Do you dread your morning alarm? Mornings can be hard. No matter what the season, there seems to be an endless list of excuses to sleep in and continually hit the snooze button. Now, don’t get us wrong, sleep is very important and we really do cherish it, but making the most of your mornings can completely change the outlook of your entire day.
Lets get into the nitty gritty of how you can maximise the early hours:
No one likes waking up at noon and feeling like half the day has already been wasted! There’s certainly some truth to the old saying that the early bird catches the worm – self-proclaimed morning people tend to have a more positive outlook and are more productive than their night owl counterparts.
Commit yourself to a reasonable bed time, get a good night sleep, and start your morning bright and early to make the most of each day!
Prep & Plan the night before
Just spending 5-10 minutes a night formulating a plan for the following day can do wonders for productivity. Make a list of what you want to accomplish the next day – then you’ll go into tomorrow knowing exactly what you need to do, with no wasted time.
Writing down specific goals for your day can greatly improve productivity, as well as provide a sense of control and confidence. The more specific and actionable your goals are, the more satisfaction you’ll get from crossing them out later on!
Start the day doing something you love to do
Instead of jumping right into work, spend the first moments of your morning doing something that you are personally passionate about.
This can mean reading, writing, drawing, a bit of yoga, stretching, or even a few strums on the guitar – whatever gets you excited! This might mean waking up earlier than usual to allow extra time for your passion project, but it’ll be worth it when you can look forward to starting your day with something you love.
Having something you look forward to doing every morning can help with that extra push to get out of bed and get going.
Get into a routine
The most productive individuals are those who develop a consistent morning routine and stick with it. Teaching your mind and body what to expect each day lessens the stress and mental energy of constantly needing to decide what each and every moment of your day will look like.
This is why some serious entrepreneurs have extremely rigorous routines, eating the same dishes for breakfast and dressing in the same outfits everyday (such as Steve Jobs’ iconic turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers). While you don’t need to get quite so regimented as that, developing a consistent morning routine allows you to focus your energy on what matters to you.