Do this tomorrow & notice the difference

From Emma:
“I had a maiden hair fern that all but died in the laundry, some time in the first few months of living in my new house. When I realised it was on the way out, it had just one tiny hint of a green stalk left.
There was something so vulnerable and sad about this. Even though I have never really had much success with indoor plants (or outdoor ones, for that matter) I started to nurture this one.
I moved it into the bathroom instead and every morning and night, I pick it up off the window ledge and take a close look at it. Over a few weeks, signs of life re-emerged. Tiny green stalks started growing out of the brown clump of dead stuff in the middle. It had found the will to live.”

This post could go in several directions now. We could talk about finding strength during adversity. We could talk about never giving up hope. Or we could talk about simplicity, and the power of a pause at each end of the day.

We call this ‘bookending’. It’s about finding little anchor points at the beginning and end of the day that can help to centre you. In this case, it is a few moments, focusing on something tiny and silent, wondering at the resilience of life and measuring slow progress. It could be any early morning walk and half an hour of reading in bed before lights off, or a cup of coffee or tea on the verandah before anyone in the house is up and some moments outside, staring at the stars at night.

One of the gifts we send new clients in our personal accountability coaching program is a book called, The Miracle Morning: The six habits that will transform your life before 8AM by Hal Elrod. This outlines a great way of starting the day that takes anything from six minutes up to an hour, depending on the approach you choose.

That’s an organised outline for a morning, but any rituals we create can bring us a comforting sense of certainty in a world that feels very off kilter at times. We can have our own, and we can also create rituals in our families, bookending each day, or celebrating each weekend. We’re both open about the fact that one way we relax is watching trashy TV, but we try to avoid making that our ‘ritual’. It’s about adding in some little thing that reminds us regularly that the world keeps turning, no matter what else we have on our plates, and that we can create peaceful moments no matter how hectic everything else becomes.

We’d love to hear from you about what works for you, so we can inspire each other.

Emma & Audrey

PS. Have you checked out our Fast Forward Coaching @ Work Program, now offered to both private individuals and as learning and development training/coaching through workplaces? We’d love to answer any questions you might have.

About The Author

Emma Grey & Audrey Thomas

Audrey Thomas and Emma Grey are productivity experts, authors of 'I Don't Have Time' and its forthcoming sequel 'I Can't Be Bothered', and co-founders of the popular online program, My 15 Minutes. They help busy women reclaim their time and energy around the real-life challenges of modern life.

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