Did you just glance at your calendar and wonder how you are going to make everything happen this week? Busy has become the new normal. We seem to compete with each other to see who is busier or working more, in order to reveal which one of our friends or family members has the most on their calendars. It is almost as if there is a prize offered for the busiest person. So why am I suggesting that you schedule yet ANOTHER meeting?
The meeting that I am challenging you to schedule is the most important meeting in your day. In order to be effective, it needs to happen every day. The content can vary but the theme remains the same. Your morning meeting is with the CEO of your life. Your morning meeting is with YOU. When you start the day with scheduled time for yourself, you begin your morning with intention. That intention sets the tone for your week.
Why morning? Morning is the start of the day. When we wake up rushed and overwhelmed, our day often follows suit. The simple ritual of kicking off each day with time to reflect and time for yourself reinforces your humanity, enriches your spirit, and provides momentum. Morning meetings establish ritual. When we do something nice for ourselves at the start of the day, we immediately feel accomplished. It is that accomplishment that will carry over to all that you do. Looking for clarity and focus? It begins with self, and with the bandwidth to be, to create, and to explore. When we power down the world around us, we restart our own engines, and with that we connect to aspects of ourselves that we have lost, abandoned or never explored.
The content of your meeting can vary as can the allotment of time; the key is that you have the meeting. Everyday. The key is that you show up for yourself. Everyday. We spend our days showing up for work, for kids, for spouses, for appointments. Whole days and even weeks go by and we forget to be there for ourselves. In the quiet of your morning meeting, you create a footprint all about self-care and self-motivation that extends far beyond the time you invest.
Your morning meeting can be a personal party of one, or a group event like a class. You can attend in your pajamas or all dressed up. The agenda is simple. Your morning meeting is space and time that belongs to only you. Too busy to schedule and attend this meeting? Here are some great ways to turn that around. Mornings too taxing plan a lunchtime mini retreat or evening one-on-one to restore and refresh. Everyday. Scheduled in.
Wake up fifteen minutes earlier and mediate, power walk with your dog, eat a delicious breakfast, read a magazine, think…
Start the day with an exercise class, a few minutes of yoga, a walk or a jog
Combine coffee and a chapter of a book, combine a commute with a podcast or a jog with an audio book
Journal, write a letter, create a vision board for the month
Play the piano, dance, laugh, be silly
Plan a trip 15 minutes a day
Get a jump on 2020 by making a personal development growth list one item at a time - you can start at anytime!
Plan a party or an event that you have wanted to do 30 minutes at a time
Find fun recipes for dinner
Reach out to a friend that has been off your radar
Unplug, unplug, unplug—for an hour… or more
Randi Levin CPC, founder & CEO, Randi Levin Coaching – is a nationally recognized transitional life strategist, Fortune 500 keynote, author, and reinvention expert. Randi supports women in becoming legends in their own lives! Female founders, emerging entrepreneurs, and women in transition hire her as a legacy catalyst to manage and lead change. She supports her clients and audiences in redefining success and realigning and redefining legacy as power tools for choice and renewal, moving them from wanting next chapters to pivoting and living them today! She is a relatable resource and an action-oriented coach and speaker building upon her 15+ years in Corporate America, her tenure as a stay-at-home super mom, and her successful reinvent as an entrepreneur and sought-after strategist. Randi Levin is a featured expert on national stages and in top media outlets and podcasts. You may have seen her interviewed or quoted in Thrive Global, HuffPost, Reader’s Digest, American Express OPEN Forum, Working Mother Magazine, MSN, FairyGodBoss, Swaay, Yahoo, or Covey Club. Her workshops have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Randi is the creator of The Personal Success Accelerator System and a contributing author in the anthology series Get RESULTS!