Importance of a Mindful Morning

Mindful Morning, Life Coach, Megan Hall, Motivational Speaker

The definition of mindful is conscious or aware of something. So what is a mindful morning? A mindful morning means we are being intentional about how we start our day so we can be conscious and aware of what’s going on while our day progresses. When we  start our day off without a good morning routine we are in reactive mode. We are reacting to everything going on around us instead of being proactive. A mindful morning helps us be proactive by taking control of situations before they happen.

A good morning routine involves doing things for you and you only. This is not answering clients emails or making breakfast for your family. This is time you set aside every morning to do things that are just for you. There is no perfect length of time for a morning routine. Some people will be able to set aside more time while others not as much. That’s why it’s just for you, you get to decide how it goes.

How to create a mindful morning routine

1) Do it first thing before checking your phone or computer otherwise you are starting in reactive mode. 

2) Find a quiet place. Whether that means you have to get up before everyone else or put the kids in front on the TV. Do it!

3) It doesn’t have to be time consuming. As little as 15 minutes every day will do wonders for your mindset.

4) This should not involve things that stress you out. This should involve things that help you relax. Try different things to see what works for you.

5) Perfection is not the goal. If you miss a day don’t beat yourself up. Instead focus on doing better the day after. 

Having a mindful morning routine has helped me go from red faced, stressed out, screaming mom to chill mom who’s able to get everything done while still enjoying her morning cup of coffee. The days I do my morning routine are dramatically different then the days I don’t. Some days I do a shortened version of my routine getting in only the most important pieces while other days I do a longer version. Perfection, like I said in tip 5, is not the goal.

It can be kind of daunting to start something new. If you have no morning routine right now you might be overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do. No worries! I have created a morning mindfulness cheat sheet to help you out. It’s completely free and you can grab your copy HERE.

Start slow with as little as 15 minutes a day. Over time you can add on and extend things as you would like or keep it at 15 minutes. This is really about what will help you bring more peace and calm into your day. You may even want to try new things as you go along. The key is to create a routine you look forward to not one that you find as a chore.

Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

Focus

Focus,  Megan Hall , Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

A couple of weeks ago in The Inspired Women Community we were sharing what our biggest struggles were and many women said focus. So many business owners and entrepreneurs have this struggle. There are many reasons we do and many of those reasons are something we can control. Focus is a key piece to good time management.

How does focus play into time management? By focusing we can be more productive and get more accomplished with less time. For example writing this blog post will take way longer than it should because my children are home and I can’t focus with their conversations going on in the background. On the days that they are in school blog posts take me no time at all but today I’ve already had to pause three times to ask them to be quiet so I can focus.

How to improve your focus

1) Find a quiet place to get things done. Ask those around you to let you have some space if necessary.

2) Minimize distractions by turning off all notifications on your phone. No vibrates or dings or numbers. You can even turn your phone on DO NOT DISTURB mode.

3) Focus on one thing at a time. Do NOT multi task. This is why having only a handful of goals like I mentioned in New Year Goal Setting is so important.

4) Brain Dump. Write down all the things on your mind before you begin so you have a clean slate to do the task at hand. 

5) Chunk out time. It’s shown working for 60-90 minutes then allowing for 10-20 minute break allows us to be most productive. 

FOCUS= Follow One Course Until Successful. When we have multiple things going on at one time we are not as productive. Creating a schedule that allows for ample time to focus on one task will allow you to get more done with less time. If possible work on that one task until it’s complete.

Sometimes minimizing distractions means we have to leave where we are and go somewhere else.  Today for example I would get more done if I had left my kids with a sitter and went to a coffee shop to get work done instead. By minimizing distractions and having a working environment conducive to creativity we are more likely to be able to focus.

Remember this is your time and you are in charge. YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

 

 

Just Say No

Just Say No, Megan Hall, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

Time management is something everyone struggles with at one point in time or another. We sometimes take on too much and stretch ourselves too thin. Even though everyone has the same 24 hours in a day it seems like some people are able to do more with that time. That’s because they have learned to just say no.

Saying no can be difficult. We don’t want to disappoint anyone and fear missing out on something. This causes us to start saying yes to practically everything but in turn not have time for anything of substance. Our focus is in 10 different directions instead of where it needs to be. It can get old real fast as we head for burn out.

How to just say no

1) Identify your top 5 priorities personally & professionally. This will help you quickly identify conflicts. If your health is #1 like mine if I need a mental health day I am saying no a lot.

2) Ask yourself what will I get out of this and what will cost me. Which is greater?

3) Is this aligned with your goals? If something isn’t aligned with your goals you’re wasting time that could go towards achieving those goals. 

4) Ask yourself these three questions. Is this going to make me happy? Will this move me forward? Will this positively serve me in some way? If the answers no your answer should be too. 

5) Say your busy even if your not. No one knows what your schedule looks like. As long as your not bragging on social media you’ll be ok. 

It’s time to clear some things off your plate that don’t belong there. You can wait last minute to RSVP to a party when you’re not sure if you’ll be up to attending. It’s ok to change your plans if it looks like it will be too much for you. Your days don’t have to be spent going 100 mph because eventually you’ll crash.

Our schedules need to have a balance of work, fun, and rest. Physically, mentally, and emotionally we aren’t set up to constantly be on the go. When you just say no to things you will find more of a balance in these areas. Time management will become much easier too.

Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall

I’ve Set My Goals Now What

I've set my goals now what, Megan Hall, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker

The New Year is here. You’re probably thinking “I’ve set my goals now what?” Looking at the big picture can be quite overwhelming.  How on earth can we possibly achieve the hings we have set out to achieve? There are so many things to take into consideration that we struggle to even begin.

It all starts with each of us as individuals. We cannot control other people or the weather but we can control ourselves. Achieving our goals starts with being mindful of our thoughts, our actions, our words, and our reactions. Are they in alignment with our goals? If not we might need to rethink what we are doing,

I’ve Set My Goals Now What: 

1) Focus on the next step. Instead of being overwhelmed by all the things you have to do just focus on the next step. 

2) Align yourself with your goals. Talk like they already happened. Think like they already happened. Act like they already happened. 

3) Learn from those who are where you want to be. They obviously did something right. Learn what they did and utilize what resonates most with you. 

4) Try something new. If what you are doing isn’t working don’tb e afraid to try something new. 

5) Get out of your own way. Release the doubt, insecurity and negative self talk around achieving your goals. 

If you need help setting your goals check out New Year Goal Setting. The most important thing about goals is to remember they aren’t set in stone. If along the way those goals are no longer serving you then it might be time to change them. This is all about you and what you want to achieve. Don’t let anyone dictate that for you.

Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

XoXo

Megan Hall