Waking up in time for school used to be a struggle…since I started doing these 3 things, getting up in the morning is actually something I look forward to!
All my life, especially in my teenage years, I would tell people that I just wasn’t a morning person.
Day after day, I’d use this to explain why I was late to class or why I would sleep in late and waste half of my day.
When I began working for myself, I knew this was something I’d have to change.
The three things below have become an essential part of my morning routine and have made waking up early a breeze.
Not only have they made waking up earlier a lot easier, but they’ve also had a great impact in how productive my days are.
1. Read a book
Reading, as a whole, has played a significant role in the success as of late. It is a great way to get your brain active first thing in the morning and gives you plenty of time to wake up and snap out of your post-sleep daze.
I prefer books related to business or personal development, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be anything educational. If fantasy, sci-fi, or romance novels are your thing, by all means, go for it!
In addition to being a great way to wake myself up, I have also gained an incredible amount of knowledge from reading on a daily basis. Whether it’s 30 pages or 30 minutes, set a goal for yourself and don’t stop until you hit it.
2. Work out / go to the gym
Once I’ve hit my reading target for the morning, the next thing I do is get my morning workout in. Just like how I said go with whatever type of book you like to read, the same thing goes for working out.
I’ve recently become an iron addict and typically lift weights to start out my days and throughout the week make it a point to do my cardio, as well. It’s not necessary to find yourself in the gym every morning, but I do think it is crucial to work out for at least 30 minutes a day.
Whether it’s doing a quick ab session in your living room or going out for a jog as the sun rises, the satisfaction you get once your done is like no other. It’s also the perfect warm-up for whatever it is you’re facing for the rest of the day!
3. Plan your day
Once I’m home from the gym and all showered up, I sit down and get organized for the day ahead by breaking down exactly what I have to get done.
The first thing I’ll do is make a list of the top 5 most important things that need to be taken care of. For this, I took a page out of Andy Frisella’s book, which if you’re a fan of his, you’d know this is called your “Power List”.
These 5 things consist of the primary objectives or goals I must finish and cross off of my power list before moving on to any other activities. Establishing a roadmap of what needs to be handled for the day is the best way to give yourself a clear picture of how you need to structure your day.
Once these 3 things are taken care of, I’m ready to start my day.
Until then, I still consider myself being in preparation mode.
I’ve gotten into such a habit of executing on the above that when I don’t do them, my days just aren’t the same and I don’t feel as productive as I do when all three boxes are checked.
Try this out and feel free to tweak in order to find what best fits your schedule or lifestyle.