What you do right in the first hour or so upon waking can really set the tone for the rest of your day. From my own personal experience, especially as someone that mostly works from home, it’s easy to feel like I can get up whenever and do whatever without the fear of a boss coming to yell at me. But, regardless of whether you work from home, from an office, for yourself, or someone else, every morning is a new opportunity to set the foundation for the rest of your day and eventually, the rest of your life. Here’s how I start my mornings for maximum productivity & energy.
DON’T HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON
I once attended a Tony Robbin’s Unleash the Power Within event, and one of the speakers there declared, “The snooze button is the devil.” That changed the way I looked at the snooze button forever. Up until that point, I was a regular abuser of the snooze button. I was the person who would set 3 alarms and hit the snooze button for all of them. The only way I was getting out of bed was if I absolutely had to! Your first task every morning is to wake up and the problem with the snooze button is that if it’s the first thing you hit, and the second, third, and fourth…you’ve already started your day with points off. You can get up. In fact, I challenge you to see if you can do it tomorrow morning. Have the discipline to get up and get out of bed. You’ll hate it for a few seconds but you’ll soon likely feel more energized than you did other times where you’ve continually hit the snooze button.
DON’T ANSWER EMAILS / TEXTS / CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA
Every day is going to come at you with its own set of demands and waves for your attention. Start your day off by putting yourself first – unless there’s an emergency – otherwise, you’re starting your day off my reacting to the world around you instead of being proactive about what is most important for your own mental health and wellbeing.
This is worthy of an entirely separate post, so I’ll be brief. The studies of the benefits of meditating are astounding. I have been meditating daily for the past 3 months and my overall levels of happiness and peace of mind have been off-the-charts since before I started. Starting by meditating, or even just sitting with my eyes closed, for 20 minutes a day has changed and improved every single area of my life.
I used to be a “nighttime showerer” my whole life and it wasn’t until recently that I realized, I am so much more productive and focused when I’ve showered in the morning. It’s wonderful to start the day off fresh and light. It also helps wake you up. Speaking of waking up, I love to use products in the shower that not only help me feel squeaky clean but also energize me. I’ve been loving St. Ives’ Even & Bright Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Body Wash. The scent alone perks me right up! I’m an exfoliation junkie, so I look forward to putting on my exfoliating gloves and squeezing some of this body wash out into my hands and giving myself a good scrub. It has 100% natural exfoliants that help to polish your body and help you feel shiny and new!
I love coffee so much, I could happily drink it black for the rest of my life. However, I avoid caffeine and coffee (even decaf) and only rarely enjoy it as a treat. While, I know most of the world depends on it for energy and fuel for the day, I refuse to. Instead, I focus on keeping hydrated with water, ideally lemon water. Water is essential in keeping your body working right and you feeling good.
Put on some feel-good music that makes you want to dance and allow yourself to get into it and really enjoy it. This works wonders on getting you energized and in a good mood for the rest of the day. Set aside some time to listen to at least 3 songs that always “do it” for you!
If you noticed, most of the things I shared are centered around energy and your mood. Your mood can have a major impact on your energy levels and energy is absolutely essential at getting anything done and making the most of your day both personally and professionally.
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