Because I’m always going on to others about the importance of self-reflection and have seen huge benefit in using the practice myself.
Usually my morning ritual looks like:
- Wake up earlier than my alarm (99% due to my child-like bedtime on weeknights).
- Reflect on my learning in a journal. Possibly translate some of these into a blog post – some for sharing, some not.
- Catch up on business news. Schedule my Buffer account to share my top finds on Twitter.
- Wake my evening-owl partner up so we take take the dog for his morning walk. This is both good for our health and helps ensure there are no tantrums during the day resulting in suspiciously wet ripped up cardboard on our return from work.
- Get ready for said work.
Lately though I’ve been slack. Oh I’m full of excuses (“It’s cold this winter!” “We’ve just moved” “It’s hard acclimatising on return from holidays”… whine whine whine) but I don’t have any excuses that stick.
Along with the demise of my morning routine I’ve noticed:
- It takes me longer for my brain to ‘switch on’ once I’m at work, and a lot more caffeine.
- My lack of exercise is meaning I’m more sluggish and far more inclined to pig out on junk food during the day.
- I’m finding excuses to get out of other good habits – mainly exercise related although my study schedule is also suffering.
What to do? Well I could continue to whine about it and be a hypocrite when stressing to others the importance of self-led learning. Or I could reflect on a conversation I had with a skateboard-riding pirate last week and not ignore the importance of my own learning journey.