Day 10. Today is the 10th day that I have written a blog post, and will get to bed by 11:30 PM.
I am beyond proud of myself.
Having a night time routine sets me up for a wonderful day. I have slowed down enough to think about what happened in my day, and it makes me pause to identify the different moments that I want to remember and learn from. It allows me to think about the change I want to make for the next day. As James Clear says,
“The 1 Percent Rule states that over time the majority of the rewards in a given field will accumulate to the people, teams, and organizations that maintain a 1 percent advantage over the alternatives. You don't need to be twice as good to get twice the results. You just need to be slightly better.”
I am rested. I am intentional. And I push to be the person I said I was committing to be. Every day when I look at the clock and see the time getting later and later, I make sure that I do the thing I said I was going to do. Which makes me feel like I accomplished something. And it builds momentum, purpose and pride (the good kind).
I never thought I would be the type of person that goes to bed at a regular time ever again - this from a person who believes change can happen no matter what! Even personal growth junkies need nudging. Ever since I had kids I have had trouble sleeping longer than 6 hours. So I told myself that it makes sense to go to bed late because I didn’t need that much sleep. Turns out that when I give myself space to rest, my body does just that. I am constantly in awe of what happens when I tune into what I need.
I would recommend to everyone and anyone: do something every day that allows you to set yourself up for a better day. It really is a game changer. And not just in the practice of it. It plants a seed inside that says “I am worth treating myself well and taking myself seriously.”