Do you know that what we do in the very first few hours after we wake up generally influence our day ahead? It’s what we basically do, say and think in the morning that greatly dictate the tone as to how our entire day is going to be.
When we’ve jumpstarted our day the way it should be or gotten up early while feeling relaxed and organized, we tend to be more focused in seizing the day. We feel that our head is clear of the multitude of distractions and anxieties that come with a not-so-good start in the morning.
And since we believe that success comes from creating positive and consistent habits, we put the following suggestions together to help you start your day right, adopt and make them routines, and eventually become highly successful in your own might.
Boost your productivity and success rates with these morning habits:
Wake up early
It may sound easy but making it a habit can really be challenging. Nowadays, many people, especially the millennials, opt to choose to stay up late for different reasons, making them get up at a later time too. If you want to be more productive, you should be like Apple CEO Tim Cook, FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, and other successful people who are proud to be early risers. They wake up before dawn and have proven that this sleep routine works. As they say, “if you want to give yourself a head start on the rest of the world, then you must become an early riser yourself.”
Reflect and be grateful
Let gratitude reign in you as you open your eyes. Being able to live for another day is something you must be grateful for. So it’s really the best time to discern and think of the humble ways as to how you can be a blessing to other people. Starting your day with a positive attitude increases the chance of having a great day and, of course, eventually a better life. This can also be the perfect time to assess yourself as well as the things you’re about to accomplish for the day ahead.
Make your bed
According to Navy Seal, Admiral William McRaven, making the bed may be the best way to start off your day and help you improve your life.“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter,” he shared.
If success and productivity aren’t enough, research shows that making your bed, first thing in the morning, is also one of the most effective and easiest triggers of happiness. It’s actually a good deal as you tend to get “amazing perks” from this morning trick while just doing it for a few minutes.
Drink a glass of water
Drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day is ideal but drinking a full glass of water right after you wake up makes the habit a lot better. This doesn’t just make you successful but most importantly, also fit and healthy. It purifies your colon, improves the stomach’s ability to absorb nutrients, keeps you hydrated, and aids in the generation of new blood cells as well as in managing your weight.
Set small chunks of realistic goals for the day
Generally, our goals should be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. This is also true in setting three to four objectives for the day. This does not only give you benchmarks for daily productivity but also allows you to create specific tasks that aids in the attainment of your bigger monthly or quarterly targets.
When we’re blessed with efficient time management skills, these small chunks of goals aren’t really overwhelming. And if you tend to finish them earlier than what you expect, feel free to do more. It’s a lot fulfilling!
With all these and more, you’re surely on your way to achieving increased productivity level, better success rate, and a happier and a healthier you. Good morning!