Isaac Newton’s first law of motion suggests that “a body at rest tends to stay at rest; a body in motion tends to stay in motion.” In our modern world of work, work, work, this theory can be seen in our way of life in many ways, one of my favourites… if you want something done, give it to a busy person.
I’m not suggesting we all need to be busy, far from it actually, but I do believe in this paradox. The accelerating snowball of activity can be productive.
Compound effect has generally served me well… small choices + consistency over time = significant results.
Recently I have found a little antidote to create momentum in my day. Having done the 5am wake ups, miracle mornings, morning pages and all manner of first thing routines - to start the day on the right side of the bed - I think I’ve found my remedy. A tonic for a morning that sparks life and continues to burn throughout the day...
Start the day by solving a problem.
Engaging in a creative thought process, getting the wheels in motion and tapping into our innate human creativity first thing in the morning, has been a great little antidote for starting a day, a day that creates progress.
I wouldn’t say I was a morning person by any stretch and solving problems as the sun rises may not result in the best possible solution, but that doesn't matter. It's the intention that matters. The initial idea won’t be the ultimate solution but it’s a building block. Solving a smidgen of a problem, coming up with a better phrase or noting down that first spark of a new idea has proven, to me, to be successful.
An inspired start to the day is a work in progress.
If this little remedy works for you, let me know :)