ONE DAY AT A TIME
My daily routine has become a culmination of years of experience witnessing what works and what doesn’t. Although every individual will have suggestions and advice, the beauty of humanity is our individuality. With that in mind, healthy habits and routines are all about creating patterns that work for you personally but I would like to share my routine as I believe there may be someone out there it can apply to and help. One key to my morning routine is consistency. Consistency allows me to hold myself accountable for any shortcomings or procrastinations. By getting into a repeated routine, it’s easy to determine where the wheels fell of the cart. By creating consistency and structure at the start of the day, it makes carrying that consistency and structure throughout the day much easier as well.
- The beginning of my day starts promptly at 6:00 AM. This is the first pillar of consistency of my day and it’s very important for me to be up at 6:00 sharp so that I have time to perform my morning rituals without the added stress of being late. So many individuals love their “Snooze” button however the mindfulness of the effect of that button is what gets me to rise and shine.
- Once I’m up, I like to collect my thoughts in a period of meditation. This gives me a sense of sanctuary to truly get my ducks lined up so that I can knock them down efficiently. It also helps me connect with myself and establish goals for the day. Without goals, a person is just “there” but not really doing anything.
- Once I’ve collected my thoughts and established my goals, I like to further reinforce my connection on a fellowship level by spending quality family time. Although I only spend about 30 minutes with my loving wife and our most recent addition, our beautiful baby girl, Delilah, I would like everyone to remember that life is about love, memories and the legacy you leave behind.
- Moving on from the spiritual side of my morning and transiting to the physical side, I find myself at the gym. Through working out and boxing specifically, I am able to complete my physical, mental and spiritual attunement as well as achieving the natural high from the workout itself. This is my first cup of coffee so to speak as it gets my blood flowing and ready for the day ahead.
- After I’m done with my workout, I’m on a mission to find my real cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast to refuel, replenish and reinforce my wellbeing.
- Next on the agenda is a much-needed shower mainly so I’m not gross as I’m going about my day because let’s be honest, nobody wants a smelly Jason Wahler. The shower with the running water is also another period of meditation for me to reflect on the progress of my morning thus far. This usually gets me pretty pumped to continue on to the next part of my morning day.
- Where most people usually cringe getting ready for work, I love it. I relate this to a professional athlete in the sense that I’m in the locker room ready to make my plate appearance and smash one out of the park. My passion is helping people and getting dressed for work establishes a great sense of self worth because not only am I going to help people but getting dressed and making sure everything is primped and proper reinforces my self-esteem. Feel good, look good, do good.
- Lastly, I am out the door, coffee in hand on my way to do my day’s duties. Although I set goals initially from the onset, I have periodic routine self evaluations because I strongly believe that if you’re standing still, you can’t move forward therefore I like to make sure I’m moving in the right direction.
While my routine works wonders for me and how I go about my day, I believe that this can apply to many people, especially the ones constantly trying to create more time in the day.