How to wake up excited every morning
It was just a few years ago that I was working in a job that I severely hated.
Every day, it was the same seven hours of mind-numbing tasks. I didn’t feel challenged. I didn’t feel stimulated.
If anything, I felt empty on the inside. Was this all there was to life?
Every day felt completely the same! It was driving me crazy. Wake up, commute to work, sit in front of a computer all day, drive home, eat dinner, go to sleep, and then wake up the next morning to start all over again.
But everyone hates their job, right? This was just something I’d have to deal with in the same way that everyone else had to deal with it.
As many times as I told myself that, I just couldn’t accept it. I couldn’t accept that life was nothing more than working a soul-sucking job, taking home a paycheck, and amassing possessions. There had to be more. I wanted to feel joy more often. I wanted to feel satisfied with what I was achieving every day. I wanted to feel accomplished.
What I didn’t want to feel each morning was dread (“off to work I go…”) or despair (“here’s to another boring, meaningless day”).
It was sometime in the past two years that I finally found a cure, that I finally discovered how I could wake up each day excited about what was ahead:
Every evening, before going to bed, I would write down one thing I planned to do the next day that would bring me joy.
I know what you’re thinking… that’s it?
That’s it. And believe me, it makes a world of difference. It doesn’t matter how simple the activity is. It could be ordering a new book on Amazon, going to the arts & crafts store for some new items, developing pictures, writing a story that’s been on my mind, going for a massage, writing a letter to someone, etc.
These may sound like silly, insignificant things, and two years ago, I might’ve agreed with you. But now I know the powerful effect that making room in your schedule for ‘me time’ can have.
I remember once, the thing I was looking forward to the next day was simply the fact that I’d be trying out a new turkey burger recipe! And believe it or not, I was excited about it, and so when the day finally dawned, I had something to look forward to, something to focus my energies on.
You see, that’s the real key here. If you want to wake up each morning excited, you have to give yourself something to look forward to. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, just put something in place. What brings you happiness? What makes you smile? What makes you laugh? What relaxes you? Make an entire list of things and then start putting them into play!
It’s time we wake up invigorated about the day ahead, and I truly believe this will put you on the right path there. ;0)