Wellbeing in Business | Claim Your Day by Business Mentor Emma Stirk
By Emma Stirk: Solicitor | Success Coach | Business Mentor | Author | Mum
Emma Stirk is a Business Success Coach and Legal strategist for small businesses, she left her corporate career as a high flying solicitor to set up her own business and has never looked back! Emma is passionate about empowering women to identify their purpose and goals, plan and strategise their next career or business move and create a positive, strong and confident mindset with high-performance strategies to increase productivity and efficiency so you can work less, achieve more, and make burnout and overwhelm a thing of the past!
Have you heard the saying… how you begin your day can make it or break it?
Before I started my personal development journey I didn’t have a clue! In fact, I didn’t think much about the start of my day at all (except that it came around far too quickly!).
I didn’t have a ‘morning routine’ as such, but rather my days started with a rude awakening from my alarm, several swipes of the snooze button, a quick scroll through social media and a (very!) reluctant roll out of bed.
Looking back, I’d started my days like that ever since I started work training to become a solicitor. It was the same day in day out and even the arrival of children did little to change it – except their cries became my alarm and the snooze button became redundant!
If I hadn’t changed careers I’d probably still be the same now and I’d have missed the opportunity to seriously up my game…!
Getting in control of my day started when I discovered that a common characteristic of successful people is that they all start their days strong.
When I thought about it, it made sense…
If I woke up in a decent mood – a decent day followed, and on the flip side, when I didn’t, my days seemed to go from bad to worse. I’d rush, get stuck at ALL the red lights, forget something important or spill things – you know how it goes!
The bad days were completely draining and no fun at all so just the possibility of increasing the bad vs good days ratio got me interested.
I knew I’d have to make a change and I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Step 1 was accepting that to implement a morning routine I’d need more morning which meant getting up earlier…urgh!. Since I was someone that loved my bed and sleep, this was tough but I started small, setting the alarm 10 mins earlier, and after just the first week it became easier, and by the end of the 30 days I was actually waking up before my alarm – result!
As I created new habits the results were incredible, I found I had more focus, more energy and felt more in control for whatever the day had in store!
Over time my morning routine has changed but it always involves the same elements – reflection and visualization, movement whether that’s stretching, walking or hitting the gym, and music!
Having experienced the benefits of a strong morning routine it’s one of the first things I coach to the women I support and the results are not only quick, but they are also positive and undeniable!
My TOP 5 tips for starting your day well:
So, if you’re not feeling the love for your alarm then below are my top 5 tips for starting your day well – commit to changing your routine for 30 days and I promise you’ll never reach for the snooze again!
- Before you hit the sack take a few moments to think about something great that has happened in your day – no matter how small or trivial it may have been. Positive thoughts before you sleep will lead to a better mood when you wake.
- Turn your phone on to aeroplane mode – too many of us reach for our phones first thing and begin the social media death scroll. Without realising you can fill your mind with negative thoughts, questions and information before you’ve even had time to properly wake up so give yourself a chance by leaving this until later in the day;
- Be prepared, have your workout clothes ready or your notebook ready for your brain dump or reflection and gratitude rant – that way you don’t have to think too much about what you need to do as soon as you wake;
- Have a large glass of water at the side of your bed that you drink as soon as you get up – it helps to wake up and hydrate your body;
- Prepare a playlist full of your favourite uplifting and upbeat songs that you can plug into straight away (make sure to also have the headphones handy if you have a partner or children). I also use this playlist when I’m getting the kids ready for school – it makes the whole process so much less stressful!
Finally, focus on how fantastic your days are going to be from now on and reward yourself with a treat once you make it to day 30! You’ll be amazed at the change!
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