What would you do if you were "given" 15 extra hours each
month? We're talking about more than four weeks of extra PERSONAL time each
year! What would be the highest and
best use of that time?
following as your gift: Set your alarm
for 30 minutes earlier beginning TOMORROW morning and for every morning going
forward -- that's it WAKE UP EARLIER -- When the Rooster Crows!
This extra 30 minutes a day could literally TRANSFORM your life - your work-life, your personal life, and your family life. This is truly a powerful gift - you are both the giver and the receiver of the gift. The value you receive from the gift, however, absolutely dwarfs the cost of the gift (30 minutes less sleep). You can even adjust the cost of the gift by going to bed a little earlier each night. You may even find that you sleep better as you experience the transformative impact of the gift on your life. You can literally drive the "cost" of the gift down to zero if you take full advantage of it.
The KEY to life transformation and to experiencing the full potential value of the gift is to absolutely avoid any tendency or temptation to simply "squander" this gift of time. You're better off sleeping the extra 30 minutes if you don't plan to fully utilize this valuable asset.
The following represent examples of ideas of how you can spend your "gift" of extra time. The cumulative impact of implementing these types of ideas over a period of time is invaluable. Begin the process of transforming your life today.
Ideas for Spending Your Gift:
- Go for a brisk walk, jog or run.
15 hours of walking or jogging each month will literally transform your health, wellness and physical fitness. 15 hours of walking easily equates to 30 miles a month. Even half that will pay significant health and wellness dividends - you could then use the other half of your early morning time for some of the other ideas below.
- Develop a "journaling" habit.
Journaling is an excellent habit to develop and serves as a way to clear the clutter from your mind. Journaling is a trait and habit adopted by many highly accomplished executives and well-know leaders.
- Meditate or sit quietly.
Meditation has been recognized for thousands of years for its positive physical, emotional, mental and spiritual impact. Some call it meditation, others call it prayer, or perhaps it's simply "quiet time". Call it what you like, the end result is truly transformative.
- Read something fulfilling or inspiring.
15 hours of reading per month easily equates to two to three books per month. This is in addition to any other reading you may already be doing. Reading is an outstanding personal and professional development medium. Focus your morning reading time on books that motivate, inspire or uplift your emotions.
- Plan your day.
Arrive at work with the feeling of control and peace of mind. The habit of daily planning is the number one most effective way of facilitating goal development and achievement. Simply carving out 15 minutes each day for planning will have a sustaining effect on your performance and achievement capability.
- Brainstorm a problem or current challenge you are facing.
The quiet of the morning, free from distractions, is an excellent time to mull through a current problem or issue you are facing - be it business related, personal, interpersonal, whatever.
- Go outside and sit. Enjoy the sounds of nature.
Your "garden", the beach, a local park. Sitting outside, early in the morning, is great for thinking, being, and creating. Where WERE you the last time you had a really great idea or inspired thought?
- Solve a relationship issue.
There's no better time to identify what YOU can do to help resolve a relationship issue than your early morning thinking time. Take personal responsibility for all of your relationships and dedicate some early morning time to figuring out how YOU can fix any unresolved issues.
Avoid "Squandering" Your Gift on Any of the Following:
- Reviewing or reading emails.
- Reviewing work or project files.
- Surfing the internet.
- Watching TV.
- Listening to talk radio (listening to uplifting music is fine).
- Reading the Newspaper - Do this at your regularly scheduled time. Our news tends to be highly skewed to the negative and is therefore dilutive and counter-productive to our early morning objectives.