In an effort to practice more mindfulness and intention, I've decided to up the blog post game by posting more frequently. This means three times a week I will be sharing here on the EAE Blog Studio and twice a week newsletters. If you aren't already subscribed to the EAE Better Business Newsletter, what on earth are you waiting for?!
Practicing intention and mindfulness is something I have struggled with most of my life. Personallybeing such an "I" talker and all about the "me, me, me" has taken me places in life and business that I normally would never have been able to go. But at the same time, I also feel that by not practicing these things, I'm holding myself back because I cannot see the bigger picture as clearly as I would like.
Recently my 5 year old asked if I would be working all day (it was a Saturday). Her question was logical but it made me hurt a little. I realized then that I have five days a week that I need to be working and I very much need to be more present in our home lives much more on weekends. Mindfulness. I decided to declare Saturday and absolute no work day and that Sunday would be limited to getting ready for the week ahead. I also decided that any work I needed to get completed on Sundays would be done before she wakes up in the morning and added it to my morning routine (mine and hers are different because of different needs. More on that in a second).
Living in mindfulness and intention is something I definitely need to work on and so I have created routines and rituals to help me out a little. In order to stop being so obsessive about work, I make notes in my planner and have asked members of my family, and even friends, to hold me accountable. It hasn't been easy but I feel like I am making progress, which in turn makes me feel as though I am creating an environment that my 5 year old daughter can learn from.
My Morning Routine:
5:00 A.M. - Alarm goes off and it's time to grab a quick stretch followed by going off in search of coffee. I like to chug down a full 8 oz of water at this point as well. Usually I grab my coffee and journal and head outside to enjoy some fresh air while collecting my thoughts but when it's really cold out, I curl up on the couch with everything and let my mind get out on paper.
6:00 A.M. - Having gathered my wits from the previous nights sleep and enjoyed the new caffeine high I am receiving, it's time to grab a workout. I'm currently enjoying a mix of push ups, sit ups and squats with either a good 30 minute run, Hiit or Tabata workout. Although this rarely takes the full hour, I like to allot that time so I don't have to rush. When I have extra time after a completed workout, I settle in at my planning station and get started on the days to do list.
7:00 A.M. - Time to get ready for school! In the cold weather months I will usually start my car and get the heat blasting so that it's nice and warm when the tiny human and I are ready to head to the bus stop.
8:00 A.M. Time to start the day!
As you can see, I really like to keep it simple, practice intention with every hour of my morning and let that carry me throughout my day.
What are some ways you are practicing intention? How are you using mindfulness to create a work/home life balance?