Research indicates that most successful individuals, CEOs, politicians, etc., get up early. Willpower is shown to be the strongest in the morning before exhaustion and other priorities get in the way. Adopt a morning ritual and you will start to see results. Hold off hitting that snooze button and read up on some tips to guarantee a more productive future!
Get Up An Hour Early
“There’s not enough time in the day!” We’ve probably all heard this before. Well, guess what? There can be an extra hour in your day if you get up an hour earlier! It can take some time getting used to, but will be well worth it. Research has shown that, not only are early risers more optimistic and conscientious, they also anticipate problems and minimize them more efficiently. Which, of course, is crucial to success in the business world.
While the morning hours are still quiet, they foster reflection. Take this time to map out your day. Think through your goals and to-dos. Take whatever notes you need to ensure your day will be calmer and more efficient. Research has shown that even two minutes of visualization and positive thinking can improve your mood and clarity for the entire day ahead.
People vastly underestimate the importance of caring for the physical body and providing it fuel in order to have a successful and positive day. You wouldn’t try to get to work and back on a completely empty tank of gas would you? Then what makes you think that you can get through the entire day on fumes of a 180 calorie breakfast bar? Time is a luxury, enjoy it and feed yourself a wholesome breakfast. Sit down with your family and enjoy a hearty bowl of oatmeal, or at least pack yourself something substantial to take with you in the morning. Fuel your body for the tasks that lay ahead of you. It will help you maintain a steady focus throughout the day.
Say Bye To THAT One Big Task
Reprioritize your to-do list, placing the most dreaded task at the top of your list. Instead of letting it loom over you all day, save yourself the agony and stress and get it done first thing. You will feel a sense of relief and be more ready and willing to tackle any trivial task that follows. Besides, the morning is the time when you typically have the most energy and feel the most rested. It will even build your motivation and positive mood to have accomplished and wiped the task off the list.
Really think deep and find out what inspires you. Then create a mantra. Repeat that same saying to yourself every morning. Breathe and relax. You will feel more motivated and focused than ever before. Seems simple, but it’s a way to train your brain to focus, as well as take a very brief moment to center yourself.
Morning workouts not only give you a boost of energy, they pump you up, ensuring your senses are up and running. You’ll build confidence, energize yourself, and feel ready to tackle any problem that comes your way. Studies have shown that people are less likely to come up with excuses early in the morning. So with fewer interruptions, you now have no excuse not to set your alarm 15 minutes early and sneak in a quick jog or a 5-minute workout. If this seems too unrealistic or daunting, at least spend 10-15 minutes stretching before you hit the shower. This will get blood and oxygen circulating to your muscles and bring energy to the cells in your body.
Again—you need fuel! Eating fuels your brain, improving focus, productivity and memory. Plan your snacks ahead of time and this will be a healthy and simple task. Instead of buying fresh produce and then letting it wilt in your vegetable bin, prep in into Tupperware when you get home from the grocery store. Clean your fridge, and have fresh to-go packs ready and waiting for you all pretty and organized in there. If you’re not hungry you will be able to focus on projects and task better, and be less irritable and less likely to go off on a coworker.
Clutter is many people’s biggest hidden stressor. You may not even realize how clutter creates chaos and an irritable mood until you clean it out. Learn to let go of the things that are cluttering your life. It’s one thing to try to clear your mind, but sometimes you have to physically toss something to feel lighter. So get rid of something – old magazines, junk mail, apps on your phone, old receipts or papers and watch how your attitude changes throughout the day. Our lives get cluttered so easily, but they can become uncluttered just as fast. Remember that.
Go To Bed Early
If you want to watch one more episode on Netflix or HULU think again. This is SO hard, especially when you’re really into a season and you just gotta know what happens next. Getting the proper amount of sleep is critical to not only your mental health and creativity, but to weight control. When your biorhythms are off it wreaks havoc on your entire system. Getting the proper sleep your body needs sets you up for success in everything else you want to achieve. So rest up, you have much to accomplish tomorrow!
Waking up early offers you opportunities that few get to enjoy – watch the sun rise, hear the sound of birds chirping, and just be still. We are always on the move. Sit and enjoy the morning calm. It’s a brief time where you can be alone with your thoughts. Just breathe. This is probably the most important thing of all—don’t underestimate the healing, relaxing and rejuvenating power of slice, nature and just breathing.