Although we talk a good game about work/life balance, the lines are so blurred now that it is difficult to create healthy boundaries in our lives. We make time for our boss, our clients, our team, our colleagues, our family, and our friends. But, even more importantly, do we carve out time each day for ourselves?
When my children were babies and I was home with them, I remember getting jostled out of bed to our 18 month old daughter jumping up and down in her crib screaming “I’m up! I’m up! I’m up!” That’s how my days started for a good 5 years. I felt like I was being dragged through life each day by everyone’s wants, needs, and desires. Then I started my own business. Working with my clients added another new and exciting dimension but dictated my time in a whole other direction.
Does this sound familiar? From our careers, raising our families, coaching our children’s sports teams, volunteering in our communities, being an attentive spouse to being a good friend, son or daughter there is little time that is sacred for us.
I recently read that the most successful business leaders get up anywhere between 3:45am and 5:00am every morning. Why is this? This is their quiet time. This is the time they use to refuel themselves.
While working on a client project a couple of years ago, I figured out this secret for myself too. I realized that if I was going to thrive with all the daily requests on my mind, body and soul that I would need to fuel myself first. I began waking up at 5am each morning to exercise. It sounds so incredibly easy, but what a game changer it has been. I have had exercise in my life for the last 20 years but to wake up to a quiet home, in a sleeping city, and to take the first hour of each day for myself (with no technology) has created two of the most healthy and productive years of my life.
I walk into my home after my hour of solitude and exercise a happier mom and wife and a sharper, more productive coach for my clients.
What is your sacred time? What do you do each day that refuels your soul so you can perform at your best?