I don’t know how busy your days are but my day begin before the sun comes up and finishes after the sun is already down. What if there was a way to start the day with a bang? Wouldn’t it be nice to leave the house with a clear mind and a sense of direction. It is possible.
Begin your day by doing these 4 easy steps.
1. Rehydrate. Start by drinking 8 -12 ozs of water. When we awake in the morning it has been at least 6-7 hours since we have had anything to drink. Why water and not coffee you ask? Water gives your body what it needs most. Coffee in the morning will dehydrate your body more than it was when you first wake up. This is also true of decaf.
Joshua Gowin, Ph.D. ,in his article in Psychology Today, Why Your Brain Needs Water says,“Of all the tricks I’ve learned for keeping my mind sharp, from getting enough sleep to doing crossword puzzles, staying hydrated may be the one I follow most closely, partly because it’s so easy to get a drink whenever I’m thirsty.”
He goes on to share why water is vital to healthy brain function. In order to help me track my water consumption I download an app called WaterMinder. It calculates how much water you need based on your weight and sends reminders to you throughout the day to drink water if you are not keeping up.
There are other apps out there you can use. There is no substitute for water and its affect on our bodies. Water help our brains and bodies function at their optimum level. I know I need all the help I can get.
2. 5 minutes of prayer. If you have time to do more then please do. Let me offer these 2 suggestions.
I begin by thanking God for where I am today. Even if I don’t like what is happening in my life today, I know He is teaching me something. The other option I use for prayer is to focus on a small scripture or theme that stood out to me recently in my reading or listening.
I try to pay attention to what grabs my attention.
What grabs our attention is often the way God speaks to us.
After having finished my prayer, I close by “asking God for wisdom”. James 1:5 reminds us that if we ask for it He will give it to us. I need it. I need to go throughout the day being sensitive to what God is wanting to communicate to me.
3. Take 5 minutes to look at your goals. This is best done when you already have a list of written goals and steps to reach those goals. For more details on goals, you can read my post, The Why and How of Setting Goals.
Why do you want to look at your goals? We want to begin our day looking at the most important things that we need to complete that day. I want to be proactive with my time and energy and not reactive to things that can happen daily.
Here are the 3 questions I ask myself…
(A) How am I doing reaching my goals? Good, not good and if it not, why?
(B) What are the most pressing things I need to do today to be reaching my goals?
(C) Is everything great with God and me today? Have I done something for which I need to apologize? Am I holding on to anything I need to give up? Anger, bitterness and resentment are not good partners. Life is hard enough without carrying these.
4. The final step in my morning routine involves 5 minutes listening. If I have talked to God in my prayer time and taken a look at my goals, I also need to take the time to listen.
“What am I listening for”, you might ask? Anything that God may be wanting to communicate to me that I have been too busy to hear. Things will come to mind during this time that may seem insignificant. Don’t discredit them to soon. Be willing to look at each of them honestly.
We can begin each day giving our body what it needs to function efficiently, water. We can offer a prayer to God for His wisdom and direction. We can review our God-given goals to make sure we are going in the right direction. We can have our heart and minds open to hear what God has for us.
I have learned that when I take the time to do these things, my day starts with a bang.
And yours can too.