There is a saying that the morning is the most important time of the day because the way we spend our mornings shows how we spend our days. We’ve all had days when we woke up before the alarm goes off, we are fresh and those mornings feel like heaven. The whole day runs smoothly and it’s full of productivity. But we’ve also had days when we sleep in, skip breakfast, take a fast shower, and off we go to work or some meeting. How is the feeling? Not the best, right?! Sometimes these days can be quite chaotic.
“If you wake up (energized), you’re going to carry that energy through the rest of the day,” says productivity expert and coach Ellen Goodwin.
How should we start the day then? What are some of the tips that successful people would give?
To be honest, most of our mornings haven’t been very productive, but we started to use ideas and thoughts, gathered from successful people. We started slowly, one day at a time.
Exercise doesn’t mean that you need to run a marathon or hit the gym for hours at a time. No no… The idea is to get your blood flowing, to wake you up, and also give you that little feeling of “victory” early in the morning!
Okay, so what can/should we do?
Yoga, running, gym, or something simple like push-ups, squats, abs… Nothing too complicated or hard. 10-20 minutes is more than enough. After the training, you already know that the day is going to be legendary.
Tip: If you plan on running in the morning or want to hit the gym… Then, during the previous night, prepare your gear and put it near the door or your bed. That way, it will be easier to push yourself to go running or hit the gym. If you prepare your stuff in the morning then your brain will start to look for excuses to get you back in bed.
What is good about that?
Even when the day gets really busy and something comes up, in the back of your mind you already know that you did something productive in the morning and you feel much better.
Usually, the first step is the hardest, right?! Same with mornings. Getting out of bed is the biggest challenge. Why so? Your brain tries to convince you and starts to make up all the excuses it needs to keep you in bed: “Sleep a little more!” “It’s so warm in here!” “Skipping morning routine once won’t change anything!” “You are tired!” Sounds familiar?
What to do in this situation?
Say something positive out loud: “Shut up brain, I´m stronger than you think!” “I will make my day great!” Take note of what you’ll feel when you shut your negative side down.
Put stickers or notes on the mirror or in line of sight. Positive and inspirational thoughts that bring up a big smile on your face – that trick helps to remind yourself why you’re doing it and gives that extra strength you need.
Be grateful and smile
When you smile, it signals your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitters (dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin), which lift your mood, relax your body, and lower your heart rate. Who wouldn’t want to start their day on such a positive note?
We started to do these things just a few years ago and it took some time to get used to it. Why? Because at first, it was weird to say something positive in the morning! Usually, it was more like: “Ohh damn, I hate mornings!”
It sets a calm tone for the entire day. A good way to get your thoughts going in the right direction, before a busy day. Starting your day fresh. Meditation has many good sides…
Firstly, it helps to become more focused and concentrated. It gives you a chance to be in the moment, there and then. At that moment, you’re not thinking about the future nor the past.
Visualize your day – picture how your day is going to look like. For example: If you have competition then visualize how you’re going to feel. How you’ll run. How you’re going to give your all and break your record!
You’ll be more confident and cheerful before the actual race takes place!
Why is it good to do it in the morning?
You’re fresh and your mind is rested (but be careful not to get back to dreamland)!
How to do it? Feel free to check this guide on meditation:
Exercise, self-talk, meditation, and now reading? “I don’t want to wake up at 4 am!”
No worries, it doesn’t mean you have to read 100 pages! No no… When reading, you get new ideas, knowledge, inspiration, and also motivation. This way you’ll get the best out of your mornings. 15-20 minutes of reading is more than enough.
Fun fact: doing this every day, you’ll have up to 18-23 books finished. Choose what you want… Do you like more inspirational or technical books?
Our tip: the perfect would be motivational books in the morning like, for example, “Feel the fear and do it anyway!” It helps you to start your day with the right mind-set.
We’ve also been reading for 15 minutes before going to sleep. This way we avoid screen time.
Check out some Books for Growth!
5. Stay away from social media
What is the first thing we do after we wake up? Look for our phones? Yep, exactly!
We want to make sure that we didn’t miss anything during our sleep. Sounds familiar?
For us it was pretty usual to grab a phone and scroll through all the social media, instead of doing all the things above, effectively wasting the first 30 minutes before getting out of bed!
You won’t miss anything important for not looking at your phone for an hour or two. There is a saying that throughout the day, we get distracted much quicker and mess up our productivity by checking our smartphone first thing in the morning. So, try to avoid doing it in the morning.
Seems like a good plan?
Starting with these steps can make your mornings magical and productive, alongside the rest of the day. You’ll get amazed at how many things you’ll get done. Try to set this habit, but start with one thing at a time. Maybe you don’t like all of the steps. No worries. Pick the ones you like. Remember, that it takes time to form a habit. It doesn’t happen overnight.
The power of mornings!