I don’t wake and bake, but my bad habit is checking my phone in the morning.
I already have a ton of stress waking up today, tomorrow is the High Times Business Summit Conference. My website isn’t in the tip top shape I’d like it to be, today was supposed to be dedicated to finishing that all up. On top of that, there are some notes and prep I would like to do for tomorrow. I haven’t been to a conference in a long time, and this will be my first real Marijuana conference. I am kind of nervous, I’d like to be prepared.
Waking up with this thought already in my head I check my phone there are so many forms of communication that go straight to your phone. In the 20 minutes lying in bed this is what I’m dealing with:
1. Whatsapp: The photographer back home in Toronto is messaging me and telling me all the issues he’s having with the shoot back home. He’s asking me tons of questions and possible problems.
2. E-mails: I have a few clients that e-mailed me early in the morning asking for some help. A few I’ve been back and forth with and tensions are rising.
3. LinkedIn Messaging: My friend wants a recommendation, quite specific and certain details, it’ll take some thought
4. Facebook Messenger: My sister sends me a news link of a shooting in a Cancun resort last night. A few days ago there was another shooting at Nightclub Resort also in Mexico. This is 2 shootings at resorts in Mexico… My sister and her whole family are currently at a Mexican resort. Of course, this is adding to my stress
5. More Whatsapp: My friends are thinking of coming up to California. They proposed a date that I’m not available that week. We’re trying to work out details, while I’m figuring how I can possibly adjust my calendar.
6. Text: My cousin texts me when we are going to take some profile photos today, she needs to submit her bio by today.
7. E-mail Spam: Some reason WordPress is setting me daily e-mails now straight to my work e-mail (which is my phone), and I can unsubscribe cause they are updates. Spam in the morning is annoying, unless it’s in your Ramen Noodles. Then it’s delicious.
8. Google Hangouts: I have a group video conference meeting today around 4pm, someone said they will be late. I’m trying to get everyone to reschedule to 4:30
I decided to put the phone down. Mind you this is all happening while I’m lying down. I take care of everything on my phone and I pass out from the mind numbing experience, Now I’m behind in schedule and I have a ton to do.
I’m still back and forth with the photographer back home in Toronto. He’s asking if I can download all 278 files and find out why there is an extra 2 files (it should be 276). This will require me to go through most of the photos to find the error.
I’m hungry, I’m groggy, there’s still my regular tasks to do….my mind is overwhelmed.
I decide to Mediate.
Currently, I’m using Headspace App, but I’ve heard Calm App is pretty good.
I take my time out, it only takes 10-15 minutes.
I’m calm, energized and refocused. My mind was chaotic filled with thoughts this technique brought me back to keep a task in hand.
Meditation doesn’t have to be set times or hours, whip it out whenever you feel overwhelmed. You can do it from your phone with some headphones anywhere. Just find a quiet space and listen.
From now on if you have a busy day. don’t check your phone in the morning. Especially work related e-mails. I’d like to say don’t check your phone at all, but for me, it doesn’t seem realistic.
Try to get your day going right. Fill it with calm, focus, and less clutter.
Get your meals prepped, eat, exercise…