You Woke Up Early, Now What: 6 Steps to Having a Great Morning 417

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I’ve summarized all the benefits of waking up early, and have given some practical tips on how to actually leave your bed early in the morning.

So this post is for those who are already doing it – who are up before dawn, ready to jumpstart their day, have a successful morning ritual, set themselves up for a productive day and fill themselves with positivity and peace.

Getting up early itself (the earlier, the better) is the very first step. But many wonder, what’s next?

I’ll tell you!

Next, you can choose from a bunch of productive, healthy, inspiring and optimistic things to do that will let you have a great morning and experience it fully.

The goal is to create some sacred time (15-60 minutes) before you leave for work (or go to the home office) and dedicate it to activities that will help you reduce stress, get in a good mood, brighten your whole day and get you motivated to get things done later on.

So here’s what you can do in the early morning:

Wake Up Early and Have a Great Morning with These 6 Activities

1. Welcome the day.

Your first thoughts and actions for the day are crucial.

Don’t let them be something like “Oh, it’s so early!”, and crawling to the coffee machine.

Instead, get up with a light smile on your face, peacefully and slowly make your bed, stretch for a minute or two and great the day by appreciating it, by being aware of the fact it’s given to you without having to do anything about it.

That will make you grateful, and thus filled with thankfulness, peace and contentment.

2. Get a glass of water (and coffee).

If you’re a coffee drinker, here’s the time to do it. I suggest you brew it yourself as it’s an inspiring process that takes a bit more time but lets you experience and enjoy the whole thing. Then, you can drink it in small sips and be mindful of each.

Also, have a glass of water first thing in the morning.

The body is dehydrated from the sleep, and the metabolism wants something to start working and burning calories. It doesn’t make any difference between food and water and just wants you to consume something so that it can know the day has started. So let’s choose water over anything else.

3. Make a plan for the day with all the things that need to be done.

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It’s even better if you develop the habit of writing your tasks down the night before, but now is also a great time for that.

So list all the things you have to accomplish and the tasks you have to complete today. Even things like personal habits (maybe new ones you’re trying to build), things you have been putting off for some time now, stuff you want to get done, etc.

Having the whole picture in front of you helps a lot.

Also, there’s this desire inside of most people to cross items off a list that’s in front of them. It just feels good and gives a sense of accomplishment.

You can also decide where to start, once you’re done with the morning routine.

Define the 3 most important tasks and focus on them first, that’s the core of prioritizing. Then move onto smaller, but significant things.

This way you’ll have done the hard work by noon, and will still be productive and motivated and can continue executing the rest of the tasks on the list.

Check out The Morning Hustle Checklist.

4. Meditate/do a quick workout.

Some people find doing both of these too hard. And it really can be overwhelming to try implementing two serious behaviors like these in your day.

So start with one.
Each may take even 2 minutes in the beginning.

Remember, new habits are built over time. You focus on just starting, then your daily action is your priority (which is a super tiny step) and meanwhile you give your best to stay consistent.

5. Write/read.

Another thing to do in order to have a great morning and welcome the day properly, is to include an inspiring and creative activity like writing or reading.

It may be something as small as writing down 3 things you’re grateful for or reading 2 pages of a book that inspires you.

Something I’ve found quite helpful is the morning pages exercise. I recently published a book on the topic.

It’s a simple practice – you just wake up early and get down to writing before you do anything else – but can have a profound effect and change many areas of your life over time.

6. No distractions before work.

That one may not work for you as well as it does for me.
But I’ve found out that I do my most productive work on an empty stomach, in the first part of the day, before I’ve talked to anyone (family, friends, etc.).

All these are just distractions for me and I do them after noon (which is right after my first 4 hours of focused work).

But there are people who feel bad without breakfast in the morning. That’s why I don’t urge you to implement this. But just give it a try for a day or two. It may be what you’re looking for.

I believe there are many more successful activities, habits and little things we can do after waking up early that can boost our energy, productivity, confidence and well-being.

Here’s a list of 36 mini morning habits I came up with. Each takes no more than 5 minutes, but helps you improve in the long term.

You don’t need to aim for perfection. Just focus on making tomorrow morning better by getting up early and taking a step or two from what I mentioned in this post.

That will be a great start. Change doesn’t happen quickly when it comes to personal development. It’s better to go slowly, but steadily and let your brain get used to the new behavior you’re trying to ingrain without feeling overwhelmed.

So which of these 6 things do you think will help you have a great morning? What other suggestions do you have? What have you found to work best for you in the early hours of the day?

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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.