Murphy’s Law

Life throws curve balls at the worst times. It’s reliable enough that you can predict when something will go wrong. I knew a few steps along this path of moving would be rocky, which is why I went into it with a “shipped is better than perfect” mindset. I just wanted to get settled and be able to live comfortably. The rest could wait until I felt more comfortable with my space.

Just like human beings, life isn’t always reliable. In fact, the only thing you can truly rely on is life’s aforementioned ability to always mess things up exactly when you needed them to go right. Murphy’s law right?

Except Murphy’s law is bullshit, because I have been in situations where things went particularly well when it should have gone up in flames. The difference between something going terribly wrong and unexpectedly right is the mindset. I went into this life event knowing that it wasn’t going to be easy, but other times I’ve gone into more temporary but worse situations with a higher level of confidence and seen them turn out fantastically.

Don’t let Murphy’s law decide what will and won’t go right in your life. If you don’t think about the things that can go wrong, the possibility of them happening is improbable, because you never created the scenario to begin with. Half of the time, when we imagine what we want going up in flames, we start the fire ourselves.

Eloragh

 

What is a Successful Morning?

Forget the idea of morning or evening people, those are stupid ideas. You can be whatever kind of person you want to be. You can be a morning and an evening person if you want. Who’s telling you you can’t? Make every part of every day your time to shine. Personally, I feel my best when I have productive days, but those days usually only come around when I have a successful morning.

A successful morning is a subjective idea. What’s successful for me may not be successful for you, but there are a few basic concepts everyone can use to make the most of their mornings:

  • Get some sleep

A lot of the entrepreneurs (or aspiring ones) I’ve met are night owls. That’s great, darkness can be really good for working with it’s peaceful, thought-provoking qualities, but you shouldn’t let it mess up your sleep schedule. Most people operate on that 9 to 5 grind, and you’re going to need to respect that, especially while building your career. Plan to get to bed at a time where you can get the hours of sleep you need. You might hate it for a bit, but soon enough it’ll be a habit that makes your life a lot easier.

  • Accomplish something as soon as you wake up

You’ve probably heard this one before, but that’s because it works. When you wake up, you want to take every opportunity to set the tone for your day. The first thing I do when I wake up is make my bed. Maybe you do the same thing. This simple act of throwing my comforter back over my sheets and putting a few decorative pillows on the headboard is my first accomplishment of the day. When you start your day with something productive, no matter how small it is, you are telling yourself that that day is a day for work.

  • Schedule stuff early

Learning how to make mornings, afternoons, and evenings productive is difficult. Sometimes, the best way to make something happen is to force it to happen. When I found myself sleeping in to 11am or 12pm, I saw the quality of my work and my motivation decrease. I started scheduling my meetings, doctors appointments, and workouts as early as I could stand. By putting something important at the beginning of your day, you’re forcing yourself to get out of bed. You’d be surprised what an extra 3 or 4 hours of time can do for your productivity.

  • Treat your body well

This one is a no-brainer. Eat your fruits and veggies, move your body, drink lots of water, and don’t let stress bother you too much. Your mind does it’s best work when your body is taken care of.

  • Give yourself something to be excited about

This tip is like a bonus tip, but I do find that it really helps. I love breakfast, so I motivate myself to get out of bed and do what I need to do quickly so I can go and eat the awesome breakfast I have planned for myself. Give yourself rewards to look forward to, but make sure you define what has to get done before those rewards can be received.

You can be whatever you want to be – morning person, night owl, whatever. None of your good habits have to be defined by anything inherent. You can curate a reality that bends to your will, not the other way around. You can call it what you like – tricking your brain, adjusting your lifestyle, etc. but just make it work. If you want to be a morning person, figure out how to become one. Try everyone’s tips until something works. These work for me, give them a shot and see if you find the same results.

Eloragh

 

 

Camp

I’m not a happy camper. Honestly, I have lived the life of a modern-day princess since I was a kid, and I don’t deny it. I don’t think it makes me any less of a hard worker, in fact, I think it makes me strive for more. I have come to understand that my lifestyle is one that I enjoy and wish to maintain.

My dad, on the other hand, loves camp. We have a cabin in Northern Ontario where we go every summer. This one was no exception. I am here until Monday and I’m going to make the best of it, but mosquitos, creaky beds, and barely functional wifi are going to make it less than ideal. Coming up to camp makes my dad happy and he has supported me since I could form memories. I love him, he deserves to spend some time with family in a place he loves.

Today was a hard day. We had 13 hours of travel and Ontario looks mostly the same wherever you are, so it was pretty boring. Tomorrow will be much more exciting.

Eloragh