WHAT DO YOU DO BEFORE BREAKFAST?
The Morning. The start of a brand new day. A stretch of time full of promise, possibilities and wonder.
You spring out of bed. “Up and at em…” A couple of naked shadow boxing minutes in front of the full-length mirror and you are on your way.
Recently I stumbled across a book called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam.
I have to admit, curiosity got the better of me and I was keen to know, what is it that these successful folk do before they hook into a bowl of fibrous cereal and skim milk?
So I did a little digging and was surprised by what I found. I got particularly stuck on one aspect, which was “Picture the Perfect Morning”. When picturing MY perfect morning, it would look a little something like this.
I would wake up naturally and drink a coffee in bed while reading the paper.
I would then rise up, stretch and pop on the scales to find I had lost 5kg without even trying.
The kids would be in their school uniform, eating breakfast that they had sorted out themselves. The schoolbags would be packed and sitting at the front door along with my car keys and handbag. My husband would then appear from folding a load of laundry and tell me to go back to bed, as he has decided to take the day off work so he can go on the Year One excursion to the Zoo.
It is all very simple. I do not want for much.
But if you were to follow the suggestions outlined in What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, it would look quite different to my version of a Perfect Morning.
So I decided to give it a go.
The author urges you to start your day by reading through a religious text, any religious text that will help you reflect on human nature and history. So this morning I read through my own religious text, that being the Ikea Catalogue and found out that I could not decide between a Fillsta or a Maskros for my bedroom. So much for successful… First part FAIL.
Ok, so the perfect morning continues with training for something big, or getting on a big train. Or something like that. I cannot focus much because the next tip is to bang out some craft with your kids.
Now, I am a bit allergic to doing craft with the kids, let alone on a Tuesday morning so I get them to colour in their homework sheet while I have a coffee and catch up on the news. It counts. I am sure it does.
So I still have not had breakfast because there are some other things I need to do for my professional growth before getting my vegemite toast on.
The first is to Strategise. Use this time to imagine what your career looks like. It is quite difficult for me, as I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, and I refuse to rule out being a finalist on Australian Idol anytime soon. So I practice a bit of singing in the shower.
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