daily routine habits

Personal growth insights — building a new daily routine for a better, more creative life

Do you ever get up before your day begins?

A strange question, I know. I mean, our day begins the moment we wake up, right?

Well, my friend, that depends. In this short article I’m going to explore some insights into breaking free of the habit of routinely going through our day, and laying a successful foundation for exploring a new approach to each new day.

The Old Daily Routine

I don’t know about you but I used to spend a lot of my days on the run. No, I wasn’t a fugitive, but maybe that’s not a bad description because so often it seemed like the world was just waiting to catch me out or keep me bound in chains.

This was the daily routine (it may sound familiar):

Out of the darkness the alarm would drag me back to reality. The snooze would give me 10 minutes bliss. And then it was go, go, go.

A quick hour later I’d be at my desk surrounded by demands, duties and the normal daily grind that I had become so familiar with over the years.

After the mad rush to get there, I could now settle into my zone for the duration of day, making the cogs turn, keeping a low profile and wishing the hours away.

What a crazy way to go through the day. To go through life!

And it would be more of the same tomorrow.

What was this mad rush actually acheiving? Where was all this going? And was I going to even like it when I finally arrived?

An Exciting New Daily Routine

It was time to take action. I didn’t want to waste one more day on the treadmill. It was time to step up to the plate and start living my life as if it mattered.

So I asked a simple question — how would things unfold if I started my day before the day started me?

Very differently, I discovered. 

I awake. It’s still dark but I’m rested, refreshed, and calm.

No alarm. Well, maybe some days. But there’s no pressure there because the day hasn’t started until I decide.

“…I remind myself of the gift that today is.”

The house is quiet. Only the cats are up to greet me as I boil the kettle for my morning tea.

There is a peace and tranquility at this hour that I know will soon evaporate in the daylight, so I want to make the most of it. This is my time, before the rush begins.

I settle into my holy place. That’s wherever I choose to sit, depending on what the weather is like. Sometimes on the couch, sometimes outside on the veranda. It doesn’t matter, so long as I’m comfortable.

And then I prepare myself for the day.

Closing my eyes and breathing deeply, I remind myself of the gift that today is.

One more precious day has come my way, and I don’t want to let it slip by — I’ve done that far too often over the years.

For every day I’ve taken for granted, I now choose to make one count. I have developed a deeply intentional approach to this day, one that says “This is my day!”

I’m thankful, and I choose to remind myself of some of the good things in my life — family, friends, the flowers in the garden. I take a few moments to be grateful, and let it sink in.

Gradually I’m aware of the greater reality that my life touches on. The world around me, the ebb and flow of life, and the deep, gentle call of the divine in everything.

I’m ready to live an amazing day, so I draw on that deep pool of the mind. I don’t stop to consider the nature of Mind, I simply know that it goes beyond the physical, perhaps even into vast, unexplored spiritual places.

However I describe that inner peace, I’m sure you’ve experienced it to some degree — that universal source of life, the essence of the soul, the mind of God. That limitless fountain of creativity, energy and goodness that is beyond us, and yet is part of us any moment we need it.

Life takes on new energy and flow

If I’m to live a life much less ordinary, less agonizingly normal, less clinical and grey, then I need a change of direction — I need to start my day before it starts me.

And if I want to make a life that’s more amazing, more colorful, more creative, and much more in tune with the rhythm that plays in my heart all day long, then I must learn to respond to those deep places in my soul that cry out to be heard.

In the quiet hour before my day begins, I hear the call — Dance! Sing! Play! Love! Life is an adventure! There’s no time to waste!

As I start the day, I’m already one step ahead. Today will not have control over me — I’ve already set my sail and have determined my course. Quietly, without fuss, I have taken back control. I am the master of my ship once again.

There is no rush. The crazy hustle has been replaced with a steady flow of clarity, insight and creativity which I can draw from as the hours unfold.

I am more aware. More present. More energized. More able to give out of a deeper place in me without fear of running dry.

What a difference that makes to my day. This unique, precious gift called today.