How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever wondered how successful people start their day? Sure, having a morning routine or a morning ritual lined up along with an organized plan for the days is great.
Using the first hour of your day wisely can set you up for a very productive and intentional day and even week.
Start With Mindfulness
Meditation and mindfulness is an effective solution to go from a good or an average day to a great day. Instead of waking up and thinking about what hurts, what you have to do, or what you didn’t do yesterday, begin your day with an attitude of gratitude.
Think about all the things you’re grateful for and once you’re fully awake. Sit quietly engaging your attention on your thoughts, feelings, senses and the surrounding environment. Next, visualize everything you want in your life as if you had it today.
Refreshing these thoughts and feelings each morning will allow you to make better and well thought-out decisions since you’ll realize what you’re working for and why you’re doing it.
Stretch or Do a Light Workout
Loosen up your muscles and any tenseness by doing some stretching first thing in the morning. Stretch independently or get guidance from a 5-minute yoga video routine. YouTube has plenty of these.
You also might want to consider a light workout to get your blood pumping in the morning and release endorphins. Exercise sharpens focus and helps you make better decisions according to research. No intense training required. Just take a walk or jog around the block or lift some weights at home.
Delay Checking Email
One of the worst habits people have is checking their phone or email when they first wake up. Once you start looking at your phone or computer and checking messages, the downward spiral begins. You either get stressed out or overwhelmed thinking about all you have to do but can’t do from your bed.
Or, you go down a social media rabbit hole and waste precious time browsing aimlessly on Facebook. Both are a major waste of time and against everything successful people say they do during the first hour of waking up.
As an entrepreneur, I take pride in being able to work in my pajamas and or wear yoga pants 7 days a week. Unfortunately, when I don’t get up and get dressed, it communicates to my body that it’s okay to stay in that same lazy and unproductive state.
Tackle Your One Big Thing
We all have one big thing on our schedule to take care of each day. Some of us have at least 5 or more. If you still have time left in your first hour of waking up after doing everything mentioned above, in see no problem in jumping in and tackling your big thing for the day.
Doing everything mentioned above will leave you feeling refreshed and energized which is the best situation to have when it comes to tackling your most challenging task of the day.
Be sure to carefully plan out each day and update your calendar so you know what your most important tasks will be. Then, prioritize them.