Annice Asks: What's the First Thing You Do When You Get Up?


Lately, when I'm with my women friends over 50, all I see is women feeling overwhelmed, and I don't think it's just because I'm feeling a little crazy and over caffeinated.  It's as if there is a little birdie in my head tweeting (and not digitally) about the importance of work/life balance, causing me to yearn for it BEFORE retirement. So, for the last 30 days, I borrowed the NIKE tagline - Just Do It - as my very own personal mantra, and guess what? It didn't work, so I'm re-thinking my strategy and examining how I spend my day.

In fact, I've been researching how highly accomplished people spend their day. It's not that I am highly accomplished, but that I want to accomplish more in my day. So, how do they do it? Recently, I picked up an old article in Fast Company, What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day which got me thinking about how I spend my first hour.

The author, Kevin Purdy, interviewed lots of highly accomplished people, and one of the tips is to: "Focus on the human side of work rather than your task list. The author likened the first hour of the day to “homeroom.” Remember that? The first period of the day when you basically just showed up to let the teacher know you were present. Purdy suggests we re-create our very own adult home room every morning. In other words, a time to just check in with oneself.

More Tips:

  • Don't Check Your Email for the First Hour. Seriously. Stop That!
  • Take that hour of Power - 30 Minutes to Thrive - or at least  Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.  "Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.”  This creates a new habit where YOU are in control.
Then there is Dr. Oz's tip - I love this one:  A seven minute morning wake up workout you can even do in your PJ's.  Check it out.
But for me, I covet designer Donna Karan's first hour of the day, and by the way,  just give me her entire morning.  Up at 7:00, and either Pilates or yoga with an instructor who comes to her house.  Then, it's a hot morning bath with essential oils – all that BEFORE breakfast at 9:30.  Oh, she tries her best to squeeze in acupuncture at 1:00 p.m.  If you don't believe me, check it out: Donna Karan's Morning Routine
Right now,  I'm feeling overwhelmed just from writing about Donna's morning.  I think I’ll just start mine with a Bloody Mary or two.  

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