Successful, accomplished people have quite a few things in common. Maintaining a morning routine which energises and sets them up for the day is one of them.
Here are some morning routines that, with time and consistency, will effectively improve your life.
1. Sunrise Calls
We all have 24 hours in a day. So don’t waste it on something as unproductive as sleep. Get the minimal hours of rest you require and bounce out of bed. In the army there’s an old adage ; ‘When other’s wake up at 7 AM, we’re ready to conquer the world at the same time.’ Well, use it and get a leg up on everyone else in the office or workplace. More time means more work gets done.
2. Crack That Alarm Clock
We don’t mean break it, we mean perfect it. Use images, countdowns and habits to wake up efficiently and leave that bed! Some of the most common tactics used to vanquish the dreaded morning laziness are :
- Have a glass of water by the bed. When you wake up, take a few deep sips. Water automatically energises our brain cells, making us more awake.
- Countdown- Mel Robbins uses the 5 Second Rule – Counting backwards from 5 and acting when you reach 1. Ignore your brain during these 5 seconds as all it does is give you excuses and finding reasons to not get up.
- Imagery – Visualise yourself doing the first few routines of your day and get excited about them. Even if it’s menial chores or tepid tasks, make yourself WANT to do them and you’ll find yourself getting out of that comforter
3. Burn Them Calories
A good workout does it all. It makes you feel accomplished as you conquer the physical challenges of running, lifting weights and stretching your body to the max. This feeling of success carries on into your work day making you feel like there’s nothing you can’t achieve when you push yourself towards it.
4. The Attitude of Gratitude
Be thankful in the start of each day. Regardless of how your life is going, if you have over Rs. 100 on you, you’re better off than most people. If you have parents who have fed you, clothed you and sent you to school, you’re luckier than most people. Understand that as big as your problems are, they have nothing to do with the most basic requirements of life, i.e. food, clothing, shelter.
Be grateful for the things you never noticed before. Be grateful to the people in your life who have made it easier and who have helped you. Reciting ‘The Attitude of Gratitude’ every morning, as numerous famous people, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Warren Buffet have expressed, has kept them sane during challenging times and made them realise how fortunate they were. Feeling truly grateful gives us a sense of joy, making us positive and optimistic when we start our day at the office.
Everyday, write down at least one thing that you’re thankful for. Learn to count the small wins.
5. Cuddle Time
Spend time with your kids or partner. Before getting distracted by your phone, the telly or anything else in the morning, give them the benefit of some undivided attention time. They’ll head to work or prepare for their day with extra happiness leading to a positive, supportive environment all around you. How could that be anything but good?
6. Get Over The Biggest Hump FIRST, not Last
Many of us procrastinate when faced with a challenging, unpleasant task. Whether it’s checking our monthly accounts, a huge presentation we have to begin, an difficult call we have to make, it’s almost certain that we’ll push it as much as we can.
Reverse the trend. Start off the day at office by tackling the most testing tasks first. Your energy and productivity will be at its peak once you know the difficult stuff is out of the way.
7. Time Management
Do NOT wander into office or begin work without the plan already mapped out. Know the first few tasks you’re going to clear off your slate and how you plan to run the day. If you don’t get organised about how you’ll spend your time, you’ll waste valuable minutes trying to figure out what to do next. These minutes, once accumulated, end up being considerable. Have a to-do list or a Plan of Action every single day. When you KNOW how your day is going to go, that’s how it will be and nothing will derail you.
As Tony Robbins, the famous performance coach said; ‘Oprah has 24 hours. Warren Buffet has 24 hours. We all have 24 hours. It’s how we use them that determines tomorrow’