Note: I am now using the “#30DayChallenge” tag instead of the “#tribetuesdaywpchallenge” tag. In short, my original tag is too long and the “tribetuesday” tag on social media covers wayyyy too many diverse topics online. I’ve updated past posts to reflect this change.
It’s the “official” end of my Miracle Morning challenge but I will be definitely be continuing the habit.
I fully understand the hype behind the MM. Getting up extremely early with a defined focus on what I wanted to tackle before the rest of the world woke up was a catalyst for a number of things (in addition to what I mentioned in “Believing In Miracles 1.0” and “Believing In Miracles 1.1”):
I’m just kicking myself for not trying it sooner.
- I won this challenge just for the very fact that I consistently got up by 4:30/5:00am every day (yah me);
- I had no excuses about getting some exercise “steps” done before going to work. With zero distractions that early, all I needed to think about was which playlist to listen to during my treadmill time;
- While on the treadmill, it gave me time to think about what scene I could write for the morning;
- If it weren’t for getting up early, I never would have reached my daily word before leaving the house for the day and I would not have made the 15k NaNoWriMo at the half-way mark;
- An earlier wake up time meant a slower relaxed pace to the morning that set the mood for the entire day.
- I won’t reach the 50k NaNoWriMo goal but at least, this time around, I made that choice (see the In-Between below);
- I still have not mastered getting myself properly prepared the night before for my early morning (ie: lunch for work, what I planned on writing, etc.) and I’m still failing at getting to bed earlier to compensate;
- Meditation and visualization will take much more than 30 days to integrate into my morning routine. It’s funny that I used to do these things in my 20s but can’t easily get back into them.
- Halfway through NaNoWriMo, I traded in my “writing” ritual for decluttering and organizing my living space. I found myself on a roll and just never stopped. (I went “deep” and when I say “deep”, I mean very, very deep. Those of you afflicted with this “organizing/decluttering” disease will understand when I say that almost no corner, drawer, file cabinet, kitchen pantry, garage went untouched. But that will be the subject of another post…).
I’m allowing myself until November 30th to finish up my “cleaning” and then my plan is to “catch up” on my #NaNoWriMo word count over the last two weeks of December when I’ve got time.
All in all, I would still say that my Miracle Morning was successful and if you are looking for a way to squeeze some of the things you really want to do into your day, I would strongly recommend it to you!
So what’s my next #30daychallenge?
I’ll let you know on December 1.
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