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

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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 This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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