beginning each day

Seth Godin asked the question in his blog (my paraphrase), “Do you begin your day with input or creative output?”

This question caught my attention because I often begin the day, as I am certain many others do, by reading my Facebook page, email, and so forth.  Once I have had breakfast I then spend time reading or listening to Scripture and praying.  Only then do I begin creative output, or output of any kind.  I began to wonder if I have things out of order.

As a result, this morning I began differently.  When I got up I did not look at email, Facebook, or anything else.  Instead I got ready for the day and then sat down for some Scripture and prayer over some yogurt.  After checking my finances and getting everything up to date I am now writing and working on a project, all before taking input from technology.  I feel refreshed and able to meet the day.  Of course, a good night’s rest didn’t hurt.

I always try to keep Scripture and prayer early in the day because God sets the tone of my heart through Scripture and I need his wisdom and strength to succeed each day.  Email and Facebook, however, have the opposite effect.  Instead of filling me up they drain me and fracture my thoughts so that I cannot clearly define what it is I need to be working on.

Check with me in a week, but my goal is now to begin each day technology free.

How about you?  What is your daily beginning routine, and how do you “fill your cup” each morning?

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2 thoughts on “beginning each day

  1. This is a great way to turn around your priorities starting with the first thing you read or do each day. I’m guilty of checking my emails on my phone before I even get out of bed and sometimes that stresses me out and sets a bad tone for the day. This is something I’m going to try to do as well!

  2. My day starts at 3am, and I have to be to work at 4am. I have a half hour commute to/from work, quiet and by myself.
    I find it’s a great time to pray, for everyone and everything. It’s gotten to where I do it so often that I don’t even turn the radio on anymore.

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