I love mornings.
Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day.
That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself.
Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, Bible study, reading, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place.
Some mornings - hopefully most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your Bible study, exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes.
Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.
Think about how the rest of those days went.
Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?
If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother.
I bet you accomplished what you have planned to do, too. Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day.
You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about.
Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.
Over the course of the next seven days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. This is just the first step.. but it's important.
As we’ve already established, this is first task is an important one - a good thing to work on and pay attention to. You don't have to set your alarm to go off at an unearthly hour. You still need your 8 hours sleep. But don't hit the snooze button. Try to get up immediately once the alarm sounds. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more, even if the alarm does go off much earlier than you’d like, but it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother. Try it!
Each day, I'll provide you with some helpful tools to assist you as you Makeover your Mornings- and most of them will be FREE. Check out your first selection below... & more tomorrow.
* Cuckuu. Share your schedule with family or friends using this app and encourage each other. Challenge one another to get up the fastest.
* SleepCycle. This app is designed to analyse your sleep patterns and wake you when you're in your lightest sleep cycle. So... getting up should be easy!
* Wake Alarm Clock The interface on this app looks great and it has stacks of features. ..worth checking out.
* Winder (Android) Forget about setting your alarm for this app. Just add all your information, schedules, work times etc and the app will work out when you should get up.
* Pandora You probably already have Pandora on your phone for your music. But there's an alarm feature that you can set up so that you wake to your favourite station.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
Psalm 90:12. 'So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.'
DAILY REMINDER & AFFIRMATION
I will create a positive tone for my entire day by starting my morning well.
Thank you for joining me in the 7-Day Morning Makeover Challenge. I can’t wait to get started.