The last thing and the first thing
The new ritual, even more than checking the windows and doors before bed, is to check the incoming. Doom scroll a bit, check Slack and email and make sure there are no loose ends.
And then the ritual continues, first thing in the morning as we check the overnights, to make sure everything is still okay.
What if, instead, just for a week, the last thing we did was make a list of exciting opportunities for the future? And if the first thing after waking up was doing some morning pages and jotting down what we’re looking forward to?
There’s plenty of time to check the windows and doors during the rest of the day.