Where I live in Queensland the days are getting longer and warmer. I will have more time in my day if I get up earlier. I have always liked getting up early. It is such a beautiful time of the day. There is silence, apart from the birds singing. The air is crisp, and the sunrise is an ever-changing landscape of colour and splendour. But is getting up early the best way to start your day? Or is getting up at the time you decide, the best way to start your day?
The five second rule
Firstly, we have to get out of bed. This is where the 5 second rule comes in handy. Mel Robbins discovered the 5 second rule. She has authored books about it. But I heard about it when I listened to one of her Ted Talks.
The 5 second rule is simple enough. If the alarm goes off and it is time to get out of bed, we have 5 seconds to decide. Otherwise, our brain will sabotage our intention to get up and we will stay in bed longer.
It works like this. The alarm goes off, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – decide and get up immediately. The 5 second rule can be applied to other opportunities that require a decision. These can be courageous decisions or just ordinary day-by-day decisions. But as with most decisions, there are consequences.
Here are two examples. You have a good idea when you are in a work meeting, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – if you do not speak then, you have lost the opportunity. Or do you want to go and talk to that stranger at your friends birthday party. You look at the person, they look interesting and you would like to have a conversation. Thinking about it, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – decide. Walk over and say hello, otherwise the moment has gone, the opportunity lost. Your brain has turned off and it will not happen.
I did not know it at the time, but I applied the 5 second rule when I decided to go and speak to Professor Ian Frazer, after he finished his talk. Professor Frazer developed the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the infection that causes cervical cancer. The thought came to me and rather than procrastinate I got out of my chair and went and chatted to him.
Get out of bed
The best way to start your day is to get out of bed, sleepy head! But then what? Exercise? Go for a walk? I have realised that if I wait until I ‘feel like’ walking it will never happen. I have to decide, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – shoes on, now I am walking out the door.
Are you a start your day with a coffee, tea, or juice person? My One & Only (O&O) likes coffee. My son likes tea. I like juice. But not out of a bottle, too much sugar.
Fresh juice made at home with my cold pressed juicer that keeps the fibres and nutrients intact. Another best way to start your day is with lemon and water. Lemons are full of potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. I should do this more often!
Plan your day
Is the best way to start your day planning your day? That is, deciding how you are going to use your time. I have flexibility with my time, working at home and writing. If I did more planning, I would allocate more time for housework, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – moment gone. Housework on hold!
Do you start your day with your favourite companion – your mobile. Scanning through twitter, checking Facebook, and looking at the number of emails that came in overnight. I am guilty of this. But I realise it is not the best way to start my day. But can I leave it alone until later or not, 5, 4, 3, 2,1 – mobile in hand. Time to check the news and the weather!
One of the best ways to start your day is to eat breakfast. A healthy breakfast gives you energy and helps concentration. Breakfast is particularly important for growing children.
Is the best way to start your day, to turn on the television? I am a news addict and I like to keep across current affairs. Guilty as charged!
My sister Debbie listens to a motivational talk or podcast every morning. That is a great way to start your day. If you are running a business in the coronavirus environment it helps you remain positive and think of ways to pivot to improve your business practices.
Music is uplifting and another great way to start the day and feel energised. In the morning if you keep the music bright then you will feel better, more motivated to face the day.
One of the best ways to start your day is to set your goals for the day. Note to self: Implement the 5 second rule, KJ!
If we develop a schedule for our day, then we will get the most out the time we have in a day.
Yet, we should give ourselves time off. Time when we are kind to ourselves. No goals, no expectations, no boring chores. Like me, you deserve down-time. It is your reward for being your best self, most of the time.
What will I do next – 5, 4 3, 2, 1!