If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
I alluded to this before, but creating and maintaining a routine has been very important to me for my adjustment to this lifestyle and for my overall wellbeing. When I first broke my old DC work routine back in early October 2017, it put me in a funk and my family and I suffered for it. But then I went back home in mid-December, took a break, and was able to reset when I returned.
The big change I made was to start making time for myself. Rather than depend on others to help me free up time, I wake up early to get a workout in before everyone wakes up, even if I’ve already had to wake up that night three or four or five times, because it’s that important. Some people use breathing techniques or yoga to unwind and de-stress–I exercise. Getting in a good workout does the trick for me, and I didn’t realize how important having a routine is for me until I started listening to the Chasing Excellence podcast, which put this all into perspective.
Most importantly, I had to make it a priority. I had (and still need) to have a mindset that to “win the morning is to win the day”. Starting off with a good workout at the right time is my first task of the day and kicks off all of my other tasks, and jump starts my day to win the day with my kids.