Why should we make better use of our mornings? After all, aren’t we all different and have different preferences for how we spend our day?
For some of us, the thought of getting up earlier is not something to look forward to. However, if we study the lives of highly successful and effective people, we will discover a common pattern among all of them — they get more done before most people have even started their day.
It has been proven that morning people:
- Get more done each day.
- Have healthier lifestyle habits.
- Are happier and have a better quality life.
- Earn more money.
- Are more grounded or centred.
It is possible to become a morning person. It’s a matter of using our will to choose to make a change, then applying our willpower to make it happen. Initially, it can be challenging, however, if we stay true to our commitment, it does become easier over time, and before you know it, you’ll become a morning person. Just as a note, will is our ability to make conscious choice. We all have free will and can make our own choices.
Willpower is our motivation to exercise will. Getting what we want requires willpower, therefore in order to become a morning person, we must exercise our willpower. It is extremely important to know that our willpower is at its highest in the mornings. Therefore, it is highly advantageous to make the most out of our mornings.
Here are five steps to consider applying, which covers how to become a morning person, and what you should consider doing once you’re up earlier. Consistently applying these steps will result in a dramatic improvement in your results and overall quality of life.
- Train yourself to go to bed earlier. Adults need anywhere between 7-9 hours sleep every night to function at their best. With all the distractions we have today, it is increasingly difficult to go to be at a decent time in order to get the required hours of sleep.
If, for example, you decide that you now want to get up at 6am, in order to get 8 hours of sleep, you need to be in bed by 10.00pm. To get into the habit of going to bed at that time, set your alarm for 9.50pm, which will give you 10 minutes to wind down and get to bed.
The idea is you want to start changing your body’s rhythm so that over time, you won’t need to set your alarm to remind you to go to bed. It will become automatic.
- Minimise decision fatigue. We use willpower whenever we make decisions. If we spend time in the morning deciding what clothes or shoes to wear, what to have for breakfast and lunch, or what to work on first, those use up our willpower. In order to conserve our willpower for more important decisions, make all those decisions the night before.
Get your clothes ready, decide what you’ll eat the next day and what will be the first thing you’ll work on in the morning. Doing these simple things will minimise decision fatigue and assist in focusing on what matters most. Planning as much of your next day the night before is a highly valuable habit to develop.
- Get mentally and physically strong. One of the biggest advantages of getting up earlier is having time to ourselves. It has been said the first hour of our of day is the most important because it sets up our day. This is the time to get strong by completing certain rituals.
These may include getting hydrated first up, doing some form of physical activity, eating a healthy breakfast, reading something uplifting or motivational, and clearing our minds through some form of meditation.
While this may seem like a lot of things to do, you can start off small. Getting hydrated should only take a few minutes. Consider doing 15 minutes of physical activity, 10 minutes of reading and 10 minutes of meditation. That’s about 35 minutes, which really is very manageable if you start getting up 30-60 minutes earlier.
- Do your highest value work first. It’s important we don’t get into doing busy work straight away. As our willpower is strongest in the mornings, we really should use that time to do what will bring us the biggest return.
If you’re an employee, it may mean planning your day and making a list of actions to take that day, then getting started with what’s most important. If you’re an entrepreneur, it could be reviewing your goals or projects, and making progress on the highest value goal or project.
There is so much we can be doing each day so the key is to do what is going to bring us the greatest joy and benefit over the long run.
- Visualise the kind of day you want to have. I once read or heard in a seminar that one hour of inner work (meditation, visualisation, gratitude) is equivalent to seven hours of external work. Visualisation is an extremely powerful technique to create the results we want.
As everything is created twice, first in the mind, then in the external world, it is highly beneficial to use the time we have in the mornings to see exactly the day we want to have. Just like developing a physical muscle, the more we practice our ability to visualisation, the stronger it will become, which will help with our creativity and productivity.
These ideas are not difficult to apply. All it takes is a little willpower initially and a commitment to continue no matter how challenging you find it.
If you’re able to get make it through the first month of applying these steps, you will start to have higher levels of energy, feel better about yourself and what you’re doing, and also become more productive and effective. These will all contribute to a better quality life.
Question: What benefits do you get out of being a morning person?
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