Are you someone that jumps out of bed each morning, ready to conquer the day? Or, are you someone that dreads the morning because you feel as though each and every day is going to be a struggle to get up, wake up and be productive?
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin.
There are so many different strategies out there of how to best start your day and there are great books such as “Miracle Morning”, written by Hal Elrod is just one example. So, we thought we would share with you what we live, breathe and believe are some great steps to setting your day up for success.
Many studies have been done that demonstrate the benefits of early rising. Take all these names listed below as a reference. These individuals are all leaders within their industries, what do you think they all have in common?
- Mark Wahlberg
- Jack Dorsey
- Oprah Winfrey
- Tim Cook
- Michelle Obama
- Kayla Itsines
- Richard Branson
- Benjamin Franklin
- Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
- Arianna Huffington
Yep, you guessed it… They all rise before 6am each and every morning.
Tip #1 – Never hit snooze.
If you’re not a morning person, start slowly! If your goal is to wake up at 4:30am or 5am each morning. Just start with setting your alarm just 15mins earlier each morning. If you’re hitting snooze over and over, you’re starting your day with procrastination front of mind.
ACTION – Set your alarm as your favourite pump-up song. This will get you excited to start your day!
Tip #2 – Healthy body = Healthy mind. Get your blood pumping.
Whether it be a quick walk around the block, an intense gym session for an hour or even 30mins of yoga at home. Some benefits of getting your body moving first thing in the morning include lower blood pressure, improved metabolism, better sleep patterns and even goes on to make you more positive throughout the day from the morning burst of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.
ACTION – Hydrate! Your brain is made up of more than 75% water. While sleeping, your body has been without water for 6 – 8 hours. So as soon as you wake up, have a big glass of water to energise your system.
Tip #3 – Good routine.
Having a good routine sets you up with a clear direction for what you want to achieve for the day. Some may have the perception that routine is boring and doesn’t allow spontaneity and flexibility. We’re suggesting that having a routine is quite the opposite. It removes the stress of thinking about smaller tasks that must be completed (such as packing your lunch). It allows you to plan out your intentions so that your mind is free to create, strategize and get on with your day.
ACTION – For an even smoother and stress-free morning, we recommend completing some of your tasks the night before. Lay out your clothes for the next day, pack your lunch and have it ready to go in the fridge, have your bag packed, etc.
Thank you so much for reading on.
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**Fun fact – If you want to take your morning routine to a whole new level of productivity. Maybe take a lesson from Benjamin Franklin. He was known for going to sleep in his clothes for the next day so he can get up and go straight to work.
Have a great day,
Team BOLD Training