Morning Routine Myths: 4 False Beliefs We Have about One of The Greatest Habits 40

morning routine myths

I’ve already said a lot about morning routines in previous posts.

I shared the benefits, what such a ritual includes, my current one, created a simple step-by-step infographic.

But there are people who want to build a successful morning ritual, but who have some incorrect information about it.
So I decided to outline the myths and misconceptions.

4 Myths about Morning Routines

1. You think you’ve never had a morning routine before.

Wrong. You already have it, it’s just a bad one.

So the next step is not to create a whole new thing in your life, but to change an existing habit.

And building a powerful ritual that will jumpstart your day and make you productive, will happen by adding elements (one at a time) to your first hour or so of the day.

2. You think you need to get up super early.

Often what stops people from even trying to implement this successful method of achieving more and getting things done is the whole wake-up-early thing.

And yes, the earlier you get out of bed, the better. That’s because you’ll have more time, will start your day earlier and thus finish it earlier, can make the best of the early hours, etc.

But that’s not a must. It’s just something you’ll be improving over time.

So get up at 10 if you want, but still do some healthy, energizing, positive and successful activities after that.

And after some time, you’ll see for yourself that you can get even better results if you start getting up earlier.

3. You think you don’t have time for a morning routine.

That’s simply an excuse. A big one, and if you say it now, then you’re probably using it for many others things in life that you find hard.

People who have this approach must then be considered busy. But the truth is that they just don’t want to make time.

Almost everyone spends time on the Internet these days, random chats, watching TV, or just doing nothing.
Our days are filled with unproductive activities, and yet we keep finding reasons to procrastinate when it comes down to what’s really important.

And you don’t need to have time. You can find it or create it.

Call it whatever you like – but it’s simply prioritizing and eliminating the non-essential in order to make time for a morning routine.

So even if you’re super busy and can’t spare a minute of your day, you can still sleep half an hour less and use it to have a quick but powerful and productive morning ritual.

4. You think it will take too much effort.

Actually, it may include just one or two things that take no more than 5 minutes.

You may get out of bed, stretch and drink a glass of water. That’s a mini routine and can still improve your life and help you build discipline.

So now you know that these 4 aren’t barriers on your way to developing one of the greatest habits.

If you can think of anything else that stops you from building it, share it in the comments below.
Maybe I’ll be able to debug that myth too.

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 26

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.