29 July 2019
Would you welcome 100 people into your home as soon as you first wake up, before you’re even up and out of bed?
I thought not. So, why do 80% of us invite more than 100 people into our minds before we’ve done anything else in the day? I watched a video shared by mindset man Jay Shetty over the weekend. In it, he asks this very question. He notes that research shows that 8/10 check our phones immediately after waking up and the last thing before going to sleep.
We expect our brains to go from zero to 100 to take in all of that information and respond to notifications, often before we’ve even seen the sun! Shetty notes that the first thing he recommends to people to improve mental health is to stop scrolling in a morning.
It makes perfect sense. When you step back to think about it, what is social media filled with? Either people sharing their concerns, complaints and worries, or the complete opposite, people showing off their incredible lives. So when we scroll through these platforms, we start our day taking on other people’s problems or putting pressure on ourselves because no one’s life really looks like Instagram.
The perfect morning routine?
I was guilty of this for a long time. I have an addictive character; if I am passionate about something, I am all in. That means I struggle to switch off from work. Having a device in my pocket at all times that allowss me to tap into my inbox, reports, business updates and beyond, enables that behaviour. In the long run, that leads to one thing: burnout.
Add into this, the constant notifications of breaking news. When was the last time you received one of those BBC or Sky News alerts with good news? I honestly cannot remember. It is always about violence, disastrous politics or the end of the world. When you really think about it, that is no way to start the day is it?
Instead, why not create your own perfect routine. I am actively trying to do this. Now, I get up before the children and take some time in a quiet corner of the house playing chess. It’s a moment for myself, to reset, to set myself up for the day that I want to have. Then I do some form of exercise too. When this routine works, I often don’t look at my phone until nearly lunchtime and I honestly don’t miss it.
Of course, every morning doesn’t work out that way but I try to stick to this routine as much as possible because I do see a real impact on the rest of the day.
Ultimately, we have a choice at the start of each day. Do we use that time productively and see real value in the rest of the day, or waste it scrolling and receiving no value in return?