How to start a Great Day7:47 AM
Today, I am going to let you in on my little secret on how to have a great day. Or at least pave the way to one that will not send you on a mad search for a brick wall and a bottle of wine. It works most of the time, and it is tried, tested and Cyn approved (I bet you smiled already).
You see, a great day depends widely on how you choose to feel to begin with. But to really set yourself to feel happy and positive inside, you need to start the day the right way.
We all have crazy hectic lives, deadlines, filled planners, duties, meetings, plans, and obligations. This is part of life and there is no escaping it.
BUT...there is a way of delaying their impact on us, or rather a way to ease ourselves into it. Trust me, there is.
This is how it goes for me, feel free to follow :
1) Start the night before. And, it is not what you think. I don't make sure to go to bed happy, perky and without holding a grudge against something. Because that would be unrealistic. Beside sleeping it off usually does the trick.
Nope, what I start the night before is cleaning the kitchen.
You read it right. I'm not joking, I really do. Nothing deep and tiring of course, but I make sure the kitchen counter is free of clutter and dirt and the dirty dishes left to wash are piled in the sink. It is that simple.
Clutter makes me unhappy, therefore clutter must go before I wake up to it
2) I make myself a cup of tea. It doesn't have to be tea if you hate it, but it has to be your favourite morning brew. AND, it has to be in your favourite cup. This part is very important. It has been unscientifically proven that tea taste better if it is served in your favourite cup. Do not skip this crucial detail.
3) Have a favourite spot to drink your tea. I myself have two, because there is no such thing as too many favourite spots. I either drink it in my favourite chair on the balcony, or at the desk in the study. In the study, because the morning light looks great there.
4) I never start the day reading the paper. NEVER
The paper is full of drama, bad news, and stories that could sour my day before it has started. I refuse to start my day that way.
I read, of course I do, because this is the best complement to a cup of tea. But I catch the more personal type of news. I check my Facebook feed if you must know. I am guaranteed to see a funny video, a cute picture or read a good new from a friend there.
Given the choice, would you rather read about a bomb blast first thing in the morning, or read that your best friend landed her dream job, or has been prounounced cancer free?...My point exactly.
I read the paper much later in my day, if at all on particuarly busy days. Death, terror and corruption will still be there at 1pm, I don't see why I should bother about them at 7am...no but no thanks.
5) I give myself the time to wake up. And, by waking up I mean mentally. Being physically up doesn't count. It takes me a little while longer to be functional and I do not rush myself into starting things earlier than they should just because I happen to be up early. My sanity matters.
6) I delegate. No medals or trophies were ever given to the mother and wife who sacrificed it all. I'll never have more than one pair of arms and incidentally both my husband and daughter have been blessed with the same attributes. Therefore, my husband walks the dog, makes his own tea while my daughter knows where to find her glass of juice and bottle of yakult. I'll help her with her milk, that is about it until I am ready to make breakfast. Her mess is not my problem either. She has to clean it while I do my own bit.
7) I take time to talk to my husband. Thanks to our hectic lives, there might be days I see him only at about the time I am ready for bed. A time at which neither I nor him really feel like chit chatting, so I do it before he leaves for office in the morning. And because I chose not to burden myself with ALL the work, I actually can do just that.
Once I completed all these, and only after this am I ready to tackle the rest of the day, happy, and energised. And because I filled myself with positivity, the rest of the day rarely sucks.
Don't get me wrong, I am still dead beat and happy to see the end of the day, but I rarely have a horrendously atrocious day following this simple checklist.
And, just to clarify before I conclude, I have done it, even when I was working out of the home. I've applied the same philosophy all my adult life. At time there was no Facebook, people to delegate to or a husband. But I still made sure to drink tea, take my time to wake up and leave the newspaper alone u til my syndicate coffee break at work.