daily formula.
It is interesting to hear of what people do as a concoction for the fountain of youth. How to stay young, healthy, strong, etc. The pills/vitamins, the morning mixtures, the diets, the creams, the exercise routines and on and on to live longer, live healthier, look better, avoid wrinkles, live happier and to prevent aging, pains, or disease.
What is the daily formula to start the day right?
What is the daily routine to begin and get ready to have a good day and accomplish much?
What is the magic to put yourself in a good mood for the day?
What is the routine to love your family and help them?
What is the process to think of others and do random acts of kindness to others?
What is the habits done daily to feed your mind?
I am anxious to see/hear your thoughts on how and what you do.
Here are a couple of my routines;
I try and start with a bit of meditation, quiet time, thankful moments….some call it prayer, some call it meditation, and some might just call it pondering on good things.
It really helps me to get 2 to 5 hours in the morning in planning, email, communicating, reading etc…to set the platform for the day. I want to create success in some things first thing.
I have a checklist to plan out the day so I make sure I get everything I need in my head and on paper.
I want to accomplish at least a few things towards my goals to set the stage for positive thoughts and the thought I have accomplished some things first thing. I check these off on my goal checklist.
I do review yesterday and the week ahead.
I try and identify my top 3 priorities to work on during the day/week.
I do have a proteins shake in the morning with my vitamins; (fountain of youth formula for me)
I drink 16 oz of water during the early morning.
I try and get an AM exercise in and plan a PM exercise. The PM exercise is the toughest for me.
I listen to some good uplifting music during this whole process. Sometimes it is spa music, sometimes classical or other soft music. I ramp it up as the morning rolls to stronger beats….maybe that is my way of concentrating early and then getting ampped up for the day as the music changes.
Ok, you might think this is weird but that is how I start. How do you?
I am fully aware we are all in different positions in life. Some have little children…..that changes things and the formula, Some have school age and teenagers…..huh, that changes routines. I get it. But I am just suggesting there is a secret to start your day and there could be a better way.
What are the things you do to be a success in all areas of your life?
I would like to hear them…..because I am always looking for ways to improve.
Well, there are my ponderings for this morning,
Have a great day and I certainly am grateful for every one of you.
Spencer Young SR
6 thoughts on “morning ponderings”
Great article Spencer. I love to see how structured your thought process and planning are. Mine feels a little more chaotic. If I were to narrow it down to the regular things that happen it would include the following:
Wake up with enough time to quickly get ready and pick up a bite to eat on the way in. At work I generally feel overwhelmed with the tasks that need to get done, and get done quick. So I pick up the first deal and begin working on it, and continue that until I leave for the day.
My evening exercise consists of a game of ice hockey, a mountain bike ride, or a walk around the neighborhood. I finish it all off with quiet midnight work on photography and Scouts.
While the routine is somewhat chaotic and haphazard I would have to say my “fountain of youth” is making sure I stay on top of the adventure sports. I think the regular work is one of the best things for the body. And I would have to attribute the formula of success to remembering why I go to work in the first place. If I’m going to be here, I’m going to make it both productive and profitable, and enjoy doing it.
Thanks again for the thought-provoking message.
Trying to get a daily routine is down with the new little baby in our house. I try and get up and get alteast a work out in 2 to 3 times a week. Usually a run in the mountains with the Dog. I tried to read something uplifting to get me in the right frame of mind for the day. I then do my daily planning and write down the 3 things I have to get done that day and 3 things I will tackle next. I then review my schedule and write down any things I need to do to prepare for those meetings. Where I struggle most is the nightly routine. Its mostly wrapped up in bathing the kids and getting them down. The rest of the night I am trying to finish up for the day and trying to relax before bed. Thanks for the outline of your recipe for success. One thing that I try and do is review my goals on a daily basis and check off any progress I have made. This has helped me a ton.
thanks for sharing your daily routine. I think we could all learn from others on ways we can prepare ourselves on a daily basis.
So my day is pretty similar.
– I get up and get a 30 minute or 300 to 500 calorie burn. The burn is the crucial part, I get the heart pumping and blood flowing to get my day going.
– during the exercise listen to or read motivational thoughts, scriptures, spiritual thoughts or talks. This gets my mind awake along with my body for the day.
– after the workout I take a few minutes to pray and set in order the items for the day I need to accomplish and make sure I ask for protection for my family.
– The end of my day I am sure to wind down with the family and checking out how their day went. I make sure to spend quality time with each of my kids and wife to be sure they know I am interested and concerned with their life.
– The final thing I always do is watch some type of show or program with my wife. We of course talk and share our experiences of that day and connect with each other before getting a few hours of much needed rest….
Nighttime works better for me in terms of planning/visualization of the upcoming day. I’ve found that I’m more productive when planning and staging the night before. The daily action lists also have been new for me this year and have provided additional structure and personal measurement. I do notice a difference with daily/weekly physical exercise when there is a planned future event that requires conditioning. I think that this same mindset (conditioning for something event based) rings true for calendared trainings, projects, and other engagements.
Thank you for sharing, you have influenced my life both personally and professionally now for twenty years!
For me its planning, without a plan it seems like there is no direction and my life is chaotic and that is both professionally and personally. A few years ago we had a health coach and that really caused me to pay attention to diet and exercise. I try to stay active, the race track creates opportunity to walk a lot. Making the choice to walk vs use a golf cart is something I try to do on a regular basis.
I try to stay busy, staying of the couch!
I have been lucky or maybe watching the diet a little and staying in motion has kept me off the prescription meds tho i do take a few herbs like flaxseed etc.
Unlike you Spencer, my time to chill and reflect and plan is the evening.
Thanks for sharing, it is always interesting to take a look into the lives of those whom you emulate to be like.
I find my best days are those days when I stick to my routine and that would be
– Waking up a 6am with a 30-40 min workout then spending 10-15 mins reading while getting my
heart rate back down.
– Next is the daily routine ironing my shirt, showering, getting ready for the day.
– Last and most important part of my routine is eating breakfast with my daughter before I take her to school each morning.
When I don’t start my day off with this I notice it immediately and the rest of the day never seems to go as well. Is it mental? Very well could be, but the mind is a powerful thing. I usually wrap up the day in a simliar fashion.
– Get home play with the kids for 20-30 mins and then help get them ready for bed. After that warm up supper and eat.
– Finally watch a show with my wife to unwind.