The Hay House World Summit kicked off earlier this month and as usual I’ve found various thought leaders that have inspired me toward transformation. One of them was Brendon Burchard’s lesson on the Secrets to Motivation and Achievement, where he spent a few minutes sharing his simple way to reclaim your day.
And it is to not check your email within the first 60 minutes of your day. Sounds simple enough right, but according to Burchard 86% of people roll over and check their phone as soon as they wake up. I know I’ve been guilty of that, but Burchard says that when we do that we’re conditioning ourselves and those that we have relationships with (whether personal or professional) that their agenda is more important than our own. Yes, that their needs are more important than our own. I think that is so spot on and something that’s pervasive in our culture. We’re bombarded daily with so many things trying to steal our focus, whether it’s texts/emails with false emergencies, the TV, social media notifications, pop up ads, viral videos, etc. Burchard says allowing all this noise into our lives steals our sense of life and vibrancy and makes us addicted to the experience of distraction, causing everyone in it’s path to stop living in the moment. This type of focus causes us to start our day based on reaction vs. vision and strategy, which ultimately lowers our productivity.
And to back up this claim, Burchard conducted a study with 1100 high performing people – entrepreneurs and employees alike – and banned them from checking their email within the first 60 minutes of their day and instead asked them to use that time to get their mind ready for the day with positive thinking, meditation, stretching, and being present for everyone else in their home (helping get their kids ready, feeding their animals, etc.). Then once they were ready to begin work, he asked them to first list what they wanted out of the day so that they entered the day strategically and thoughtfully vs. being lead solely by someone else’s agenda. What resulted was that they became 30% more productive.
I can totally see why and personally I’ve experienced the difference myself. If you follow along you know that I start and end my day listing all the things I am grateful for, from the simple to the big. I also try to visualize how I want my day to go, but lately I’ve definitely been slacking on this one and it’s shown. I used to spend at least 10 minutes, before getting out of bed, going through the things I’m grateful for and moving on to my visualization of the day. That has drastically gone down to a minute or less because I’ve let so many other things distract me (TV shows, social media, & food are my biggest culprits), that I’ve managed to procrastinate my priorities, which leaves me feeling rushed, trying to get what I want done. It’s a vicious cycle, and after months of doing this, I’ve definitely fallen behind, but no more.
Step one of change is awareness and I am now going to try to re-prioritize myself again and return to my visualization and shower to do lists (the shower is where I tend to prioritize what I need to accomplish daily to get me toward the goals listed on my visualization board, but you can choose whatever works best for you) so that I don’t just allow my day, my life to happen to me, but that I make it happen for me, which is where it’s at!
Cheers to reclaiming our day!