Before you paint a wall, you use a primer to prepare the wall, to ensure the paint is as vibrant and long-lasting as possible. Or as one painting blog says, “Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted.”
We should apply the same principles to ourselves!
At Creating Space, we want to give you the tools to help you live your best life. Our liveSTHL guide is a weekly and daily tool to help you live more purposefully. We believe that living with purpose is a key to success and happiness. A key practice in this guide is priming – an intentional way to start your day to perform your best.
Does rolling over and picking up your phone help you be your best self?
How do you prepare yourself for the day? How do you take care of yourself and prepare the best version of yourself to show up for the day? How do you ensure you achieve your long-term goals and have the stamina to continue?
Priming yourself properly can help you do these things.
We want to challenge you to wake-up and start with intention. Create a routine that will allow the best version of you to be present all day.
Developing Your Routine
Priming should be done before you “start” your day – before you check your phone, before breakfast, before you get into the car, before you begin work.
Priming looks different for everyone because we all require different things to feel grounded and motivated – AND we all have different goals. Test a few different strategies and see what works best for you! Priming can be as short as two minutes and as long as one hour.
My personal priming routine: Make my bed, drink a full glass of water, 15 minutes of light exercise to get my blood and lymph flowing, complete liveSTHL, set priorities for the day.
Ideas for priming activities:
- Deep breathing or breathing techniques
- 100 jumping jacks
- Journaling (Morning pages is a great technique)
- Making your bed
- Making a cup of coffee with no distractions
- A walk outside
- A workout
- Reading or listening to something motivating or calming
Do you currently have a priming routine? What works for you? What doubts do you have? What would prevent you from doing this every morning without excuse? Comment below!