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I stumbled across the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod by accident — I was looking for something to fulfill one of the prompts in my 2018 reading challenge. The category was a book with a time of day in the title, so I was trying out different relevant search terms in the Kindle Unlimited section of Amazon.
When I got to “morning,” I noticed a slew of self-help-looking books popped up, all with the phrase “miracle morning” in their title somewhere. It looked a little cheesy, but for some reason I decided to check it out. Hey, they’re free to read and I can always use a little productivity boost. So I downloaded the main book in the series.
Since it’s a pretty short book, I read it in less than a day. I’m not going to say I was completely blown away by the prose or anything, but it had some interesting ideas (and some problematic ones*).
The basic premise is that you wake up about an hour earlier than usual each day and do a set of six activities, called Life S.A.V.E.R.S., before you start your normal routine. It’s not really anything groundbreaking, but the notion of getting these activities in first thing seems like it could be helpful.
Here, “scribing” basically means journaling, but the author needed something to fit the acronym.
Lately I’ve been having a hard time really getting focused on my dissertation writing, so I thought this might be a good way to recharge. I don’t usually consider myself a morning person, and I hate the act of waking up early, but if I’m being completely honest, on days in the past when I’ve gotten up early I’ve felt fairly accomplished later in the day.
So, starting today, I’m doing this for one month. That’s long enough to get past the adjustment phases and establish it as a regular habit. I’ll reassess after 30 days and see if it helped, and post an update. If any major insights happen along the way I’ll post about them as they come.
I guess this means it’s time to make a vision board.
*The problematic stuff: this guy is way too concerned with weight, first of all. The o-words pop up multiple times unnecessarily. The other glaring issue is that he says he doubts that ADHD is even a real disorder, which is a load of steaming garbage. Also each chapter ends with a reminder to check out his website, which is more annoying than anything else.