Mondays. The day everyone dreads the night before. The morning it’s hardest to pull yourself out of bed. After a fun or relaxing weekend (or just two days you didn’t have to think about work), it can be jarring to step over the threshold into a new week.
Even though I love my job, Mondays can still feel like this for me. But what if I started trying to be excited about Mondays? What if I focused more on what I could achieve during the week, and Mondays meant I was one week closer to completing my goals?
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to look at Mondays as an opportunity from now on. The beginning of a new week is the perfect time to evaluate what you want to accomplish during the next seven days.
And boy, do I have a lot I want to accomplish. As you might have read in my previous post, my fitness and financial goals are going to take a lot of work. And while I’ll continually be working on those every day, I think it’s best to focus on one measurable weekly goal to improve your life. One goal that you go all in on, that if everything else fails, you’ll still have attained real change. By building on those goals each week, I’ll hopefully start to create a life full of habits that help instead of hinder my ultimate objectives.
Week One Goal: To wake up at or before 6:30 AM every morning.
My first goal is one that plenty of people already have a handle on, whether through discipline or necessity. Those people probably look at this and think “6:30 would be sleeping in every day for me!” And to those people – you are who I aspire to be. But I’m not there yet. My current mornings are not even filled with luxurious sleep; they’re basically filled with the sound of my alarm going off every nine minutes for an hour or so as I keep pressing snooze. I finally drag myself out of bed, likely more tired than if I had just gotten up in the first place. This routine gets me off on a bad foot every morning. I don’t have time to work out, I’m rushing to get ready, I stand over the sink to quickly eat breakfast, and then by that point I have to call an Uber or Lyft to get myself to work at a reasonable time (creating a hit to my wallet as well as the number of steps I could rack up if I took the bus or Metro). It makes me start my mornings feeling like I’m someone who just doesn’t have things together.
So this is the first step I’m going to tackle. Just getting up early. I’m not worried about actually working out during the mornings this week, or changing my routine otherwise. I’m allowed to of course – but the only thing I’ll be measuring myself on is creating the habit of getting up on time. Check back next Monday to see how successful I was!
What about you – what habit change do you think would really make a difference in your life?