A good night’s sleep is important – but a good morning is just as important! Successful people know that, so they are sticking to a certain set of morning habits that helps them achieve the results they are after. Want to become more successful yourself? Want to make your mornings more efficient? Or are you simply tired of running out the door late, starving, in your pyjamas and with tooth paste smeared across your face? Here’s how to do things right!
Stop for a while
What? Aren’t mornings all about running around, worrying about being late and generally feeling totally out of control of the situation? Well, they don’t have to be! If you wake up early enough, you’ll have a couple of minutes to relax, collect your thoughts and get ready for a new day.
Get enough sleep
This is actually more of an evening habit than a morning one, but it is true that it will mostly show its effect in the morning. In any case, make sure you go to bed early enough to catch at least 8 hours of sleep – this will enable you to truly kick-start your mornings and enjoy each new day.
De-clutter your space
Again, not so much strictly a morning habit, but it will make your mornings easier nevertheless. Wondering what to wear? Can’t find your shoes? Searching for your make-up? Simply cannot locate your favourite cereal bowl? With a little less clutter in your home, things will be easier and a lot more efficient in the morning.
Get started with the toughest things first
We all like to postpone things we don’t really want to do – but it ends up making us a lot less efficient. If an unpleasant task is hanging over your head, it is more difficult to focus on the tasks at hand, so it’s better to just get it over with. Successful people start the day with the most difficult things, then move on to easier ones – you should try it, too!
Start moving first thing in the morning
Does morning exercise sound like torture? Perhaps – but have you ever really tried it? It may take some getting used to, but once it grows on you, you won’t be able to imagine your life without it. Successful people exercise first thing in the morning; partly because that’s when they have the most time and partly because it wakes them up and prepares them for a great day.
Have a good breakfast
We know, you’ve already heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we truly cannot stress enough how significant it really is. And it’s even more important that you eat right: a well-balanced mix of whole-wheats, proteins and good fats will provide your body with everything it needs for a successful day.
Set your goals
If you don’t know what you want to achieve, then how do you know if you’ve been successful? This is why it’s so important to set clear goals that will guide you throughout the day. And what better time to do it than in the morning, right? Take a couple of minutes, think things through and follow the plan for the rest of the day.
Wake up an hour earlier
Yes, good sleep is important, but we’re not asking you to give it up. Shifting your schedule so that you go to bed earlier means that you can also wake up earlier and get started on your day ahead of everyone else. Just imagine: a beautiful sunrise, freshly brewed coffee, and a whole new day of small personal victories ahead. Sound like you could easily become a morning person, right?