When it comes to mornings, you either fall into one of two categories. Your alarm sounds and you jump up, punch the air with fists of fury, and are ready to take on the day (yes I do this, and have for the last 10 years). Or, your alarm goes off, you hit snooze three times, begrudgingly roll out of bed, and struggle to just wake up, let alone be productive.
I’ve heard it said that you’re either a morning person or you’re not, and I do believe that there is some truth to that in the beginning. I however, do not believe that it has to remain that way forever. Why you ask? Because everything is a choice. You may not be a morning person YET, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one. So hopefully these 5 tips will help you either take that step to becoming a morning person, or if you already are, will help you hammer down that routine even more. So here we go!
- Get Enough Sleep
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before, but getting enough sleep is so important. It allows your heart and blood vessels a chance to heal, lowers stress levels, and can reduce the risk of health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Different people will say different things, but generally, the recommended amount of sleep is 6-8 hours a night. For myself, 6 hours is fine, and I’m ready to go the next day. My wife, on the other hand, needs that precious 8 hours to be at her best the next day. We are all different, so knowing your body and how much rest you truly need is of vital importance. So turn off Netflix (don’t worry, that episode you didn’t watch will still be there tomorrow), and get some extra sleep. Your body will thank you for it.
2. Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier
Now you’re thinking, “Wait a second. He just told me to get enough sleep, now he’s telling me to wake up an hour earlier?” Yes, yes I am. Here is the reason why. Waking up one hour earlier gives you a competitive advantage on everyone else. If you do that 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, that would give you an extra 10-11 days over everyone else. I learned this from Ryan Serhant, who if you’ve never heard of him, is the most successful real estate agent in New York. He wakes up, and first thing he does is go to the gym. His reasoning behind it is that he wants to get the hardest part of his day over first. That way, everything else that he tackles seems easy compared to his morning workout. I loved that idea, so for the past 3 months, I’ve been doing the same. I get up at 2:30am (yes I get up that early, and no I’m not crazy . . . okay maybe a little) and I hit the gym. You might be thinking I must be exhausted by the end of my day, but in actuality, when I wake up that early and go to the gym, I have more energy than when I take that extra hour to sleep in. Try it for yourself, and let me know if the comments how it works out for you.
3. Start Your Morning With Some Personal Growth
How you prepare yourself in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. So why not start it off on a positive note? For example, after I go to the gym, I take the time to read for 15 minutes, listen to a motivational/inspirational podcast, write in my journal, say my affirmations, and think of three things that day that I am grateful for. Please will always say they don’t have the time in the morning for that, and I get it, life is busy. However, it is all about priorities, and I believe that taking the time to prioritize yourself not only benefits you, but then benefits the people around you, because it allows you to add so much more value and positivity to others. This is where planning is huge, because if you plan for these things each morning, they will eventually become a routine, and then a habit in your life. So turn the tv off, put your phone down, and take some time in the morning for yourself.
4. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
This one may be the biggest no brainer out of the entire list, yet also the biggest problem for people reading this. Study after study show the benefits of not only eating breakfast, but a healthy one, and also the effects not eating breakfast can have on you. Eating a healthy breakfast has the ability to increase memory and concentration (because we all know how hard it is to think when we are hangry). Easy options for healthy breakfasts include oatmeal, fresh fruit, greek yogurt, eggs, and whole wheat bread, to name a few. Try to stay away from heavy foods, and foods that are high in fat. Things such as donuts and breakfast sandwiches are sugary, high in sodium and preservatives, and contain unhealthy fats. So do yourself a favor and start your morning off right with a healthy breakfast, your body will thank you for it.
5. Don’t Hit Snooze On Your Alarm
I repeat: DON’T HIT SNOOZE ON YOUR ALARM!!! This one drives me absolutely crazy. The main reason being, if you know that you’re going to hit snooze the night before anyways, why not just set your alarm for 15 minutes later, so that you get an actual extra amount of sleep, rather than that fake sleep you get after your alarm goes off? Also, is that really how you want to start your day off, going 0-1? I heard this from a very successful athlete in a talk he did. He said the goal of your day should always be to have more wins than losses. Then to let those days compound over time, and make tweaks to get better. Based off that then, doesn’t it make sense to start your morning off with a win? I don’t hit snooze, I’ve never seen the point, but I know that a lot of my friends and family do. So if that is the case, and you’re wanting to change that, here are two simple solutions. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier, or, set your alarm back 15 minutes. That way, you don’t have to hit snooze, and you still get the same amount of sleep.
I hope that these tips will help you as much as they have helped me in my life. How we start our day truly sets the tone for the rest of our day. So if we can start our mornings off on the right foot, it will give us the ability to tackle anything that comes at us the rest of the day. What are some of your morning routines you have to get your day started off right? Drop a comment below, we’d love to hear anything that can add value!