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  • - Good morning, good life, everyone.

  • It is so nice to talk to you here in my office.

  • It's been a little while since we've done something

  • like this, so it feels great, especially during my

  • favorite time of year, which is the New Year.

  • Out with the old, in with the new.

  • Love an arbitrary date on the calendar

  • for a fresh start, are you with me?

  • I think so.

  • Since we talk a lot about productivity, efficiency,

  • and beautiful mornings, we are going to discuss,

  • today, some ideas for your

  • morning routine going into the New Year.

  • (gentle rhythmic music)

  • OK, I'm not gonna lie, this is a little bit weird for me.

  • I'm definitely in a great mood.

  • I'm so excited to be sitting down

  • with you, especially on a Sunday.

  • I know Sunday videos have been greatly missed,

  • especially by me, as well, and so, I just feel like this

  • is the perfect video for us to chat today.

  • I don't know the state of me at the moment.

  • This is not my normal setup, I know it kinda looks similar,

  • but I'm using a new camera, I'm using a new microphone.

  • I don't know that I fully completed my hairstyle,

  • but I just was so anxious to chat with you.

  • So, let's get into it.

  • First, I wanna do something a little bit different,

  • and I'm hoping to do this again in the future,

  • so let me know what you think.

  • But I love everyone who hangs out with me here

  • on the YouTube channel, but also those who hang out with me

  • on my other social networks, mainly Twitter and Instagram.

  • And so, I thought, today, I would start

  • something called the Twitter shout-out.

  • Very, very scientific name, Amy, very good job.

  • Shout-out to my friend, Laurie Burkett, for retweeting

  • my last video, I appreciate your support so much.

  • And if you would like a shout-out in the next video,

  • make sure you follow me on Twitter,

  • and be sure to retweet my video when it comes out.

  • Alright, on to your New Year morning routine.

  • First thing's first, let your phone sleep in.

  • I can now tell you with the greatest of life experience

  • that there is a chance that someone will need to reach you

  • while you are sleeping, by phone,

  • and if you have do not disturb on

  • and have it tucked away in another room,

  • so that you can sleep soundly, you may not get this call.

  • However, because of technology and emergency situations

  • breaking through do not disturb, it is very likely

  • that you will still be able to be contacted,

  • and/or even if you get that call,

  • you may not be able to do anything about it.

  • Because the worst of the worst of this has happened to me,

  • I can now say that every night, you need your sleep.

  • You're going to need to wake up the next day and proceed

  • with life at your highest productivity and capability.

  • So, for the most part, it is very wise and important

  • for you to leave your phone asleep in another room.

  • And then when the alarm goes off and you have to wake up

  • and turn it off and all that fun stuff,

  • let that phone stay tucked in,

  • in its special little home, for a little while.

  • Waking up in the morning and starting

  • the scroll process is a terrible idea.

  • It's a complete waste of any waking up early things

  • if you plan to do something like that,

  • or even when you wake up at all, it's your time.

  • So, don't spend it trying to figure out

  • is there something I should have checked,

  • especially if it's Twitter or Instagram.

  • That can absolutely wait.

  • So, how can you prepare for letting your phone sleep in?

  • Choose that special place that is not next to your bed

  • where your phone will get tucked in every night

  • when you go to sleep, so that is has a place to stay

  • while you're doing your morning routine.

  • Keep do not disturb on for a little bit,

  • until it's time to get back on your phone,

  • so that you can go about your routine without distractions.

  • Knowing that the phone is right over there

  • and will just ding you whenever it feels like

  • is not the same thing as letting it sleep in.

  • Do not disturb is sleep-in mode

  • for the phone, so leverage that.

  • The second idea is to get your water drinking on.

  • If you start your day with water,

  • then you're much more likely to continue

  • the theme of drinking water throughout the day.

  • I can tell you this because I do not like drinking water.

  • But when I start with it, I am much

  • more likely to have a lot more of it,

  • especially if I have some other things encouraging it.

  • There have been a lot of myths and misconceptions

  • about the benefits of water for us.

  • I would like to say that water will clear your skin

  • right up, but that's not always true.

  • Skin care does its job on that front.

  • But your body does need to be hydrated,

  • if for nothing else, flushing out the toxins that you know

  • you welcomed into your body over the holidays, OK?

  • So, how do you prepare yourself to drink

  • more water throughout the day?

  • I recommend buying a dope water bottle

  • that you know you're going to like.

  • For me, it has to have a straw attached

  • or I will not drink it.

  • If it's one of those big water bottles

  • and you have to guzzle it, I'm not into that.

  • Whether I have makeup on or not, I'm not into guzzling

  • water, it just doesn't sound like fun to me.

  • I need a straw when I'm at the gym,

  • I need a straw in the morning,

  • I need a straw throughout the day.

  • It causes me do drink a lot more.

  • So, my water bottle is equipped with that,

  • and it's also very big, it's at least 32 ounces,

  • so I know I've got a solid amount of water

  • intake just from one water bottle.

  • And my next tip to prepare would be to start

  • with something else other than just basic water.

  • Now, I'm typically thirsty for just straight-up water,

  • but I like to start my day with lemon water,

  • so I have a really great little lemon squeezer.

  • I was using a different one, and then my mom gave me

  • this little gadget, and it's my favorite

  • lemon squeezer I have ever used.

