Let’s be honest, for most of us… mornings suck.
“Great, another workday…” is without a doubt a feeling we can all relate to.
And why not? How many mornings do you have to drag yourself out of bed? How many times do you hit the snooze on your alarm? Once? Twice? Not nearly enough times, am I right?
And I’m betting most mornings you’re rushing to get out the door because you wanted to maximize the amount of sleep you got.
Maybe you don’t realize it, but starting your mornings like this makes the rest of your day less productive, and in general, less successful.
Why? Because each morning sets the tone for the entire day. But I’m betting you want your whole day to be a success, right?
Well luckily for you, you can make your mornings not only better, but more desirable as well.
The morning rush is your morning habit
Now be honest, how many of you set your alarm to go off as late as possible so you can maximize your sleep? Probably a lot of you, and that’s the problem.
Your mornings are a hectic rush, and that’s no way to start your day off.
You aren’t armed with early wake-up skills
People already dread waking up in the morning, but waking up even earlier? No thank you. People don’t want to do that, even the idea of it can make people feel annoyed.
And this is completely understandable, which makes the problem even more prominent.
4 morning tips to maximize your success
If you want your days to be more successful, then it’s time you start integrating these simple tips into your mornings rituals.
The first one is the most important, so start there. Afterwards you can pick and choose any tip you’d like, they all might work for you.
1. Wake-up 1-3 minutes earlier everyday
The first step towards improving your mornings is waking early enough to have free time.
Start off easy though, as there’s nothing worse than needing to wake up early in the morning.
A good starting point is one minute earlier each day – that’s it.
If you think you can do more, you can go for it. But I don’t recommend waking more than 3 minutes earlier per day, otherwise you might give up because you tried to do too much too early.
Once you reach an adequate waking time, let’s say 30 minutes of free time each morning, then we can start adding some great habits to start your days with.
2. Do something fun/fulfilling/relaxing
Doing something you love in the morning is smart because you start to look forward to waking up.
It really doesn’t matter what the activity is, as long as it makes you feel happy and satisfied.
Here’s a few examples:
- Play some guitar
- Enjoy your coffee slowly
- Take an extra long, relaxing shower
- Read a novel
Get the idea?
Afterwards, you just carry those feelings with you throughout the rest of the day.
3. Choose 1-3 tasks that determine that day’s success
Having a little “me” time is great for choosing what tasks mean success to you that day.
Think of 1-3 things that are important, and do them by the end of the day.
Want to write a book? Make your task to write 150 words that day. Want to learn guitar? Practice one chord for 5 minutes minimum. Want to do both? Go ahead, just don’t get too far ahead of yourself.
If at the end of the day you completed your tasks, then congrats, that day was a success.
Exercising is a pretty tough habit to get into.
After work you’re already tired. By then you’ve already spent most of your willpower, so exercise can feel like the hardest thing to do in the world.
But in the morning it’s a different story. Why? Because you have a full tank of willpower to spare.
You don’t need to hit the gym or treadmill if you don’t want to, you just need to get the blood pumping and the body going.
Try these out:
- Jumping jacks
…and so on.
Morning exercise is great because it vitalizes you for the entire day, so it’s definitely a great addition to any morning routine.
Over to you
What morning rituals can you think of to make a day more successful? Leave us a comment with your answers because we’d love to hear it 🙂