My Nighttime Routine

My Nighttime Routine and How I Optimize my Sleep

In my last blog post I talked about my morning routine list and all the benefits following it has provided. The thing is though, that without my nighttime routine, I would never be able to follow my morning routine list. Today I want to talk about my nighttime routine and how I use it to prepare myself to get up between 4 and 4:30 am.

When I was reading The Miracle Morning, I knew that just getting excited to wake up early every morning wasn’t going to stick for me. Although the book did a fantastic job of laying out what my mornings should look like, it didn’t really talk much about optimizing my sleep through a nighttime routine so that I could get to that point. So, I did a little of my own research and came up with a routine that allowed me to make the best use of the sleep I was getting. This has helped me gain an extra couple of hours to my day every morning, in exchange for going to bed only about 30-60 minutes earlier. Continue reading…

My Morning Routine List

My Morning Routine List

…And How it’s Made Me More Productive, Positive, and Excited About Life

A few months ago I decided that I needed to change something about the way I approached my day. I had been trying to focus time on this blog with no success. I also had other projects that I just never seemed to have enough time for. On top of all of that, I felt like I was becoming a very negative, disorganized, and stressed out person.

And then I stumbled onto The Miracle Morning. It’s a great read, and essentially talked a lot about how the way we start our day sets the tone for how the entire day will unfold. The author, Hal Elrod, then goes on to lay out what he feels is his perfect, or, miracle morning routine. I decided that this concept might be exactly what I was looking for.

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What I Learned From a Blog Challenge

what-i-learned-from-a-blog-challengeI write this blog post on the final day of a 20-Day Blog Challenge that I was a part of. It was something a co-worker and I had come up with to help motivate each other to be more diligent about creating blog posts and the challenge was difficult, but simple: publish one blog post a day for 20 days. I was pretty excited about it as my biggest challenge is just getting words out of my head and I hoped that this would force me to become more comfortable with that.

I didn’t want this to be an idea that we came up with and talked a lot about, but never did anything with, so I grabbed the reins and started planning for and orchestrating it. We also started talking it up at work. Before I knew it we had a date set (April 11th through 30th) and just under 10 people interested in participating. It was tremendously motivating seeing the enthusiasm of everybody joining us in our challenge and although we were all in different places with our blogs (one of us had an established blog with a decent readership – whereas another hadn’t even purchased her domain yet) we all felt we could adapt the challenge to meet our own needs. The core of it was just having a support team to help motivate us to keep going – whatever it was that each of us wanted to focus on.

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