“You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination.” Larry McMurtry
How do you like to start your day? I’d love to have breakfast in bed today, but that would mean I’d need to cook it first, and then bring it to bed. It seems silly doesn’t it? There’s a perfect meal I’d like to have from Cracker Barrel. Since they’re not likely to deliver it to Bangkok, I’ll need to settle for something else. For breakfast, I like my familiar coffee with milk and something warm to eat. It helps me start the day well.
Every day includes many starts. When I wake up feeling ahead, it’s much easier for me to start other things well too. Today had many good starts. I feel it was a fluke, so I’m wondering what helps you get started well?
For me, it’s something like this:
Keep a list of projects, and work ahead when there is time. Every year school starts about the same time. There’s always more to do than we remembered. This year, my co-worker and I started well. We spent the end of last year planning for this one. Additionally, we planned the first six weeks of school in great detail over the summer. Now, we’re simply busy carrying out our plan. We are thrilled about the year, because we did our planning when we were more rested. That helped us feed ideas off of one another. I’m great at procrastinating, but getting ahead, really does free the mind to create even more.
Set immediate small goals. Telling myself that I’m going to finish something in 30 minutes helps me get started quicker. Like McMurtry’s quote above, we need to get started and feed the imagination. We don’t need to make the masterpiece with the first stroke.
Pay attention to important relationships. So many times I sit around thinking, “I need to call that person,” or “Why haven’t I written them?” These things really weigh me down. They keep me from getting the present job done. If I will write that letter or make that phone call, I feel much less burdened and get started on other work easier. Starting my day with a clean slate allows me to move on to other things. Do you do the same?
Please take a minute and share how you start your perfect day with a comment on this post. I’d really like to know!