  • It really gets a lot of the juice outta there.

  • And that adds so much flavor to your first water

  • in the morning that it makes it a little bit

  • more interesting than just your basic H2O.

  • My next idea for your morning routine is to read 10 pages.

  • If you're the type of person that wants to read more,

  • and we will definitely be reading more on this channel

  • as we talk about book club throughout the year,

  • I know that I'm even trying to read on a more regular basis.

  • I tend to wait 'til before bed,

  • which, I think, is so bad, because when I'm in bed,

  • I am ready for bed, and that book just puts me to sleep.

  • So, I ultimately end up reading for only

  • about 15 minutes, and that is not enough,

  • 'cause I can't read as fast as I would like.

  • So, I'm not reading as much as I would

  • if I was doing it when I was wide awake.

  • So, reading 10 pages a day and trying to lead off

  • with that in the morning will give you that intention

  • of getting in your reading time every day

  • and knocking it out before the rest

  • of the world comes in and takes over.

  • How do you prepare for this?

  • I would choose your reading spot.

  • So, I have one specific place on the couch

  • that I love to just curl up, make sure I've got

  • my lemon water or my coffee, and start to read.

  • If I don't have that spot, I'll just be like,

  • oh, I'll just read in bed, and then I fall asleep;

  • or I'll just sit in my office and read or something.

  • No, I'm not gonna sit here and read.

  • That's not what I do here, that's not my mode.

  • So, find your place where it is reading mode.

  • Another thing I recommend, and I do both,

  • I like to read out of a book, but I also like audio books.

  • And if you're an audio book person

  • because you're like, uh, I hate to read,

  • but everybody tells me I should, do the audiobook thing.

  • It's fantastic, especially if the author

  • read the audiobook theirself,

  • (laughs) like someone I know.

  • Hint, hint, get yourself a copy.

  • My advice for the audiobook thing

  • is it's easy to just invest in an Audible membership,

  • and I will link to that in the description,

  • because I highly recommend Audible,

  • it's a fantastic service for audiobooks.

  • But then you'll sometimes forget about it entirely

  • if it's just an app on your phone, so pair the act

  • of listening to a book with one specific activity.

  • So, if you like to do cardio at the gym,

  • then just say, OK, every time I do cardio at the gym,

  • which is at least five days a week,

  • then I'm going to pair my audio listening

  • to the treadmill moving around.

  • And that way, you're more likely to do the thing

  • because you've decided what tasks are gonna get paired

  • together instead of, again, just an arbitrary,

  • oh, I'll just get my audiobook time in at some point.

  • I don't know about you, but I actually don't find

  • there are many opportunities while I'm working

  • on the computer that it makes sense

  • for me to listen to something else

  • because I will find that my brain is having

  • a hard time processing one or the other.

  • So, when I really wanna read a book,

  • I need to be doing something totally mindless,

  • like being on the treadmill, bored,

  • in order to absorb an audio book.

  • And my last tip for preparation is choose

  • something you're excited to read.

  • We might choose something here for book club

  • that you're that into, or if somebody recommends

  • something to you, and you're like,

  • mm, I'm not really into nonfiction,

  • then just don't do it, don't waste your time.

  • I'm one of those people that feels like they

  • have to finish everything, like I have to get the last drop

  • of shampoo out of the bottle, give it to me now,

  • I will not, I am, it's so weird.

  • So, I always feel like I have to finish a book,

  • but one of the biggest things that I learned

  • is that I don't, I absolutely do not.

  • If I don't like how it's going, I can stop.

  • And there was a book I really, really wanted to love

  • in the last couple of months,

  • and I was like, I am not into this.

  • And it could've been what I was going through,

  • and it just wasn't a good time.

  • Regardless, don't waste your time.

  • Stop, move on to the next one.

  • Pick something you're excited about,

  • and then quit if it's not the right fit for you.

  • My fourth idea is to just write something.

  • I know this might sound crazy if you're not a writer.

  • I'm not a writer, I just think it's great

  • to get ideas out of your brain.

  • So, this could be a number of things.

  • You could do something like morning pages,

  • which we talk a lot about around here,

  • which is basically just brain dumping for three pages.

  • You could write a list of ideas,

  • you could just write down what your dream was

  • from the night before, you could have a gratitude journal.

  • Just write something first thing in the morning.

  • Get things out of your brain and onto paper,

  • so that they are not just sitting

  • there and bogging you down.

  • How do you prepare for this?

  • Well, one thing that you can do is get

  • a specific journal for your everyday life,

  • your tasks, your ideas, your brain dump, whatever it is.

  • I highly recommend the Bullet Journal.

  • I have stuck with the Bullet Journal

  • for two years now, it's been 2017, 2018.

  • My 2018 journal was a little shaky, I'm not gonna lie.

  • But I am so excited about really

  • knocking it out of the park in 2019.

  • And something very special, Bullet Journal

  • actually sent me, and I don't know if you can see this,

  • but they sent me a box, which I was so excited about,

  • and then I didn't open it because

  • things were going on, and I got distracted.

  • And I just thought, oh, that's so nice,

  • they sent me a Bullet Journal.

  • And then I was like, I feel like that's

  • a very big box for one Bullet Journal.