Well, it’s been three weeks that we’ve been focusing on making the most of our mornings. I’ve developed some good habits, been challenged to implement more self-discipline in my life, and been so encouraged by those of you who have left comments or sent emails sharing about the progress you’re making!
In this final post, I want to talk about the why behind making the most of our mornings. Because if we don’t have a reason for doing what we’re doing and making big changes, it’s a lot harder to find the motivation to stick with them.
It’s Not About Getting Up Early
Throughout this series, I noticed that many people equated “making the most of your mornings” with getting up early. While I’m a fan of early rising, I don’t think you need to get up early in order to make the most of your mornings.
Sure, many people (myself included) have found that the day is much smoother and more productive if you get an early start. But honestly, what time you get up is not the point. In fact, some of you have said that your mornings go better when you sleep in.
Find out what works for your family, your body’s clock, and your season of life — and then run with that!
It’s Not About Running Around Like a Productive Machine
Getting more stuff done should be a means to an end, not the be all, end all of life. On my deathbed, it’s not going to matter how many hundreds of things I crossed off my list if I ran everyone over and ran myself ragged for the sake of productivity.
It’s About Making the Most of Our Life
The reason for using our mornings well is so we have time for what matters most. If I can work toward more order in our home and more self-discipline in my personal life, it frees me up to have more time to invest in serving and loving other people, more time to savor the beauty of nature, more time to spend enjoying my family and friends, more time to stop and share a kind word with a stranger or someone in need, and more time to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Making the most of our mornings doesn’t always mean we add more to our plate, become a powerhouse of productivity, or cross more things off our to-do lists. But my hope is that some of the things you’ve learned from this series and some of the habits you’re working on developing will allow you to be able to have time and energy each day to focus more on doing what matters most.
1. Think back over the last three weeks and leave a comment telling us what you learned and hope to carry with you as a result of this challenge.
2. Consider what matters most in your life and contemplate how you can cut back on the unimportant to make room for the important. I’ve found that it’s helpful to routinely step back and ask myself, “Is this going to matter in 25 year from now?” This simple question helps me gain clarity when I’m struggling with prioritization.
Other posts in the Make the Most of Your Mornings series
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Introduction (Day 1)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Your Day Starts the Night Before (Day 2)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Getting Out of Bed On the Right Foot (Day 3)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Begin Your Day With a Good Attitude (Day 4)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Have a Plan for the Day (Day 5)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Create a Realistic To-Do List (Day 6)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Get Your Heart Pumping (Day 7)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Eat Something Nutritious (Day 8)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Stop Saying "I'm Not a Morning Person!" (Day 9)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Get Dressed in Something That Makes You Feel Good (Day 10)
- How Changing My Morning Changed My Whole Day
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Don't Focus on Quitting Bad Habits, Focus on Starting Good Habits (Day 11)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Create a Morning Plan of Action (Day 12)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: There Is No One Right Way To Do Anything (Day 13)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: What To Do When You Fall Off the Bandwagon (Day 14)
- Make the Most of Your Mornings: Remember What Really Matters (Day 15)
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