The 5 Questions I Ask Myself Every Morning
I love mornings. I bet some of you are like that too, but my best hours are from 6-10 am. There’s nothing I’d rather do than sit and write with a never-ending cup of coffee for those times, preferably near a window with the sun streaming in. And a donut, if we’re getting crazy.
I wish I had a solid morning routine, but a bajillion things can interfere with me waking up feeling my darn best—and my super long commute is one of them. Waking up at 6 am gives me just enough time for a quick vinyasa flow, brushing my teeth, and making my way from the city to the ‘burbs.
Some days are better than others, for sure, but I always make sure that these 5 questions get answered in the mornings. They’re more like goal-guiders than questions. They help me focus on what I want to handle throughout the day, what my priorities for my day are.
How will I empower myself to feel my best today?
I’m not even close to the healthiest person you know. I could eat Chick-Fil-A for every meal in a day, and you won’t find me hitting the gym very often. I’m striving—slowly, but striving—for a healthier life, and choosing to focus on how I can make myself function at my best is helpful for me. I know that a little sweat in the morning helps wake me up, and that I choosing a salad for lunch over the sandwich I’m craving will give me more energy for the rest of the day.
What are you feeling today, and why might you be feeling that way?
Until recently, I was ruled by my emotions. It’s only in the last few years I’ve started conversing with them rather than blindly obeying, and we’re starting to get along. If I just start living my day without taking stock of where my heart and head are at, I’m prone to act unconsciously, which is good for no one. A two-minute body scan is helpful to see if I’m anxious, sad, excited, depressed, angry, whatever just to know what my baseline is for the day. Once I know where I am, I know where I can go.
What step (or steps) will get me closer to my goals today?
Move the needle. It can be small, it can be big, but I want to make sure my time is well-spent. Every Sunday, I outline what I need to do for this website so my limited time during the week is maximized. That way, when my hour of free time rolls around, I know exactly what to do with it—otherwise, that answer is Netflix.
Who will I show intentional love to today?
When I get a surprise text from a friend or a Venmo for coffee from my sister, my whole day gets brighter. Being that person for someone else is the best. I love to ask God to guide my thoughts to someone who needs a gentle reminder that they’re seen and loved.
What do you want me to learn about you today, God?
I’m an earnest believe that if I’ve woken up today, God has something intimately specific for me to experience today. He is not a neglectful, forgetful, or wasteful God. So I’m getting in the habit of asking Him first thing: What’s the plan today, God? How will you make my purpose known to me today? Where will I see you? Trusting He has something great in store inspires me to find Him everywhere throughout the day and keeps me focused on His glory above everything else.
These change with my season of life for sure, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how effective they are for where I’m at. Also, I don’t include my 9-5 job priorities in here because I do that once I’m actually in the office from 9-5. My personal time is mine and I want to make the most of it!