Solve and Thrive

As mentioned, I have initiated a new morning routine to solve my problems related to blogging – or, rather, lack thereof. You see, identifying my problems made me realize that all of them can be solved… in the morning, the time where I am the most focused and productive.

Being tired after work? Solution: Working in the morning. To me, this meant:

  • Go to bed earlier, to wake up (relatively…) energized
  • Drink ice cold water when I wake up, to prime my mind
  • Luckily, I did not have to wake up earlier, seeing as I chose to re-prioritize my existing morning routine (I wake up at 07:00, spend an hour on my routine, and then get ready for work).

Lack of inspiration despite a million ideas? Solution: Pick and stick to one idea until completion. To me, this meant:

  • Pick the first blog idea that comes to mind
  • Free-write on the post outline
  • Continue to fine tune writing until satisfaction, aka completion

Not having a routine to follow? Solution: Use my existing morning routine. To me, this meant:

  • Stop watching and reading news in the morning (instead, listen to news while getting ready/on the way to work)
  • Set up blogging station (aka my computer…) in designated writing spot
  • Start writing

I am so happy about my new morning writing routine. I truly thrive when I start the day accomplishing something important me, and this positive energy stays with me throughout the day.

This Gretchen Rubin inspired “identify, solve, thrive” routine is super easy, and is applicable to basically everything standing in your way to achieve your goals. Now, I almost wish that I have more problems, so I can use the method! What about you, feel like giving it a try?

I will continue finetuning my morning routine, by researching the inspiring webpage turned book My Morning Routine.

Sleep Your way to the Top

Warning: The title of this post is wildly misleading…!

let's sleep!

I couldn’t help but laugh when Arianna Huffington mentioned how everyone who wants to become successful needs to sleep their way to the top on the Ellen DeGenerous Show. I have recently started listening to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global podcast, and it quickly became obvious to me that she is a bit of a sleep aficionado!

In general, I do not have any problems sleeping (except on Sundays, of course, where I like to sleep in in AND treat myself to a long nap…). However, having listened to the Thrive Global podcast, I realized that I need to add some steps to my – barely existing – evening routine, to improve the quality of my sleep. Thus, enter my new Evening Bliss routine, based on Arianna Huffington’s advice:

  1. No more phone activity 30-60 min. before sleep. Ideally it should be charged outside the bedroom, so you don’t get tempted to use it before you sleep, ehrm…
  2. Scented candle and calming music in the bathroom
  3. Wash off the day with a warm and aromatic shower or bath. I remove my make up in the shower, to make it last longer.
  4. Put on dedicated sleep wear (i.e. not lounge or sports wear, as I used to)
  5. Read a physical book (not on Kindle etc.)

I occasionally also do a gratitude exercise before I fall asleep, which is found to work as joy trigger, proven to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.

I took small steps to get into this routine. First, I put out a small notepad on my nightstand for the gratitude exercise. Then, I separate my sleeping wear from my lounge wear. It turned out I basically did not have any dedicated sleepwear, which I saw as an excellent excuse to shop a bit! While I was out shopping, I also got myself a scented candle and a calming shower gel. And then I was good to go.

This new routine of mine is so comfortable and was so natural to get into this summer. However, I must admit that I worry whether I will be able to maintain it when going back to work. Thus, my aim going forward is to do my routine 3 times a week. Anything above 3 is just a bonus.

Hope this inspires you to evaluate and, if necessary, improve your evening routine as well!