The First Hour: Creating Powerful Mornings
by Leo Babauta
As your day starts, it’s easy to get lost in the habit of checking messages, replying to email, checking the news and your favorite blogs.
It’s easy to fritter your day away doing a thousand small harmless actions … but the essential actions get put off.
The antidote, I’ve found, is putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour. Treating that first hour as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.
Sacred actions might include:
Writing (or creating in some other way)
Practicing or studying
Focusing on your most important task of the day
On the days when I’m able to take those kinds of sacred actions, my entire day is changed. I am more mindful, I am more energetic, and I’m more focused and productive.
Treating this first hour as sacred helps me to remember that every hour is sacred, if I treat it as such. It helps me to remember that I don’t have a lot of hours left (I have no idea how many hours are left!), and that I have to live each one with appreciation and mindfulness.