This shift of perspective changed my whole morning routine

Your most scarce resource is focus. The world will conspire to distract you. Your phone, email, text messages, instant messenger, social media, and more will all pull you away from what you should be doing.

Many people wake up and instantly look at their phone. They check messages, email, various social media. That’s a huge mistake - the only thing that’s waiting in your phone is someone else’s agenda. If you check your phone or email right away in the morning, you’ve lost control of your agenda. There will be email or messages waiting for you to respond, and once you start responding you’ve lost control of your day. You should start your day by focusing on your highest value activities before you get caught up in other people’s agendas for you.

What are your highest value activities?
— Jeff Walker "Launch"

This note was like the psychic slap I needed. I was finding that in my attempt to remain on top of client queries, since I offer them access between sessions, I was checking my phone first thing in the morning. It would inevitably lead to promo emails and then facebook tags and facebook messages waiting and then I would check in my social media stuff. And whoa! Where did the time go?! I need to get in front of the altar!

But it wouldn't be the same, it then felt rushed and although I work for myself and therefore leave quite the lead time from wake time (5am) to the first client (10am), I found I was "cheating" on some things I usually allocate for that time, like cooking my lunch. Then lunch took a lot longer to prepare and it would sometimes be rushed (and hence smaller than I usually eat) which lead to a bigger dinner, which sometimes lead to a restless sleep.

I had this morning routine figured out, but the sinister media check in set the tempo at frenzy on arising, and so created a domino effect that reverberated throughout the rest of the day. And then I read this note that reminded me of my highest value activities.

I talk to people about habits all the time. Basically health care is just a bunch of well constructed, and if you follow Ayurveda, individually constructed habits to keep you efficient and easily moving through life without stress. Good habits, NOT in my humble opinion the superfood jargon so popular right now, is what will reverse a chronic lifetime disease. And this note I read touched on a really important part of your habits.

What are your highest value activities?

And you could combine this question (that's really really worth considering) with the decision fatigue experiment. In some science class somewhere (I heard this story from my teacher) they asked students to fit a bunch of rocks into a glass jar. Those that could fit the most would win something. In short the answer was to fit the largest rocks in first and scale down until you just had sand to fill in the gaps.

From this analogy came some wise teachers on the concept of making decisions. Choose the bigger stuff first to deal with (highest value activities) and then scale it down to the stuff that is not of great importance. Now you just have to consider what those are.

To me, the first and foremost activity that I endeared was meditation - both for personal and professional reasons. And although I managed to fit it on post phone checking, it wasn't the same as waking and starting my day off with the vibrations calmed and peaceful. What happened after I shifted was my email checking became succinct and efficient rather than trolling and looking for distractions and in that time I managed to get lunch cooked.

And interestingly I seemed to have time left over. So for those of you that never have enough time, here's the loophole.


Sandra Radja

Established in 2012 The She Oak aims to provide healing through diet and lifestyle counselling as well as educational programs. I believe in teaching others to not only know their inherent constitutions that will best serve them but also how to help themselves should they mis-align with their true nature. Ayurveda treats the individual not the disease.