“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.” - Richard Whately
We are all given the same 24 hours in a day. While most of us are scrambling to get things done, how is it that some individuals are able to maximize their day so well? To better manage your day, try starting the morning right by setting a few rituals to get you in a productive state of mind.
Wake Up Early
Waking up early can be dreadful. But the ability to overcome that with discipline and consistency simply sets the tone for the day. Successful people are known for being early risers. Virgin’s Richard Branson rises at 5.45am whereas Apple’s Tim Cook starts his day as early as 3.45am. Being up at the crack of dawn allows one to get a head start before the day’s obligations and distractions set in. Try it and see the change happen.
Doing stretches, going for a morning walk or hitting the treadmill first thing in the morning is not only great for health but it disciplines your mind to be laser focused. When we exercise, we increase our body’s blood flow, resulting in more energy and oxygen that naturally helps our brain to function better.
Fuel Your Body
A healthy breakfast gives you the necessary nutrients and energy your body needs to perform at optimal levels. Instead of loading your body with carbs and sugar, make sure you eat enough protein, healthy fats and probiotics for higher brain function and to keep your energy levels steady throughout the day.
Make A Mental List
Setting your intentions for the day helps you to refocus and keep your attention where it needs to be. Start the day by choosing a few top priorities and manage your time efficiently to ensure your to-do list gets done. Successful people have very little personal time, hence, waking up earlier and making a mental list is foundational for a productive day.
Doing away with bad habits and replacing them with good ones is a combination of routine, dedication and discipline. But if you get it right, you will be welcoming each day like a winner.