What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Check facebook? Check twitter? Your email? Watch some morning news when you get ready?
All of these things are easy for us to do when we wake up but in my opinion they’re the worst possible activities we can engage in when waking up. Why? All of the activities listed above are a form of procrastination of some type and by doing them first thing in the morning we set our day up to be a day of procrastination.
My challenge this month is to start my mornings by doing something productive. It might be a blog post, reviewing a chapter from one of the books I’m tech editing, or getting some early morning yard work done. Whatever it may be, I’m going to start the day off with an achievement (however small) rather than idle procrastination.
As Dogen Zenji once said,
“Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life.”